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Old 03-03-2011, 09:32 AM   #1
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Rough Country 2.5 or 3.25 lift kit

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I think I've found the lift kit. I have a 97 Wrangler in pretty rough shape so I don't want to spend an arm and a leg.
The Rough Country lift kits are 299 for the 2.5 and 369 for the 3.5 which includes the shocks, coils and spacers. I have 31's on there now.
Anyone have any preference as to which to go for. And why?
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:45 AM   #2
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Or the 3.75 combo kit with the 2.5 lift and the 1.25 body lift for 289...

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:06 AM   #3
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I have the 3.25 RC lift and have been happy with it.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:12 AM   #4
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Thank you. Any pictures by any chance? Now I'm torn between the 3.25 lift or the 2.5 plus the 1.25 body lift.....Not much price difference.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:20 AM   #5
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A lot of people use body lifts but I'm not a big fan of them. Thats just me. The RC kit as most kits nowdays uses a TC drop kit ( spacers ), This caused my gear shift to hit the console, But I was able to use spacers half the size of the kit ( I used washers ) and worked just fine and no vibs. A body lift can also cause probles with gear shift.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:21 AM   #6
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Thanks for the response. So I would be better off with the 3.25 suspension lift over the 2.5 suspension 1.25 body lift combo?
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:29 AM   #8
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Thank you. Any pictures by any chance? Now I'm torn between the 3.25 lift or the 2.5 plus the 1.25 body lift.....Not much price difference.
It will be a lot easier to get the normal drivetrain vibrations out from a 2.5" suspension lift than it would be with the 3.25" lift. No big deal if your budget is high enough so that's not an issue but if your budget is limited, it is an issue to keep in mind.

And the combination of a 2.5" SL plus 1.25" BL will give you a slightly lower center of gravity than the 3.5" SL will. There's really nothing wrong with body lifts so long as you stay under 2".
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:32 AM   #9
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Sounds like the combo is the way to go.
Thanks for your advice...
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:36 AM   #10
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Thank you. Any pictures by any chance? Now I'm torn between the 3.25 lift or the 2.5 plus the 1.25 body lift.....Not much price difference.
theres nothing wrong with 2.5" lift and a 1.25" body lift...in fact i prefer this setup vs the spacer 3.25" junk. the body lift leaves room for mods later down the road, and when used with a MML will offset most of the driveline issues you would see with a 2.5" lift. it doesn't matter much because you'll need to replace the RC springs in a few months anyway after they sag to 1.5" or so.

also keep in mind RC doesn't include bumpstops at all (nor do they know how they work), but they give you long shocks...long enough that they'll bottom out and cause damage. so make sure to add enough bumpstop extension to prevent the shocks from bottoming out.

I run 33s on a 2.5" OME lift, with a 1.25" JKS lift, and 1.375" bumpstop extension in front, and ~1.5" in the rear.
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Should I not go this route if the RC shocks will sag so quickly?
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The RC springs won't sag that quickly.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:51 AM   #13
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OK. These much of a pain to install? Either part? I have access to a,lift and all the tools I need and have worked on cars, just not with suspensions or lift kits in any way...
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Yeah that was a terrible opinion of RC. They're shocks have boots on them that take place of bump stops. So when you bottom out they don't get crushed and puke they're guts up.
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Well that's good to hear. These difficult to install? The suspension or the body lift?
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Yeah that was a terrible opinion of RC. They're shocks have boots on them that take place of bump stops. So when you bottom out they don't get crushed and puke they're guts up.
no, the little poly things on the bottom actually cause the shock mounts to rip off. nothing done to the shocks can take the place of bumpstops.

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Old 03-03-2011, 03:02 PM   #17
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You sir. Got the wrong shocks lol. Mine are the same distance. Extended bump stops are dumb all they do is limit flex.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:21 PM   #18
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I installed the 3.25inch lift last weekend on my jeep. the lift itself was not the pain at all in fact with the directions it was a breeze. the problem was getting the old stuff out. but after fighting with the ol rusted shocks for a few hours it all came out no problem. with me and a buddy doing the install it took us about 10 hours. but im happy with the looks and the ride.
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I just installed the same lift 3.25 on my 97 tj had the same issues with the old shocks but took about the same time 10 hrs and They seem to be good perfect height but wanted to ask did u relocate the sway bar 3/4 over
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I went with the 3.75 combo kit and ordered a new steering stabilizer, quick disconnects, and the trackbar relocation bracket to get my trackbar back in place. I probably need extended bump stops before I do much offroading. For your viewing pleasure:











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Old 03-03-2011, 05:32 PM   #21
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Extended bump stops are dumb all they do is limit flex.
Very ignorant statement. You've got a lot to learn. bumpstops limit flex...in a good way.

Bumpstops perform some very important functions:
1. prevent coil bind & coil damage due to overcompression
2. prevent shock damage and shock mount damage due to overcompression
3. prevent major suspension interferences...such as track bar vs diff cover, oil pan vs axle housing, track bar relocation bracket vs tub, etc.
4. prevent tire rub & tire damage caused by fender interference.

Here's some education for you:
bumpstops, shock length, and tires size. help me iron out the fuzzy points.. - JeepForum.com
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/corr...gth-70047.html
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Thanks for the lesson. This is why people join this forum. So they can stumble upon great information like this. But I'm looking at my suspension and the distance between the two is almost identical. Should I still get extensions? No one has ever even mentioned bump stops to me, I just know what I know from what I've researched myself.
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Thanks for the lesson. This is why people join this forum. So they can stumble upon great information like this. But I'm looking at my suspension and the distance between the two is almost identical. Should I still get extensions? No one has ever even mentioned bump stops to me, I just know what I know from what I've researched myself.
just looking at it doesn't help. you need to measure & check clearances...follow the links.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #24
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I have the 2.5 kit on my 01 tj. It was really simple to install. It only took me about an hour maybe hour n a half.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:59 PM   #25
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OK...think I am ordering the 2.5 set up. What bump stops should I order?

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