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Old 09-01-2008, 08:37 PM   #1
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pros/cons 2002 wrangler 6" lift

im kinda new to the jeep world built a 1979 cj5 from gound up and sold it now i bought this newer jeep and need some advice on lifts. i want a 6" suspension lift gonna run 35-14.50x15 ss tsl will i have to extend my drive shafts? and another question i have 31.10.50x15 on a stock lift right now and im getting right at 9mpg is this ok? thanks and a big HIGH!

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im kinda new to the jeep world built a 1979 cj5 from gound up and sold it now i bought this newer jeep and need some advice on lifts. i want a 6" suspension lift gonna run 35-14.50x15 ss tsl will i have to extend my drive shafts? and another question i have 31.10.50x15 on a stock lift right now and im getting right at 9mpg is this ok? thanks and a big HIGH!
IMO you do not need 6" of lift to clear 35's. I am running a 4" spring lift / 1" body with 35's and have no issues. Once I swap my axles I'll will be moving to 36 or 37's without adding any lift.
With 4" + of lift you will need an SYE or TC drop and also adjustable UCA's if you do add 6" you might run into some problems with the DS (front and rear)and you will also need to change you gearing to run the 35's.

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Old 09-01-2008, 09:13 PM   #3
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Did I read that right, your getting 9mpg? That's horrible. What are the specs on your jeep? (4/6 cyl, gear size, and maybe last tune up?) What kind of wheelin do you do? What kind of price range you looking to get into?
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9 MPG w/ 31's is Too Low. I have 31's on an 03 6cyl and getting 14-16mpg.

6" lift is Too High. More opinions will follow.

Yes SYE and Longer Drive shaft would be absolute necessity's with that much lift.
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6cyl auto i bought it 3 months ago and changed all fluids plugs filters small coil wires do not know gear ratio but i can find out it is high i know this for sure. im not a climber i like mudd so if i can get 40's under it i will be happy with a 6" lift i email a egay seller i can get a complete lift with drive shaft 1400.00
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you will need sye and cv drive shaft which alone is about 550...also dont forget to add cost for install if you're gonna get it done.

What kind of lift is it? i assume a short arm kit for about 1100.

for 40s you will at least need new axles. Cant just put huge tires on it and expect perfection.

9mpg is very bad. I with my 35s and 6" of lift get almost 18. (i do have few engine mods though not just suspension and tires)
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:25 AM   #7
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this is the kit

6" X-SERIES Lift Kit 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ -GREAT FLEX

i can buy one cheaper direct from rough country im only 55 miles from there wharehouse.

i do all of my own work.. 40's will be fine with me im noy gonna try to go 0-60 in 6 seconds or stop on a dime but i do have a dodge 4x4 1996 with all new gears the transmission is out would make a god donor.


as far as mpg my jeep starts and runs smooth ever so often when i start it like if i run to town go in a store for 5 min come back out and start it it will miss spit sputer then clear right up in 30 seconds.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:51 AM   #8
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Do not buy a rough country lift. I have it, it sucks. If you need some more info on it i'll tlak to you later since i got to go to class now (college) but it sucks. Save your money.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:36 PM   #9
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Do not buy a rough country lift. I have it, it sucks. If you need some more info on it i'll tlak to you later since i got to go to class now (college) but it sucks. Save your money.
X2 you will not be happy with the Rough Country lift. They are very stiff and do not flex very well, although this is may not be an issue since you are a mudder.
Contact Justin at Performance Offroad (770-292-9820) for a good deal on RE or other lifts. He will take time to discuss your application and give you some good ideas on the best way to get to where you want to be.
There are a lot of mods that will need to be addressd when moving up to 35" tires and the size lift you are looking at. Something to consider before you get started.
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It's not so much the 35" diameter - it's you said 14.50's. Even 6" will probably not clear everything.
That wide a tire will require the wheel to be out farther (not much backspacing) so the tire won't hit the frame on the inside - both front and back, then it'll hit on the outside of the fenders when flexing.

Maybe consider a smaller lift, like a 4 - 5", a small backspaced wheel, and cutting the fenders outside front and rear to clear. Or, better yet, tube fenders that are farther up and out.

Search Poison Spyder for the tube fenders.

I'm running the 4.5" RE long arms with 35x12.50's on 8" rock crawler steel rims. The tires just barely hit the frame up front when turning hard, and barely skim the outside of the fenders when turning and flexing.
The rear kept hitting the frame on the inside, so I use a 1.25 " wheel spacer to space it out - now it just barely touches on extreme flex, but still clears the outside fender.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:57 PM   #12
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9 mpg's, dude, lol, i got a 4" teraflex with 35x13.50's on d44 axles and i get 14-17 mpg's. my gears are 4.56 and i got intake and tb, but lookin to get exhaust and computer chip. anyone got suggestions for those? anywho, u dont need 6", especially if your not plannin on doin any hardcore ruttin, but its your rig man, to each his own. but id say if u go 33" or bigger tires def. regear, its essential.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:36 PM   #13
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nothing wrong at all with 6+ inches of lift. it all depends what you do.
i can go from logging roads to mud bogs to rocks to gravel to washouts to landslides to forest, etc etc
in one trail. i have 5.5" lift and 35 tires and im still a bit short for many trails, im homebrewing an engine skid to help keep rocks off the oilpan/tranny for now, but i still need a couple inches to get down some trails,,
bigger jeep=badder trail= stuck twice as bad as before
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Old 09-06-2008, 12:57 AM   #14
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You guys i believe he wants to get 6" of lift off the start so he can go bigger later. I just dont see the point of spending 1k on a 4" lift (2" body or whatever) and mounting some 36s on there and then replacing it with a 6" lift couple months later.. better off start with a 6 and then add a bl..

However if you are gonna go with a 6" do it properly the first time.

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