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Old 11-10-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Been studying lifts a lot, but have a couple questions..

Hello all. I've learned a lot about lift kits here, but I still have a couple of questions that I hope y'all wouldn't mind helping with. I have a 97 SE, so I won't be doing anything too drastic. BFG KO 31's, probably will never go any bigger. I've decided on a 2" BB with new shocks. I was wondering about the transfer case drop. I know all jeeps don't need it, so if I don't have vibes am I okay not to do it? I don't want anything to wear out just because I don't feel the vibes. Also, someone on here was worried about track bar brackets or adjustable track bars and he only had a 2"BB. Is that something I need to worry about? Lastly, if y'all could recommend a good 2" to me, with a decent balance between value and quality. Thank all of you guys for sharing your knowledge.

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With a 2 in BB you shouldnt need amy transfer case drop. Mine didmt and neither a few of my friends jeep i installed their lifts for. Its not enough lift to reallychange it that much. And adjustable track bars can be bought if youd like but not necessary. Your axle might be off center just a tad but barely noticable if noticable at all. I just installed a 2 in BB with stock shocks on an lj and its fine and a 2 in BB from Rubicon express with shocks on a tj and id say get one with shocks just so theyll be the right length if you ever flex it.

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Thanks Alex, I did look at the Rubicon Express with shocks.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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All budget booster kits are the same. No matter the material of the spacer, its all the same. The only difference would be shocks. You would definately be better off buying a 2 in BB kit without shocks and putting some bilsteins, OMEs, or rancho 9000s instead. Much better shocks than in any kit. Just make sure you have the right amount of bumpstop extensions which some kits include and some dont. Thats all you need for a 2 in BB though. Real easy install. Ive done a few, all myself with basic tools. All in an afternoon
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thgr8alex basically covered everything. I just wanted to share this video, which does a good job of showing you why you get driveline vibes.



It's a cool video nonetheless. I'm sorry it's 8mins and I don't remember the exact min/sec marker for the U-Joint driveline vibration demonstration. I believe OME has a 2" BB that's quite popular. Could be wrong though...
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Thanks for the info guys. That was an interesting video too. So I'll just get my shocks separately. Do I have to specify that I have 2 inches of lift to get the right ones?
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Thanks for the info guys. That was an interesting video too. So I'll just get my shocks separately. Do I have to specify that I have 2 inches of lift to get the right ones?
Yes but no... Go by what listed for collapsed/extended lengths and what fits with your lift. You can run a longer shock if set up right and want more droop from the suspensions.
X2 on the Rancho 9000's.
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Thanks KJ Keeper.
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:40 PM   #9
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Thanks Alex, I did look at the Rubicon Express with shocks.
RE has two basic shocks, Twin-Tube and Monotube... the Twin-Tubes are stiff as hell, the Monotube rides nice on the street but it doesn't give enough control offroad (I ran them for 5-6 years).

Instead, as suggested above, get some good shocks like the Old Man Emu Nitrochargers, Rancho RS9000xl, Bilstein 5100, etc. I have the OME Nitrocharges & like them a lot. Even my wife likes how they ride which is amazing, considering her daily driver is a Lexus LS-430.
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Thank you Jerry. I was also wondering why the RE kit only came with rear bump stops? you don't need the front?
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the Monotube rides nice on the street but it doesn't give enough control offroad (I ran them for 5-6 years).
The RE monotubes are now white boxed and relabel Bilstein 5100s. This is per company source as of yesterday.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:10 AM   #12
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If you just want to go 2 inches, get a body lift kit, they're easy to install and most come with good polyurethane bushings and bolts that last longer than the rubber crap that's OEM. adjustable track bars prob wont be necessary, neither is the transfer case drop. Just keep an eye on your U joints and slip yoke, neither of which should be effected much. Shocks...you get what you pay for....I put bilstien 5100s on mine when I did my 4 inch lift and WOW...you notice it trust me. They were worth every buck, I got em for bout 70 bcks each off ebay brand new.
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If you just want to go 2 inches, get a body lift kit, they're easy to install and most come with good polyurethane bushings and bolts that last longer than the rubber crap that's OEM. adjustable track bars prob wont be necessary, neither is the transfer case drop. Just keep an eye on your U joints and slip yoke, neither of which should be effected much. Shocks...you get what you pay for....I put bilstien 5100s on mine when I did my 4 inch lift and WOW...you notice it trust me. They were worth every buck, I got em for bout 70 bcks each off ebay brand new.
So you're recommending a 2" body lift?

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So you're recommending a 2" body lift? No.
This X2. Nothing more than 1.25" for a BL. Anything over that is asking for problems. Fuel lines, brake lines, T-case linkage, the added stress of the longer body bolts, plus it looks ritarded.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:05 AM   #15
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I just put on a 2" BB and Bilstein 5100s and no vibes no issues. As stated above I love the ride replacing the Rancho 5000s. I couldn't be happier... for now
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:10 PM   #16
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I just did a zone 2 inch bb a little bit back and it was an adventure.. I did replace the shocks with zone shocks and they are better than the old ones i had (miles were not nice to those puppies) i did have to drop t case but not much.. i think 3 washers between the skid and the frame took care of it.. I went for a drive after install and got up to speed and you can tell if you have vibrations.. you could hear and feel it.. dropped it a tad and no issues now..

I did have to cut both my front shocks out with a saw because the nut snapped off the top. took me one afternoon from after lunch till dark and then a final run down in the morning.. if not for going to the store a few times and being without the washers at night i would have been done that evening.. took my time and knew i had 2 days so i was in no hurry at all.. just relax and think things through its a VERY simple process.. take a part out and stick a new one in

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