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Old 03-27-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Not the usual Lift question.

Here is what I have;

1998 TJ Sahara 4.0/5spd
Previous owner installed 2" pucks with stock shocks and has 31" BFG AT's on stock gamblers (it does rub at full turn on flat ground).


Here is what the Jeep is used for;

This is not a DD; it is a high mileage (264,000) Jeep set up to be towed behind our Motorhome. I might put 1000 miles a year on this vehicle. The Jeep will spend most of its life in the Dunes (Pismo, Glamis, Florence, & Sand Mtn). It will also be used to take short drives while camping.

The goal;

With the current setup, it does ok but I want to have a more absorbsion and travel to soak up bumps, dips, and whoops. We dont just cruise around on the flat areas either, we like to climb up the dunes which requires some speed and momentum. I dont feel the need to go much higher than 2" or 3" for a lift and I would like to stay at $1000 or less.

Am I dreaming here or do I have reasonable options.

Thanks,
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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I would keep it low center of gravity and install a quality 2" OME lift kit.



(My TJ sees more Dunes than other offroad terrains too)

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Old 03-27-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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Here is what I have;

1998 TJ Sahara 4.0/5spd
Previous owner installed 2" pucks with stock shocks and has 31" BFG AT's on stock gamblers (it does rub at full turn on flat ground).


Here is what the Jeep is used for;

This is not a DD; it is a high mileage (264,000) Jeep set up to be towed behind our Motorhome. I might put 1000 miles a year on this vehicle. The Jeep will spend most of its life in the Dunes (Pismo, Glamis, Florence, & Sand Mtn). It will also be used to take short drives while camping.

The goal;

With the current setup, it does ok but I want to have a more absorbsion and travel to soak up bumps, dips, and whoops. We dont just cruise around on the flat areas either, we like to climb up the dunes which requires some speed and momentum. I dont feel the need to go much higher than 2" or 3" for a lift and I would like to stay at $1000 or less.

Am I dreaming here or do I have reasonable options.

Thanks,

Jhkinin,

As has been said, I would check out a good 2" lift kit, like an Old Man Emu, or a Teraflex 2" Coil Kit. both kits will give you great handling in the dunes.

Since you plan on towing it, you still want it to have good road manners behind the camper. So, keeping it low and running a 31"-32" tire will be perfect.

Since you want a better high speed ride, getting the pucks out and replacing them with coils is exactly where you want to start. The shocks will be a big part of your set up, because they are really what control the wya the Jeep will react to bumps, whoops, holes, etc...

We offer an exclusive discount for Wrangler Forum Members, I'll send it over to you so you can use it on your future orders! Send me a PM if you need any assistance, I'll be glad to help!

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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I would keep it low center of gravity and install a quality 2" OME lift kit.

(My TJ sees more Dunes than other offroad terrains too)
I do like the simplicity of the OME kit and have heard good things about their product.

So, your in Oregon City? We used to live in Milwaukie in the 90's and I was a reserve officer at OCPD for 5 years. Nice place.
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Jhkinin,

As has been said, I would check out a good 2" lift kit, like an Old Man Emu, or a Teraflex 2" Coil Kit. both kits will give you great handling in the dunes.

Since you plan on towing it, you still want it to have good road manners behind the camper. So, keeping it low and running a 31"-32" tire will be perfect.

Since you want a better high speed ride, getting the pucks out and replacing them with coils is exactly where you want to start. The shocks will be a big part of your set up, because they are really what control the wya the Jeep will react to bumps, whoops, holes, etc...

We offer an exclusive discount for Wrangler Forum Members, I'll send it over to you so you can use it on your future orders! Send me a PM if you need any assistance, I'll be glad to help!

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Thanks for the PM and info.
In regards to shocks; should I consider a reservoir shock or would that be money wasted?
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Thanks for the PM and info.
In regards to shocks; should I consider a reservoir shock or would that be money wasted?
Reservoir shocks are a great option, but I would consider it to be a bit overkill. Unless you plan on hitting the dunes at extremely high speeds. a Good shock for you to look at would be an adjustable shock like a Rancho RS9000XL, or a Pro-Comp MX 6.

Both shocks are completely adjustable, and will allow you to dial in your suspension for whatever terrain you may be on. They adjust with a simple turn of a knob, and it can be done in seconds.

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