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Old 05-28-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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wanting to lift my 95 yj 2.5L

Hey guys, I got my Yj about 3 months ago and I have really been wanting to lift it up but I am not sure how big of tires and a lift would be good to put on a yj with the 2.5L. Any suggestions? Thanks

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i have a 95 w/ a 2.5 in it, starting a 350 swap here real soon.

mine had a 4" suspension lift w/ 32's on it. i love it & hate it..lol but be warned doesn't get out of it's own way. you will need to change gearing, something i havent bothered to since i'm changing engine. i can't get out of my own road goin up any kind of incline. when i went through mountians on vacation i was in 2nd & 3rd gear... right now jeep never see's 5th gear.

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Old 05-28-2010, 11:22 AM   #3
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I Have a 2.5 w/ 30's. Works just right for me. Just enough pick-up uphill and has pep when it needs it. I won't be winning any races, but I own a Jeep, so never planned on it. Gas mileage is also acceptable.
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damn so 4 in lift is out the window for me
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you could still do it probably have to change the gears...i didn't do that since i've been saving the money for my 350 swap. if i was goin to keep the 2.5L i would change gears.
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you can do the 4 inch lift. just stick 31s on it till you have the time to re gear to 33s.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:03 PM   #7
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how hard is it to change gears and how much would it cost?
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how hard is it to change gears and how much would it cost?
it is very tricky, it is the one thing i dont feel comfortable doing. rebuilding engines, thats easy, re gearing scares the crap out of me.
its not cheap to re gear, it will vary depending one your location though. seems between 1,000 to 1,500 for labor is kinda common.
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there are a ton of lift projects out here and options. Search for words like; lifted, soa, tire size, yj lift reviews, etc... Should be hours of reading to enjoy! When your done, you'll know all about what we can/can't/should/should'nt do!

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Old 05-28-2010, 01:19 PM   #10
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thanks for the tips! would it be a dumb idea to possibly just do an engine swap instead of gearing?
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an engine swap is most likely gona be a lot more expensive. also, you may have to re gear anyways. the stock D35 does not hold up well to v8 power(it would not be cost effective to swap in a 4.0 straight six, better to sell ur jeep and buy one with a 6 already in it..) so with v8 power, a new rear axle would be needed, and that would most likely need to be re geared.
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so is there any possibility that i can fit 33's on there without it making me really slow or is re gearing the only option?
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with the 2.5 engine, the only options to make up lost power is to re gear, add forced induction, or swap in a more powerful engine. re gearing is the cheapest of those options.
if you really want to go with a 4 inch lift, then do it, just run 31s till you have the money saved up to re gear for 33s. there is a member on the forum called turdhurdler, he is running a 4 inch lift on 31s, and his jeep does very well off road. i like his set up so much, that i plan on doing it.
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well i do have 31x10.5 inch tires now and i did consider the 2.5 inch rough country lift and it is the same price as the 4 inch lift which is what i dont understand. is there a way i could see turdhurdlers jeep on here? sorry im still not to familiar with how things work around here haha
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yes, it is in the lift review section for YJs, but ill see if i can post a pic of it here.

EDIT: here is his jeep

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that is a pretty nice set up, i mite consider doing that since i dont have much extra cash to make up for lost power and there isnt much power there in the first place! does that still handle well with the 31 inch tires?
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you would have to ask him about the specifics, im not to that point yet.
however i have heard that his jeep does very well on the trail. with the 31s on there, he has a lot of room to flex.
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Old 05-28-2010, 04:58 PM   #18
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yea im taking my jeep out to colorado this summer and i was weighing out my options of what would be best to have on the passes out there. I need a new set of tires and before i bought any i wanted to consider the lift and the size of tires but i really lik how my jeep runs now with 31's so lifting it up and keeping the tire size shouldnt change anything?
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there will be some aerodynamic differences, but you shouldnt really notice those(as far as power goes)
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alright well i appreciate the advice on this! ill look into it some more, thanks!
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:59 PM   #21
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I run a 93 with 2.5 with 34 x 10.50 with the stock 4.11 gears and have no problem at all. Great off road and good on the road around town. Not the best for the highway but gets 60+ mph without much trouble. I feel there is no better way to tear up a jeep faster than put a v8 in it. Every time I go to the trail there is a jeep with a v8 in it blocking the trail waiting on somebody to come back with tools.
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See as you don't want to regear, i wouldn't go with a 4" lift, because you'll probably also need either a CV or SYE. I'd got with a 2.5" lift. Most come with a t case drop which you can install yourself fairly easily. I'd put 30's or 31's on it. With that setup you shouldn't have to spend any extra money.
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I have a 94' YJ with a 3inch body lift and 4inch springs by rough country and set of 1 1/4 shackles and I am running 31/10.50/15's with 2.5 4cyl and still go 60+ mph. I do plan on changing my gears so I can run 35's plus it will give the axles more clearance over obsticles.
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i would say get the 4 inch kit you will thank your self later you can always change gears later or get a bigger motor. but re buying a lift seems to suck you kick your self for not doing it right the first time.and really its not that bad putting a t case drop on, their not horrible. and dont worry about it being to high if you think about it a 4 inch kit only gets you about as high as a regular Chevy truck.i am actually going soa with it because its not that big. but its all up to the wallet.
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i think i am going to go with the 4 inch lift and keep my 31 inch tires for now because i have a potential engine swap that i may do anyways so i wont have to worry about what the 4 banger can handle
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i think i am going to go with the 4 inch lift and keep my 31 inch tires for now because i have a potential engine swap that i may do anyways so i wont have to worry about what the 4 banger can handle
That's a sound stretegy.
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i mean worst case since i need to buy new tires soon i may get the 33s and put up with the sluggishness on the highway until i swap a bigger engine in there
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I have a 95 yj with a 2.5.. its 5 speed. Look and see what gears you have first.(SHOULD BE TAG ON AXLE) if yours is a 5 speed it will prob already have 4:10 gears. (4:10 in back and 4:11 in front i think or may be other way around) IF you do have a 4:10 gears then you can run up to 33s safely on that. if you go any higher you might want to gear it to 4:56 gears. i have 3 in suspension lift on mine and am running 31. about to be flipping axle over leaf spring which is about a 51/2 inch lift with probably 35's on it...

PS: HEARS IS WHAT IM THINKING ABOUT DOING AND SOME OF YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK INTO IT TO. I AM GOING TO BUY A K-5 BLAZER AND TAKE THE DANA 44S AND 350 ENGINE AND 350 TURBO TRANS AND JUST PUTTING IT ALL ON MY JEEP.. ANY COMMENTS??
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an engine swap is most likely gona be a lot more expensive. Also, you may have to re gear anyways. The stock d35 does not hold up well to v8 power(it would not be cost effective to swap in a 4.0 straight six, better to sell ur jeep and buy one with a 6 already in it..) so with v8 power, a new rear axle would be needed, and that would most likely need to be re geared.



if i was wanting to get rid of my d35 i would def go with the ford 8.8 rearend... You can find these under mountaineers and exploders just check and see what the gears are before you snag it from a junk yard. Another good advantage for this is you have disc brakes all the way around!!
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I have a 4.5 lift in my 4 cyl YJ with 32's goes just fine. up hills your gonna be shifting 4th to 3rd, but its not really a big deal if you love your jeep. we all know jeeps arent going fast fast anyway. in the woods... its an animal.

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