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Old 08-24-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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My husband got me a lift and new tires for Christmas, but had it put on now. I wanted a 2" lift. He got a 4" lift (Rough Country). I did need new tires (had 31s on it), but he got me 35s. He meant well, but dang, I HATE it. The Jeep is all over the road, horrible sway/rocking on the highway. So . . . have any of you gone backwards? Is it possible to take a 4" lift down? I'm afraid of it looking stupid with smaller tires, but maybe 32s or 33s? The Jeep scares the crap out of me now - white knuckle driving to work is not fun, and this is my daily driver, about 50 miles round trip every day.

UG. This makes me sick.

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Old 08-24-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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My husband got me a lift and new tires for Christmas, but had it put on now. I wanted a 2" lift. He got a 4" lift (Rough Country). I did need new tires (had 31s on it), but he got me 35s. He meant well, but dang, I HATE it. The Jeep is all over the road, horrible sway/rocking on the highway. So . . . have any of you gone backwards? Is it possible to take a 4" lift down? I'm afraid of it looking stupid with smaller tires, but maybe 32s or 33s? The Jeep scares the crap out of me now - white knuckle driving to work is not fun, and this is my daily driver, about 50 miles round trip every day.

UG. This makes me sick.
I am sure he meant well. Anyway to lower the lift 2" and trade the 35" for 33"? I hae 33" and no lift and love the look and feel. I don't know enough about anything to know if this is possible. What did hubby say when you told him you were not happy with how it drives?

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #3
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When i first got my lifted jeep (4" 33's) I wouldnt go over 60mph and swore I had the "death wobble". I got used to it and do not even notice it. I go 70-75 pretty often, no problem. 4" lift is usually best with 33" tires from what I've heard. You can sell those 35's no problem on Craiglist. The sooner you sell em the better.

Look at the Cooper STT, Wrangler MTR's and or BFG A/T's for good looking street/trail tires.
Hope that helps!
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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I had a 3" Full Traction lift , 1 1/4" body lift on 33's and hated the way it rode. Removed and sold the lift tires and put it back to stock with some Bilstien shocks and I couldnt be happier. It my not look as "cool" as the lifted rigs, but its my DD and my back thanks me for it. Also, my trip is 70 miles each way to work
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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He did mean well, @iluvshoes. @BurlySoldier - glad to hear that you're OK with hwy driving with a 4" lift. Maybe I just need new tires. Thx for the suggestions! @orange05tj - glad to hear from someone who removed the lift. I know it looks cool lifted, but it went from being a blast to drive everyday to being a chore. And dang - 70 miles? - I thought I had it bad! :o)
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:50 PM   #6
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you should really should take the lift down a bit, and go to 33's or smaller. 35's are cool and all, but unless your husband also upgraded yous axles, breaks and steering components, your jeep is not going to be able to hand 35's for very long. even if it's all street driving.

my buddy's mom only has 31's, and her stock D35 axle blew up in traffic.... and she never goes offroad.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:04 PM   #7
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Looks like his plan of owning your jeep is working....are you sure the lift was for you ? Check the shed for the rest of the lift.( axles, SYE, adjustable track bars, stabilizers..etc...)
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My husband got me a lift and new tires for Christmas, but had it put on now. I wanted a 2" lift. He got a 4" lift (Rough Country). I did need new tires (had 31s on it), but he got me 35s. He meant well, but dang, I HATE it. The Jeep is all over the road, horrible sway/rocking on the highway. So . . . have any of you gone backwards? Is it possible to take a 4" lift down? I'm afraid of it looking stupid with smaller tires, but maybe 32s or 33s? The Jeep scares the crap out of me now - white knuckle driving to work is not fun, and this is my daily driver, about 50 miles round trip every day.

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Yep you can put it back to the way it was if you want . The RC lifts are a hard ride (cheep lift) .
When going with a wider tire like that every dip and flaw in the road your tires are going to go that way (all over the road) takes alittle getting use to .
Make it the way you want it you got to drive it
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:24 PM   #9
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There are a lot of things that don't get addressed when lifting and picking out tires. You may want to simply upgrade your steering linkage. There are many different options but most on this site recommend currie.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #10
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From what i've read on here you need other mods when going 4"+ on a spring lift...SYE, rear adjustable UCA's, custom double cardan rear driveshaft. That could be your issue.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:27 AM   #11
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in addition to all of the other things people are talking about such as an SYE, or a t case drop, the steering stabilizer helped my jeep from going all over the road and swaying. I put the stabilizer on a month after the lift and it drives almost like stock, not riding like stock, but drives very good. just something to think about as well
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:39 AM   #12
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You should try ditching the 35's for 33 or 32's and seeing if you like that before you remove the lift.
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:09 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the advice, everyone! We traded out the 35s for 33s (go pick it up tomorrow). Drove it last night after an alignment - and it was like night & day. I think I'm happy with the lift itself (the lift shop did other stuff too like the dual shock steering stabilizer), but still wanted a bit smaller tires for mileage & handling since it's a daily driver.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:39 PM   #14
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My husband got me a lift and new tires for Christmas, but had it put on now. I wanted a 2" lift. He got a 4" lift (Rough Country). I did need new tires (had 31s on it), but he got me 35s. He meant well, but dang, I HATE it. The Jeep is all over the road, horrible sway/rocking on the highway. So . . . have any of you gone backwards? Is it possible to take a 4" lift down? I'm afraid of it looking stupid with smaller tires, but maybe 32s or 33s? The Jeep scares the crap out of me now - white knuckle driving to work is not fun, and this is my daily driver, about 50 miles round trip every day.

UG. This makes me sick.
It sounds like he bought you a cheap incomplete lift kit, which was likely installed by a shop who only put on what came in the box...without regard to proper alignment or suspension mechanics.

If you fix the suspension mechanics problems and use good quality components, the jeep will drive better than stock. Really. Won't be cheap though....
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:37 PM   #15
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Hi, i'm new to the forum but I'll throw in my .02!

I have a 4" lift with a 1" body lift and 35"s

I actually bought the jeep this way and I have had other jeeps with a 2" lift and 33's any the differance is night and day. i like how big the 35"s are but they are just a disaster for anything over 60mph. I wil lbe removing the body lift and gong to 33"s after these tires are done.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:44 PM   #16
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I have a new set of 33's if you want to trade for your 35's

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Old 11-03-2013, 09:02 PM   #17
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Can we stickie this for when people think they can lift 4 + inches on a budget? No offense to the op. How would you want to lower it? I would recommend ditching the whole lift kit and going with the zone 4.25 lift kit If you are looking to dd and on the cheap. Or upgrading arms, shocks and steering. And the dual steering dampener isn't necessary. Its just there to help reduce the shock you feel thru the wheel. A well built rig doesn't even need one. When it comes to building jeeps, its like tattoos. Stood kits do t come cheap and cheap usually isn't good.
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Im gonna hope that a lil over a year since the original post. ... that the Jeep has been fixed and the OP is happy!
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My husband got me a lift and new tires for Christmas, but had it put on now. I wanted a 2" lift. He got a 4" lift (Rough Country). I did need new tires (had 31s on it), but he got me 35s. He meant well, but dang, I HATE it. The Jeep is all over the road, horrible sway/rocking on the highway. So . . . have any of you gone backwards? Is it possible to take a 4" lift down? I'm afraid of it looking stupid with smaller tires, but maybe 32s or 33s? The Jeep scares the crap out of me now - white knuckle driving to work is not fun, and this is my daily driver, about 50 miles round trip every day.

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The PO of my Jeep had a 6" Rough Country lift on it. I replaced the Coils and shocks with 3.5" Rock Krawler Coils and Bilstien shocks. I kept the RC ADJ CA and my 35's no clearance issues at all!

To say it made a difference would be an understatement!!! No more sway, rocking etc. The Coils and Shocks ran about $650 TMD! Talk to Jason at Krawl Off Road here on WF.
On a side note...You may want to make sure everything is dialed in correctly though. Bad installation bad ride...
Call RC and explain your issues they may offer a solution too!
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You really need adjustable front control arms if you are lifting 3+ Inches. Being able to fully dial in the Castor makes a white knuckle driver turn into a single-finger-on-the-wheel cruiser.

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