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Old 08-01-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Rancho 2.5" Rock Crawler or Rough Country 4" Long Arm??

I'm a newbie who just purchased a 2003 Wrangler Rubicon (Tomb Raider edition #85) with 23k original miles on it and now I'm looking to start playing with it!! My first step is a lift and some tires. I want to run 33X12.5's with a 15X10 wheel (the Tomb Raider has very wide flares and I want to fill them). I have been lurking at this forum and another and have read some good things about the Rancho 2.5" rock crawler lift (with RS9000xl shocks), but I am also interested in the Rough Country 4" long arm lift. This will be a daily driver with only occasional off roading (unless I catch the bug), so street manners are important but at the same time I don't want to be limited to the kiddie trails when I do decide to get a little mud on the tires. My budget for the lift itself is around $1400 so both these kits work, however the Rancho has a $500 rebate that I can use towards other items needed. Any advise or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!!

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Old 08-01-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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Nice Jeep post some pics! I wouldnt, (personally) spend all that money on a lift in the first place. Your Jeep is very capable offroad in stock for with 31"s. You wont need a ton of clearance for rock crawling cause youre a DD. I doubt you'll wanna break anything on the trail anyway. For practically any "trail" stock will do fine for now. Maybe a 2.5" at most. So I'd say the Rancho. But honestly i'd go with this kit..

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Thanks IndyJeepMan. I was also leaning towards the Rancho with maybe a 1" bl if needed. With the rebate I can get the Rancho with the RS9000xl shocks for the same price as the OME stage one kit. Would you still recommend the OME for the same price? If so, why?
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:51 PM   #4
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Nice Jeep post some pics! I wouldnt, (personally) spend all that money on a lift in the first place. Your Jeep is very capable offroad in stock for with 31"s. You wont need a ton of clearance for rock crawling cause youre a DD. I doubt you'll wanna break anything on the trail anyway. For practically any "trail" stock will do fine for now. Maybe a 2.5" at most. So I'd say the Rancho. But honestly i'd go with this kit..

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LEVEL 1 Kit, its a really good deal, thats all you really need and its a great kit. And youll have like $400 extra bucks for some skids or a winch..
Huh??? I don't understand your post at all. I realize it is your opinion though.

Here is MY opinion. I would go with a long arm kit over a short arm kit any day of the week. With any kind of a lift, it will ride much nicer. 2.5" short arm and 1" BL or 4" long arm, you are looking about the same ride height.

The Jeep at stock height with 31s IS very capable for a stock rig, but for "any trail", it is not even CLOSE to being ready for that. And for a DD, I would think the more clearance you have, the LESS you will be dragging it over stuff and tearing it up.

Again, just my opinion. I have had my rig for 9+ years, from stock on 31s for 3 years, to 3" short arm kit with 32s, then 33s, to 5.5" long arm kit on 35s, then 37s, then a stretched WB on 37s, now even more stretch on 39s. My Jeep rides better now than when it was stock.
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