I was wonder what all problem you run into when you lift a TJ over 4" or bigger? My cousin had a 03 TJ with a 4" lift after drive it. I didn’t want to lift my 02 TJ because I love how it handles stock. Is there a right way to lift a TJ 4" or bigger and still have a smooth riding TJ that handle well
My jeep is 4.5" including tires and surprisingly it runs very smoothly on highways and city roads. I'm waiting for my next tax return to put on an SYE. But for now, I've had no problems, except in windy conditions on the highway lol. I would also add in that it depends on the suspension system, tires, and shocks, as some will ride rougher than others. And some may feel too loose in steering and what not.
I was wonder what all problem you run into when you lift a TJ over 4" or bigger?
Tip over!! You raise the center of gravity and are unable to do very steep ascents compared, say to a stock wrangler. On descents, you can tip over going downhill. On off-camber trails, you increase your tip-over angle and are more prone to roll it. The ideal lift is 3 inches with a 1 inch body lift and 33's for tires fitted on a 8 inch rim.
Now, I raised mine with a 4.5 lift and a 1 inch body lift. Added 35 x 12.50 on 8 inch rims to gain more sidewall which gave me more height also. I just am real careful climbing the hills!
I installed a 3" Zone lift, 1.25" body lift, motor mount lift plus tcase drop (need to do an SYE so i can rid myself of that)...33x12.50 tires on 15" Cragar Soft 8's with 4" BS.
IMO, my Jeep handles MUCH better than stock on road...especially on the highway at 75mph. It doesn't dart around as much, probably due to the wider tires and wider stance with the new wheels. It does feel a little rougher as far as bumps go...but that's all in the shocks and I'm used to driving trucks so I really wasn't aiming for a car-like ride.
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