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Old 03-14-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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Post 3" Lift Kit Help/Advice for a newbie

Hi All,

Im new to the WF and have found it as a great source of info. After many years I finally want to do some work (now I that I have a little money) to my Jeep.

I have a 2002 Wrangler Sahara and would like to get a 3 lift with 33 tires. Ive seen some great pics of some members Jeeps with a similar setup. I need to use my Jeep for commuting so highway stability/speed is important to me.

My ideal setup would be

3 lift. I was looking a TeraFlex kit w/shocks. It seemed like a good setup as no welding or drilling is required (or so it claims).
33 GY Duratrac
Crager D Window 342

My questions are:

What else would I need in addition to the lift kit? I read a description of this kit and it said a Short Shaft Kit was needed to eliminate driveshaft vibration. Is this needed?
Will 33 tires work with a 3 lift? The guy at Quadratec told me I need a 4 lift for 33s

Any help is appreciated. I feel like Im reading different things on different sites and want to do this correctly the first time.

Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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According to the to info regarding TeraFlex lift kits, 4" of lift is needed for 33" tires...I bet if you get a 1" body lift (3+1=4) should do the trick...the 3" lift cost $895.00 less then the 4" lift...the body lift costs vary between $90.00 to $153.00, depending on which you purchase...by going with the 3+1 system...you have a minimum of $742.00 left to purchase SYE Kit...

It is well worth purchasing a Slip Yoke Elimination Kit (SYE)...My Jeep has a TeraFlex 231 Extreme Short Shaft Kit, Tom Woods driveshaft...this will cost $654 out of the $742 you saved by purchasing a "3+1 lift"...with the $93.00 left you may want to purchase the TeraFlex TJ Shift linkage adapter for $86.00...which will save you future headaches...Take it from me...been their don that...The linkage for my 97 needed to be cut...don't know about your 2002...which leaves you $2.00 for a cup of coffee at 7-11...

Before doing anything, call TeraFlex and talk with a technical adviser to confirm I am correct...

Also read the following to learn why the SYE is necessary...

ROCKCRAWLER.com - JB Conversions slip yoke eliminator kit and Tom Wood Drive Shaft

Research other manufacturers such as JB, Superlift, yada, yada, yada for the best kits for "Your Money"...

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Old 03-14-2011, 04:59 PM   #3
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I run 33" tires with a 3" suspention lift and a 1" body lift. I originally had just the suspention lift and run 33's with slight rubbing at full stuff, but none since the addidition of the body lift.
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Btw.. If the kit does not include an adjustable front track bar, get one.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:59 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help all. Before I pull the trigger I will definately call Customer Support and confirm everything fits together. Here is what I put together:

3" Teraflex Lift

Adjustable trackbar

231 Extreme Short Shaft Kit

Tom Wood Extended Rear DS (non-longarm)

Transfer Case Shift Linkage

1" BL

I'm laughing at my ignorance and expectation I could get what I wanted for between 1,000-1,500. I strongly believe you get what you pay for so I would prefer to do it correctly the first time and not have to deal with busted parts down the road.

Does anyone have recommendations of other brands which may be less expensive but good quality?
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Thanks for the help all. Before I pull the trigger I will definately call Customer Support and confirm everything fits together. Here is what I put together:

3" Teraflex Lift

Adjustable trackbar

231 Extreme Short Shaft Kit

Tom Wood Extended Rear DS (non-longarm)

Transfer Case Shift Linkage

1" BL

I'm laughing at my ignorance and expectation I could get what I wanted for between 1,000-1,500. I strongly believe you get what you pay for so I would prefer to do it correctly the first time and not have to deal with busted parts down the road.

Does anyone have recommendations of other brands which may be less expensive but good quality?
Don't sweat it, soon you will be giving advice and like me you will learn from your mistakes...google Jeep parts and check out all the suppliers and find the best price, then make a post and ask if anyone has it and what they think...take some time and get the biggest bang for the buck...Do the lift, SYE and shifter linkage and you Jeep will be sweet...

You should also think about skid plates...my Jeep is protected underneath almost to the max and my front axle housing is in sand shape from climbing rocks in southern Nevada...not to mention while straddling rocks it slipped and dropped straight down about 6 to 10' which did not help...

Hint, where possible I click on every Jeep profile to find out what equipment people have...this helps and I got a few ideas for part fabrications I will do this spring/summer...
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:04 PM   #7
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Thanks for the encouragement. After a little more research I was thinking if going with a RCD or Black Diamond 3" kit.

If anyone has some feedback to share with either of these kits I would appreciate hearing it. Thanks!


RCD Suspension 3" Lift Kit with Bilstein Shocks
RCD Suspension 3" Lift Kit with Bilstein Shocks for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

Black Diamond 3" Suspension Lift Kit with AT Shocks
Black Diamond 3" Suspension Lift Kit with AT Shocks for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

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Old 03-15-2011, 07:32 PM   #8
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I run a Teraflex 3" lift kit with 33X10.5 BFG Mud Terrains and there is no problems so far. I had the guys at Dessert Rat in PHX do the install because I am lazy. Worth the money to me. Great set up.
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If you want to do it right the first time don't buy any that you have listed so far and before people have you running in circles chasing your tail call Savvy Offroad . Tell them you want to run 33s and they will sell you the best control arms from a company that makes the arms most prefer and the same with springs , track bar and so on . One company don't make the best of everything but who says you have to stick with one brand and compromise when you can have the best of each with one call .
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Also look at the Zone 3" lift, it isnt as well known as RCD or Black Diamond but the lift comes pretty complete and they also have a combo deal for $625 that comes with a 1.25 bl with a 1" jks motor mount lift.
This is mine with just the 3" and 33x12.50 duratracs
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IMHO, I like Gary2's idea of piecing together a kit. I have the Black Diamond 3" w/32's and it's stiff, I think it's the shocks. I've been told I can go 33's without problems. I really want to go 35's, but the that's a whole other thread and a bunch of cash!
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:54 PM   #12
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i am also lookin at getin a 3 inch SL, i have been looking at both tara flex and ZONE lift. i was looking at rustys offroad but the shipping from him is gonna kill me
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If you want to do it right the first time don't buy any that you have listed so far and before people have you running in circles chasing your tail call Savvy Offroad . Tell them you want to run 33s and they will sell you the best control arms from a company that makes the arms most prefer and the same with springs , track bar and so on . One company don't make the best of everything but who says you have to stick with one brand and compromise when you can have the best of each with one call .
Like their shifter linkage...Thanks for the info...
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:23 PM   #14
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I really have to say this, a lift kit is great, but if you're not planning on doing some heavy off roading, I would strongly advise against it. Lift kits a re specifically designed to give you more clearance at low speed while offroading. You are going to raise your center of gravity and thereby diminishing your stability for everyday commuting. I had a 3.5" lift kit on my jeep, while running 33" tires on heavily negative offset rims and was fighting with the road at every turn. I recently removed the lift kit and can't believe how much better it rides. Because of the negative offset of my rims, I have no issues with turning radius and rubbing. I also think my jeep looks better and more sporty with stock suspension (obviously just my opinion). Please think carefully before you decide to add a lift kit and remember that a lot of jeep owners use their jeeps for recreation and not everyday commuting. All the advise you've been given is great advice as far as lift kits go, but the ride is most certainly a different ball game:-)
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^this is really good advice^

lifting is great, crawling is great, but a lifted Jeep is a lifted Jeep, not a car.
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^this is really good advice^

lifting is great, crawling is great, but a lifted Jeep is a lifted Jeep, not a car.
Can i get an amen! Lol i have a 1 coil spacer. Sye and cv driveline and i run 33's no rubbing. They barely graze the stock fenders in the rear off-road but other than that.. ive spent $900-1000 plus tires and im pretty happy with it. There are tons of options out there. You can always change the set up if your not happy with the performance of the kit.
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u just need 2.5in coils to fit 33s

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