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Old 02-09-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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Need advice from some veteran jeepsters

I'm looking to lift my 99 2.5L TJ (standard transmission). My goal is three inches of lift through a 1inch body and motor mount lift and 2 inch suspension lift. The thing I need some advice on is what should I do first? For example, is it easier to do a body lift when everything else is stock or vice versa?

On another note, will I need to do any modifications to brake lines, driveshaft etc. if I do a three inch combination lift? I just am new to this and don't want to get in way over my head.

I appreciate all your help!

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Old 02-09-2011, 09:27 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have a solid plan. I would lift the body first so you dont need a longer piece of wood on your jack. If you do the motor lift you won't need a t-case drop. No need to lengthen the brake lines or drive shaft, the motor mount lift will decrease the drive shaft angle and with only 2" suspension should be more than enough. What size tire are you planning on running?

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Old 02-09-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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The body lift is certainly the easier of the two to do. Did mine and it took like 1/2 an hour or so.

Other things to consider? Tryin to remember what is under a '99...

You might need an SYE kit. If I remember right, 3" is about the limit before considering one.

Depending on the kit, the rest should be included. I originally did a 3.5" RE kit and it included longer brake lines, etc. Take a look at the kit you are considering and see what it includes. Give the MFG a call and see if they recommend anything as well.
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You'll need shocks and bump stop extensions too.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:13 AM   #5
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Sounds like you have a solid plan. I would lift the body first so you dont need a longer piece of wood on your jack. If you do the motor lift you won't need a t-case drop. No need to lengthen the brake lines or drive shaft, the motor mount lift will decrease the drive shaft angle and with only 2" suspension should be more than enough. What size tire are you planning on running?

In terms of tires, I really don't know. I don't even know where to start. I would hope to go with 32 or 33's but the width? I have no clue! Plus I want to find a good deal, so that's where you guys can help me out.

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You might need an SYE kit. If I remember right, 3" is about the limit before considering one.
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You'll need shocks and bump stop extensions too.
The kit I plan on buying looks like it has those: here is the link Zone Offroad Jeep TJ 2" Coil Spring Spacer Kit - ZONJ1 - tal4x4.com
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In terms of tires, I really don't know. I don't even know where to start. I would hope to go with 32 or 33's but the width? I have no clue! Plus I want to find a good deal, so that's where you guys can help me out.

What is an SYE kit?
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You should not have to worry about a SYE with only a 2" suspension lift. Every Jeep is different but 3-4 is where you need to start messing with the SYE and drivelines.
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First you have to know what tire size you will end up with to determine lift. if 33 inch is maximum then buy a lift to match. Rough Country has a complete kit for 2 inch suspension with shocks for a reasonable price. I'm not sure 1 inch body mounts will do for 33's. I went with 3 inch body mounts for my 33's but ended up as over kill and you don't want to go to tall because of center of gravity. ( roll over)

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