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Old 12-11-2010, 10:53 AM   #1
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New lift for Xmas - Help me spend my $$$

Good Morning everyone! - I have about $3 Kto spend wanna help me spend it?

I have a 94 YJ 4.0 5speed completly stock with 110K miles. New clutch at 80K, no leaks and it will do 80 down the freeway all day. This is my daily driver so we gotta be smart.

I want to lift and put new tires/wheels on it. I dont think I want to go bigger than 31in tires. I dont want to deal with vibrations or complications from the lift. I want it to drive and handle as good or better than what I have now. (Stock sagging squeeking springs - should not be too hard).

I have had her since August, and I nor the jeep have ever been off road, I hope to change this soon, so I want to find the right balance between daily driver and respectable trail jeep.

I am only semi-mechanically smart so be gentle.

Any thoughts would be great.


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Old 12-11-2010, 11:06 AM   #2
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I'm putin in a RC 4" lift on my 94 over the next few days, had the 2" on my 93, before it got ripped off... but look into Rough Country, price is great, and their customer service is awsome. 31's should work perfect, just a matter of finding what you like. personally im grabbin another set of BFG's w/Kevlar

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Old 12-11-2010, 11:47 AM   #3
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My jeep is my DD. I'm running over 5" of lift & 33's. No SYE, just a tcase drop, and I have no problems.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:43 PM   #4
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When it comes to lifts; you get what you pay for. Superlift, Rancho, & BDS have some of the best lifts money can buy. I am running a 4" BDS lift & 33's and it rides pretty well down the road. Rough Country is all right but they tend to have a rougher ride( I guess the name says it all). Do your research so you can spend your money wisely. If your looking for a double duty Jeep you will have to compromise on both ends.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:09 PM   #5
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Hey this post helps me out as well....I have been doing a lot of research on the computer and it seems everyone has there opinion on lift kits-I am sure most is valuable and true. I also am in the process of buying a lift and probably will go with the Rough Country kit, only due to the price! You can't beat it. I have a '92 yj bone stock and also have 98k miles on it and a 4.0L, 5 spd. I have nothing to compare it to as I have never owned a jeep b4 and I can't imagine the new suspension lift will be stiff as a board compared to my old sagging leafs? We will soon find out? For me it will be a daily driver but have a company truck I take home so I don't put many miles on it anyway. I can't wait to see the after results.........Also it seems as if a lot of people out there don't have a SYE and new drive shafts as the lift recommends? Eventually I think that will be beneficial and the way to go if you plan on a doing aggressive wheeling? Any pics of your YJ? I am curious if it stands like mine.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:46 PM   #6
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You won't regret the quality and customer support of rough country.
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Old 12-11-2010, 03:15 PM   #7
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You say you haven't driven offroad so that tells me your jeep is more than able to handle anything your driving skills can throw at it. You might get tires that fit the type of wheeling you want to do. Other than that I would suggest a winch and armor for the underside and as you learn just let the Jeep and the type of wheeling you like best to dictate the mods that you end up making.
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Old 12-11-2010, 03:37 PM   #8
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Lift springs are going to be way more stiff than factory leafs. The bigger the lift the stiffer they will be also. Your ride will suffer with the higher your lift - stiffer the springs.
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:04 PM   #9
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Why not a 2.5 inch lift? smaller than a 4 inch so its not as tippy but high enough that you will have probably about 3-3.5 inches of lift over your old leaf springs. 31s would fit and look well under a 2.5 inch in my opinion.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:39 PM   #10
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OME 2.5" HD LIFT and OME NITRO SHOCKS,..great on 31",(add a 1"BL u can run 33"!)..i used that for afew yrs great on and offroad runs real smooth too!..if they did 4" lifts id run that too! im on a RE 4.5" XD LIFT now and feels stiff compared to OME.. get em, springs out there!! you get what u pay for!
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:18 PM   #12
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:49 PM   #13
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:11 PM   #14
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Original Manufacture Equipment
That's "OEM."

At least AFAICR.
(as far as I can remember)


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Old 12-30-2010, 03:18 PM   #15
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You do get what you pay for when it comes to lifts. I have Black Diamond's lift on my CJ and it is decent. I have Rubicon Express 2.5 inch basic lift springs that I had them package as the old Extreme Duty kit that is no longer available. I will say, the 2.5 inch springs lift and their shackle kits give you a total of 3.25 inches of lift after settling. The ride is great (non extreme duty springs are softer). BDS is top notch stuff as well. I have ridden in a CJ5 with the BDS lift in it and it is smooth. Skyjacker is fairly decent as well. When I ordered my lift, I got it through a friend of mine that does nothing but jeep lifts. His rep from 4wd Hardware was on the phone and literally pulled out the spring packs from different lifts and stood on the springs to see how they flexed under his own body weight. The ones that showed the most flex was the Rubicon Express springs and OME. I went with the Rubicon kit because of the different options they offered. My wife hated my YJ before the lift, now it rides as nice as her stock TJ and she doesn't mind riding in it

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