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Old 07-30-2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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Question Lift kit suggestions?

So I have a stock 2.5L 97 tj on 31's and I'm looking to get a small lift kit. I'm looking at the rough country 2.5" suspension lift for like $370 or the RCD 3" suspension lift for $700. I want it to look lifted but I dont want it to look funny with 31's because I can't really go with 33's because of the 4 cylinder. I'm not gonna do too much offloading but I would like to feel confident in what I have when I do. It's my daily driver as well. Any suggestions? Or does anyone know of another small lift that is a good price?

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Ome 2" lift....its 700 ish and it rides like a dream...

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Old 07-30-2011, 07:46 PM   #3
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Zone 3"
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:48 PM   #4
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I heard that. Will a 2" lift look lifted enough? This is my jeep...
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:49 PM   #5
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Kidrock171...you have a pic?
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:26 PM   #6
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if you are not doing any offroading and only want 2" or so, why not go with a budget boost? By far your most inexpensive option..
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Ome 2" lift....its 700 ish and it rides like a dream...
Biased opinion---have the OME kit on 31" BFG's and love it rides great plenty stable up to 80 mph and smoother overall.

Didn't "need" the lift but as springs were saggy and shocks had 130k on them it was time.

Very happy money well spent.

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Old 07-30-2011, 09:00 PM   #8
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Here is mine with the 3" RCD and 32's.
Rides better than stock.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:31 PM   #9
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X2 for OME... I have the OME on my LJ and it rides great, much smoother than my TJ with a 3" Zone. Obviously the longer wheel base makes a difference with the ride, the Zone kit may net you more than 3"s, OME will not be more than 2.5"s.
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Kidrock171...you have a pic?
Nope. I have the rough country 2.5 I've heard nothing but amazing reviews from the zone lift. Everyone loves it. I'm gonna hang on to my RC lift till I'm ready to go to a 4 inch lift from currie, Clayton or such
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Thumbs up OME and I love it...

Here's some pics of my OME-kit.
Rides nice even with the harder springs (heavy duty).



and finally with 33"
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:45 AM   #12
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I plan on doing some offroading but probably not extreme rocks n stuff. I have had mine up to the headlights in a mini pond already tho lol I wanna know that "if" I decide to do some trails that I'll feel confident I can make it through some hairy situations
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I just don't wanna spend 7-800 dollars and then find out that I could've only spent $400 and got the same thing or more...ya know? Thanks everyone for posting btw
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The RC Is a quick fix. It's just as capable as any other spring and shock you buy. But it rides really harsh and you have to buy other components like bumpstops sway bar links track bar bracket which makes it just as expensive as any other lift. If I were you I'd do the zone 3" and a 1" body lift and slap 33" tires under that bad boy with new control arms and a tummy tuck. You could do just about any trail out there with that set up and still be a stable road vehicle.
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:29 PM   #15
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Yea the more I look the more I think I'm gonna do the zone 3" but idk about the bl. It's my daily driver and it's just a 4 cylinder. You think it could handle the 33's?
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Re gear your differentials to the proper ratio you could prolly get away with 35's
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:40 PM   #17
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Oh ok. I just don't want it to be too hard on it cuz it already is sluggish with the 31's
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Is there anything else I'll probably need along with the zone 3"?
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A friend to help you install it
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Lol yea
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Again I don't have it so no first hand exp but your basic socket set and torx collection should do ya just fine. Pb blaster a large crowbar/ratchet strap to get the springs in. Do an alignment afterwards.
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Is there anything else I'll probably need along with the zone 3"?
I would suggest an adjustable front trac-bar. I don't like re-drilling the factory mount on the axle but it can be done.
I achieved over 3 1/2"s of lift from the Zone kit and looked goofy to me with 31s. Once I put 33s on, I immediately developed drive line vibrations even with the t-case drop. The angle on the rear driveshaft was just too steep for my TJ. Yours might not even have the first vibe, some get them and some don't, it's a Jeep mystery. I didn't want to drop the case any lower so I bought and installed a SYE/CV driveshaft. Vibes are cured and the t-case is back up on the frame so I gained that ground clearance back. The SYE is not the hardest kit to install but a few special tools are required, so is an entire weekend if you've never done one before.
I had a 98 TJ 4cyl. with both 32x11.50s and then 33x9.50s and with the stock 4.10 gears, I had no problem. Some may laugh but with a header, high flow cat and catback exhaust, it had ample power and yes, 5th gear was still very much useable. 33x12.50s are more drag and you would likely want to re-gear
The Zone 3" kit is a value for the $, I just thought I'd share my experience with what I had to do after the lift.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:25 AM   #23
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Thank you!!!
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:11 AM   #24
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I just don't wanna spend 7-800 dollars and then find out that I could've only spent $400 and got the same thing or more...ya know? Thanks everyone for posting btw
BDS 2" is around 400.00. Do a search on BDS and you will not find anything bad about it.
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BDS is where it's at brother... Life time warranty to the original owner...mines up 61/2in and feels like stock still...its good stuff
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Nope. I have the rough country 2.5 I've heard nothing but amazing reviews from the zone lift. Everyone loves it. I'm gonna hang on to my RC lift till I'm ready to go to a 4 inch lift from currie, Clayton or such
Zone has a 4" lift right now as well.
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x2 on OME. I love mine.



About the front track bar - DO NOT INSTALL AN ADJUSTABLE FRONT TRACK BAR, unless you do your homework.

No aftermarket track bar shares the same bend as the stock bar, therefore they create inference issues. You need to set your bumpstop extensions appropriately in order to avoid interference - otherwise you end up bashing the track bar into the diff cover - which will damage the mount, the track bar and the diff cover.




There is nothing wrong with drilling a new hole in the stock mount for 3" of lift or less. But, you will need to weld on some reinforcement to the front side of the mount.


If you don't reinforce the mount, this can happen.
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BDS 2" is around 400.00. Do a search on BDS and you will not find anything bad about it.
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BDS is where it's at brother... Life time warranty to the original owner...mines up 61/2in and feels like stock still...its good stuff
Another vote for the 2" BDS SL. I prefer BDS over OME, from both a ride and budget perspective .
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:45 PM   #29
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I really think I'm gonna go zone 3"
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has anyone had any issues with when they installed their lift that the jeep sits lower to the left rear... i have a 4inch lift and after i installed it my rear sits lower on the left side... ive tried to swap coils from left to right and still no diff...

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