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Old 05-02-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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general lift question.

ive been looking at lifts for a little while and had some questions, i only plan on using the jeep for transport and have some fun in fields or mud, not rock crawling or anyting extreme.im looking for 2.5 to 3.5 lift, and ive heard to stay away from the add a leaf and looking to spend no more than 700 total. ive seen some that are over 2.5 but i knwo you need to buy a pitmen arm and other things also, ive read about the track bar and sway bar and some people take them completely off? also could any one explain this too-fixed-yoke kit and CV driveshaft

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what do you mean by transport, not towing anything right? you got a pretty good handle on it, 2.5-3.5 is the range you should look. slip yoke eliminator is an expensive upgrade, and is needed anything over 3.5" lift. changes tcase output and driveshaft type. don't worry about doin that, i'd suggest 3.5" and t case lowering kit, unless you find a lift kit that says not to use it, they may use shims to correct drive line angles. drop pitman arm would make steering feel a little better than without, and they aren't expensive.

here's a list off the top of my head for 2.5 or 3.5

lift kit w/ shocks
longer brake lines
t case drop
drop pitman arm
sway bar disconnects
32" tires on 15x10 wheels. (nice stance)

ditch rear track bar for sure, and the front relocation brackets always come loose unless you weld them. people ditch that to. front sway bar disconnects are a good idea.

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Old 05-03-2008, 05:39 PM   #3
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transport just means driving around no towing, thanks alot for the info.
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Old 05-05-2008, 01:39 PM   #4
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w/ a 2"-2.5" you wont need anything besides the lift and shocks besides brake lines,pitman, and the discos' you should'nt needf a dropped tcase w/ that small of a lift.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:02 PM   #5
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i'm a fan of correcting rear pinion angle with anything over 2". if nothing else the u joint will last longer. i just did 2" budget boost on my dd xj, about a month later u joint started to go bad, so i replaced it before it broke. point is, without lift, or w/ t case drop it would last longer.

besides t case drop is cheap. and the little bit of clearance you lose in the dead center, is far surpassed in gain by the suspension lift. if you high center w/ suspension lift, chances are its not cuz of t case being an inch lower.

just my opinion, many people don't do it and they're fine. but how many rear u joints get replaced out there?
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ive been also looking into the spring over axle conversion, it looks alot cheaper(3000 dollars) and gets more lift, but im looking for the bad about it, sounds like it gives you a 6 inch right off the bat?
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:16 PM   #7
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i had a 4" rc lift with a 1.5" shackle lift. i think the total was 550.00 shipped for everything. no sye for me, and ran fine. came with the pitman and tc drop.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:19 PM   #8
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whta company is rc, website?
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spring over is the best way to go w/ leaf springs. better ride, better ground clearance w/ springs and perches over axle. but it is more expensive and more complicated than regular spring under lift. you might think its cheaper cuz you can reuse your springs. but if you put tired springs on a spring over, they're gonna axle wrap, and look like frowns.

new springs are best even if they're stock height.
you will need to make, or build spring perches, and weld them to the axle
slip yoke eliminator, and new rear driveshaft a must
most of the time steering links need to be modified, even with drop pitman arm
longer brake lines
shocks, like all lifts
sway bar discos
33" tires min. w/ 15x8 or 10 wheels.

they do make bolt on parts that are easier, but still cost money

it is well worth it, great set up. performs great off road, and does great on road. but it sounds like its more than you want right now.
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seems like it the more i read. also found the kit your taking about, i have a 15x9.5 inch rims and i like the way they look, but i look itno mud or all terrain tires all i can find is 15x8 or 15x10 inches, are there mud tires for a 9.5 wide rim?
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tire doesn't have to be the same as wheel
33x12.5r15 will fit on your rims just fine.
would also fit on 8" wide rim
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wow thanks, how do i know what wont fit and what will?
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:20 PM   #13
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what we talkin about? tire size? fit?

you don't need to worry about your rims for the tire sizes you can fit. they'll be fine, anything w/ a 15" tire is fine. within reason 31-35 even
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:24 PM   #14
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ok i think i get what you guys are sayin now thanks.
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:26 PM   #15
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good, cuz i screwed it up. try this, any tire for 15" wheel will be fine 31 inch up to 35. if its still confusing just ask more questions.
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:31 AM   #16
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justin did you have to run the slip yoke eliminator with your lift I want to run the 4" rough country on my yj but dont want to have to replace the dirve shaft. Is it possible. Thanks
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no i didnt run a SYE, but i did have it on my future plans b4 i sold it. if i would have kept it i would have gotten one.

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