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Old 12-26-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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2005 unlimited lift suggestions?

Hey there,
I have a 2005 jeep unlimited currently with a small spacer lift from zone lift kits and 31" tires with dick cepek rims. This summer i am wanting to upgrade to either a 3" or 4" lift with 285/70/R17 size goodyear mt/r with kevlar. The jeep is used mainly as a DD, little off road use since i am a college student and need to make it last. I am mainly just looking for a more agressive stance, very picky about that. As of now it appears to squat in the back a tiny bit. I was thinking about the daystar 3inch spacer with shock kit or the daystar 3inch spacer with 1 inch BL with shocks kit. I need the lift to be more on the cheaper side whether it be spacers or a full suspension. Let me know your thoughts please!!

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Your a broke collage student but willing to drop 300ish per tire plus new wheels. Also you don't need a lot of lift for 33s on an LJ. Trim your flairs cut your front bumper into a stubby and put 33s on the wheels you have. Just my worthless .02

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You probably have better things to spend your money on, like textbooks...or beer.
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Thank you for your helpful replies.
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You probably have better things to spend your money on, like textbooks...or beer.
x2^ If you don't really take it off road, I see no reason to spend money to do a 3-4 inch lift(properly). My friends LJ is only on a 2 inch spacer lift and he runs 32's and looks aggressive. It's also very trail capable.
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I have an 05 LJ with a 4" lift and 33s (Nittos). I have a ProComp lift on mine and I get great comments on mine.. I think it looks right.. at least for me.

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I know you guys have good advice however what ever his reason we should try and give him some suggestions on what hes looking for.
Just saying.
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I have an 05 LJ with a 4" lift and 33s (Nittos). I have a ProComp lift on mine and I get great comments on mine.. I think it looks right.. at least for me.

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Do you have any pictures of your ride you could post for us to see?
Is your rig a rubicon or sport?
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Here is my advice, if the rear seems to be sagging, don't fix it by lifting it, replace the sagging worn out parts. Last thing you need is to go cheap, have more problems and then be stuck with something you can't sell.

Buy a solid 2" spring lift kit with new springs and shocks and call it a day. If you have to have another inch, install a body lift.
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I know you guys have good advice however what ever his reason we should try and give him some suggestions on what hes looking for.
Just saying.
Thank you, much appreciated.
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Here is my advice, if the rear seems to be sagging, don't fix it by lifting it, replace the sagging worn out parts. Last thing you need is to go cheap, have more problems and then be stuck with something you can't sell.

Buy a solid 2" spring lift kit with new springs and shocks and call it a day. If you have to have another inch, install a body lift.
Thanks! Any suggestions on a good 2" spring lift kit? Also, whats the usual price for a 1 or 2 inch BL installed?
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Here is a picture of my jeep as, bought it like this except i upgraded to kc fog and driving lights and a speaker system

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No problem brother, were all in this together.
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Do you have any pictures of your ride you could post for us to see?
Is your rig a rubicon or sport?
mine is a 2005 LJ Unlimited..It has a 4" Pro Comp lift with 17" wheels and 33" Nittos.. its mostly a DD with the occasional offroad trip. Hope you like it.
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Thanks! Any suggestions on a good 2" spring lift kit? Also, whats the usual price for a 1 or 2 inch BL installed?
if you are going to do a 2" BL, then just do some Daystar spacers and upgrade your shocks.
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IMO, why waste you time on silly spacers? There are some good, solid springs with matching shocks you can buy. Same amount of work and much better results.

BDS is a great option for the price.
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mine is a 2005 LJ Unlimited..It has a 4" Pro Comp lift with 17" wheels and 33" Nittos.. its mostly a DD with the occasional offroad trip. Hope you like it.
That looks sweet. Nice job. I have a few questions for ya, what fender flares are those and what rock guard is that? Would you happen to have a few more pics of different angles? Im just asking beacause I think that looks so sweet.
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DBoat that is sweet.


I have an 05 Unlimited stock but I started drooling after I saw that pic!
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That looks sweet. Nice job. I have a few questions for ya, what fender flares are those and what rock guard is that? Would you happen to have a few more pics of different angles? Im just asking beacause I think that looks so sweet.
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DBoat that is sweet.


I have an 05 Unlimited stock but I started drooling after I saw that pic!
Thanks guys, I appreciate the complements. Here are a few more pics.. I have gone to the clear turn signals and have also upgraded the headlights to the Truck Lites LEDs.. so the front end pic is prior to those upgrades but shows the bumper and winch.
in regard to the rock guards, are you referring to the nerf bars or the rocker covers? The nerfs are for my wife so she can get in and out, (and me to kinda) the rocker covers are pretty much for looks. I wanted to get rid of the little black plastic piece that covers up a hole behind the front fenders. The fenders are Bushwacker Flat Flares. I dont like having tires that stick out beyond the fender, so these covered them up..

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I went to my local Twisted Concept store and asked about a lift, they recomended a full rough country 3.25 in suspension lift and a steering stabilizer. He quoted me full installation with alignment at $1200. Doesnt sound too bad to me
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I went to my local Twisted Concept store and asked about a lift, they recomended a full rough country 3.25 in suspension lift and a steering stabilizer. He quoted me full installation with alignment at $1200. Doesnt sound too bad to me
Read up on RC... not a real favorite on this forum.. but if you are happy with it, then go for it.. remember, cheaper is not always better and you will have to live with the results of your choice for a long time.

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Here is my advice, if the rear seems to be sagging, don't fix it by lifting it, replace the sagging worn out parts. Last thing you need is to go cheap, have more problems and then be stuck with something you can't sell.

Buy a solid 2" spring lift kit with new springs and shocks and call it a day. If you have to have another inch, install a body lift.
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My 2005 LJ with 3.5 Rubicon Express Super Flex Lift and 33" BFG All Terrains.

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the complements. Here are a few more pics.. I have gone to the clear turn signals and have also upgraded the headlights to the Truck Lites LEDs.. so the front end pic is prior to those upgrades but shows the bumper and winch.
in regard to the rock guards, are you referring to the nerf bars or the rocker covers? The nerfs are for my wife so she can get in and out, (and me to kinda) the rocker covers are pretty much for looks. I wanted to get rid of the little black plastic piece that covers up a hole behind the front fenders. The fenders are Bushwacker Flat Flares. I dont like having tires that stick out beyond the fender, so these covered them up..

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Awesome pics bro. Hey how do you like those truck lites leds? Do you knowtis a diff? Would you happen to have a link?
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My 2005 LJ with 3.5 Rubicon Express Super Flex Lift and 33" BFG All Terrains.

Wow thats another nice rig. What kind of side body armor is that?
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I got the JCR sliders. Saw them on the vendors section on here. They come unfinished so once I got them I took them in and had them powder coated.

JcrOffroad, Inc. TJ/YJ/CJ Deluxe Crusader Sliders
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I'm not sure what the brand of my lift is because the PO installed it and I've never met him to ask him about it. But from what I can tell its a 3" with 1" body. And it has 255/85/16 km2. I would like to upgrade it to a 4 inch long arm when I can afford to so I can clear 35-37" tires and have good flex. If you can afford it go with the 3 inch and get a complete kit if you want it to ride good. The 3" will give you the future option of flat fenders to clear a much bigger tire, and will clear your 33 and still ride stock or better. Just doing a spring and shock works though but your geometry might be off and you won't have the same flex.
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My 2005 LJ with 3.5 Rubicon Express Super Flex Lift and 33" BFG All Terrains.
I really like how that sits
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Awesome pics bro. Hey how do you like those truck lites leds? Do you knowtis a diff? Would you happen to have a link?
I do like the lights. I did a lot of research and went this direction for a lot of different reasons. Got em at Rebel Offroad I believe..
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OP, I would run from Rough Country, it will ride like a brick.For about the same money you should be able to get the RCD 3" or a Black Diamond 3" and run up to a 33" tire on those wheels with a good ride and no need for a drive shaft mod.

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