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07-06-2013 12:03 AM
mdavidc 3" zone suspension , 33" durartacs

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07-05-2013 03:29 PM
Jsb0032 From what I am learning it seems like going from 30's to 33' will be much involved for my 2.5l 5-speed. Seems most ppl feel the need to regear, and I need a bigger lift. Plus I've read that 33's put a lot of strain on the drivetrain of a DD. What about 32's, do I need to regear? Do they put too much strain on my TJ?
06-21-2013 10:19 PM
Xjman1 32" tires
06-21-2013 10:19 PM
Xjman1 Just installed tires. 1" H&R springs and JKS 1.25" BL

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06-20-2013 12:43 PM
AlexS I didn't read the whole thread but I would go with 33s over 32s. There are a lot more tire options for 33s
06-20-2013 12:26 PM
TJDave To the OP redkaz04,

Updates? Did you ever decide on a lift?

Just curious. My wife was not having an easy time at getting in my Jeep after any of the upgrades I made. A simple set of grab handles with one over the passenger door made all the difference in the world to her, even after ditching the nerf bars. Here is a few pics of different size lifts and tires on my Jeep over the years, and how it sits now.

2" BB, 1.25" BL, and 32's



3" front springs, 2.25" BB rear, 1.25" BL, and 33's



3" springs all around, 1.25"BL, and 35's



06-20-2013 11:49 AM
jmcc75
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Originally Posted by SEAICE View Post
3" Teraflex spring lift and 32s... Wrangler Duratracs (can't say enough about them). Rides like stock.
Nice lookin rig man what rims are those?
06-20-2013 09:24 AM
Jsb0032 After looking at pics of jeeps running 31's and being dwarfed in too many parking lots I have decided to add a small lift and go 32 or 33's. I'm prolly gonna go 2" bb but can't decide what size tires. I have a 2.5l w 4.10 so I am leaning toward 32 for power reasons. Anyone have a similar setup that can compare drivability? Does anyone have a pic of a 32 and 33 parked side by side?
03-27-2013 10:55 PM
sahara2002
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Originally Posted by bowerslj View Post

What type of shocks did you use?
I Have a set of ORV rugged ridge shocks on there now and they have been good so far, I can't complain.
03-26-2013 10:17 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by sahara2002 View Post
I'm on a tight budget and for now only went with a 2 inch lift with a set of 32 inch BFG all terrains. I went with BDS Suspension 2 inch coil springs which ran me around $200 for all 4 springs. It looks and rides great for now until future plans come through. With the BDS suspension you can't go wrong and it doesn't ride much different than stock quality. Install was a breeze.

heres a pic of my jeep with the final lift and tires before/after
What type of shocks did you use?
03-25-2013 10:53 AM
sahara2002
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Originally Posted by valentine1210 View Post

Where did you find just the springs from bds for $200?
You can go to BDS website and find the part number for just the rear and front springs. And luckily I found a shop around me that sold BDS products at a good price without the cost of shipping and at a better price than ordering right from the site.
03-25-2013 02:19 AM
Jeeper4ever 2" bb with 32 11.50/15 tires
03-25-2013 01:14 AM
valentine1210
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Originally Posted by sahara2002 View Post
I'm on a tight budget and for now only went with a 2 inch lift with a set of 32 inch BFG all terrains. I went with BDS Suspension 2 inch coil springs which ran me around $200 for all 4 springs. It looks and rides great for now until future plans come through. With the BDS suspension you can't go wrong and it doesn't ride much different than stock quality. Install was a breeze.

heres a pic of my jeep with the final lift and tires before/after
Where did you find just the springs from bds for $200?
03-25-2013 12:41 AM
sahara2002 I'm on a tight budget and for now only went with a 2 inch lift with a set of 32 inch BFG all terrains. I went with BDS Suspension 2 inch coil springs which ran me around $200 for all 4 springs. It looks and rides great for now until future plans come through. With the BDS suspension you can't go wrong and it doesn't ride much different than stock quality. Install was a breeze.

heres a pic of my jeep with the final lift and tires before/after
03-24-2013 11:04 PM
redkaz04
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
I only drove to work the one day and installed the body lift the next day. It was very, very close and it definitely couldn't be taken offroad. I wouldn't recommend it.

The ride sucked because the shocks that came with the kit sucked. With better shocks it should have been the same since the springs are the same. Now with ZJ springs, they are a higher spring rate and gave a stiffer ride, but not uncomfortable at all. Actually, I liked them better since I like a stiffer rate up front. My adjustable Rancho shocks are set stiffer for the front than the rear for the same reason. ZJ springs are about the same uncompressed length as TJ springs. They just don't compress as much due to the higher spring rate.
Good to know. I am really wavering on what type of lift to get. I want to keep a good soft ride. Imthinkma 3" suspension might be too much. Maybe a 1" bl and a bb with some good shocks is the way to go.......
03-24-2013 10:58 PM
BLK00TJ I only drove to work the one day and installed the body lift the next day. It was very, very close and it definitely couldn't be taken offroad. I wouldn't recommend it.

The ride sucked because the shocks that came with the kit sucked. With better shocks it should have been the same since the springs are the same. Now with ZJ springs, they are a higher spring rate and gave a stiffer ride, but not uncomfortable at all. Actually, I liked them better since I like a stiffer rate up front. My adjustable Rancho shocks are set stiffer for the front than the rear for the same reason. ZJ springs are about the same uncompressed length as TJ springs. They just don't compress as much due to the higher spring rate.
03-24-2013 10:46 PM
redkaz04
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
33" Duratracs actually measure at 32.4" so it is a "small" 33" tire. Here are those tires the day I put them on and the day before my body lift came in the mail.


and just before that with 2" lift on 29" tires (yuck).
Did they rub with the bb lift? How was the ride over stock?
03-24-2013 09:36 PM
BLK00TJ
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Originally Posted by redkaz04 View Post
are those 33s? what exactly is the budget boost..just a spacer below the spring? how's the ride of a "budget boost" over stock?
33" Duratracs actually measure at 32.4" so it is a "small" 33" tire. Here are those tires the day I put them on and the day before my body lift came in the mail.


and just before that with 2" lift on 29" tires (yuck).
03-24-2013 09:28 PM
redkaz04
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
Yup. Here is how it sat back then with 33" Duratracs and a 1" body lift.
are those 33s? what exactly is the budget boost..just a spacer below the spring? how's the ride of a "budget boost" over stock?
03-24-2013 09:26 PM
redkaz04 yep....I would love to know that secret too...

anymore pictures of a 2" lift with 32s out there?
03-24-2013 09:19 PM
SEAICE
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Originally Posted by redkaz04 View Post
...looks good. what did your mpg drop too?
Sorry, Can't say I know. I drive it a lot, but it's not a daily driver. I haven't noticed any difference in mileage.
03-24-2013 09:18 PM
BLK00TJ
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Originally Posted by bowerslj View Post
What's your secret for getting your wife to overlook your Jeep upgrades? LOL!
Easy, but more expensive. You have to buy stuff for her too. She doesn't even ask anymore. The hardest part is finding the time to install the stuff I've bought. I don't know how many times I had to install stuff at night with a headlamp on after the kids are in bed. But when I first started, I told her stuff like this kit comes with a shocks plus a lift for just a little more then buying shocks or my bumpstops were too close so I needed to lift it a little more to keep from bottoming out. I had to get a body lift because the tires I wanted didn't come in 32" and 33" needed another inch.
03-24-2013 09:14 PM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by bowerslj View Post

What's your secret for getting your wife to overlook your Jeep upgrades? LOL!
X2! Lol
03-24-2013 09:07 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
Ha ha... I've been busy over the last few years upgrading a bunch of stuff. My wife has finally stopped nagging me about every purchase.

Anyway, I started out back in 2010 with a 2" BB and 1.25" BL running the same 33" Duratracs I have now. My Jeep stayed stock for 10 years! That lift allowed me to run 33s okay on the street, but offroad I found I was running on my bumpstops too much and very little to any flex was present. I noticed that the front sat lower than the rear (factory rake) and that if I could get some sort of flex and additional clearance up front I'd perform better offroad. A member of my local Jeep club offered up a set of v8 ZJ springs for $20 and I felt that even if I didn't get additional lift, the increase travel would come in handy until I could get a "real" lift. I removed the 2" BB from the front and replaced them with the ZJ springs and got another inch over what I had with the 2" BB in front. Awesome! I had both more travel and more clearance up front.

I still hated the idea of having half of a lift and talked the wife into getting me a set of 3" Savvy/Currie springs for Christmas in 2011. Knowing that I'd likely get driveline vibes with the 3", I got a 1" mml to go along with it. Unfortunately, I still got vibes and had to drop the TC with 3 washers per bolt hole. Remember now, I still had stock everything except for springs and shocks. Stock trackbars, stock control arms, no SYE or CV driveshaft, and no relocation brackets for the rear trackbar. My frankenlift wasn't perfect, but it was capable for what I was wheeling.

At the end of 2011 I knew I had to do something about the rest of my suspension. I needed to address both trackbars, I needed a SYE/CV driveshaft, which meant I also needed rear upper control arms, the relocation bracket blah blah blah. I also wanted to not only get rid of my transfer case drop but tuck it as well. I decided to start saving up to get all the stuff I'd need and didn't want to cheap out.

My plan fell a little short of my goal to have all this ready for this coming wheeling season since my dog chewed up my sofa. I had to buy a new sectional for the wife and that took a big chunk of my build money. So I got everything except for the new skid. I opted to just go ahead and get the 4" Savvy/Currie kit from SavvyOffroad.com along with their TW driveshaft and AA SYE. With the weather being miserable, I've only been able to do a little at a time and still need to install the rear springs. I have to say that my Jeep now rides much, much better with the SYE. I didn't realize it until after I installed it that I still had vibes before I installed it.

So now, I have a 5.25" lift with 33s getting ready to move to 35s on the next set of tires. Oh, but before I do that I need a regear and lockers
What's your secret for getting your wife to overlook your Jeep upgrades? LOL!
03-24-2013 05:44 PM
BLK00TJ
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Originally Posted by JeepReaper09 View Post
Sorry just jumping into this thread...
Is your current 3" set up still using the zj springs with the BB spacer? Or is is a complete 3" kit you purchased?
Ha ha... I've been busy over the last few years upgrading a bunch of stuff. My wife has finally stopped nagging me about every purchase.

Anyway, I started out back in 2010 with a 2" BB and 1.25" BL running the same 33" Duratracs I have now. My Jeep stayed stock for 10 years! That lift allowed me to run 33s okay on the street, but offroad I found I was running on my bumpstops too much and very little to any flex was present. I noticed that the front sat lower than the rear (factory rake) and that if I could get some sort of flex and additional clearance up front I'd perform better offroad. A member of my local Jeep club offered up a set of v8 ZJ springs for $20 and I felt that even if I didn't get additional lift, the increase travel would come in handy until I could get a "real" lift. I removed the 2" BB from the front and replaced them with the ZJ springs and got another inch over what I had with the 2" BB in front. Awesome! I had both more travel and more clearance up front.

I still hated the idea of having half of a lift and talked the wife into getting me a set of 3" Savvy/Currie springs for Christmas in 2011. Knowing that I'd likely get driveline vibes with the 3", I got a 1" mml to go along with it. Unfortunately, I still got vibes and had to drop the TC with 3 washers per bolt hole. Remember now, I still had stock everything except for springs and shocks. Stock trackbars, stock control arms, no SYE or CV driveshaft, and no relocation brackets for the rear trackbar. My frankenlift wasn't perfect, but it was capable for what I was wheeling.

At the end of 2011 I knew I had to do something about the rest of my suspension. I needed to address both trackbars, I needed a SYE/CV driveshaft, which meant I also needed rear upper control arms, the relocation bracket blah blah blah. I also wanted to not only get rid of my transfer case drop but tuck it as well. I decided to start saving up to get all the stuff I'd need and didn't want to cheap out.

My plan fell a little short of my goal to have all this ready for this coming wheeling season since my dog chewed up my sofa. I had to buy a new sectional for the wife and that took a big chunk of my build money. So I got everything except for the new skid. I opted to just go ahead and get the 4" Savvy/Currie kit from SavvyOffroad.com along with their TW driveshaft and AA SYE. With the weather being miserable, I've only been able to do a little at a time and still need to install the rear springs. I have to say that my Jeep now rides much, much better with the SYE. I didn't realize it until after I installed it that I still had vibes before I installed it.

So now, I have a 5.25" lift with 33s getting ready to move to 35s on the next set of tires. Oh, but before I do that I need a regear and lockers
03-24-2013 05:37 PM
lovethetrails5 check out the zone 3in its great and i love the look i run it with 33 and flat fenders which i think look bad ass i plan to move to 35 eventually tho

Before flatties:



after flatties:











sorry for so many pics just want to give you the best idea of it i can
03-24-2013 05:13 PM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
Yup. Here is how it sat back then with 33" Duratracs and a 1" body lift.
Sorry just jumping into this thread...
Is your current 3" set up still using the zj springs with the BB spacer? Or is is a complete 3" kit you purchased?
03-24-2013 04:08 PM
BLK00TJ
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Originally Posted by bowerslj View Post
So you did a budget boost in the rear, but changed the springs in the front?
Yup. Here is how it sat back then with 33" Duratracs and a 1" body lift.
03-24-2013 03:27 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
This is where I'm at now with the same tires.
So you did a budget boost in the rear, but changed the springs in the front?
03-24-2013 01:08 PM
BLK00TJ This is where I'm at now with the same tires.
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