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Old 06-04-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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What's up y'all. My name is Brett and I just inherited an immaculate 1997 Jeep Sahara from my Aunt.

The Jeep has 80k body miles and 8k on the new motor

I've been considering a 3.5" total lift with 32-34" wheels.
I know with lifts over 2-3" it seems you need a SYE which is like $500 I think? But I'm not going to do any major off-roading so I don't think its that necessary.

So far I'm considering a 2.5" Suspension lift and 1" Body lift.

Right now I'm looking to buy a 2.5" SkyJacker lift kit ($629.99) with:
4 coil springs, lower control arms with bushings, transfer case lowering kit, and track bar bracket.

OR

Rancho 2.5" lift ($694.95) with:
Kit includes heavy-duty greasable boxed front and rear lower control arms, transfer case lowering kit, linkage relocation bracket, rear track bar relocation bracket, and rear bump stop spacers.

Links below.

Can anyone please point me to the better lift kit? If there's any better deals that would be great too!

I'm just looking for a solid lift that can handle minor off-roading to hunting plots in Georgia clay.

Thanks for looking! I really appreciate the help, pics will be included soon.

SkyJacker 2.5in. Lift Kit (97-02 Wrangler TJ) 25145 - Free Shipping over $75!

Rancho 2.5 in. Lift Kit (97-06 Wrangler TJ) RS6503 - Free Shipping over $75!

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Old 06-04-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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What's up y'all. My name is Brett and I just inherited an immaculate 1997 Jeep Sahara from my Aunt.

The Jeep has 80k body miles and 8k on the new motor

I've been considering a 3.5" total lift with 32-34" wheels.
I know with lifts over 2-3" it seems you need a SYE which is like $500 I think? But I'm not going to do any major off-roading so I don't think its that necessary.

So far I'm considering a 2.5" Suspension lift and 1" Body lift.

Right now I'm looking to buy a 2.5" SkyJacker lift kit ($629.99) with:
4 coil springs, lower control arms with bushings, transfer case lowering kit, and track bar bracket.

OR

Rancho 2.5" lift ($694.95) with:
Kit includes heavy-duty greasable boxed front and rear lower control arms, transfer case lowering kit, linkage relocation bracket, rear track bar relocation bracket, and rear bump stop spacers.

Links below.

Can anyone please point me to the better lift kit? If there's any better deals that would be great too!

I'm just looking for a solid lift that can handle minor off-roading to hunting plots in Georgia clay.

Thanks for looking! I really appreciate the help, pics will be included soon.

SkyJacker 2.5in. Lift Kit (97-02 Wrangler TJ) 25145 - Free Shipping over $75!

Rancho 2.5 in. Lift Kit (97-06 Wrangler TJ) RS6503 - Free Shipping over $75!
Alot of things to consider. I have a 3" lift and had TC-drop and snapped my mainshaft after my tire spun on ice then grabbed pavement. It can happen on road too.

What shocks are you planning on using?
What about sway bar links?

They are very similar kits but if i had to choose one I would go Rancho kit with Rancho Shocks. that is based off of my experience with their shocks and not their lift kits. But my advise is to really research what is out there and not just jump into it. Even if you never offroad a lift kit can give you a terrible on road ride quality also. Plan first and then exicute. Do it right the first time.

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Old 06-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #3
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This is the lift kit you are looking for, I have the HD springs, but if you're not planning on bumpers, winch, armor, etc., go with the light or medium duty. Never heard anyone say anything bad about the OME lifts other than "too expensive". $200 more in my book is well worth the cost.

Old Man Emu 2" Suspension Systems for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

If you want to omit the tcase lowering, get the SYE.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #4
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I have a 2002 Sahara with the Rubicon Express 5.5 inch long travel suspension lift running old man emu shocks. I love it ! It rides great on and off road and have had no problems with the suspension. I know Rubicon has a 3" lift kit available not sure what the price is. The lift is around 5 years old now and rides just as good today as the day It was originally put on. I don't do any rock crawling or bouldering, mainly dunes, snow and hard pack dirt, I saw your were looking at 34 inch tires as well. I am running 35's Toyo M/T and re-geared to 4.56's to keep some power, after the re-gear I cruise the FWY at 70 mph without having to worry about creeping up every hill. Have you checked out the Tera Flex? No matter what you decide to go with it will be an improvement... Hope this helps...
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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I appreciate the help y'all!

I'm trying to buy a decent suspension kit for $1000 or less that has everything needed. I feel like this is very do-able build. But I'd prefer to get the best kit for the price.

noog7- Is that Old Man Emu kit you posted the only kit I would really need besides a SYE?

How much is a SYE anyways? Is it a pain to install?
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:40 PM   #6
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I appreciate the help y'all!

I'm trying to buy a decent suspension kit for $1000 or less that has everything needed. I feel like this is very do-able build. But I'd prefer to get the best kit for the price.

noog7- Is that Old Man Emu kit you posted the only kit I would really need besides a SYE?

How much is a SYE anyways? Is it a pain to install?

OME kit for your jeep comes with t-case drop. You can run that indefinitely without a SYE and could add a 1" body lift + mml (maybe $200) to make your 3/3.5 inches without the SYE to run 33's. SYE (I have one stock on my jeep) I think around around $300-500.

OME kit w/ tcase drop + 1" body lift and 1" motor mount lift will let you clear 33's. Only negative is the t-case drop, but you could address down the road or never.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:51 PM   #7
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An SYE with a new driveshaft if you get it from Tom Wood is about $525 plus shipping the SYE is a slip yoke eliminator it replaces the slip yoke off of the transfer case allowing you to run a longer custom rear driveshaft. The new rear driveshaft is included at the $500 price tag, its not included in the kits you find for around $300. Running a a new longer driveshaft helps eliminate driveline vibrations by decreasing the output angle of the driveshaft at the transfer case among other things. Most don't need one with a 2 inch lift although some people report needing it. It's pretty well established that after about 3 or 4 inches its a necessity.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:02 PM   #8
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Good deal.

I'll probably wind up buying that OME kit plus a 1-1.5" simple body lift. Then down the road invest in a SYE when I'm not a broke college student.

What would be a better buy... a 1" BL or 1.5" BL?

I plan on running 33-34"s

I haven't even thought of a wheel/tire combo yet....
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Smallest possible, IMO, so 1". You'll either need a motor mount lift or adjust the radiator cowling.

33x12.5x15 is popular and relatively inexpensive.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:25 PM   #10
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Shit.. How expensive would the motor mount lift and/or radiator cowling cost?

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...2F%3B648%3B484

This is the look I'm going for. if anyone has any insight on the tire size/brand and wheel type I'd greatly appreciate it.

But I feel like the 33"s on 3" lift would look badass nonetheless.
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Good deal.

I'll probably wind up buying that OME kit plus a 1-1.5" simple body lift. Then down the road invest in a SYE when I'm not a broke college student.

What would be a better buy... a 1" BL or 1.5" BL?

I plan on running 33-34"s

I haven't even thought of a wheel/tire combo yet....
How about the JKS 1.25" BL and do a 1" MML when you do the OME kit??
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Shit.. How expensive would the motor mount lift and/or radiator cowling cost?

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...2F%3B648%3B484

This is the look I'm going for. if anyone has any insight on the tire size/brand and wheel type I'd greatly appreciate it.

But I feel like the 33"s on 3" lift would look badass nonetheless.
JKS 1" Budget Motor Mounts - Body & Motor Mount Lifts - Accessories - Suspension
Rokmen 1.0" Body Lift - Body & Motor Mount Lifts - Accessories - Suspension

$170
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That's perfect.

Only problem I see here is I don't have the tools in my garage to lift a motor.

How expensive would it be to install a suspension and or BL kit along with the motor lift?

Like do it yourself or send it to a shop? I know prices vary but just give me a ballpark idea.

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