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Aardwolf 11-27-2011 01:35 PM

Lift Ideas For A Daily Driver TJ - What's Best?
 
Hi Everyone,

I have already spent several days reading posts on this forum but my question still remains:

"What is the best set-up for a Daily Driver to make it perform well on road, be adequate off road and look good at the same time?"

I am thinking about the Rough Country 2.5 Inch Lift (springs and shocks kit) and a JKS 1.25 Body Lift, a 1 inch Motor Mount Lift, a Tummy Tuck and skid plates all around. I would rather go to the Rough Country 3.25 Inch Lift Kit but was told I would get driveline vibrations. I want to keep it simple and don't think I want to be greasing control arms, lowering my transmission or drilling holes in my Jeep. I want to upgrade to 33 inch tires as well. My ride is a 2005 Rubicon, 6 Speed with the hardtop installed. I am sure many others would also appreciate your comments.:thumb:

scgeek12 11-27-2011 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Aardwolf (Post 1776080)
Hi Everyone,

I have already spent several days reading posts on this forum but my question still remains:

"What is the best set-up for a Daily Driver to make it perform well on road, be adequate off road and look good at the same time?"

I am thinking about the Rough Country 2.5 Inch Lift (springs and shocks kit) and a JKS 1.25 Body Lift, a 1 inch Motor Mount Lift, a Tummy Tuck and skid plates all around. I would rather go to the Rough Country 3.25 Inch Lift Kit but was told I would get driveline vibrations. I want to keep it simple and don't think I want to be greasing control arms, lowering my transmission or drilling holes in my Jeep. I want to upgrade to 33 inch tires as well. My ride is a 2005 Rubicon, 6 Speed with the hardtop installed. I am sure many others would also appreciate your comments.:thumb:

You can lift your jeep as much as you want and avoid driveline vibes, you just need a SYE and CV style rear driveshaft installed with the lift as well ($400ish for parts, ive been quoted 300-400 for install but it looks easy enough to do)

heres a great video on how to install one-

NP231 SYE Install - YouTube

jrmiller 11-27-2011 02:03 PM

You don't need an sye for a Rubicon. You will be fine with whatever lift you choose you may just need to upgrade your driveshaft

Aardwolf 11-27-2011 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by scgeek12 (Post 1776113)
You can lift your jeep as much as you want and avoid driveline vibes, you just need a SYE and CV style rear driveshaft installed with the lift as well ($400ish for parts, ive been quoted 300-400 for install but it looks easy enough to do)

heres a great video on how to install one-

NP231 SYE Install - YouTube

Thanks scgeek12. Since my Jeep is a Rubicon it already has the SYE. I was hoping to avoid changing out the driveshaft and I can't lift her too high or my wife wouldn't be able to get in (she has problems now).

BeaverJeeper 11-27-2011 02:06 PM

i've been reading alot about the RC 2.5 lift as well. saving for it now. it looks to be perfect for what you and myself both want. but here's my question.

i know you can get away with the RC 2.5 lift without using a SYE. but let's say i also did a 1' BL. since a BL is a different type of lift, does a SYE not come into play? even when combined with the RC 2.5' for a total of 3.5' of lift?

scgeek12 11-27-2011 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Aardwolf (Post 1776156)
Thanks scgeek12. Since my Jeep is a Rubicon it already has the SYE. I was hoping to avoid changing out the driveshaft and I can't lift her too high or my wife wouldn't be able to get in (she has problems now).

o, DUH lol didnt see yours was a rubi sorry, dont have any info on the rough country 2.5 but the skyjacker 2" spacer lift with shocks has some good reviews and looks nice, pretty sure with a 1" Bl you can clear 33"s as well

4Jeepn 11-27-2011 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by BeaverJeeper (Post 1776158)
i've been reading alot about the RC 2.5 lift as well. saving for it now. it looks to be perfect for what you and myself both want. but here's my question.

i know you can get away with the RC 2.5 lift without using a SYE. but let's say i also did a 1' BL. since a BL is a different type of lift, does a SYE not come into play? even when combined with the RC 2.5' for a total of 3.5' of lift?

Body lift will not come into play for a sye as your just lifting the body. The relationship between the t-case and the axles stays the same.

InvertChaos 11-27-2011 02:12 PM

I have the ssame setup that you are looking for. I recommend NOT using RC shocks. They are terrible. Get something like OME or Bilstein instead :thumb: I also got away with not needing a transfer case drop or SYE, it just depends on the jeep.

BeaverJeeper 11-27-2011 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by 4Jeepn (Post 1776167)
Body lift will not come into play for a sye as your just lifting the body. The relationship between the t-case and the axles stays the same.

perfect, thank you.

Aardwolf 11-27-2011 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by InvertChaos (Post 1776174)
I have the ssame setup that you are looking for. I recommend NOT using RC shocks. They are terrible. Get something like OME or Bilstein instead :thumb: I also got away with not needing a transfer case drop or SYE, it just depends on the jeep.

Thanks InvertChaos, I read that somewhere else as well. The aftermarket installer is suggesting a boxed kit, but I would rather spend a few extra bucks now and avoid problems or having to pay for more work later.

InvertChaos 11-27-2011 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Aardwolf

Thanks InvertChaos, I read that somewhere else as well. The aftermarket installer is suggesting a boxed kit, but I would rather spend a few extra bucks now and avoid problems or having to pay for more work later.

Yeah I wish i knew as much as I did now when i bought the "kit". It would have almost been cheaper to put a kit together myself and i would have probably had higher quality parts. If i had to do it over again I would get: 2.5" OME or ProComp coils, OME shocks, 1.25" JKS body lift, RC trackbar relocation bracket, and JKS or similar quick disconnects. Good luck!

Aardwolf 11-27-2011 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by InvertChaos (Post 1776223)
Yeah I wish i knew as much as I did now when i bought the "kit". It would have almost been cheaper to put a kit together myself and i would have probably had higher quality parts. If i had to do it over again I would get: 2.5" OME or ProComp coils, OME shocks, 1.25" JKS body lift, RC trackbar relocation bracket, and JKS or similar quick disconnects. Good luck!

That sounds like it would be a good setup, as long as I go with Progressive type springs. I also use my Jeep to haul an enclosed trailer with my Harley in it, which uses my full towing capacity of 2000 pounds for my Rubicon's short (2 door) wheelbase. I am also going to put a winch on the front, and am a bit concerned as others have said the Rough Country springs tend to settle in low after some time. I know I won't get the full 2.5 inch height with any kit, as the measurement is based on a TJ Sport. I think my Rubicon has 1/2 spacers on top of the stock springs to make room for the 31 inch tires. I will probably have to leave these spacers off of any spring kit I install, unless they fit on the aftermarket springs.


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