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Old 08-19-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Please Help Me Pick A Lift For My DD..

I'm sure all of you are fed up with the question, and PETA sure as hell won't appreciate me beating a dead horse, but I was pretty hard pressed to find definitive answers after searching the forums.

I've got an '05 LJ, basically stock. The time has come to throw down some cash for new tires, as the old ones are becoming quite bald. That being said, I'd like to throw on some decent sized tires..probably 33". I figured while I'm at it, I will lift it up a bit, too.

I've been off road only a handful of times, partly because there's not many places to go in my neck of the woods, and partly because the few spots I CAN go, I don't really want to with my balding tires. So yeah, when I do lift it and throw some bigger tires on, I will probably be more tempted to venture off the beaten path a bit, but nothing serious. Mud..light trails, dried up river beds..that sort of thing. I'm not going to be doing any serious rock crawling or anything.

I'm looking to get between 3-4" and preferably a kit that includes EVERYTHING..I'm new to this, and if everything is there for me there will probably be less of a chance that I will screw it up.

I read up on here, and it seems a lot of people are knocking on the cheaper end lift kits (skyjacker, I've noticed a lot) and it seems for every 2 people trashing them, there's at least 1 person defending them..so it makes deciding really hard.

So keeping in mind that I will spend at least 80% of the time ON ROAD, what would you recommend for a lift? As far as the ride goes..I really don't mind how rough it is, as long as it's not damaging to the Jeep in any way..it wasn't built for comfort and I'm not going to try to change her mind.

Anyway, I'd appreciate any help I can get

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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Dpg ultimate kit. Includes everything except you'll prolly want to get a steering stabilizer as well. And if that's not in your price range I would look at the 4.25 combo lift from zone. A bunch on vendors here give good deals on that.

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #3
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Here's everything you should need:

Currie Johnny Joints Suspension TJ LJ

Rancho RS9000XL 9 way Adjustable Shocks for TJ 4" LIft

Tom Wood Drive Shaft and AA SYE Jeep 04-06 LJ Auto

With 33 inch tires, you'll end up wanting lower gearing. If you have a manual transmission, 4.56 gears are the way to go. If you have the automatic transmission, 4.88s are the recommended gears. Also, you'll probably want better brakes when you step up to 33s. Look here for an upgrade: http://shop.blackmagicbrakes.com/Jee...0-2006_c44.htm or if you really want some superb brakes, here: http://shop.savvyoffroad.com/product...&categoryId=15
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #4
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Don't go cheap just because it's a DD. Your suspension is pretty serious safety equipment. The OME kit mentioned above should suit your needs quite well and also be functional for the eventual offroad adventure.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys! I definitely want to stay on the cheaper end as it is right now, for the simple fact that I don't know how much I will actually be utilizing it to it's full effect.

@Border Dave - I appreciate all of the info and links but that's a good amount more than I'm looking to spend at the time being...I have no doubt it's all good stuff, but none of it would have a good home on my Jeep..it'd be the offroad equivalent of that 75 year old guy with the brand new corvette who never takes it over 65 mph

@BLK00TJ & Cole 33 - I do realize it's a really important thing that shouldn't necessarily be skimped on, but the way I see it..everything on my Jeep is pretty shot as it is..bushings, shocks, springs..don't know what the guy before me did with it, but he did a lot of city driving. That being said, I feel like even the cheapest, most bottom of the line suspension parts would be better than what I'm used to as sad as that is. I really liked that kit from zone! The price seems too good to be true..is it? I'm going to read into some reviews right now, but unless there's an overwhelming amount of bad reviews, I think that may be what I'm looking for..
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:03 PM   #6
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You want to at least enjoy the ride if you are on road alot without having skidmarks in the undies everyday. Do it right with brands that seem to last. OME,zone,BDS seems to have consistent rave reviews. You get what you paid for.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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One of the biggest differences for the zone kit is that you get a lot of brackets to make things fit like a trackbars relocation bracket and in the ultimate kit you just get a higher quality adjustable trackbars that fit. When you not just using the brackets the suspension geometry is in more of the stock form so there won't be unwanted stress put on other parts if that makes sense. I personally own the OME ultimate kit and it's great the ride is great and as it is my daily driver I couldn't see putting up with a rougher suspension. But I have heard from many people that zone is one of the better budget lifts. So my final advice is if u see yourself holding onto this jeep for awhile I would bite the bullet and get the ultimate kit.
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hey cole do you find yourself wanting or needing those adjustable CA's in the super ultimate kit? Also what tires are you running? I want my 33's to not rub when disconnected. period. lol (I have 30's on stock suspension and with it disconnected they actually do rub) sorry for the hijack I just figured this quick question still applies.
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hey cole do you find yourself wanting or needing those adjustable CA's in the super ultimate kit? Also what tires are you running? I want my 33's to not rub when disconnected. period. lol (I have 30's on stock suspension and with it disconnected they actually do rub) sorry for the hijack I just figured this quick question still applies.
I have really flexed it out yet so I can't answer that but it shouldn't if you properly bumps top it. But I don't think there necessary unless you plan on doing a tummy tuck or sye cv. A tummy tuck is on my list but when I get adj control arms I'm leaning towards currie.
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I have the Teraflex BB 2.5-3inch lift. And 33inch Micky T's. Love the look, it's my DD and I don't feel the pain on my wallet. Look up "whiteout" in the search engine it's my jeeps name. Or PM me since we both live in Southington.
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These are the MTZ'S
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:40 PM   #12
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These are the MTZ'S
Gah, SO nice. I'm pretty positive that's what I'm going with...thanks!
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Don't go cheap just because it's a DD. Your suspension is pretty serious safety equipment. The OME kit mentioned above should suit your needs quite well and also be functional for the eventual offroad adventure.
What kind of Shocks do you have and what make and model wheels do you have?
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:39 PM   #14
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I love the mtz's. Heres my set the day I got them

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What kind of Shocks do you have and what make and model wheels do you have?
I've got the Nitro shocks that came with the Zone combo lift. Right now I'm on stock '05 TJ rims but the lift isn't going on until I pick up new tires and wheels..I haven't decided what I'm getting for wheels yet though. Suggestions? Haha
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I love the mtz's. Heres my set the day I got them
VERY nice! What would you say your percentage of on road to off road driving is?
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:52 AM   #17
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Prob 75% road 25% off... They have worked great everywhere I have tested them. I usually do dirty trails or big fields and creeks around my house. I've taken them thru rivers and deep mud and they pull great! Prob my favorite tire out of them all and my family owns a few Goodyears so ive tried a lot of others.

But all around they are perfect. just loud enough on road but not obnoxious and very smooth ride.

Never really tried hard rock crawling tho...
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Prob 75% road 25% off...
Thats a lot of miles offroad :P
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Prob 75% road 25% off... They have worked great everywhere I have tested them. I usually do dirty trails or big fields and creeks around my house. I've taken them thru rivers and deep mud and they pull great! Prob my favorite tire out of them all and my family owns a few Goodyears so ive tried a lot of others.

But all around they are perfect. just loud enough on road but not obnoxious and very smooth ride.

Never really tried hard rock crawling tho...
Perfect! That's exactly what I'm looking for..I'm not into rock crawling yet, nor do I know where I can do it around here but mud and trails and road are what I was looking for! Glad they have sound too, people always complain about that..I can hear my brother's DC Crushers 1/4 mile away on a quite night, I love that hahah thanks for the info!

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