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Old 04-09-2014, 01:17 PM   #1
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2005 TJ unlimited

Just bought my first jeep it's a 2005 TJ unlimited what suspension kit should I install and how high?

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Old 04-10-2014, 05:31 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum

Just letting you know, the thread was moved front the build area to general discussion. This is a very popular topic. Take a look through the build forums and read the sticky's. Lots if information already on the forum.

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Old 04-10-2014, 08:22 AM   #3
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Just bought my first jeep it's a 2005 TJ unlimited what suspension kit should I install and how high?
Congrats on your new purchase. Why the rush to lift it? I would enjoy it stock for now. Learn all the ins and outs of your rig both onroad and offroad before lifting it.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:17 AM   #4
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Just bought my first jeep it's a 2005 TJ unlimited what suspension kit should I install and how high?
Congrats on your LJ purchase!

What is it you want to do with the Jeep? Is it a Daily Driver? Cruise around town? Rocks? Mud? Etc.? That should be the deciding factor on what you should do to the Jeep.

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Old 04-11-2014, 05:37 PM   #5
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Ok I will leave it stock for awhile thanks guys
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:39 PM   #6
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Where can I find the tag on my jeep to find the axle size and gear ratio?
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:35 PM   #7
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Where can I find the tag on my jeep to find the axle size and gear ratio?
If its stock it has Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear with 3.73 gear ratio.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:04 PM   #8
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Thanks hooper for the input
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:30 PM   #9
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I've got an 05 LJ like you but I bought it already built. I was looking at upgrades right after I bought it last spring but was given some great advice that has worked out well so far - "wheel it until you get to an obstacle that you can make it over (that you want to make it over) and then upgrade based on that" and obviously other similar sized obstacles. I've found that my jeep was already suitable for everything I've encountered and probably want to encounter in my daily driver.

Hope this helps and welcome to the addiction.
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Also, search on here for how to get a build sheet from jeep with your vin number and that will give you a great starting point on figuring out what all you have.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:15 PM   #11
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I bought my 05 LJ from a guy I know and it was already built up, re-geared, locked, etc. He took the time to do it right, and it's not a bad ride if I had to use it for a daily driver. That said, 4 1/2 inches of lift with 35's is probably way more than I need for south Louisiana. My only advice is that whatever you do, go for the best and don't shortcut. Nothing is more miserable than a big lifted Jeep that rides like crap, darts all over the road when you hit a bump, and is constantly having to be wrenched on to keep it from being a danger to drive safely. Especially if it's your only means of transportation.

Take your time, research the stuff you want, and ride in as many built Jeeps as you can before you build your own. Good luck and congrats on that sweet LJ.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:43 AM   #12
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A three inch lift will let you fit 33" tires and make the LJ look a lot better. It will still drive like stock and will be relatively easy to get in and out of. Check-out my photos. The ones with the pocket flares are a 3" suspension lift, the one photo with the stock flares was a 2" budget boost
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:35 PM   #13
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4'' w/ 32's
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:08 PM   #14
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A three inch lift will let you fit 33" tires and make the LJ look a lot better. It will still drive like stock and will be relatively easy to get in and out of. Check-out my photos. The ones with the pocket flares are a 3" suspension lift, the one photo with the stock flares was a 2" budget boost
2" budget boost w 15" wheels and 31" tires:



2" budget boost w 18" wheels and 32" tires:



3" suspension lift with 18" wheels and 32" tires:

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Congrats on the new Jeep! I love my '05 LJ...it has the same wheel base as my old Scrambler. I'm reading right along with you on the best LJ lifts. I've owned many Jeeps, but just acquired my first LJ about 2 months ago. Like all the fellow Jeepers in here keep saying the best thing to do is research, research, research and don't go for something just cuz it's cheeper.
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Nice ride SEAICE!
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:33 PM   #17
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My 05 LJ, 3" suspension lift, 33x10.50 tires. Lift and tires have been on for ~6 years.

If I was buying a 3" lift today, I'd look at Savvy first, Zone if I was on a budget.

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My 05 LJ, 3" suspension lift, 33x10.50 tires. Lift and tires have been on for ~6 years.

If I was buying a 3" lift today, I'd look at Savvy first, Zone if I was on a budget.

Nice LJ lynn. No SYE or different driveshaft right?
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Nice ride SEAICE!
Thanks!
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:29 PM   #20
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2005 LJ w/ 3.5" Rubicon Express Super Flex Lift and 33x12.5x16 wheels

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2005 LJ with 4 1/2 inch Rubicon Express Superflex lift, 15" rims with 35x15x12.5 tires.

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Nice LJ lynn. No SYE or different driveshaft right?
Correct.
I did add Rubi flares to cover more of the tread (my wheels are 15x7, 3.75" bs)
I also run JKS adjustable track bars, JKS quicker disconnects, and Currie front LCAs set to 16".
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:40 PM   #24
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I hate how our LJs make tires look smaller than they really are...

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