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Old 07-17-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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I am getting ready to get rid of my 1 3/4 spacer lift, I am upgrading to a 4" lift. What is everyone's opinion on the different lifts out there. I am kind of a "Weekend Warrior" that really does not go extreme, just like to get out in the woods on some trails that are not to ruff (rocks, etc.). Let me know what you like and what I should do to have a decent lift for the money.

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Old 07-17-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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499 retail? for the money?
I like the Rough Country 4" N2 lift. I have installed two of these lifts on different LJ's and must say the first one has been on since July 11' and he has had only one problem, An upper shock bushing come loose after the install on the passenger rear shock which we pressed in and has worked fine since. For what you are doing, I think this kit for the money deserves a good look. Now before this kit I was not a Rough Country fan as I had rode in a TJ with the older RC 4" lift and was not impressed with the ride at all.
But after seeing this video I said ok $500, and if half of wnat they say is true I'll be happy..




And I can recommend it after a year on the first lift with a decent ride to boot..
Good luck on whatever you decide.
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What size tires? If you're going with 33s you can do a 1" body lift, and an OME, suspension.. That gets you up 3" or 3.5 with the "heavy " OME suspension.. The only other suspension I would consider would be a BDS, but I would use OME, for a quality mild lift.. Just my opinion ..
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:36 AM   #5
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I am getting ready to get rid of my 1 3/4 spacer lift, I am upgrading to a 4" lift. What is everyone's opinion on the different lifts out there. I am kind of a "Weekend Warrior" that really does not go extreme, just like to get out in the woods on some trails that are not to ruff (rocks, etc.). Let me know what you like and what I should do to have a decent lift for the money.
Keep in mind if you go with a 4 inch suspension lift you need to be prepared to make a lot of other mods to drive line. If going to larger tires you will have to regear as well. Lots of thing to take into consideration.
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Keep in mind if you go with a 4 inch suspension lift you need to be prepared to make a lot of other mods to drive line. If going to larger tires you will have to regear as well. Lots of thing to take into consideration.
X2 !! Too many guys put a cheap lift on, and do nothing else, then their jeep becomes a nightmare and a money pit.. Do it right, with quality parts !! Having said that, I don't get paying thousands of dollars for an extra inch of clearance.. 99% of all trails can be done on 33s ..
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:27 PM   #7
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Just wondering, if 99 percent of trails can be done with 33's, about what percent could be done with 31's (in the experienced opinion of you guys who frequently drive off-road)?
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Just wondering, if 99 percent of trails can be done with 33's, about what percent could be done with 31's (in the experienced opinion of you guys who frequently drive off-road)?
Same depending on who's driving lol
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499 retail? for the money?
I like the Rough Country 4" N2 lift. I have installed two of these lifts on different LJ's and must say the first one has been on since July 11' and he has had only one problem, An upper shock bushing come loose after the install on the passenger rear shock which we pressed in and has worked fine since. For what you are doing, I think this kit for the money deserves a good look. Now before this kit I was not a Rough Country fan as I had rode in a TJ with the older RC 4" lift and was not impressed with the ride at all.
But after seeing this video I said ok $500, and if half of wnat they say is true I'll be happy..




And I can recommend it after a year on the first lift with a decent ride to boot..
Good luck on whatever you decide.

This was one of the lifts I was looking at. It was between this one, SkyJacker's, and Daystar's Scorpion! Thanks for the insight.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:05 AM   #10
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Keep in mind if you go with a 4 inch suspension lift you need to be prepared to make a lot of other mods to drive line. If going to larger tires you will have to regear as well. Lots of thing to take into consideration.
I am currently running 32's, getting ready to replace clutch (preventative not reactive), and putting 4:88's in. Eventually I will be putting 33's and maybe even 35's. I already have a SYE with a Tom Woods Drive Shaft in place.
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same depending on who's driving lol
lol!!!!!!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:48 AM   #12
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I would go with a 2.5" spring and a 1.25" body lift. Go with the old man emu springs and shocks and you likely won't need to change much from the setup you have using spacers. This assuming you already have the rear track bar bracket, longer rear sway bar links and disconnects.

This will open the door for a tummy tuck and fuel tank skid later. This also keeps your cog lower and allows the use of the factory control arm's which are honestly better then many of the aftermarket arms out there.
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Just wondering, if 99 percent of trails can be done with 33's, about what percent could be done with 31's (in the experienced opinion of you guys who frequently drive off-road)?
When my jeep was only a couple of years old, with the stock 31s, I managed to complete nearly all the black trails at Rausch Creek, I say nearly, as I did have to be winched and yanked on only two occasions.. Once was my stupidity, once I was simply high centered.. So what % of trails with 31s,,, ? Who knows? But I did test my 33s up at R/C and didn't need to be yanked, or use my winch... It all depends upon what you're doing.. If you're into heavy duty rock crawling, 35s are the way to go, we're into long range expeditions, so I'll never go bigger or higher than I am..
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I love the looks of a lifted Jeep, and I enjoy seeing everyone's pictures on the forum. 33's are probably my favorite, but I like the 35's and up also. I just have to consider the reality of what it would cost to lift my TJ right (lift, tires, wheels, SYE, drive shafts, re-gearing, lockers, etc.) in relation to the more mild wheeling I would like to do. I could easily afford to lift it enough to clear 32's, but I wonder how much longer that size will even be available for 15-inch wheels. Maybe some more armor and front and rear Tru-Tracs would be more realistic for a DD/Weekend Warrior Jeep. That's why I wondered how you guys that run smaller tires actually are able to do on the trails you have run. Driving skill and experience must be a big factor.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:46 AM   #15
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I really appreciate the feed back. And about re-gearing, SYE, and CV Drive shaft, I have already thought about that and in fact they are already on the rig right now. I had to replace the driveshaft about a month ago and went a head and spent the extra money and got what I was going to need, and the SYE had already come with the Jeep when I bought. I found that out when I had to replace the transfer case. I think I have it narrowed down to two lifts, the Zone, and the Rough Country. I believe that I am going to bite the bullet and just go for the packages that have all the control arms (upper and lower) with it. They seam to have everything I am needing with the rear track bars and etc. What do you think?

(I am leaning more towards the rough country. I have read great reviews)

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