Lifting my 2002 tj please help - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > Trail Talk and Land Use Forums > On The Trail

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 01-31-2013, 08:04 AM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
Lifting my 2002 tj please help

I have a 2002 4.0 tj I'm about to buy a 4 inch rough country lift and I already have a one inch body lift on it. So total of 5 inch lift. Im going to be running 35 inch tires on it as well. What I'm asking is what else do I need, i heard that I will need a lot more parts to do this such as a sye, a longer drive shaft, longer brake lines, steering stabilizer, I do have a dana 44 but do I need to regear it ( if so what gears should I run), and a shifter relocater. Also I keep hearing to bumpstop what does this mean

Is all this necessary, and if I'm missing anything what is it, this is my daily driver/weekend warrior. So I do want it to preform well enough to drive on the road but also well enough to go wheelin

Please help this Is the first time I'm lifting a jeep

Tjkid340 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-31-2013, 09:57 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
05ljman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Detroit Area
Posts: 101
If I could give you my honest opinion: take the body lift off the jeep. They may give it somewhat of a lifted look, but if you think about it you are literally taking the body off of the frame. This is bad because it dramatically decreases the amount of surface area that the body has to rest on, which makes for far less stability.

On another note, you are going to put a 4 inch kit in, and that should give you plenty of clearance.

__________________
"That tree jumped out at me"

"It didn't look that deep.." (Famous Last Words)
05ljman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-31-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
05ljman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Detroit Area
Posts: 101
And to answer your other question: yes you will need longer drive shafts, and brake lines. Not sure about the stabilizer though..
__________________
"That tree jumped out at me"

"It didn't look that deep.." (Famous Last Words)
05ljman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-31-2013, 10:10 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
NCJeepin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Connelly Springs, North Carolina
Posts: 3,671
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a 1-1.25" body lift. Nothing but benefits can come from it. There is no dramatic effect on stability, etc. As far as your 4" lift goes, I recommend you research some more and consider other, better quality options. RC is not known for having the best quality or the best ride. But anyways, you'll need a SYE/CV driveshaft and upper rear adjustable control arms or a large t-case drop just to make it drivable with the lift. You'll need to regear front and rear for the 35s. Ratio depends on which transmission you have. With those 35s, you'll also want to address your steering, as it's much harder to turn 35s than stock 29s or 30s. Brakes also should be upgraded if you drive it on the road. You don't want to cause an accident because you can't stop your Jeep in time. Much has to be done to correctly run 35s.
__________________
When in doubt... 4HI and romp it!
NCJeepin is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-01-2013, 01:14 AM   #5
Jeeper
 
Dextreme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Oregon City, OR
Posts: 3,370
Images: 1
I agree with what NCJeepin is saying. Keep researching before you make any purchases...especially with that RC lift that has many mixed reviews. Many buy it because of its cheap price but then moan about worn parts/bushings after a few years.

Keep the 1" Body lift as it will allow you to do "tummy tuck" mods for more breakover clearance.

35's like to taco steering components...prepare to beef them up with stronger components. Also running 35's hard off road, be prepared to be replace u-joints, axle shafts, and R&Ps more often.
__________________
'99 Chilli Pepper TJ Wrangler "Mistress"
33x12.5 DuraTracs
Zone 4.25"
Dextreme is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-01-2013, 10:55 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
05ljman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Detroit Area
Posts: 101
Quote:
Originally Posted by NCJeepin
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a 1-1.25" body lift. Nothing but benefits can come from it. There is no dramatic effect on stability, etc. As far as your 4" lift goes, I recommend you research some more and consider other, better quality options. RC is not known for having the best quality or the best ride. But anyways, you'll need a SYE/CV driveshaft and upper rear adjustable control arms or a large t-case drop just to make it drivable with the lift. You'll need to regear front and rear for the 35s. Ratio depends on which transmission you have. With those 35s, you'll also want to address your steering, as it's much harder to turn 35s than stock 29s or 30s. Brakes also should be upgraded if you drive it on the road. You don't want to cause an accident because you can't stop your Jeep in time. Much has to be done to correctly run 35s.
LOL then I guess we had very different expierences with body lifts ahaha. I could hear the body and lift creaking over every bump and you could feel the unstableness of it. Oh well, it's done with now.

As for our friend I can vouge for rc here. I have the 2.5 lift in my jeep and really love it. Never had any problems with it and it does everything I need. +1 for RC
__________________
"That tree jumped out at me"

"It didn't look that deep.." (Famous Last Words)
05ljman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-05-2013, 11:09 AM   #7
Newb
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
Thanks so much guys you guys really helped I ended up buying the rc 4 inch lift and a sye kit with a duel steering stabilizer. And I didn't even think about the brakes lol I will defently be upgrading my brake system and I have a five speed manual transmission with 44 dana in back is it absolutely nessesary to re gear it , like is it drivable and be able to get up the 70 mph with stock gears ?
Tjkid340 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-05-2013, 12:02 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
NCJeepin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Connelly Springs, North Carolina
Posts: 3,671
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tjkid340 View Post
Thanks so much guys you guys really helped I ended up buying the rc 4 inch lift and a sye kit with a duel steering stabilizer. And I didn't even think about the brakes lol I will defently be upgrading my brake system and I have a five speed manual transmission with 44 dana in back is it absolutely nessesary to re gear it , like is it drivable and be able to get up the 70 mph with stock gears ?
It will be driveable and you can get up to 70.. eventually. You're going to have to downshift when going up any kind of grade though.
__________________
When in doubt... 4HI and romp it!
NCJeepin is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-05-2013, 12:26 PM   #9
Newb
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
Yea becouse I just don't have the doe right now after the lift and the tires lol it's on my to due list but maybe in six months or so but for right now ill deal with the power loss lol untill I get them becouse I heard that between the price of the parts and I'm going to have some one else install them so labor it's going to cost around 1100 so ill save up for them
Tjkid340 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-07-2013, 12:08 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
408jeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 355
Bumpstops are the things that stop your springs from fully compressing because if you don't extend them then your tire will hit your fenders and destroy them

__________________
PM me if you wanna wheel in the Bay Area
408jeeper is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC