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Old 12-21-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Lift for Highschool guy

99 TJ sport D35/30 combo and 3.07's. I'm really wanting to lift my jeep, somewhere in the 2-3" range because I have to use this vehicle back and forth to school and have to keep decent mileage and don't want big expensive tires to do that. I've thought about the OME 2" lift and 31's and sounds like a possibility, but

would I need an SYE? I don't really want to do a MMl or TC drop.

What about track bars to center the axles?

I know I'll have to realign the tires, what about any other steering related things?

Front driveline angles?

How are 3.07's and 31's? I would eventually regear when funds allow.


This is probably as big as this jeep is gonna go because of driving for school, so I would like to do the lift and build it step by step and make it the best it can be with a mild lift.

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Old 12-21-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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With the OME 2" lift, you would not need the SYE or MML or TC drop. 31s would be fine with 3.07s. You'll actually still get pretty decent mileage, with only a small loss in power. I am not sure how OME addresses the track bars but I would guess they suggest and adjustable front and maybe rear, in addition to an included bracket. That is something to contact them about perhaps. Steering should be fine. Front drive line is fine.

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Old 12-21-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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A budget boost us all you will need, I ran a bb and 31s for years with no problems. You can replace the shocks if you want but its not mandatory. (But its a sin up here). You might need to lower your transfercase with a few washers to get any vibes out. But all you will need is the lifting pucks (bb)
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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The easiest.cheapest route would be a Budget boost(2 inch spacer lift). I had that on my last tj and ran 32's. No tcase drop was needed or anything else. On my current tj I have a 2.5 in suspension lift rough country, was put on by the po. It also has a 1 inch tcase drop and the track bar was relocated. Currently running 31's. The only thing I don't like is the tcase drop as it lowered my ground clearance more than when I had the spacer lift. I just hit the skid plate more on the trails than I used too. With the tcase drop I also had to adjust the tcase linkage to shift into 4 lo
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #5
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Hey dont even lift it!!! just put 31s on
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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With the OME 2" lift, you would not need the SYE or MML or TC drop. 31s would be fine with 3.07s. You'll actually still get pretty decent mileage, with only a small loss in power. I am not sure how OME addresses the track bars but I would guess they suggest and adjustable front and maybe rear, in addition to an included bracket. That is something to contact them about perhaps. Steering should be fine. Front drive line is fine.
I'm pretty sure it comes with a relocating bracket. Would I get better performance if I did an SYE eventually? I'm pretty sure thats a yes but just asking.

Also, I saw the 3" zone lift like you have. How do you like it?
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99 TJ sport D35/30 combo and 3.07's. I'm really wanting to lift my jeep, somewhere in the 2-3" range because I have to use this vehicle back and forth to school and have to keep decent mileage and don't want big expensive tires to do that. I've thought about the OME 2" lift and 31's and sounds like a possibility, but

would I need an SYE? I don't really want to do a MMl or TC drop.

What about track bars to center the axles?

I know I'll have to realign the tires, what about any other steering related things?

Front driveline angles?


How are 3.07's and 31's? I would eventually regear when funds allow.


This is probably as big as this jeep is gonna go because of driving for school, so I would like to do the lift and build it step by step and make it the best it can be with a mild lift.
crkid,

Definitely some great suggestions above. If your tight on funds, still need it for running on the streets fitting 31s with a 2-3 inch lift, I'd go with a
Rough Country 2" body lift.That would meet your lift goal and you'll still be able to fit 31s and be the most cost effective option. All your stock suspension parts stay the same and down the road when you go bigger you can keep the body lift, it works hand in hand with a suspension lift. Don't forget about our exclusive WF member discount. Let me know if you have any questions at all, I'd be happy to help!

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You won't find many people on there the recommend a 2" body lift. 1.25" is the max or ya get a WF flogging.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:41 PM   #9
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I definitely want to stay away from body lift.
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I'm pretty sure it comes with a relocating bracket. Would I get better performance if I did an SYE eventually? I'm pretty sure thats a yes but just asking.

Also, I saw the 3" zone lift like you have. How do you like it?
I figured it would. Most do. It may, but honestly the improvements are limited when only lifting 2 inches. The SYE is stronger than a slip yoke by nature, the driveshaft is tougher, and allows you to run at a sharper angle. When you are so close to the stock angles it doesn't make much difference other than the strength gains which aren't really a weak point when your rig is on 31's.

I like the zone lift very much, it was affordable and very good quality for what I paid. Only issue I have had is shock pins rusting. Which was an easy fix with some paint.
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I second the OME 2.5 inch lift. Recently did this to,my TJ, along with 265/75/16 which equal to 31.7 inch tire size. See my profile for pics to get an idea of the lift height.

The kit should include a track bar relocation bracket for the rear. The front doesn't need it.

This is as big of a tire you should use with the gears you have.

No lift with 31 inch tire is doable. Maybe a 1 inch Body lift would be good for now, on your limited budget.

Best of luck. Have a Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:16 PM   #12
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I would like to lift more but mpg and durability with d35 is the issue. I just want a little lift for offroad and make it solid for offroad with that much lift. But has to be good on the road.
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Also, I've seen an OME 2" lift, but not the 2.5"?
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:19 PM   #14
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Also, I've seen an OME 2" lift, but not the 2.5"?
I think they are the same. The front gets 2.5 inches in lift, and the rear gets 2.0 inches. Some call it one way, others the other way.
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I would like to lift more but mpg and durability with d35 is the issue. I just want a little lift for offroad and make it solid for offroad with that much lift. But has to be good on the road.
I have the same axles you have. I think you will be fine. You will lose some power ( slower take off in first, harder climbing hills on highway). Regear corrects this, but it's no crucial at the tire size you are considering. That's why we are all saying - you'll be fine with just the tire size change and the small one inch body lift. The body lift just gets you more clearance to flex with the bigger tires.
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I really hate body lift though because it shows so much frame.
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I really hate body lift though because it shows so much frame.
With a small one, its not very noticeable. It helps with later mods too. I have a 1.25" body lift and you can only really notice it by the back bumper

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Old 12-22-2012, 01:44 AM   #18
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I really hate body lift though because it shows so much frame.
I understand. I'm not a fan of them either. The difference is the costs. Based on your budget, this is the best choice for you. If you can work and save for the springs and shocks, you can do this in stages. Do the shocks first, and the do the springs. You can do 31 inch tires at any time. Without a little space under the chassis, you will likely rub the tires on something when you go off-road.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:32 AM   #19
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Here is my new stock suspension 06 TJ running 31's. Ive found it to be quite capable for the basic wheelin Ive done so far.

The 31's are new so Im going to run them for a while. I will be adding things like rocker guards, skids and a winch first.

Down the road I will be running a lift and 33's but that will probably be one of the last things I do to it as I plan on saving the money to do it right the first time.

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Also, I've seen an OME 2" lift, but not the 2.5"?
Old man emu springs are sold by spring rate not by lift size. Some try to estimate what they will gain with a specific spring rate . The fact is it varies by jeep due to added weight and weight placement.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:18 AM   #21
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Here's a 2.25" Budget Boost without shocks- $75 Fabtech, skyjacker, rubicon express, bestop, truck tires, pro comp wheels

I did this one, 2.25" Budget boost lift with the Skyjacker shocks. I'm very happy with it, and it clears my 32" tires very well. $220 - Fabtech, skyjacker, rubicon express, bestop, truck tires, pro comp wheels
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Here's a 2.25" Budget Boost without shocks- $75 Fabtech, skyjacker, rubicon express, bestop, truck tires, pro comp wheels

I did this one, 2.25" Budget boost lift with the Skyjacker shocks. I'm very happy with it, and it clears my 32" tires very well. $220 - Fabtech, skyjacker, rubicon express, bestop, truck tires, pro comp wheels
this would be my recommendation based on cost. I had that skyjacker lift on my last TJ. I had no complaints on the trails and it had a very smooth ride on the road. I was running 32's as well.

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