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Old 01-11-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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BB kit vs Coil lift kit

Been doing a little research, and I am leaning towards going ahead with a 2-3" coil spring lift kit priced in the $300-$500 range. My question is, at this point is it worth it over a BB kit with some good shocks. My primary goal is to clear 32's at this point. Mild offroading right now. I do plan on some major building later on, but not in the near future. So should I just go with a 2" bb and use the rest of my budget on some other stuff. One thing that concerns me is if I go with a coil kit, I would probably need a SYE or would I be ok with a transfer drop? From what I read, I would actually get a little more clearance form a 2" coil lift vs a 2" bb. Thanks for your thoughts.

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For 300 get the RC 2.5. Rough Country 2.5 inch TJ lift kit. Many, many people have gotten this kit over the last few years. Vs a BB you get better springs, and it requires virtually the same amount of work. For a 2.5 lift, you will not need a SYE or TC drop. One you go over that those things start to become necessary.

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I'm thinking your stock coils are sagging on your 1997. If so, a BB will not net you the same height gain, as a full coil replacement suspension lift.
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For 300 get the RC 2.5. Rough Country 2.5 inch TJ lift kit. Many, many people have gotten this kit over the last few years. Vs a BB you get better springs, and it requires virtually the same amount of work. For a 2.5 lift, you will not need a SYE or TC drop. One you go over that those things start to become necessary.
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I'm thinking your stock coils are sagging on your 1997. If so, a BB will not net you the same height gain, as a full coil replacement suspension lift.
Thanks guys. This confirms what I was thinking. I saw the Rough Country kit and liked it. What other lifts will be along the same lines? I could possibly rob the piggy bank for a little more if there is another option but either way I want to stay around the 2 to 2.5 inch lift. Thanks
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Lots of guys run the OME 2.5 as well . . . they are supposed to offer a better handling, smoother on road ride. Even with a 2.5" set up, you may need to lower the TC case a bit . . . but probably just a few washers worth . . . sometimes you do, sometimes you don't . . . just depends on whether you get vibes or not without lowering it.
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Just an fyi but i put rc shocks on my jeep with their 4 in lift (I up graded to the best shock they had). ROUGH should be in thier name. Wow. To the point that I would have to idle over speed bumps or i would come off the seat. I just think they r way to rough for on road use. The hiway is kinda scary on wet days.I swapped them out and have been happy ever since.
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Just an fyi but i put rc shocks on my jeep with their 4 in lift (I up graded to the best shock they had). ROUGH should be in thier name. Wow. To the point that I would have to idle over speed bumps or i would come off the seat. I just think they r way to rough for on road use. The hiway is kinda scary on wet days.I swapped them out and have been happy ever since.
What shock did you upgrade to? I wouldnt mind going with a little bit of bigger lift, but I dont want to strain the 4 banger with a bigger tire than the 32 at this point. How would 32s look on 4 inch lift? Not sure if I would benefit from a 4 inch right now anyway? More thoughts? Nice bully Jbone. Ive got to English bullies myself!
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What other lifts will be along the same lines? I could possibly rob the piggy bank for a little more if there is another option but either way I want to stay around the 2 to 2.5 inch lift. Thanks
gajeepdawg, I personally run a 2" BDS lift. I originally was researching the 2" OME kit and my BIL actually bought the HD OME kit from DPG and I helped him install it. So I got to have a preview of what to expect should I go with OME.

When we finished the installation, we took the Jeep on a test drive. In my opinion, the ride was very smooth and soft; actually, it was too soft for my preference. While my brother-in-law liked the OME's ride, I thought it felt too "boaty", very different from a stock Jeep ride. After that experience, I decided to research further on other 2" lift options.

I finally settled on purchasing a 2" BDS lift. IMO the series 5500 shocks are spot on for our short wheelbase Jeeps. The BDS rides almost the same to a stock Jeep, if not better. Performance on and off the road, is awesome. I would definitely buy BDS again.


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