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Old 04-04-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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What would YOU do to fit 33"s?

My birthday is coming up and my wife said she wants to get me something extra special... I was thinking about possibly doing a lift for my jeep soon. In the end my goal is 33s. I have an 01 TJ manual transmission with a D44 in the rear.

So, if money wasn't an issue, how would you fit 33s under a TJ? On road ride quality is very important, as this is my DD. Initially I wasnt too keen on Body lifts, because I dont really like how they look.. but if they keep my center of gravity lower, its something I'd definitely be willing to consider.

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Also take a look at the "TJ Lift Review" sticky at the top of the TJ section.

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Old 04-04-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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Call Dirk at DPG Offroad. Ask about the Ultimate TJ Hybrid kit.
OME/JKS great stuff, fantastic ride quality and Dirk is a good guy.
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For offroading with 33" tires, you need a total of 4" of added clearance. I'd go with a 3" suspension lift plus a 1" body lift which will not only give you the 4" with a lower center-of-gravity than a 4" suspension lift will give, you also won't need a SYE kit for the transfer case with only 3" of suspension lift.

If $$$ is no problem, I'd probably install the SYE kit and new longer CV driveshaft even with the 3" suspension lift which doesn't really need one yet. It's a stronger way to go if you can afford it. 4" of suspension lift really requires a SYE and CV driveshaft though.
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Old Man Emu........nuff said
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:50 PM   #6
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Go with AEV's highline kit if money is no issue. All you need is the body kit, wheels and tires. I think that it is the best thing I have ever done for mine.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:58 PM   #7
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I have 3in sus and 1in body. Perfect combo. With my sway bar disconnected I have just enough clearence so my tire doesnt rub my fenders.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:33 PM   #8
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I would recommend a jks 1.25 body lift and an OME lift.... I have only heard great things about this combo and im sure others will attest to that.
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2nd the AEV high line kit, ran 33's on stock suspension for 4 years. Just getting around to a rokmen/ome control arms and lift, tummy tuck, this month.
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x2 or x3 or whatever.

2.5" OME Lift
1.25" JKS Body Lift
SYE
Tummy Tuck
Custom Driveshafts
4.56 gears

Yep...good start.
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I have looked into the OME kits, and it looks like a quality product. Do they make a 2.5" lift though? I searched through the quadratec site and only found a 2"..

Old Man Emu 2" Suspension Systems for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

I'll have to look into AEV. Is that a lift kit, or fender/body modification?
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I net 3.25'' lift with my OME lift coils in the front and 3'' in the rear, but it is not a quadrajunk kit.
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I net 3.25'' lift with my OME lift coils in the front and 3'' in the rear, but it is not a quadrajunk kit.
I'm a little confused as to what you mean by this. Are the OME lifts from quadratec different than other OME lifts? Not trying to be cocky... i just honestly dont understand what you mean
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If you want low COG, go for hi-lines front and rear, and a 2.5" coil lift by OME and a JKS 1.25" BL. AEV's are nice but IMO not worth the money they cost, you can get cheaper brands such as MetalCloak and Rokmen.

Rokmen front Hi-Lines + Cut your stock hood
Rokmen or other brand corners, Hi-lined or (comp cut) w/o rear cut.
OME 2.5" SL + 1.25" JKS BL
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LCOG, good articulation, and relatively cheap build and will work with 33's. You will prolly need to regear if you see alot of highway time. 4.56 will do the trick.

And with that base set-up you can start tucking the tummy of your Jeep and getting alot of Hi-Clearance parts and you can have as much frame clearance and axle clearance as a Jeep w/ 4-5" of lift. Under 3.5" of total lift
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I've got 33's with a 5 in. rubi. lift kit runs smooth on hwy.and looks good I get alot of good comments about the high....not to high not to low.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:13 PM   #16
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Aev kits include new front fenders, flares and a stylin hood.

As for ome kits, springs can be changed around, give rokmen.com and the can help you out. Several other places out that that change the springs out based on your needs. Mine should be about 2.75 when all is settled. Will know later this month.
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Look at the skyjacker 4" sport lift only $540 includes everything you need to lift your jeep. Good luck on your decision.
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Aev kits include new front fenders, flares and a stylin hood. .
Also comes with a stylin price tag of like $2,000

Haha. If you can afford it go for it, $500 for front fenders and cutting your hood for free sounds much better!
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I'm a little confused as to what you mean by this. Are the OME lifts from quadratec different than other OME lifts? Not trying to be cocky... i just honestly dont understand what you mean
I don't run the "standard" OME TJ lift springs.

The kit's you buy from places such as quadratec are common TJ OME lifts and come in three standard spring rates. Soft, medium, and heavy. Most of them net 2'' on the soft side and 2.5'' on the heavy coil side. Depending on added weight you put on your jeep. IE...winches armour etc.

I use a custom kit from DPG offroad....using OME ZJ lift coils in the front and OME LJ lift coils in the rear. Why....I have a LOT of added weight going on my rig and require the larger spring rates/coils. I've played with several different coils to get the correct ones for "my" application.

Everyone's use of their jeep will be different. So there wants are different in what they will concider right for them.

If you want to talk more about what OME lift coils will work best for what you have or don't have on your jeep or will have. (weight)....Give Dirk a call at DPG offroad....He specializes in OME coils and his own coils and will talk for hours if you need to, to set you with the coils you need for your application.
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Just to clarify on the OME lifts... It still uses all of the stock control arms, correct? The lift essentially consists of new springs and new Shocks.. and seemingly not much else?
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Just to clarify on the OME lifts... It still uses all of the stock control arms, correct? The lift essentially consists of new springs and new Shocks.. and seemingly not much else?
Your basic OME kits. YES.

There are companies out there such as DPG and Rokmen and some others that have upgraded OME lift you can get adjustable tracbars and even adjustable control arms. bumpstops, body lifts, your shocks of choice etc.


There are a million ways to get 33's on a TJ...everybody and their brother makes a lift kit or product to lift your jeep. The trick is to find what fits your budget and a quaility product that wont leave you wishing you didn't waste your hard earned money on a junk kit/products.
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Rokmen makes some nice fenders, weren't an option when I did the aev. I did want a large lift at the time and liked the look.

Ome can run stock control arms, if you do a tummy tuck you will need adjustables and an sye if applicable. There is a bracket for the rear trackbar. Shock shifters for the rear. Someone else I am sure can provide more info.
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I'm thinking that I might start out with the "basic" OME kit, since that seems to be a good first step in the right direction. If I decide after that to get new control arms w/heim or johnny joints in the future, i'll be able to without having to backtrack and re-buy stuff.

Question - If i leave my sway bars connected, do you think one of the medium or heavy load OME kits would be able to clear 33s without rubbing? It would be semi-temporary, until i did a Body lift.
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I was asking myself the same question. Cost was a factor, but the more research I've did, I came the conclusion that the Dirk's OME setup was for me.

Thought about BDS, Zone, RC, etc. but decided I wanted to only do this just once, with no regrets.

I called Dirk last Monday, and he recommended the Ultimate Kit, but I wasn't looking to spend that much. The more I researched, the more I came to the conclusion Dirk was giving me good advice.

I also wanted to compare dealers. I read where others were recommending another vendor that offers free shipping, so I called them to get their advice. I got a short brief response that I need the HD springs......no other questions. I asked if the Nitro shocks come in long travel, and got a 'no'. No trying to up-sell me, and tell me why I might want to consider adjustable track bars, etc.

So, I ordered the ultimate kit this afternoon, and I am very impressed with the customer service Dirk provides. We talked for about an hour about my set-up, and dialing in my kit. And, yes, I ordered the long travel nitro sports!

I can't wait for the brown truck to stop by! I am so glad this quest for me is over. It's been exhausting!

BTW, I love this forum, you guys have a great site!

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I net 3.25'' lift with my OME lift coils in the front and 3'' in the rear, but it is not a quadrajunk kit.
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I was asking myself the same question. Cost was a factor, but the more research I've did, I came the conclusion that the Dirk's OME setup was for me.

Thought about BDS, Zone, RC, etc. but decided I wanted to only do this just once, with no regrets.

I called Dirk last Monday, and he recommended the Ultimate Kit, but I wasn't looking to spend that much. The more I researched, the more I came to the conclusion Dirk was giving me good advice.

I also wanted to compare dealers. I read where others were recommending another vendor that offers free shipping, so I called them to get their advice. I got a short brief response that I need the HD springs......no other questions. I asked if the Nitro shocks come in long travel, and got a 'no'. No trying to up-sell me, and tell me why I might want to consider adjustable track bars, etc.

So, I ordered the ultimate kit this afternoon, and I am very impressed with the customer service Dirk provides. We talked for about an hour about my set-up, and dialing in my kit. And, yes, I ordered the long travel nitro sports!

I can't wait for the brown truck to stop by! I am so glad this quest for me is over. It's been exhausting!

BTW, I love this forum, you guys have a great site!

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Thanks for the input Tjae, and welcome to the forum

If you could summarize for me, what additions or upgrades are included in the "ultimate" kit? How much overall lift does it yield, and ... how much did it cost?
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The 'ultimate kit' comes with OME springs, shocks, front & rear bump stop extenders, JKS adjustable front & rear track bars, JKS quicker front disconnects, JKS rear adjustable sway bar extenders, JKS motor mount spacers, 1 1/4" JKS body lift, and a OME hat! LOL I think that's everything. I upgraded to the Brown Dog motor mounts, and nitro shocks.

Others can jump in on lift yield, but it should give you close to 4" of lift for your tires, and 2 1/2" in suspension, which is perfect for me for low COG. I just checked out DistortedTJ's jeep profile, and his jeep looks awesome!!! I can't wait!

My order was a little over $1400 delivered.

Hope that helps.
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BTW, netlohcs, the body lift and motor mount will have to wait patiently on my shelf for more funds for the 33's. It would look pretty silly with my current 31's. lol

We'll have to see how long I can hold out for the 33's. I have 373 gears, and want to change to 456 for the 33's.
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2.5 lift
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Flat flares
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Money not being an object or not I would go with at least a 1" bl and rokmen skids. Then an ome 2.5 spring lift. This is the best bang for your buck! Remember you will still need gears to match those new 33" tires you want to add!

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