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Old 09-27-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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Newbie wants to lift a 98 Wrangler and needs advice

I'd like to lift my stock 98 Wrangler and need some advice on two lift kits I'm looking at.

I'm getting too old to climb up into anything more than a 2" lift, so I'm considering the Old Man Emu 2" kit and the Rancho 2" kit.

My question is this: the Rancho kit has new lower control arms but the Old Man Emu does not. Why is that? If I go with OME, which I've heard good things about, will I have to buy new arms from another source or are they not really necessary with a 2" lift?

I won't be doing any serious off-roading with this Jeep, the lift is mainly for looks so I can put some bigger tires on it.

Any advice you can give me about either one of these lifts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:42 PM   #2
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It's all what you want. I am like you too old and just need a hunting and fishing rig. I installed 2 inch spacers and regret it. If I did it over I would get new springs. I am running stock control arms but I did get some vibs. That was fixed with a good alignment and a SYE along with a wood's rear drive shaft. Maybe someone else can ring in about the control arms.

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Old 09-27-2011, 11:25 PM   #3
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I have the Rancho 2.5" inch sport Lift. It came with new Coils front and rear, New lower control arms, a rear track bar relocation bracket and 2.5" rear bump stop extensions. Also a 1" transfer case drop (which I have since replaced with a 1.25" Body lift and a 1" Motor Mount Lift). I ordered the RS5000 shocks because I like a stiff ride and didn't want to pay close to a $100.00 for the RS 9000's adjustable shocks that I would never adjust. Also came with TC linkage adjuster bracket (didn't need). I am running 31" tires but the 2.5" will allow 32 according to Rancho. With the springs and the lower control arms (which are greasable) the ride is better than stock. Was fairly easy to get into until I removed the factory steps and raised the body. This is what I am up to now.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:19 AM   #4
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The lower control arms aren't at all necessary for a 2" lift.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:15 AM   #5

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With 2" or 3" lifts, you really dont need the transfer case drop unless you have a lot of driveline vibrations, I run a 3.25" lift without it and no vibes at all.

Lower control arms arent needed for much under a 4" lift, and the ones with the Rancho kit look like 2 piece bushings with a center shaft, I have no personal experiance with Ranchos arms, but its the same basic bushing system that warrior uses in their arms, I will say up front I do some pretty extreme wheeling at times, the Warrior arms I tried because the price was right, this is what the bushings looked like after almost 3 months, again, I do wheel pretty hard, but my Jeep is in no way a Daily Driver, so this was about 500 miles tops including towing to and from trails.

The dirt is from when I took them out, not from use, but you can see how bad the bushings get cut up by the arms and arm mounts, I'm lucky that none of the mounts were damaged. There are a lot of good lifts, I have since switched to the Rough Country X-Flex arms, they are excellent IMO, you might check out the RC lifts, they are a great value and a quality lift.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:15 PM   #6
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Thanks to all for your advice. I've decided on the Old Man Emu kit.

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