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Old 02-01-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Is it normal for the front end to be 1.5" lower than the rear?
I measured from the top of the tire to the bottom edge of the stock flares. I fugured it is for payload purposes but not sure. When I decide on my lift, I want it to be level or maybe a touch higher up front. Any advice?

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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Yes this is normal when you are running a factory suspension. The added weight of the engine and front end accessories makes the nose dive.

Now, when you finally get your lift, a decent company will already take that into consideration and calibrate the spring rate so that your jeep is leveled when you finally set it on the ground.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:44 PM   #4
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Thanx for the link Dextreme. I'm still curious, is this normal or due to settling of the springs with age. It's a 2000 with stock suspension.
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Thanx DadeCountyJeeper, I guess you posted while I was responding to Dextreme. That's what I needed to know. Now I just have to decide which lift to buy. Been researching this alot and it seems to do it right the first time gets kinda costly.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:27 PM   #6
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Thanx DadeCountyJeeper, I guess you posted while I was responding to Dextreme. That's what I needed to know. Now I just have to decide which lift to buy. Been researching this alot and it seems to do it right the first time gets kinda costly.
You have a lot of homework man. I feel you because yes it can get pretty expensive to live the high life lol. Let us know what you finally pull the trigger on. Remember, take into consideration any aftermarket add on you may run in the future such as metal bumpers or a winch when choosing your lift.

Again don't worry about the drop, even the brand new jeeps have it with stock suspensions.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:17 PM   #7
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I've been researching for a couple of weeks now and everyday I learn and find something new that I didn't know I may need. It's crazy how much there is out there. I thought just any kit would do, but boy was I WRONG.

Thanks for all the advice and info guys!
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BigCrave- I had the same thing on my stock 2001 TJ when I bought it. I installed the OME 2 inch lift. I live in MD, and there aren't too many places to rock crawl. So, mine is mostly a mud/snow fun in the sun kind of jeep.

The 2 inch lift returns my normal suspension (along with shocks). Allows a slightly larger tire to go under and still look decent. Check my gallery for before and after pics.

I heard of folks using the stock JK springs that JK owners toss out when they do their upgraded lifts. Seems like a cheaper way to accomplish something similar. So, if you have to do something on the cheap, search for that subject on the forum. Like most lift suggestions, you'll get all kinds of opinions. But, if you are going for cheap and something close to what you have now (with a little added lift) check this idea out.

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:57 PM   #9
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Hey 4wheelin, I checked out your gallery pics. That's pretty much the look I'm shooting for. What size wheel are those Cepek's, and tire size if you don't mind? Mine will pretty much stay on the road, maybe some very Light wheeling.
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I believe the higher rear height is called a "rake". You will c it more prevalent on pickup trucks. This is due to when their is a load placed in the rear OR you are towing something the truck or jeep rides level and not all sunk down in the back.

About ur lift. What size tires do u wanna run?? I just had a post about suspension lifts and gained some good knowledge from the forum. The search function sucks sometimes but just keep trying.
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Hey 4wheelin, I checked out your gallery pics. That's pretty much the look I'm shooting for. What size wheel are those Cepek's, and tire size if you don't mind? Mine will pretty much stay on the road, maybe some very Light wheeling.
The rims are 16 inch because there is a bigger variety of tires to choose from.
The tires are 265/75/16 which equals to 31.7 x 10.5 inches. I didn't want really wide tires.

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Perfect, I was hoping to run 16's anyway. Thanks again!
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I forgot to ask you wheelin, Are your DC2's 16x8 or 16x10?
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I forgot to ask you wheelin, Are your DC2's 16x8 or 16x10?
Sorry for not paying attention. They are 16x8.

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