As I described in my "Gotta keep it now" post, my 98 TJ is getting reframed. It needs shocks and an exhaust too, so now is the time to do those. I was considering a 2.5 OME lift kit. But even though that seems to be a highly regarded set up, I'm wondering if the cost and possible issues a lift can cause is worth it. I run 31 tires with 1.5 spacers and have no rubbing problems. Since I'm a casual off roader, I don't need any extreme clearances. We're in our 60s and my short wife already struggles a little getting in. I think it looks pretty good, but I'm sure it will look better lifted a little. It's never been an issue with my off road experience. So I'm looking for a good reason to do a lift and anything other than a stock exhaust replacement. This frame thing really obliterated my budget and I'm hoping to get minor body rust problems fixed too, which I think is an important thing to address while minor.
I have a 5.5 LA, a 1.75 BL with 35's and I still rub the tires into the fenders at flex. But, I do some serious trails in order to get to those high mountain fishing areas. I got the wifey is hooked on fishing so I can wheel We are both turning 60 this year and my wifey is only 5'3" justs gives me a reason to grab her @@@ as I help her into the jeep
It's not about getting out of the Storm, but learning to dance in the rain.
When I die I am going to be buried with my Jeep, cause I haven't yet found a hole it can't get out of!!!!!
06 TJ Rubi 4.0 and alot of other crap
I've never rubbed with the 31s and past the point of thinking I need to go bigger. If I was in Colorado, California or some other rugged region it would be another story. Illinois/Wisconsin aren't all that rugged. I'd need a fuel truck to tag along if I drove it to the mountains. I'm usually sitting in the Jeep waiting for her to get ready to go, so the most I do, is "hold" her hand and pull her in...LOL.
You pretty much answered your own question in your post. You stated reasons why not to lift it. Wife having difficulty with stock height, never been an issue offroad, and other frame issues being addressed. You really don't need a lift or spacers to run 31's.
If you do decide to do a lift OME is probably the best choice for you. I'm in my 50's and have some minor back issues from riding dirt bikes since childhood (still ride). I put the OME lift on about 140,000 mile ago because of their rep for ride quality, and the ride is much better and easier on my back than stock. Along with some quality heated corbeau seats (more for back muscles then for the cold) my tj will keep me on the trails and comfy into my golden years. Since your trails aren't that rough maybe a pair of factory side steps or aftermarket bars with built in step will help the wife.
Talked to Dirk at DPG Off Road about the OME 2.5 lift kit. It seems that the kit is just the beginning of the parts I'd need. I've got other issues than a lift for looks, so it's no springs and new standard length shocks.
you shouldn't need a lift for 31s. I only have a 1.25" BL to clear my 35s and I don't hit on anything, it all depends how you set it up.
lol, for jeep newbies reading 97flexy's response, please check out his build before you jack up your jeep, install a 1.25" JKS BL, put 35's on then lower the Jeep and wonder why you can't drive out of your driveway.