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Old 02-24-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Bought my self a tj!! Lift suggestions please!

So I sold my old 88 yj and bought a newer 98 tj, I'm happy with my purchase but it came lifted with a 3" body lift and I hate it. So I'm looking at getting a bds 3.5" SL but I only want to do this once so I wat a good quality lift for not to expensive. My friend has the bds and loves it rides good and no sagging, another friend has a rough country and I hated the ride.
So I'm leaning toward bds but any input on what lift would be good! Also should I get a smaller 1" body lift to clear some 35's? Currently I have 33's but are getting worn out so will need some 35" soon. It's going to be offroad quite a bit and driven to work.

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Old 02-24-2013, 11:40 AM   #2
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If you have 35" tires planned for the future and you only want to "do this once", you might be better off looking at a 4" spring lift now and then add a 1" body lift when you get the 35's.

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Old 02-24-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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Agreed. Go with the 4" now rather than having to do the whole thing again.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:46 PM   #4
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Ok so Ill do a 4" suspension and wait on the body lift ill I get my tires. Now who makes a good 4" that isn't insane in the price department?

I'm looking at the 4" zone right now, looks like pretty good stuff, I'd like quick disconnect swaybars and a steering stabilizer possibly even a dual stabilizer. When i do a 4" Im probably going to go ahead an buy a sye and ditch the crappy tcase drop also need a good sye if anyone knows?
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Idk the cost of the bds but I've had a re4.5" ($1500) on for the past month and so far I really enjoy it on and off road. But I am coming from a roughy country do I'm sure just about anything is better. I also hear nothing but great things about currie
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:07 PM   #6
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Does re make a 4" kit? Never checked out either yet but I will right away
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:43 PM   #7
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Not that I have seen. They have a 3.5" and i have heard they sit higher than other lifts so it might come out to 4". I never took measurements of my jeep stock so I'm not sure what the overall lift I got when I put the 4.5" on
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For RE add about an inch to every lift. So a 3.5 would run you around 4-4.5 inches of lift. And a 4.5 would run you around 5-5.5 inches. Just something to keep in mind when looking at RE. Also I would suggest if you go with RE look into this RE Long Arm Duroflex Upgrade Kit
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:08 PM   #9
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My .02... call Dirk at DPG Offroad and get one of his OME package deals. 2.5 sl and 1.25 bl with some fender work and you can fit 35s and keep a LCG build.
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For RE add about an inch to every lift. So a 3.5 would run you around 4-4.5 inches of lift. And a 4.5 would run you around 5-5.5 inches. Just something to keep in mind when looking at RE. Also I would suggest if you go with RE look into this RE Long Arm Duroflex Upgrade Kit
The re bushings arnt any good??
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They aren't the greatest bushings and I had to swap my old ones a couple times. Plus the duroflex will give you a better ride.
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They aren't the greatest bushings and I had to swap my old ones a couple times. Plus the duroflex will give you a better ride.
Yea I read that, does that work with any lift kit?
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Yea I read that, does that work with any lift kit?
The one I linked was only for RE kits. But here's just the bushings Suspension Builders Parts
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my .02... Call dirk at dpg offroad and get one of his ome package deals. 2.5 sl and 1.25 bl with some fender work and you can fit 35s and keep a lcg build.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:54 PM   #15
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I live in Canada and would rather buy from Canada because of shipping costs ect..
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:26 PM   #16
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Go look at DPG Offroad ultimate kit for TJ's. high quality old man emu suspension and lots of other goodies for a very fair price. Myself and many other members on this forum run this kit.
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Go look at DPG Offroad ultimate kit for TJ's. high quality old man emu suspension and lots of other goodies for a very fair price. Myself and many other members on this forum run this kit.
Ok thanks ill check them out tonight
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Ok been looking around a lot and talking to some people and everyone I have talked to says I should just go straight to a long arm. So I'm actually considering but since they are so expensive it would be a month or two from now but what are your guys suggestions for a long arm?
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Ok been looking around a lot and talking to some people and everyone I have talked to says I should just go straight to a long arm. So I'm actually considering but since they are so expensive it would be a month or two from now but what are your guys suggestions for a long arm?
Do you really need the long arms though?
I would say GenRight, but I don't know what price range you are looking for. My setup from GenRight cost about $2500. That is just the arms/joints and brackets that Tony has made just for jeeps and are angled the correct degree.
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Why not just stage your build. Go with just the suspension for now and see what you really need instead of jumping in head first and spending $5,000-$7,000 on something you may find out you didn't really need or want.
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Do you really need the long arms though?
I would say GenRight, but I don't know what price range you are looking for. My setup from GenRight cost about $2500. That is just the arms/joints and brackets that Tony has made just for jeeps and are angled the correct degree.
Well to be honest I don't really need it I suppose but I'd like to seriously offroad this jeep when it's finished. I live in alberta and not far from mountains and alot of hills so I'm sure I could use all the suspension travel I could get. Right now it's not setup to do anything like that but soon. I was looking at Clayton offroad, they have a 3 link 5.5" long arm kit, looked at a few older threads about them and they are highly recommended but that was an old thread
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Why not just stage your build. Go with just the suspension for now and see what you really need instead of jumping in head first and spending $5,000-$7,000 on something you may find out you didn't really need or want.
Yea that probably would be the best way, I'm still new to jeeps so have lots to learn. I'd like to have it pretty well setup for the summer
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Start off with a 1" body lift and motor mount lift that will get you up to 32s if your gear ratio and axels can handle it
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Start off with a 1" body lift and motor mount lift that will get you up to 32s if your gear ratio and axels can handle it
I'm already sitting on 33's and a 3" body lift. Doesn't have a mml tho. I'm going to remove the body lift on my days off most likely
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As long as you keep at least a 1" body lift and a 1" mml any kind of lift you get will work good. But only if you have the axels and gear ratio to back up the bigger tires. I think a 3" suspension lift will give you plenty room for 35s. A long arm lift kit helps wonders with articulation but there is welding. A short arm kit will give you good articulation too and Easier to install. Also look at getting a kit that uses Johnny joints they are rebuild able so that is a good thing
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I live in Canada and would rather buy from Canada because of shipping costs ect..

If you're within driving distance to the US you should go down there to buy parts and have them installed, it's considerably cheaper. I paid less than $1000 for 4 quality winter tires including install, oil change and an alignment. I was there anyways but i figure i saved between $1000 and $1500...driving the 4 old tires all the way back to NL was a major pain.

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