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Old 08-08-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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Sooo............2" lift or 4" lift?

Anyone have any pictures of a yj with a 2" lift? All the pictures I see online are 4". This is a jeep build for my son and we need 4 new leaf springs anyway and new tires so why not right? And it looks cool as hell. So I ordered 2" lift kit but now I am thinking its not tall enough....I'm sure I'm the first to think that.....what size tires should we run for 80% hwy 20% off road with a 2" lift? Am I missing the boat and not doing the smarter thing and getting a 4" lift? Feeling concerned ..... Thanks for your thoughts.

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Old 08-08-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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Cant go wrong with bfg al terrains. And 31x10.50s fit nice with the 2 inch lift and 10 inch wide rims.

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Old 08-08-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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That's 2' with 31s. It wasn't enough for me either so I went with 6' after riding it like that for a couple years

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Old 08-08-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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2.5" with 31's







Same Jeep with 4.5" and 35's


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Duh!!! We all want 35's at least eventually, do the 4
' get the 35's and conform dam you!! Just kiddin, really depends on what you plan on doin..... do you need the ground clearance?
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #6
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Here is a 4" with 31's
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Here is a 4" with 31's
See...I like the looks of that....feeling like I made a mistake ordering the BDS 2"
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Duh!!! We all want 35's at least eventually, do the 4
' get the 35's and conform dam you!! Just kiddin, really depends on what you plan on doin..... do you need the ground clearance?
No. Very little off roading...( I think, as we are Virgins) so I'm confused and only going off looks I guess
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2.5" with 31's



Same Jeep with 4.5" and 35's
Nice.... Looks cool as hell but that would be too much for me.
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Nice.... Looks cool as hell but that would be too much for me.
Understand and I was even going to suggest that a 4" may be too much at this time for your son. 2" with 31's worked for me quit well for a little over 2 years until I decided to go bigger. I could do just about what I wanted to do with my jeep at that time. I think 2" with 31's will do your son, who I assume this is his first jeep/vehicle?, just fine till he gets use to driving a (lifted) jeep.
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2.5" Pro-Comp springs w/Rancho RS9000 shocks on 31s









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See...I like the looks of that....feeling like I made a mistake ordering the BDS 2"
Honestly, I really don't think you made a mistake ordering the BDS (good quality lift from what I have read). My suggestion is put it on and let him drive it like that for a while. You can always go bigger as his driving experience grows.
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2.5" Pro-Comp springs w/Rancho RS9000 shocks on 31s
I like! Thanks for the post. I guess if the 2" isn't tall enough what about adding a 1" body lift?? I hear some day never a body lift but idk...hard to chose when I'm such a newbie !!!!
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Here is the same 4" lift with 29" Goodyear wranglers.
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Just another scenario-

Here is mine with 2.5" lift, 31's:
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Here it is now: 2.5" lift, 1 inch body lift, flat flares, and 33's:
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Here it was before the body lift and flat flares. I did cheat from the get-go with 1 inch longer shackles than stock...habit I carried over from my CJ days...
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All depends on what you want to do in the end.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:19 PM   #16
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Understand and I was even going to suggest that a 4" may be too much at this time for your son. 2" with 31's worked for me quit well for a little over 2 years until I decided to go bigger. I could do just about what I wanted to do with my jeep at that time. I think 2" with 31's will do your son, who I assume this is his first jeep/vehicle?, just fine till he gets use to driving a (lifted) jeep.
That makes me feel good. Well said. Yes, first vehicle. He's 17.5 but only had DL for 3 month. Good thinking. The jeep is my toy but his to drive till he is out of HS next year and then he needs to buy his own ( ill help) its important to me and wife that he not be handed a car but helps pay for most if one. I guess I can do what I want after he is out of HS. Thanks for the info. Greatly appreciate it.
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Just another scenario-

Here is mine with 2.5" lift, 31's:
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Here it is now: 2.5" lift, 1 inch body lift, flat flares, and 33's:
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Here it was before the body lift and flat flares. I did cheat from the get-go with 1 inch longer shackles than stock...habit I carried over from my CJ days...
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All depends on what you want to do in the end.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:22 PM   #18
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Just another scenario-

Here is mine with 2.5" lift, 31's:
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Here it is now: 2.5" lift, 1 inch body lift, flat flares, and 33's:
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Here it was before the body lift and flat flares. I did cheat from the get-go with 1 inch longer shackles than stock...habit I carried over from my CJ days...
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All depends on what you want to do in the end.
Now it did....very sweet pics! I think I know to stick with 2" till later. Great jeep bro
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Just another scenario-

Here is mine with 2.5" lift, 31's:
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Here it is now: 2.5" lift, 1 inch body lift, flat flares, and 33's:
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Here it was before the body lift and flat flares. I did cheat from the get-go with 1 inch longer shackles than stock...habit I carried over from my CJ days...
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All depends on what you want to do in the end.
Ok so the pic of the 2.5 with flat flares ...(sick flat flares btw.....I think I'm in love with those flares!!!!...) and 1 inch body lift and 33s ...that have the Shackel lift?
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:33 PM   #20
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With the 2" lift, you can lift more with other options within reason. I put the 1" Daystar body mount/lift in with the flat flares and I have plenty of room for 33's, which is all the larger tires I want with this rig.

It will let your son "grow" with the jeep as experience is gained.

Thanks on the comments...I've owned this particular jeep 10 years. They always keep evolving as time, money, and experience allow!
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:37 PM   #21
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Yes, on the longer shackles. I have a Rubicon Express 2.5" lift with their 1" longer straight shackle up front and 1" longer than stock boomerang shackle in the rear. The flat flares are Bushwacker flat flares...they ain't cheap, but well constructed and no cutting sheet metal (you do drill one extra hole for them to attach, but they use the stock flare holes in the sheet metal).

Here is another pic that might show better since it was outside in the natural light.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:41 PM   #22
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Now I need new tires. This is the new 2" lift and 1" body lift. Feels good to get some stuff done.
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2" OME, 1" Daystar body, MCE Flares, 35" MTRs.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #24
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I didn't see this mentioned, so I will add. I think you did well with the 2" lift because you can slap that sucker on without worrying about needing other mods to make it work. 4" lift is right about the start of needing a Slip Yoke Eliminator and custom driveline. That means more $$$. With a 2" lift and minor fender mods you can stuff 33's and go a lot of places. You always have the option to add longer shackles or a 1" body lift (don't go more than 1") if you need a small bump up.


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Old 01-22-2014, 05:12 PM   #25
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If it's gonna be mostly onroad use go w/ 2".

I only have 1.25" lift on mine with 30's and it clears them just fine. I ride mostly on road but have Cooper Destination A/T tires and haven't got hung up in any corn fields riddled with tractor ruts or even my side field when there's a foot of snow.

Things to consider would be not only the couple hundred more dollars between the 2" & 4" kit but having to get bigger tires and wheels, more parts in the 4" which can mean more things to go wrong, might have to regear depending on your tire size and engine, and like wombat ranger said you might have to start upgrading other parts due to the lift. Plus, not knowing how old your son is, if he's a teen or inexperienced driver he might roll the jeep because it will be that much more top heavy. I was taught when driving a Jeep (especially one with a lift) never swerve cuz you will roll, it's safer to hit head on than to be rolling uncontrollably.

Here's a pic of my 2.5L w/ 1.25" lift, 30x9.5xR15 LT Cooper Discoverer A/T 3


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