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Old 12-31-2011, 05:27 PM   #1
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Question help with future plans...?

I have a '00 Wrangler TJ, 4 cylinder, stock wheels, 30 A/Ts for the tires, and some time of a really small lift that a PO put on. (pretty sure stock axels, need to post some pics [it's in the shop gettin fixed right now])

I want to...
1. 4 inch Rough Country Suspension Lift OR Zone 4.25 inch combo (3 inch suspension, 1.25 body, 1 motor mount lift)

2. Run 33s - either BFGoodrich A/T KOs or Duratrac A/Ts

3. Install quick sway bar disconnects

I've been reading around, and it seems I might have to do a transfer case drop or slip yoke eliminator (still not sure what this is....) if I add a 3-4 inch suspension lift... The Zone combo claims I won't need one, but not sure about Rough Country (Want to get 4" N2 Series lift)... Also heard I might need to change driveshaft?


I am 17, and want to get some mechanical experience doing a lot of this myself. Would I need to regear if I did this? Would I need to change my axles if I did this?

Thanks in advance! Lookin forward to some awesome advice, people on this forum are extremely knowledgeable.

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Also if I re-gear after the lift and bigger tires, if I ever decide to do an engine swap to an I6, would the previous re-gearing affect the new engine in any way? Thanks.
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Yes, having swapping to a 4.0L could effect your gearing choice. It would depend on the transmission you choose to go along with the 4.0L.

As for the lifts, you need to budget for an SYE and CV driveshaft just incase a Tcase drop kit or an MML don't cure driveline vibrations, which commonly occur in 3"-4" lifts.

I have no experience with zone, but I've heard some good things. I do have first hand experience with Rough Country, and I can surely let you know that it's garbage.

I sure hope you have really calculated the costs of doing a lift properly, and you've researched the cost of a regear as well. I'd suggest doing a lot of research before pulling the trigger.

Oh, and one more thing. I saw you snagged 17" rims from a Cherokee. Those will not work with a 12.5" wide tire without wheel spacers.
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:28 PM   #6
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Oh, and one more thing. I saw you snagged 17" rims from a Cherokee. Those will not work with a 12.5" wide tire without wheel spacers.
Are these the things that make more backspacing and push out your tires more? I like that look.

Thanks for all the comments... I'm definitely going to be thinking about this for a while. But about the Rough Country lift, what about it is garbage? I've heard really good things on this forum.
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The shocks ride very roughly, and they do not provide complete kits. They used to have a lot of quality control problems, but I don't know if they do anymore.

On my old YJ, I had two leaf springs sag within 2 months and one wheeling trip. The pitman arm they provided also didn't fit on the sector shaft correctly.

Do you want a lift that only looks nice, or do you want a complete kit that is quality and functions as it should?

If you want one that looks nice, buy an RC lift.
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The shocks ride very roughly, and they do not provide complete kits. They used to have a lot of quality control problems, but I don't know if they do anymore.

On my old YJ, I had two leaf springs sag within 2 months and one wheeling trip. The pitman arm they provided also didn't fit on the sector shaft correctly.

Do you want a lift that only looks nice, or do you want a complete kit that is quality and functions as it should?

If you want one that looks nice, buy an RC lift.
Haha I want a functional one of course. That's why I made the thread
Zone it is, what do you recommend re-gearing to if I get 33s and 4.25 total lift?
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4.88 gears would be the proper selection for 33's and a 4 cylinder.
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4.88 gears would be the proper selection for 33's and a 4 cylinder.
Is their a chart of some sort? Thanks. And where do i buy the stuff for re-gearing? Best website?

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