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Old 06-03-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Talking Suspension Lift for 97 TJ

I'm about to purchase a 4" Rough Country suspension lift. This would be the first mod to my jeep, tires after. My buddy told me that I needed to buy a steering stabilizer. Do I NEED to or is it optional?

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Cant hurt. But just a fyi to help you make an informed decision.... my friend is running a lift from them and after a little over a year his springs are sagging about .5".

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With bigger tires its a good idea, and chances are the one on your jeep now is probably stock. And i will x2 make an informed decision about rc. I have their x lift and its sagging and squeaking and poping left and right. Cant wait to get rid of it.
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Cant hurt. But just a fyi to help you make an informed decision.... my friend is running a lift from them and after a little over a year his springs are sagging about .5".
How much hell did he put it through?
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What all comes in this "kit"? Do you know what all is involved in a 4" lift?
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:39 PM   #6
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With bigger tires its a good idea, and chances are the one on your jeep now is probably stock. And i will x2 make an informed decision about rc. I have their x lift and its sagging and squeaking and poping left and right. Cant wait to get rid of it.
If rc is that bad then I might just save up more money and get something that is more reliable, I want it to last me a while.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #7
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What all comes in this "kit"? Do you know what all is involved in a 4" lift?
  • Front and Rear Lifted coil springs
  • Front and Rearlower tubular control arms
  • Front and Rear Clevite bushings
  • Solid tubular transfer case drop kit
  • Front and Rear sway bar links
  • Rear track bar drop bracket
  • (4) RC N2.0 series shocks
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #8
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[*]Front and Rear Lifted coil springs[*]Front and Rearlower tubular control arms[*]Front and Rear Clevite bushings[*]Solid tubular transfer case drop kit[*]Front and Rear sway bar links[*]Rear track bar drop bracket[*](4) RC N2.0 series shocks
Sounds like a halfway kit to me. And the post you made just before this one is probably a good idea. Wait and save up. RC has a pretty bad rep. Have you looked into all the options yet to properly fit 33's? Which I'm assuming that's what you're going for.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:50 PM   #9
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If rc is that bad then I might just save up more money and get something that is more reliable, I want it to last me a while.
I would save for a better one. I'm in the process of replacing the 4" RC lift that I mistakenly bought. The shocks suck and the springs are very stiff too
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What kind of wheeling are you planning ti do?
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Sounds like a halfway kit to me. And the post you made just before this one is probably a good idea. Wait and save up. RC has a pretty bad rep. Have you looked into all the options yet to properly fit 33's? Which I'm assuming that's what you're going for.
I've looked at other lifts like skyjacker, old man emu, and teraflex. But they're all pricey, I guess I'm going to try to save up.
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There is nothing wrong with RC they have a bad rep if you put it on wright and follow the instructions u will have no problems
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:00 PM   #13
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What kind of wheeling are you planning ti do?
Trail riding and bogging. No rock crawling, well not anytime soon.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #14
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I have the RC 2.5 lift. I know it's not the 4" lift but I'm thinking the quality is the same or close to it. Mine settled a little more then .5" and the shocks are blown out. Personally I like the ride. It's not stiff at all. I removed the Bilstien HD shocks because it rode like crap with them. Just my opinion, but I'm sure everyone will chime in and review my lift for me.
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I bought the rough country kit and like it. I do not go off roading. So it's wonderful for me but even with 31" tires I needed it and was happy I did. Handles much better as with the stock stabilizer it became shaky when driving.
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There is nothing wrong with RC they have a bad rep if you put it on wright and follow the instructions u will have no problems
There is however, something wrong with their research and development of products. A good example of this is that LA kit you put on your jeep. It "works" for some that haven't researched suspensions enough and know why that type of arm doesn't work well. I'd never run it on my jeep. The geometry of it is terrible. But this isn't a LA thread and I'm not trying to make it about that. Just using an example of why I'd never buy RC.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:30 PM   #17
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I've looked at other lifts like skyjacker, old man emu, and teraflex. But they're all pricey, I guess I'm going to try to save up.
Out of those, OME is definitely the best choice in my opinion. Skyjacker earned the moniker "skycrapper" a while ago for having some quality issues with some of their products. Mainly with their CA bushings I believe and springs sagging.
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I've looked at other lifts like skyjacker, old man emu, and teraflex. But they're all pricey, I guess I'm going to try to save up.

patience is key

If you plan on keeping the jeep for a while it's 100x better to save up for the
higher quality kit imho, especially if you're going to drive it daily. You typically get what you pay for with lifts.


just my .02

Source: I'm in the process of changing out components of the first lift I purchased
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:25 AM   #19
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There is nothing wrong with rough country what so ever. I run there 5" lift on my 3500 dodge ram and there 4" on my tj. Both ride perfect and I am very hard on my jeep. If your worried about breaking a RC lift then your doing something way wrong.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:32 AM   #20
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I had the normal lift on it I thi is just a long arm upgrade
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:57 AM   #21
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I also run a nearly all RC lift, started with the 3.25" lift, now it's a Franken-4", X-flex arms upper and lower, 4" springs (non-progressive, all 2.5" springs from them are progressive), coil correction plates, belly up skid, brake lines, steering box brace, front and rear track bars, N2.0 (used to be called the Nitro 2000) shocks, 1.25" body lift, 1" motor mount lift, and 1.25" wheel spacers, all RC and I wheel fairly hard, I've had no noise issues, no fitment issues, no squeaks or pops or or any other problems.

You have to do some reading, install it properly (not always cookie cutter by the numbers in the instructions) and you have to maintain it, it's bolt on, it isn't bolt it on and forget it. Some people have the need for their Jeep to ride like a car, it isn't, some people like to drop it in water deeper than their hubs and soak the bearings and bushings then bitch about the noise it 'suddenly started making', some people just didn't install it properly, and some people got a product (if over 4 years ago) that was still being developed and should have been tested a little better. Overall, RC is a very quality lift for a great price, BUT, don't expect RC to do your thinking for you, do a lot of reading, a lot of research, at 4", you need control arms, a SYE, you need to think about coil angles and pinion angles, you need to consider a HP-Š-30 and some extended brake lines, you will need to realize that there are no 100% complete kits to go to 4". The shocks are RC's weakest product point if you don't know what your buying, the 2.2 is a stiffer shock designed primarily for longer off road life, it's hard, and it rides like a Jeep on the street, the N-2.0 (old Nitro 2000) is a more streetable shock, a little more give and a little smoother ride, but won't survive as long on the hard trails. Let's be realistic here, this is a $35 shock, pick the right one and you won't be whining later than your Jeep isn't massaging your bum nicely enough.

RC is an extremely capable lift, I have been doing a lot of fairly hard core crawling on mine for 4 years now and have absolutely zero complaints.


Just over 4" of lift




This is on the old 3.25" lift








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Old 06-04-2013, 07:06 AM   #22
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Exactly what I wanted to say I just suck at typing

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