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Old 03-27-2013, 02:45 AM   #1
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Thinking 33's and a 3' lift(ADVICE)

I've got a 2000 Sport. 6 cyl. 5 spd. It has factory everything except rims of course. My original goal was 2.5' with 33's, but I would like some room to flex. This thing is my pride and joy. I want the best and best price for this thing. I've changed my mind and decided to go with 3' lift and 33's. I know a little about suspension, gears, etc. but I do need some help. Any recommendations?


And also. My jeep was originally from up north, so she's kinda rusty underneath. I need to know how to doctor that up, not hide it, but attempt to heal it.
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As far as a 3" lift goes. I went with the Zone 3" and later added a 1.25" bl/1" mml. I have enjoyed the lift and don't have any complaints for the price.

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I'd say if you want a little extra flex, go with 4". I have 3" and I want a little more.

As for rust, use some POR15. The prep work sucks, but it will pay off if you do it right.
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I've got a 2000 Sport. 6 cyl. 5 spd. It has factory everything except rims of course. My original goal was 2.5' with 33's, but I would like some room to flex. This thing is my pride and joy. I want the best and best price for this thing. I've changed my mind and decided to go with 3' lift and 33's. I know a little about suspension, gears, etc. but I do need some help. Any recommendations?

And also. My jeep was originally from up north, so she's kinda rusty underneath. I need to know how to doctor that up, not hide it, but attempt to heal it.
What is your budget? You can go the cheap route and buy an entry level lift such as zone or spend around $2500 for quality components and lift your rig correctly.
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Some of the kits you might want depending on your budget would probably be BDS, Zone which are both the same, just different names, I like rubicon express just to name a few. Stay away from SkyJacker, Rough Country, an Rusty's. may be cheap but you get what you pay for. I've got the 3 inch suspension from BDS on my rig and love it. It's smooth ride or the most part, it's a jeep of course, and quick discos. Good quality lift and I have 33s under mine. Best way to go for the route of more flex without having to so too much mods, is a 3 inch suspension and a 1 or 1.25 inch body lift and a MML to do away with the massive tcase drop. You will still need to more then likely add a couple of washers but it won't be that noticeable. Hope this helps a little bit. And also if you're wanting to run 33s, is your rear axle a D35 or a D44? And also what's your gear ratio?
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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Some of the kits you might want depending on your budget would probably be BDS, Zone which are both the same, just different names, I like rubicon express just to name a few. Stay away from SkyJacker, Rough Country, an Rusty's. may be cheap but you get what you pay for. I've got the 3 inch suspension from BDS on my rig and love it. It's smooth ride or the most part, it's a jeep of course, and quick discos. Good quality lift and I have 33s under mine. Best way to go for the route of more flex without having to so too much mods, is a 3 inch suspension and a 1 or 1.25 inch body lift and a MML to do away with the massive tcase drop. You will still need to more then likely add a couple of washers but it won't be that noticeable. Hope this helps a little bit. And also if you're wanting to run 33s, is your rear axle a D35 or a D44? And also what's your gear ratio?
D44 with 3.73 gears. I was told to only get Rough Country. Why wouldn't you recommend them? And what is the cheapest suspension lift without throwing quality out the window? I don't want to break anything lol. I want it done the right way. And I've been told to stay away from
Body lift as well. I want quick discos but I don't know where to start or who to ask on getting them.
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On my LJ I run a 3" lift, no BL, 33x10.50 on 7" wheels with 3.75 bs and Rubi flares.
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D44 with 3.73 gears. I was told to only get Rough Country. Why wouldn't you recommend them? And what is the cheapest suspension lift without throwing quality out the window? I don't want to break anything lol. I want it done the right way. And I've been told to stay away from
Body lift as well. I want quick discos but I don't know where to start or who to ask on getting them.
They are possibly one of the worst suspension companies.
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They are possibly one of the worst suspension companies.
What's your recommendation?
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What's your recommendation?
My actual recommendation would be to not buy a kit, but if you are, I would look at zone personally.
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What's your recommendation?
I would reccomend BDS or Zone for a quality lift for not that expensive or Rubicon Express. A body lift over 1.25 inches is not recommended but there are a lot of people on this forum that run a 1 inch BL. Gives you ways to mod even more. With a D44 you will be alright running 33s. 3.73 ratio is OKAY but 4.10 to 4.56 would be best. I have the D44 axle and 3.73 gears and it does alright except on steep hills. But I also have an automatic so I can't really chime in on a standard tranny. The quick discos I also can't really chime in on either because they come on my jeep when I bought it. BDS is a great lift with lifetime warranty and it rides great. Zone is practically the same as BDS but doesn't come with a lifetime warranty. As posted above Rough Country is one of the worst lifts you can run. They don't call it ROUGH Country for nothing. Like in the picture I posted, I'm running 33s with a 3 inch lift. If you're wanting more room for flex, add a 1 inch BL. Anything under 1.25 inch BL is fine. Not really noticeable and doesn't harm anything. But it is a good idea to do a MML when you do a BL so you don't have to modify the fan shroud, correct me if I called it the wrong name.
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What's your recommendation?
Currie 4" is one of the best short arm kits if you're set on a kit. The cost will scare you but they sell good shiz.
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Currie 4" is one of the best short arm kits if you're set on a kit. The cost will scare you but they sell good shiz.
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The initial price is seemingly high, but it will pay off over time when you don't have to replace it.
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I would reccomend BDS or Zone for a quality lift for not that expensive or Rubicon Express. A body lift over 1.25 inches is not recommended but there are a lot of people on this forum that run a 1 inch BL. Gives you ways to mod even more. With a D44 you will be alright running 33s. 3.73 ratio is OKAY but 4.10 to 4.56 would be best. I have the D44 axle and 3.73 gears and it does alright except on steep hills. But I also have an automatic so I can't really chime in on a standard tranny. The quick discos I also can't really chime in on either because they come on my jeep when I bought it. BDS is a great lift with lifetime warranty and it rides great. Zone is practically the same as BDS but doesn't come with a lifetime warranty. As posted above Rough Country is one of the worst lifts you can run. They don't call it ROUGH Country for nothing. Like in the picture I posted, I'm running 33s with a 3 inch lift. If you're wanting more room for flex, add a 1 inch BL. Anything under 1.25 inch BL is fine. Not really noticeable and doesn't harm anything. But it is a good idea to do a MML when you do a BL so you don't have to modify the fan shroud, correct me if I called it the wrong name.
Where's the best place to buy BDS or Zone?
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And also, if I do a 1" body lift, do I need a motor mount lift or anything? I just need a list of stuff I'm going to have to buy if I get a Zone 3" lift, 1" BL, and 33" tires. All the parts, stabilizers, and tools. I've got about $2000 saved to do everything.
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Do a little searching on info about BDS and Zone before you pull the trigger and make sure its what you want. Get on Morris4x4.com or some other sites or read reviews of the lifts on here. But you can find a local offroad shop in your area to talk to them about it and if you like what you hear and read, then you can order it of the BDS or Zone sites and install it yourself to save you a ton of money, or get your local offroad shop to do it for you. Whatever is your fancy.
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And also, if I do a 1" body lift, do I need a motor mount lift or anything? I just need a list of stuff I'm going to have to buy if I get a Zone 3" lift, 1" BL, and 33" tires. All the parts, stabilizers, and tools. I've got about $2000 saved to do everything.
I didn't even realize you asked this too. Sorry man. You don't have to do a MML along with a BL but it is recommended that way you don't have to mess with the fan shroud.
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I think that you will have a hell of a time trying to fit tires that are 33 FEET (33') tall with only 3 Feet(3') of lift.
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Zone offers a combo lift kit which is 3" suspension and 1" BL/1"MML. I'd actually go with that over their 4" kit because of the control arms. Be prepared to possibly have to install a small TC drop consisting of washers stacked up between the TC skid and frame. Some need it, some don't. SYE/CV driveshaft should be an upgrade eventually to get rid of the drop and maybe increase clearance with a tummy tuck aftermarket skid.
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Zone offers a combo lift kit which is 3" suspension and 1" BL/1"MML. I'd actually go with that over their 4" kit because of the control arms. Be prepared to possibly have to install a small TC drop consisting of washers stacked up between the TC skid and frame. Some need it, some don't. SYE/CV driveshaft should be an upgrade eventually to get rid of the drop and maybe increase clearance with a tummy tuck aftermarket skid.
Ding ding ding

If price is not an issue, yeah there is the currie lift ^
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Ding ding ding

If price is not an issue, yeah there is the currie lift ^
To me, it wasn't the price. It was how I intended to use it.
I'll be finishing it up this weekend
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To me, it wasn't the price. It was how I intended to use it.
I'll be finishing it up this weekend
About time! Can't wait to see it in action this summer.

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