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Old 08-24-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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Need Help on Deciding a Lift

I have a 99 TJ 6C 4.0L Auto. I want to put 35" tires on it. It is my daily driver and only plan to do some mudding and riding the trails, no rock crawling. I am thinking about putting a 6" lift, but need some help on deciding one. I found these 3 that are within my price range as well as don't seem to have what it will need to do some rock crawling, but am willing to look at others.

Black Diamond 6" Suspension Lift with AT Shocks for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

Skyjacker Value Flex 6" Suspension Lift Kit for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

Superlift 6" Superide Suspension for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

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Old 08-24-2009, 07:45 PM   #2
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I would not buy any of those. Keep in mind you will also need and SYE for the T-case, New gears, would also come in handy, as well as upgraded steering to run 35's the correct way.

Of the kits you have listed I would not use any of them. They all incomplete. If this is a daily driver and part time off road jeep get a 4" short arm and add a 1" body lift. Cost will be way less. Check out the RE 3.5" lift or if you want something more complete the 4.5".
Also check in our vendor section here to see what kind of deal you can get.

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Then what entails a complete kit? And how much for new gears and to upgrade the steering? Yes, I know about the SYE.

How about this with a 1" body lift to fit the 35s:

http://www.quadratec.com/products/16300_405.htm
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:37 AM   #4
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around 1000 per axle for gears
or you can swap to d44
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:01 AM   #5
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I would think about a 4" lift and 33's this would be a better option for your needs. The D30 and 35s is right on the edge! If you insist on 6" this kit is nice. Jeep TJ Suspension Lift I've been running a 4" rough country with 33s for over 3yrs with no complaints! I do mud and rock crawl with it!
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Then what entails a complete kit? And how much for new gears and to upgrade the steering? Yes, I know about the SYE.

How about this with a 1" body lift to fit the 35s:

Rubicon Express 4.5" Super-Flex™ Suspension System for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
Good lift, here is a better deal on it....

Rubicon Express RE7000 4.5 Super-Flex Kit & SYE Combo Save Big
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:36 AM   #7
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I'm a big fan of the Rubicon Express lifts. My last lift was a 3.5 short arm and I am now running their 5.5 long arm lift. I love this lift as it is pretty complete and rides/wheels awesome. The best advice I can offer is to not skimp when it comes to a lift. Your going to have to live with your decision for some time. So even if you have to save up a little longer to get a good quality lift, it will be so worth it.
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I have the ultimate OME lift with 1.25" BL running 33's with no problems so far.
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:41 PM   #9
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I don't plan to skimp. It's basically a 1 shot deal so I plan to get it right. I saw that Rough Country 6", but I am a little skeptic since its running a $1000, when every kit I've seen has been close to $2k.

What about a 4in lift, running 35s? I've seen some jeeps with a setup like this, but am not sure how it is. To me there does not seem to be a lot of room with that setup.
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I don't plan to skimp. It's basically a 1 shot deal so I plan to get it right. I saw that Rough Country 6", but I am a little skeptic since its running a $1000, when every kit I've seen has been close to $2k.

What about a 4in lift, running 35s? I've seen some jeeps with a setup like this, but am not sure how it is. To me there does not seem to be a lot of room with that setup.

What is your total budget for the lift and sye? Are you installing or is a shop?

You can run 35's with the RE 4.5 and 1" body lift if you need more room. I added 2" front spacers when I had mine. Though mine was a trail jeep mostly.
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:11 PM   #11
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I shouldn't say I don't have a budget, but I don't want to spend outrageous amounts. Like i said I don't plan to rock crawl, so I don't want to spend the money on a lift that is made for that. But then again, even on trails you encounter stuff that the ability to flex would be very nice. By this I mean if I have to spend a little extra more for something that in the long run will be a great asset then I am willing to go for it. I plan to have a shop install it, since they can guarantee the work.
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I'm sure you realize this, but you will save a ton of cash if you install it yourself. I've had three different lifts on my '97 and I installed them all. Also, it makes you alot more aware of what's going on with your Jeep. It's not very difficult and should only take a day or two.
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Yea, of course anything you do yourself will save you money. Its just a matter of do you have the tools and know how to do it. I want to say its just taking the stock parts off and replacing them with the kit, but I'm pretty sure its not that easy.

Does anyone know more info about that Rough Country 6"? Is it a good, complete lift? Why is it $1000? Or should I not even look at it?
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:32 PM   #14
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By the way I think I have a Dana 35 rear axle and 3.07 gear ratio. I couldn't find anything specific on it that said exactly what axle it is.
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Since you don't plan to be offroad a ton and may not want to mess with the gearing, I'd recommend going with a smaller lift (RE 3.5 or 4.5) and run 33's instead of 35's.

I've got an 01 TJ with the RE 4.5 long arm, 1' body lift and 33's - I have space for 35's, but not the budget to upgrade to a Dana 44 to run the bigger tires.
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This weekend I plan to go talk to some shops, but its looking more and more like the route to go for me is a RE 4.5 lift with 33s and just make it so I have the room later on to upgrade to 35s.

So if I still want to run 35s I can buy a 1" BL, upgrade my axles, brakes, steering, etc. I can even do some of the upgrades with 33s and by the time I need new tires I wont have to get everything at once.
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Or what about doing a 6" lift with 33s for now?
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:18 AM   #18
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i would not go over 4 - 4.5 inches of lift if using
short arms. check out this lift from rough country.
this is a complete lift. you still may need to look at
a sye since you drive a tj, but our lj did not need
a sye or a t case drop with this lift.

Jeep TJ Suspension Lift

4 inch lift and 33's would fit your situation better than
6 inch lift and 35's... you can go ALOT of places with
a 4 incher and a front locker.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:40 PM   #19
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do you really need to go that high and 35 tire ? from what you're saying some trail and some mud, i dont see why you'll need such a big lift and 35 (except of course if you really dig the look)

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