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Old 03-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #1
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Budget Suspension Lift

Any suggestions for a suspension lift kit for a '95 YJ on a high schooler's budget?

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Old 03-04-2014, 09:15 PM   #2
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What is a "high schooler's" budget? That will help you get a more specific answer

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Old 03-04-2014, 09:20 PM   #3
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What is a "high schooler's" budget? That will help you get a more specific answer
Well, I'm looking around $500.
My tires aren't that big, and I don't plan on rock climbing or anything like that, I just need a good lift that makes for a decent ride.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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How high are you wanting to lift it? What size tires are you trying to run?
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:11 AM   #5
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You can get a Rough Country lift off eBay for close to that. That's what running rides pretty good, at least too me. Then save up for new tires when you need them
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I have a 4" RC lift and I like it. Does it ride a little rough? Yes. But I like it. I've heard that RC's new military wrap kit rides nicer. But I don't remember what the price difference is.

A lot of people on here say you get what you pay for with lifts. And they're right. The more expensive lifts will usually ride a little better an flex a little more. But everyone knows what their budget is.

Probably your best option is to research the hell out of it while saving money. That way you can buy the one you know you want and maybe you'll have saved up a little more that $500
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:00 AM   #7
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I've been looking into RC, but I hadn't seen many reviews on it. I'll definitely look into that more. Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:07 AM   #8
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A 1" body lift and 1" lift shackles could be done for $200 or less, would give you room for some 31" tires and leave you with some extra $. Its not exactly a suspension lift, but it will get you a little higher in the air and maintain a good ride.
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:08 PM   #9
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^^thats a great option. You can run 31's on a stock setup but you'll rub on anything. With a 1" body and 1" shackle lift you would have more than enough clearance on road and enough for decent trails and stuff.
But before you get a body lift check all your body mount bolts and make sure they can be turned. They have a tendency to be rusted in place and that opens a big can of worms.
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:38 PM   #10
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A Zone 2" lift kit is about $500. I have one and would recommend it. Rough Country gets alot of negative comments.

A 4" lift would cause additional issues with drivetrain vibrations, and look silly with 31" tires. So stick around 2" of lift.

Here's a picture after the 2" Zone lift, with 31" tires

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Hate to be the one to break the news to you, but the stock springs on a YJ is as good as it gets for ride quality. Any lift spring is arched and with an arched spring comes a stiffer than stock ride.

This isn't a sports car or a higher end SUV, its a short wheel-based vehicle mounted on 4 leaf springs. If you think your ride is rough, go find someone with an older CJ5 and have them take you for a ride. The YJ rides like a Cadillac compared to the old CJ5.

Like StanF said, the Zone lift is the best bang for your buck. If you want to lift it. Leave the track bars off when you lift it, or take them off now. Just doing that will improve your ride.
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I just installed a Trail Master 4" lift - cost was around 439.00 from 4WD
I did a video series on the installation -

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Old 03-05-2014, 08:22 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replies, guys.
I'll definitely be doing some more research on these brands to see what I'm going with.

And the main reason that I'm looking into a new suspension is because my shocks are shot. They are almost completely flat, so I need some new ones QUICK.. :/

Anyway, I'll keep y'all updated on what I go with.
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I've heard nothing but good about those, and would love to get them, but it may take a few years to save up enough cash for them.. Lol
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When he says his budget is $500, then why would you recommend a $1000 lift kit?
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Rough country 4.5 inch suspension lift with military wrap springs is 550 on rough country's website
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Rough country 4.5 inch suspension lift with military wrap springs is 550 on rough country's website
and would look kind of dumb with 31"s
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:56 PM   #19
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What about buying shocks and springs separate? You could get some 2" BDS springs that will ride way better than Rough Country and possibly Zone (no experience with them), then get whatever shocks are still in your budget.
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What about buying shocks and springs separate? You could get some 2" BDS springs that will ride way better than Rough Country and possibly Zone (no experience with them), then get whatever shocks are still in your budget.
That's a possibility.. I'll look into it.
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I know how the high school budget goes, I graduated 2 years ago, and now that I'm in college, the money situation has just gotten worse. But I keep telling myself "buy once, cry once". If I buy the best, I won't need to upgrade it later on.

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