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Old 02-27-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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What lift should i get?

I have a 95 yj, not looking to do some serious rock crawling. Just maybe some fun in a little mud pit( max 1ft deep), mostly deep puddles. And mostly power line riding, not doing any serious flexing, just something to have fun in an not really have to worry about getting stuck and still not kill my mpg, I was thinking maybe 2-3" suspension lift, maybe a 1" body lift. Try to fit 31 or 33 tires, not trying to make the jeep look silly with a huge gap in between the tires an fenders. anybody have any suggestions

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Old 02-27-2014, 09:05 PM   #2
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whats you budget ?

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whats you budget ?
Always the biggest factor
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:55 PM   #4
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Rough Country has a 2.5 inch kit for $450 plus shipping. You'll be able to fit 31's no problem. If you get a 1" body lift and 1/2" shackles as well as the lift, you'll be able to squeeze in 33's.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:01 AM   #5
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If you want something nice then go with the OME 2.5" lift. It cost a bit more but the quality is unsurpassed.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:15 AM   #6
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Budget is around 400, but that 2.5" with a 1" body sounds nice, I won't have to worry about the 33s rubbin when I turn?
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Budget is around 400, but that 2.5" with a 1" body sounds nice, I won't have to worry about the 33s rubbin when I turn?
rub is usually related to tire rubbing on the leaf spring during a hard turn... which is related to rim back spacing... I ran 33x12.50.x15 with around 4" of BS.... got a slight rub when turning... also had a 4" lift. and 3.75 bs might help with that a bit more...
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:57 AM   #8
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...not looking to do some serious rock crawling. Just maybe some fun...
The "gateway" lift and tires question... once you dip your toe in the water, you'll see if your needs evolve ;-)

I think we've all said that at some point in our 4x4 lives...
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:03 PM   #9
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If i was going to lift from stock height i would do a spring over, you will spend about the same as a lift kit it gives you 5 1/2 inches of lift and makes a world of difference in ride quality and off road capability plus it gives you great clearance for 33s

Lots of threads and info on it I helped a buddy do his this past summer took the weekend a welder and a couple 18 packs of beer to get done.
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If i was going to lift from stock height i would do a spring over, you will spend about the same as a lift it gives you 5 1/2 inches of lift and makes a world of difference in ride quality and off road capability plus it gives you great clearance for 33s

Lots of threads and info on it I helped a buddy do his this past summer took the weekend a welder and a couple 18 packs of beer to get done.
To do a SOA right, it will be triple the cost of a sua kit
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:12 AM   #11
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When I bought my Rough Country 4" lift it was the same price as the 2.5". That would keep you from having to spend more money on a body lift parts and you should be able to run 33's without any issues as long as rim back space is correct. It was a very easy lift to install. I took my time and did it by myself over the weekend. My YJ is still a work in progress so I can't tell you anything about the ride quality. But then again if I was worried about a smooth ride I would have bought a car. Just me thinking out loud...Gunny Out!!
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:41 AM   #12
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Ya I looked at SOA kits an people said they are more expensive,but if the 4" is the same as the 2.5, why not. The only thing I have to put in thought is that in there rear frame shackle area. It got that rot that keeps get back there, I bought a weld on repair kit. So i just don't wanna be off roading an have my rear axle come out from beneath me,haha then ill be really stuck.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:42 PM   #13
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To be honest, and i know this will probably catch flack, but other than for looks (which i care about too) i dont think anything above 3.5 is necessary. I talked to a couple of old time jeepers and they can pull the rubicon trail no problem in near stock jeeps. Only modifications being tires and 2inch lift.

Another couple of guys completed the rubicon in Willys (again with no lift)

I have a 2.5inch procomp, and 1 5/8 shackles and am more than happy! Happy hunting
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:44 PM   #14
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I have a Rough Country 4" lift and overall i am happy with it BUT IT RIDES REAL ROUGH like the name implies but i dont know if they all do as i said i am happy with it for now
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Did you torque the bolts down with the jeep still lifted or after it was on the ground ? Best to do it with the weight of the vehicle on the springs.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:25 PM   #16
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Klug i don't remember if i did or not but would it make a noticeable difference? o and if you take the swaybars off does it ride better? ive heard it does
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Almost everyone has said removing the track bars smooths out the ride and you need to put it back on the ground before you torque the mounting hardware. There's no doubt Jeeps are tough vehicles and can go through alot. That's why the Military had them in the inventory for so long. But if there's one thing I've learned since reading these forums is folks are always changing their rigs. This year we run 33's on 4" lifts and next year we are going spring over axel with 37's. The mods never end. Just my thoughts...Gunny Out!!
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Klug i don't remember if i did or not but would it make a noticeable difference? o and if you take the swaybars off does it ride better? ive heard it does
Removing the sway bars (actually "anti-sway" bars) will give you more articulation on the trails. It does not improve the ride on road, actually the opposite, although not really noticeable.
Removing the track bars tho, makes a great improvement both on and off road.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:45 AM   #19
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Ok do you know if it will pass inspection here in VA w/o them?
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Ok do you know if it will pass inspection here in VA w/o them?
Don't know about VA... mine did here in NC.
Remove them, save them till inspection time... if it fails, you can replace them, if it passes, then toss 'em!
Check with some other local Jeep guys to see what they have done. (If ya ask the inspection attendants, they most probably say keep em on, even if they don't know or if it isn't stipulated)
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The 4" RC lift does ride a little on the rough side. But don't forget, the Jeep has a short wheel base so it's not going to ride like a limo. Keep in mind too that if you fly with the 4" lift, you may need an SYE and a CV driveshaft.
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Don't know about VA... mine did here in NC.
Remove them, save them till inspection time... if it fails, you can replace them, if it passes, then toss 'em!
Check with some other local Jeep guys to see what they have done. (If ya ask the inspection attendants, they most probably say keep em on, even if they don't know or if it isn't stipulated)
Ok thanks for the help
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:19 AM   #24
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I like what gunny said about the ~2 inch lift with bigger tires, I think I'm gonna go with a 2.5--3.5 inch lift with some meaty 33's an I don't think that'll put to my stress on my rear shackle area
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