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Old 06-11-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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is stretch overkill?

I was wondering if 4 inch lift with 5 inch stretch would be overkill for 35's. I am going to upgrade to maybe 37's or 40's in the future. So should i get a regular lift kit then when the time comes change the lift kit? or just get it now? (I'm on a budget also") I was looking for a stable jeep because i have a son in the car with me and i don't want him to get hurt in a rollover. Thoughts?

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Old 06-11-2011, 02:09 PM   #2
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I would save up and do it right the first time.

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I second that. Save up and do it right the first time. It will cost less money in the long run.
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For the kids, no matter what the lift and tires size, invest in a good welded in cage. As for the longer wheel base, that's up to you. I ran 35's on about 5" and it was stable on the highway for a lift Jeep.
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In a TJ the word BUDGET can't be used when talking about 37" or 40" tires. Unless of course it is preceded by the word unlimited.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:17 PM   #6
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For the kids, no matter what the lift and tires size, invest in a good welded in cage. As for the longer wheel base, that's up to you. I ran 35's on about 5" and it was stable on the highway for a lift Jeep.
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RockHard Sport cage is not welded but just as secure.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:22 PM   #7
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Don't confuse today's much better roll-resistant Jeep with the older easier-to-roll Jeeps of the early 80's and older. Plus as you add lift height, you are installing wider tires and wider wheels that have less backspacing that give you a wider track that fairly well compensates for a suspension lift.

With a 35" tires and 15x8 wheels with a typical 3.75" of backspacing, your track width is approximately 6" wider than how the factory set your Jeep up which is compensating for a 4-6" suspension lift quite nicely. That 6" wider track is a serious impediment to it rolling in normal driving.
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Don't confuse today's much better roll-resistant Jeep with the older easier-to-roll Jeeps of the early 80's and older. Plus as you add lift height, you are installing wider tires and wider wheels that have less backspacing that give you a wider track that fairly well compensates for a suspension lift.

With a 35" tires and 15x8 wheels with a typical 3.75" of backspacing, your track width is approximately 6" wider than how the factory set your Jeep up which is compensating for a 4-6" suspension lift quite nicely. That 6" wider track is a serious impediment to it rolling in normal driving.
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So what everybody is saying is that a jeep on 35's with 4-6 inch lift is stable? Thats good.

Ok and the rockhard sport cage is something ill look into.
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Poisonspyder has good cages too that's what all my jeep buddies use
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Poisonspyder has good cages too that's what all my jeep buddies use
On a different thread someone said they were one hit cages.
Could someone explain what that means?
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I expect he meant they'd save your ass for one wreck, but they'd be damaged and bent enough they'd need to be replaced before being used again. I'm not sure he's right, because I've seen Poison Spyder cages roll and be fine. Maybe he's meaning high speed Baja crashes.

I should be able to speak to the subject of wheelbase stretches in a couple weeks. My TJ is getting it done right now at Moab 4x4 Outpost. I'm going to fly down and pick it up July 4 weekend. They're using the Genright stretch package, I'll post some pics when I get it back in early July.

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