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Old 10-01-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2000 Jeep Wrangler 4.0L with a 5spd manual transmission. It is stock except for the 30" tires on it. I am looking to purchase a small lift kit(about 2" at most) and was wondering if I would have to make any mods to install one? Also, do lift kits wear down parts on the jeep(Some people have told me so)? And, will a lift kit void the factory warranty?

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in theory, the lift should only void the warranty if adding the lift is what caused something on the jeep to break. a small lift like that is only gona be coil spacers or new slightly taller coils, so it shouldnt take any modifications for installation. from my experience with lifted pick-ups and mud trucks, a lift can cause pre mature ware on driveline parts, but those are the crazy tall lifts with massive(heavy) tires. a 2 inch lift should be perfectly fine.

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in theory, the lift should only void the warranty if adding the lift is what caused something on the jeep to break. a small lift like that is only gona be coil spacers or new slightly taller coils, so it shouldnt take any modifications for installation. from my experience with lifted pick-ups and mud trucks, a lift can cause pre mature ware on driveline parts, but those are the crazy tall lifts with massive(heavy) tires. a 2 inch lift should be perfectly fine.
Does a 2" lift kit require the axle gears to get changed?
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Does a 2" lift kit require the axle gears to get changed?
You only need to regear your axles when you go to larger tires. I have 32's on a 2.5" lift with my stock 3.73 gears and the jeep doesnt have any issues. Ive heard that much higher than 32 is when you may consider regearing.
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You only need to regear your axles when you go to larger tires. I have 32's on a 2.5" lift with my stock 3.73 gears and the jeep doesnt have any issues. Ive heard that much higher than 32 is when you may consider regearing.
I am pretty sure that I have 3.07 gears. Would that be fine with a 2" lift and 30" tires. Do lift kits cause premature wear on parts?
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30s look small with 2" of lift. I would go with 31s or 32s.
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30s look small with 2" of lift. I would go with 31s or 32s.
Would 31-32" tires work with 3.07 gears. Do lift kits cause premature wear on parts?
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I had 32s with 3.07 gears for 1.5 years. it was a bit sluggish, but for me it was ok, a jeep isn´t a race car.
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I had 32s with 3.07 gears for 1.5 years. it was a bit sluggish, but for me it was ok, a jeep isn´t a race car.
Very true. Do lift kits cause premature wear on other parts?
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IMO the bigger and heavier wheels/tires cause a bit more wear because there is more stress on the axles.
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As above, bigger tires put more stress on things like steering joints, brakes wear a bit faster etc.. As for the warrenty, I would think being a 2000 the factory warrenty is over and done, so do what ever you want.
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As above, bigger tires put more stress on things like steering joints, brakes wear a bit faster etc.. As for the warrenty, I would think being a 2000 the factory warrenty is over and done, so do what ever you want.
Since the bigger tires cause more wear, do lift kits in general wear out more parts?
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No. A 2" lift won't cause any wear issues. Bigger lifts (and tires) may cause some wear issues if they aren't done correctly or if things that should be done aren't (adding a SYE for example) but just a 2" lift won't.

Bigger tires (from the stock 29's to 30 -31") won't cause any either except for maybe the brakes.

Your 3.07 gearing is probably pretty doggy with 30's and will get worse with bigger tires.

Decide what size tires you want to run long term and put that lift on to fit the tires, then re-gear for that tire size.
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No. A 2" lift won't cause any wear issues. Bigger lifts (and tires) may cause some wear issues if they aren't done correctly or if things that should be done aren't (adding a SYE for example) but just a 2" lift won't.

Bigger tires (from the stock 29's to 30 -31") won't cause any either except for maybe the brakes.

Your 3.07 gearing is probably pretty doggy with 30's and will get worse with bigger tires.

Decide what size tires you want to run long term and put that lift on to fit the tires, then re-gear for that tire size.
Thanks for the response. What is an SYE(I am new to jeep wranglers)? Do you recommend any 2" lift kits that are under $500?
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SYE=Slip Yolk Eliminator.

Somewhere on here there is a post that has all of the assorted acronyms...I'll try to find it.

What kind of lift? If you are looking at a body lift, I don't recommend going over an inch.

A spacer lift may work for 2" but I don't know of a specific one better than another.

Springs and shock kits of about that height are about 700-800 for one I'd get myself...

Take a look here and see if there are any review of what you may be looking for:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tj-l...ews-25145.html
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Ah, I couldn't find an acronym list here. So, I stole some and made a thread:

Here: Acronyms etc...
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SYE=Slip Yolk Eliminator.

Somewhere on here there is a post that has all of the assorted acronyms...I'll try to find it.

What kind of lift? If you are looking at a body lift, I don't recommend going over an inch.

A spacer lift may work for 2" but I don't know of a specific one better than another.

Springs and shock kits of about that height are about 700-800 for one I'd get myself...

Take a look here and see if there are any review of what you may be looking for:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tj-l...ews-25145.html
I was looking at getting a spring and shock kit
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If I was going to put a 2" spring lift on my TJ, I'd do this one:

Old Man Emu 2" Suspension Systems for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
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If I was going to put a 2" spring lift on my TJ, I'd do this one:

Old Man Emu 2" Suspension Systems for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
Thats what I did on my TJ along with a 1.25" JKS body lift and 1" motor mount lift. It was much easier than I had expected and I am very pleased. I am running 32" BFGs as seen here. Only downfall due to the size tires is that I have to downshift on the highway for steep uphills to stay above 65 mph.

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I'm running 33" tires on 3.07 gears and it runs fine, I just use 5th gear ALOT less now. Its not ideal, but since I can't afford to regear, it works.

Oh and my Jeep has been running this setup since it had 22K miles on it, it now has 86K and runs fine.
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Thats what I did on my TJ along with a 1.25" JKS body lift and 1" motor mount lift. It was much easier than I had expected and I am very pleased. I am running 32" BFGs as seen here. Only downfall due to the size tires is that I have to downshift on the highway for steep uphills to stay above 65 mph.

That 1.25" BL doesn't look too bad. I think if I REALLY needed the extra quarter inch, I could be talked into a 1.25" BL.

Much bigger and they start getting stupid looking. At 2.5 + they start really affecting the center of gravity on the jeep!

I like the look of his lift and tires...As Demented said, you CAN get buy with 32" tires and 3.07's but I'd recommend a gear job! ESPECIALLY if you have an auto tranny!
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I am looking at the Rubicon Express 2" Economy kit (Rubicon Express 2" Economy Kit with Twin Tube Shocks for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec). Does anyone have any experience with this product? Thoughts?
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a 2" budget boost?
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a 2" budget boost?
Almost all budget boosts are going to be the same no matter the company. They are just a spacer that goes on your spring. What's going to make the biggest difference in your ride is the kind of shocks you buy. If you are on a tighter budget I would recommend Skyjacker hydros...they are cheaper but have a good ride. If you have some money to spare, Old man emu shocks ride better than stock suspension IMO
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I've heard mixed reviews about the RE budget boost. No experience myself. Shocks are key to a decent ride (especially if your not changing springs). I've heard the cheap RE shocks with the BB can be pretty rough, but the more expensive monos are nice. Have you looked into the newish Rough Country 2.5" spring/ shock lift? New progressive coils and newly valved shocks. Supposed to be very nice and only around $250 bones. I would look into that. I drove an old TJ with a procomp lift and old MT tires, it rode decent. I think ProComp has a 2" spring lift.
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I've heard mixed reviews about the RE budget boost. No experience myself. Shocks are key to a decent ride (especially if your not changing springs). I've heard the cheap RE shocks with the BB can be pretty rough, but the more expensive monos are nice. Have you looked into the newish Rough Country 2.5" spring/ shock lift? New progressive coils and newly valved shocks. Supposed to be very nice and only around $250 bones. I would look into that. I drove an old TJ with a procomp lift and old MT tires, it rode decent. I think ProComp has a 2" spring lift.
I have not looked at the Rough Country 2.5" spring/shock lift. I am keeping an open mind for recommendations because I have no experience with lift kits. I would like a lift kit that would ride nice on the road because that is what it is mainly used for, but I would like it to perform well offroad for the times I do light-medium offroading. Thanks for the response.
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Would I have to change or replace anything if I put a 3 inch lift on my '03 wrangler and if I did would the stock tires look small
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What kind of tires do you have bud? 30's look small on a 2inch BB so yea they will look small on a 3inch lift, you should not go over the 2" spacer lift with spacers though. There is a
"STICKY" at the top of this forum labeled lift kit reviews, check that out an see what others have to say, there are pictures etc. very informative!
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I've been reading into like a 2" lift as well. From what I have been reading on this forum Rough Country is pretty self explanitory. ROUGH. If you have the money people say Rancho 9000's are amazing, especially since they are adjustable.
No personal experience with lifts... Yet

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