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Old 05-12-2010, 11:58 PM   #1
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The lesser of two evils

So I'm on a tight budget, who hasn't heard that one? I bought my 97 wrangler sport a little over a month ago. It came with a 2" skyjacker BB and a worn out set of 31x10.50s. I put a set of 33x12.50s on last week and now I want to lift the jeep a little more. My factory springs appear to be shot. It sits 2" lower in the front and the right rear corner sits about an 1.5" lower then the left. I have already made a 1.25" body lift and purchased all the grade 8 hardware I will need to install it. I also made a 1.5" motor mount lift. I work in a machine shop and also have a lathe and mill at the house so everything was made with high quality aluminum.
I have narrowed my search down to two lift kits(remember tight budget)

The first is the Rough Country 3.25" combo kit. It includes their 2.5" progressive springs the 2.2 shocks and .75" iso spacers. Along with extended sway bar links and a rear track bar bracket, and transfer case drop.

The second is the Zone 4" lift kit. It is a complete kit with everything above plus lower control arms.

Again keep in mind $600 is the max I have to spend.

Thanks in advance,
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because of your budget, i would say the RC 3.25
with the zone 4 inch, you will also need adjustable rear uppers, an sye, and new driveshaft. maybe not at first, but eventually.

also, just the RC 2.5 lift would get you good clearance to run 33s. plenty of people run a 2.5 lift and a 1.25 BL with 33s and are pretty happy with it

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^^ agreed

Known a lot of people that have run Rough Country stuff and they all are happy with the kits.
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Im happy with my 3.25 RC lift.
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:52 AM   #5
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Since your a machinist you could make a 2.5" spring lift if you want. I'm a machinist too, and I'm at the point now of where I'm considering making 2 homemade driveshafts if and when I blow mine up. Small lifts are so cheap though just bought one. It's something to consider however
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I have the RC 4" X seris on my rig. I'm completely satisfied with it.
One thing that Rough Country does in their springs is make the one that goes on the right side just a hair different. It's a wee bit taller so that the constant torque that goes to that side doesn't cause the droop that you are experiencing now.
My kit has been on for about three years now and it still sits nice and straight even with all of the added weight it's carrying.

The thing I would look at the closest on any kit would be the control arms. If they are adjustible or not. What are they made of? What kind of bushings/joints do they use?

Bob.. if you can stand it, wait a little while and save up the rest and get the X series from Rough Country. I know that waiting is painful, but you may be glad that you did in the long run.

You will be happy with the 2.2 shocks and from what I see above you're on the right track.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:36 AM   #7
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So I bought the 3.25 RC kit today. I'll get some pics up next week when I install it. I just need to get the VW bus off the lift.

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