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Old 04-01-2013, 02:41 AM   #1
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3" Wrangler lift HELP!

I have a 2001 TJ Wrangler, and am looking to get a lift kit at least 3", 2.5' if cost is REALLY an issue. What is the cheapest way to lift it? I don't really know much about the different kinds so advice and opinions are very helpful. thanks!

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Old 04-01-2013, 03:00 AM   #2
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The cheapest way to do it is body lift or coil spacers but a good way is get a 2.5" coil spring/shock lift kit from Rough Country. With that you can run 32s with stock fenders and 4.5" of backspacing on your wheels with no Issues. Anything over 3" and you'll really need aftermarket control arms and a slew of other upgrades. It's all personal preference though. My opinion is body lifts look like crap by themselves and spacers cause coil bind which is bad news. Hope this helps!

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Even with a 2" lift I've run into unexpected additional items to make it right. 1" MML, extended bump stops, TC skid drop. Driveline vibrations still occur so now I must get adjustable rear control arms to dial in my pinion angle.

This started as $250 springs & $250 shocks and has turned into over $1,000 after everything is completed.
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awesome thanks for the run down and advice!
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So im looking to spend like 250 max, what is the cheapest best value i can get for my buck?
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So im looking to spend like 250 max, what is the cheapest best value i can get for my buck?
Leave it stock.
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No!! Run away from this!! Run very fast and far!
Cheapest value would be a sky jacker 2-2.5" bb with their nitro shocks. Not a great lift but it'll get the job done and for cheap. My friend has this lift and it's decent. Match that with at most a 1.25" bl if you still want the extra inch.
You can always upgrade to better shocks like OME or billstein later.
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So im looking to spend like 250 max, what is the cheapest best value i can get for my buck?
I would suggest a 1" body lift for now if $250 is your budget. Should be able to pick up for $100 or so. When you start doing suspension lifts you have to factor in extras like shocks, extended bump stops, etc. which may be included in your kit depending on which one you purchase. Lifts over 3" may need a CV driveshaft to diminish driveline vibrations due to increased angles on the driveline.

You can always add the suspension lift after you get more $$$$
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:19 AM   #10
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Will I even be able to tell a 1 inch lift? sorry im new to this ha
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Will I even be able to tell a 1 inch lift? sorry im new to this ha
You will. But most likely no one else will be able to tell. The 2" bb will be more noticeable but don't expect women to notice that. They don't notice anything under like 5" Haha bad joke I know. But what size tires are you hoping to run? That'll help us help you better.
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2" coil spacers, 1.25" BL should be $225ish. No issues here. Have a few extra bucks pick up the motor mount and that should eliminate vibes, but every jeep is different. I had none before the MML, it was more for future projects and avoiding radiator drop brackets and what not.

edit: and you can stay with stock shocks, you'll ~1" of droop though, not noticeable in the real world....
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do a zone 3 inch and call it a day.
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Leave it stock.
This, save up and do it right, doing it "cheap" leaves a good chance it will end up more expensive in the long run.
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You should be able to do a 2.25" BB and 1.25 "BL for $200. I would do that long before Rough Country anything.

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The only other two things you "should get" are shocks and front bumpstops.
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This, save up and do it right, doing it "cheap" leaves a good chance it will end up more expensive in the long run.
Amen to that. The guy who had mine before I bought it didn't do it right and I had to have the entire underside replaced on it
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I am not big into offroading, could i do that 2.25 spacers and get by with no new shocks?
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I am not big into offroading, could i do that 2.25 spacers and get by with no new shocks?
Yes. Most stick to 2" though due to coil bind. But if you're not gonna wheel it that's a lot less likely. Would still keep in at 2
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So im looking to spend like 250 max, what is the cheapest best value i can get for my buck?
You've got a jeep valued at probably at least $8k to $12k dep on mileage, why would you put a cheap body lift on it and "screw it up." +1 on saving a little longer and go to the Suspension lift. If I remember correctly you can get them for TJ's in the $400-$500 range. That would be a huge improvement for only a couple hundred more. My 2 cents.
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You've got a jeep valued at probably at least $8k to $12k dep on mileage, why would you put a cheap body lift on it and "screw it up." +1 on saving a little longer and go to the Suspension lift. If I remember correctly you can get them for TJ's in the $400-$500 range. That would be a huge improvement for only a couple hundred more. My 2 cents.
He wasn't looking at body lifts, he was looking at budget boosts, AKA a puck on top of the spring. While I agree he should save up there is also nothing wrong with a small body lift (1-1.25in).
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You've got a jeep valued at probably at least $8k to $12k dep on mileage, why would you put a cheap body lift on it and "screw it up." +1 on saving a little longer and go to the Suspension lift. If I remember correctly you can get them for TJ's in the $400-$500 range. That would be a huge improvement for only a couple hundred more. My 2 cents.
Here are a few reasons. For starters, as homebrwd said a 1-1.25" body lift for a TJ is a good thing. It allows for other important mods such as a MML and tummy tuck. > 1.25" BL problems can arise.

Another reason is that a 2" BB on stock springs is a better ride than a cheap RC lift that will jar your teeth and has bushings that wear out in a in few years. 2"BB on stock springs is not screwing up anything.

But with all that said, I will agree that in $400-$500 range the Zone 3" kit is awesome for the money. http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=21&gr=-1
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Yeah, their two shops aren't that far from me. I haven't been to either one though.
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He wasn't looking at body lifts, he was looking at budget boosts, AKA a puck on top of the spring. While I agree he should save up there is also nothing wrong with a small body lift (1-1.25in).
Ok ya I'm not very familiar with lifts for jeeps with coil springs, I've been in the leaf spring world of yj's too long.. I've just seen a lot of problems surrounding body lifts so I always try to steer people clear of anything more than an inch on body.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:46 PM   #25
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If u have a 4 banger.then the rough country 2.5 lift for a 4.0 will give u 3 inches.get just the springs.ebay the shocks for a three inch lift.

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