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Old 04-18-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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First lift kit!!!

So I'm looking into getting a lift kit soon on my 94 2.5L 5 speed and I'm SUPER excited about it . I know almost NOTHING about lift kits other then they make the car higher.. Just looking to get some information on stuff I will need to know and some recommendations on what kind to get. I'm not going any bigger than a 3". I will be doing some mild off roading but nothing major. Any information you can give me is greatly appreciated

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Old 04-18-2010, 09:57 PM   #2
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do a lot of looking around first is my advice. too many times someone jumps right in and buys a lift and realized later they don't like it. learn the difference between a body lift and suspension lift. i hate body lifts personally, and its widely accepted that anything more than 1" body lift is no good. my input would be buy a 3" suspension lift, with new springs and all. imo shackle lifts are not the way to go, they are fine for your first small lift, but most people take them back off later. add a leafs suck to, don't waste your time.

its tempting to buy some shackles and a 2 or 3" body lift for a couple hundred bux and ram some 33's under it and think you're cool, but it will quickly become clear that the idea sucked. spend the 4 or 5 hundred smackers once and do a good job, thats my advice.

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Read through here bud..... http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/yj-l...ews-25156.html

^^^^^^ Lift reviews and information for several lifts and different sizes.

Rough Country 4'' lift is highly liked and a very popular kit for 33'' down to 31'' tires.

But....Lift is all determined around tire size....SO>>.what size tire do you want to run. And we can help you out with what you can do///need to do to get you set up.
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Read through here bud..... http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/yj-l...ews-25156.html

^^^^^^ Lift reviews and information for several lifts and different sizes.

Rough Country 4'' lift is highly liked and a very popular kit for 33'' down to 31'' tires.

But....Lift is all determined around tire size....SO>>.what size tire do you want to run. And we can help you out with what you can do///need to do to get you set up.
I was thinking some 32 or 33" tires but I'm not entirely sure. I've seen stuff about having to add an sye (don't know what it is) if you get a big lift. If I were to get a 4" lift would I need to add an sye? Sorry for the dumb questions but I don't know a whole lot about lift kits... and cars for that matter (only 17 years old :/)
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also be warned you will probably need to change gearing depending on lift/tire combo. i have 4" RC suspension lift w/ 32's (i havent re-geared yet gettin rdy for engine swap)and my 2.5L never sees 5th gear, cant get out of own road..lol.. also only gets about 14-15mpg now.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:13 PM   #6
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I'm thinking about getting the 2.5" rough country lift. What tires would look decent on that? I believe mine right now are 28". Could I keep those and now have it look stupid? Also, if I got this is there anything else I could need to get?
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For 33's and your 4banger...=

4'' lift//brand of lift is up to you.
regear axles to 4.88's "ideal gear ratio for your engine/trans"

A SYE or "slip yoke eliminator" is suggested with a 4'' lift but not required. If you don't install a SYE and new CV drive shaft. You WILL have to install a transfercase drop.

SYE = slip yoke eliminator....replaces the output on your transfer case
CV driveshaft = Constant volosity driveshaft.
Transfercase drop = just what it implies...lowers your transfer case by using spacer between the frame and transmission/transfer case skid plate..."the big skid under the center of your jeep".
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2.5" is a good choice, you would not need to spend all the money on sye and new driveshaft, not cheap. many people do a lift, and have to run the stock tires for a while, not a big deal. that lift would look sweet with 32" tires. you will lose some of your top speed on the hi way, and to me the difference from take off isn't that noticeable because the 4 cyl is just a dog no matter what.

regearing is not cheap, and you can only fit 4.88 aftermarket gears in your axles, that would bring it pretty close to the original performance, but its not cheap.
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Ok thanks distorted. But what if I was to get a 2.5" lift? Would I need a SYE or new CV driveshaft or will I have to drop my t-case? And what would ideal tires be?
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I'm thinking about getting the 2.5" rough country lift. What tires would look decent on that? I believe mine right now are 28". Could I keep those and now have it look stupid? Also, if I got this is there anything else I could need to get?
28's would look fine with a 2.5'' lift....31'' tires would work great with that lift.

''Anything else need to get"...t'case drop or possible a sye.


For the price diff between the 2.5 and the 4'' rough country...I'd recommend the 4''...your going to have to do the same mods for ither lift. might as well get another 1.5'' of lift.

If your will be happy with 31's...then the 2.5 would be good to go bud.

If you plan on the 2.5'' lift and then later adding a 1'' body lift to maybe run 33's...well...skip the body and just get a 4'' to begin with.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:22 PM   #11
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Ok thanks Jpdoc

The RC 2.5" lift is about 450 bucks but what do you think 4 new 32" tires would cost? And what kind would you recommend? This jeep is my DD but I do do a little off roading.
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I completely agree with doc....regearing isn't cheap.

With the 4banger and not regearing 31'' or 32'' max...still going to be a dog as stated but you'll be good to go.
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Ok thanks Jpdoc

The RC 2.5" lift is about 450 bucks but what do you think 4 new 32" tires would cost? And what kind would you recommend? This jeep is my DD but I do do a little off roading.
Tires depend on you. Are you needing a Mud tire or will an Allterrain be fine for your style of driving.

BFG A/T's are a great onroad/mild off road tire that last a long time. Cost again depends on the brand/type of tire and the size.
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The BFG A/T's in a 32 are $130 to $140 a tire at Sears.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:33 PM   #15
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Ok so if I were to get the 2.5" RC lift and some 31" BFG A/Ts I should plan on spending about $1000 bucks total?
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probably a hair more with mounting and balancing, and getting an alignment. keep your eyes on chicago area craigslist, lots of great tire deals around.
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Ok thanks so much guys You've been such a great help. I think I'm gonna go with the 2.5" RC suspension lift and 31" tires. Hopefully I'll have saved up enough in the next couple of months to get it done
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Good luck bud. Be sure to do alot of reading. Mite save you in the future.

Anymore questions you may have let us know bud.

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