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Old 09-16-2013, 12:48 PM   #1
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What to buy with lift?

I'm new to both Jeeps and the forum, so let me just say hi to everyone out there! I recently bought a bone stock 2000 wrangler sport. After driving it for about a month, I've decided to buy a BDS 2'' lift with 31'' tires. The only problem is I can customize the kit with steering stabilizers, shock, etc. and i have no idea to what to get with it. What should I buy with the kit? I'm planning on making this my DD with the occasional trail.

-Upgrade shocks from 5500 shocks to Fox 2.0
-5500 single, dual, 9500 single, dual, or stock steering stabilizer
-BDS ultimate disconnects front sway bar links
-Fixed std. end, adjustable std. end, or adj. flex front and rear lower control arms
-Fixed std. end, adjustable std. end, or adj. flex front and rear upper control arms
-Ultimate sway bar disconnects
Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-16-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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unless you plan on relocating your shock mounts up front, do not get the fox shocks with the 2" kit. they are too large and are better fit on the 3" springs

stock stabilizer is fine, if its leaking you can replace it with a cheap oem style one from a local parts store, dont waste money on an expensive steering stabilizer and never run dual stabilizers. that will only hurt your steering pump

the disconnects are a 50/50 in my book, too much money for what they are when you are basically spending ~$150 so you can pull a pin instead of removing a bolt. IMO, if you're gonna spend money there, grab an AntiRock

do not buy bds control arms, they offer less flex than stock and are designed to cause issues. at 2", adj arms arent mandatory, but they are very nice. stick to ones that offer johnny joints or mc's new joint

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Old 09-16-2013, 02:33 PM   #3
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go three inch and 32's... you'll thank me later...


no seriously, everything above is spot on. The BDS shocks are good to go, don't upgrade them. I like the Ranch steering dampener, but I replaced mine (the factory one) thinking it was blown, but when I took it off it worked fine, was not leaking, it just looked like a bag of ass. I replaced it anyways.
I like Currie adjustable control arms, and I like the BDS disconnects.

3 inch and a body lift will set you up nicely for the tummy tuck and tons of flex...
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:09 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! I think I'll listen to NC Bear and go with a 3" lift. The only thing is I'm only in high school and I don't want to spend too much on a lift ($1,000 max). Should i stick with the BDS 3'' lift, or is there something else with more bang for my buck? I don't need it to be the best offroading lift, just one than handles nice on and off road.

On another note, what exactly is a tummy tuck?
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:50 PM   #5
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1" MML and BL (around $200). Avoid BDS arms as Ironhead stated. Fox shocks are quality, BDS can't top them - your choice. Get a Metalcloak front trackbar ($160), and OME rear TB relocation bracket ($20).

Tummy tuck eliminates that fat belly (stock skid plate) under your Jeep.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:17 PM   #6
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I disagree, open your mind a little. Save some money, keep your 2" lift but ditch the shocks and pick up some fox shocks or blistines. Both quality shocks.(I myself am getting blistine 5165's in the near future) With that extra money you're willing to spend on the lift look at Metalcloak high clearance fender flares, expensive? Yes, but they give you more wheel travel with a smaller lift. (Exactly what you want)
And also I support the 1-1.25" BL and MML suggested above.
As far as the quick dicos go, save an extra paycheck and look at curry anti-rock. I have JKS discos and love them, but I wish I had saved for the curry system.
BUT, it's your rig. Make it your own
Oh and side note, I too am in high school
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:23 PM   #7
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I disagree, open your mind a little. Save some money, keep your 2" lift but ditch the shocks and pick up some fox shocks or blistines. Both quality shocks.(I myself am getting blistine 5165's in the near future) With that extra money you're willing to spend on the lift look at Metalcloak high clearance fender flares, expensive? Yes, but they give you more wheel travel with a smaller lift. (Exactly what you want)
And also I support the 1-1.25" BL and MML suggested above.
Oh and side note, I too am in high school


OP, you have a nice budget for a HS student.
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there is nothing wrong with 2" basic bds set. the fox shocks that are an upgrade in that kit are simply too long. I purchased the 3" bds springs separately after i added a winch and the shocks are much better fit for 3" front springs.

personally, metalcloak fenders are a bit over priced when diy high lines are not that difficult or there are several companies selling flat fenders for a fraction of the cost

my first build stage on my current jeep was 1.25" mml, 1" bb, 2" bds springs, fox shocks, ome rear track bar relocation bracket. the amount of uptravel was pathetic yet the springs would unseat at full droop. they are better with 3" front springs, but wont be set right until I relocate the stock shock mounts, which would make these shocks rather useless as it makes sense to change the mount type and run 10-12" shocks, where the fox shocks that come with the bds 2" kit are 9" travel shocks.

that said, they are very firm for small bumps on the street and plush on anything bigger, no matter the speed. exactly what i was looking for in a shock and i'll probably grab a set of fox shocks to replace them
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:07 PM   #9
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I disagree, open your mind a little. Save some money, keep your 2" lift but ditch the shocks and pick up some fox shocks or blistines. Both quality shocks.(I myself am getting blistine 5165's in the near future) With that extra money you're willing to spend on the lift look at Metalcloak high clearance fender flares, expensive? Yes, but they give you more wheel travel with a smaller lift. (Exactly what you want)
And also I support the 1-1.25" BL and MML suggested above.
As far as the quick dicos go, save an extra paycheck and look at curry anti-rock. I have JKS discos and love them, but I wish I had saved for the curry system.
BUT, it's your rig. Make it your own
Oh and side note, I too am in high school
It's nice knowing I'm not the only HS jeeper out there!
It's funny that you mention the metalcloak fender flares because that was part of my original plan for my jeep, but they're pretty damn expensive. I just can't figure out what to do with it right now, too many ideas and not enough money!
I think I'll keep the 2" lift just because I don't need an offroading powerhouse right now. 31" tires would look good with that, right?
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31's will be fine, I ran them with a 2.5" SL for a long time
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:13 PM   #11
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Here is a before and after of my 01. I went with a zone 3 inch lift. The picture is with 31s under it
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