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Old 03-05-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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few questions about lifts

hey everyone i have been looking at at some liftkits online and i had a few questions.. i have been looking at the rough country 4 inch lift kit do any of you wrangler fans have this lift and if so do u like how it works and also are there any bads to it.. also with the 4 inch lift do u need to do any mods to the driveshaft and also i been looking at the rough country 3.25 lift other than the .75 in of lift and 100 bucks cheeper would that be a better buy? thanks for taking ur time to read this Jesse

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Personally, I would avoid Rough Country lifts. Their springs have a horrible reputation of sagging over time. This is of course compounded if you add weight like bumpers, armor, etc.

In order to recommend a lift, we really need to know what your plans are and what size tire you plan to run. For instance, if you are wanting to run 35s, which I would hope would be a minimum for you to be considering a 4" lift, then you can get something like a Teraflex 2.5" coil lift, Rock Krawler Stock Mod, etc and have plenty of clearance for far less money than a correctly done 4" lift would cost.

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i plan on fixing my jeep up for a bit of offroading nothing wild, i plan on getting 35 with 16 inch rims mayby 17 when i save up more money, now i have stock 2011 sahara rims and tires , if the rough country lifts arnt that great u say try the teraflex 2.5'' coil lift whats that run in the $ bracket
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i plan on fixing my jeep up for a bit of offroading nothing wild, i plan on getting 35 with 16 inch rims mayby 17 when i save up more money, now i have stock 2011 sahara rims and tires , if the rough country lifts arnt that great u say try the teraflex 2.5'' coil lift whats that run in the $ bracket
With a 3"+ lift and 35's you'll need, in no particular order:

A new front driveshaft. A rear bumper with a tire carrier, or something like the OR-FAB tire carrier that can handle the weight of your spare. If you're gonna wheel it regularly, you might wanna look into getting your front axle sleeved and gusseted, so it doesn't get bent. And you'll wanna regear.

You can get the TF 2.5" lift w/Bilstein 5100's for ~ $750 from Northridge 4x4.
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i plan on fixing my jeep up for a bit of offroading nothing wild, i plan on getting 35 with 16 inch rims mayby 17 when i save up more money, now i have stock 2011 sahara rims and tires , if the rough country lifts arnt that great u say try the teraflex 2.5'' coil lift whats that run in the $ bracket
You can get the 2.5" coil kit with Bilstein 5100 shocks for $750 from Northridge.

As for running 35s, nothing wrong with that. But do your research first. With your 2011, you will probably need to regear. You will need a programmer such as a procal to adjust the tire size in the Jeeps computer so your speedo is correct, among other adjustments. If you wheel moderately, you may need sleeves and gussets for the axle. You will need a new tire carrier for the heavy spare tire.

As you can see, it is not just as simple as throwing the tires on and rolling out.
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Looks like kbw beat me to it. Lol.
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Looks like kbw beat me to it. Lol.
One minute apart.
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With a 3"+ lift and 35's you'll need, in no particular order:

A new front driveshaft. A rear bumper with a tire carrier, or something like the OR-FAB tire carrier that can handle the weight of your spare. If you're gonna wheel it regularly, you might wanna look into getting your front axle sleeved and gusseted, so it doesn't get bent. And you'll wanna regear.

You can get the TF 2.5" lift w/Bilstein 5100's for ~ $750 from Northridge 4x4.
You forgot to add the $700 D30 chromoly front axle shafts to turn those big boys on the trail.
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You forgot to add the $700 D30 chromoly front axle shafts to turn those big boys on the trail.
I gave him the cheaper sleeve & gusset option.
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o i did not know the 3''+ lifts required the driveshaft change i'm new with a jeep and thank you guys so much for the info but if i were to go with a 2.5'' lift i should be alright with the stock driveshaft correct and i recall u brought up a teraflex lift and also a coil with bilstien shocks (if i spelled right) so u would recomend them to other friends for a lift for a beginner thanks jesse
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o i did not know the 3''+ lifts required the driveshaft change i'm new with a jeep and thank you guys so much for the info but if i were to go with a 2.5'' lift i should be alright with the stock driveshaft correct and i recall u brought up a teraflex lift and also a coil with bilstien shocks (if i spelled right) so u would recomend them to other friends for a lift for a beginner thanks jesse
No ds problems with a 2.5" lift. You'll want to order the TF exhaust spacer, though, so there's no contact with your ds and exhaust pipe when you go offroad. It's only ~ $50, and easy to install.

The TF 2.5" lift is one of the most popular out there, for good reason. And the Bilsteins rock. That's what I've got on my rig.

I'd recommend that combo to anyone. As a matter of fact, I do all the time. It has nothing to do with being a "beginner"; there are lots of veteran Jeepers who run that combo.

All the other stuff I pointed out in post #4 though – tire carrier, axle mods, regearing – apply to the 35" tires.
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I gave him the cheaper sleeve & gusset option.
Is that sufficient enough to turn larger, heavier tires over moderate hills and obsticles and not break a shaft? I was budgeting for front locker, gussets and shafts.
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is that the lift that you are talking about if not can u send me one im trying to look for a complete package deal and also now i am looking for the spacer you were talking about
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Is that sufficient enough to turn larger, heavier tires over moderate hills and obsticles and not break a shaft? I was budgeting for front locker, gussets and shafts.
Probably not if you're gonna wheel it hard. But I based the sleeve/gusset advice on his statement below:

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i plan on fixing my jeep up for a bit of offroading nothing wild
If it were me, I'd get the new shaft.
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is that the lift that you are talking about if not can u send me one im trying to look for a complete package deal and also now i am looking for the spacer you were talking about
That's the right kit, but with the TF shocks. If you want the Bilstein 5100's instead of the TF shocks, I think you need to call them.

Also, I just re-read your first couple of posts, and you don't need the exhaust spacer for a 2011. I was thinking you were in a '12, initially.
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Probably not if you're gonna wheel it hard. But I based the sleeve/gusset advice on his statement below:



If it were me, I'd get the new shaft.
Yep. Didn't see that.
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i very much thank you for all ur help and educated me a little about the lift i think im going to call tomorow and order the lift and talk to them about the different shocks thanks again jesse
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i very much thank you for all ur help and educated me a little about the lift i think im going to call tomorow and order the lift and talk to them about the different shocks thanks again jesse
4fit might jump in here in a second and tell you if Northridge offers the TF/Bilstein combo on their website. I didn't see it, but he's had a lot more dealings with them than I have.

If not, you can just call em.
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I have the Rough Country 3.25 lift with their 2.2 shocks, running 35" BFG AT's on 16" wheels. At first it was a little stiff but since I have been wheelin some it has softened up. I just ordered their disconnects also. I have no problem with this lift. Any questions PM me will be glad to help
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4fit might jump in here in a second and tell you if Northridge offers the TF/Bilstein combo on their website. I didn't see it, but he's had a lot more dealings with them than I have.

If not, you can just call em.
Lol. Actually, I've never ordered anything from them. Have talked to Dave on a couple occasions though. Great guy and a great company.

And I believe you are right about that kit not being on the website. I would definitely call them.
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Lol. Actually, I've never ordered anything from them. Have talked to Dave on a couple occasions though. Great guy and a great company.

And I believe you are right about that kit not being on the website. I would definitely call them.
I thought you and Dave were like, cousins or something. Bros-in-law. Tight.

You should at least be getting finder's fees.
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I thought you and Dave were like, cousins or something. Bros-in-law. Tight.

You should at least be getting finder's fees.
Hahaha. Yeah, I do seem to push that company a lot. They just have the best price on that setup right now. Used to be ORW, and I would recommend them if they still had the cheapest price.
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