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99_tj 02-16-2013 05:26 PM

Opinions / advice needed.
So, I bought my first Jeep a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I've been researching and contemplating which customization route to take.

here's what I have:

99 TJ 2.5 (sorry....)
Stock suspension
30 front axle
35 rear axle
255-70-r15 tires.

I've done some research, and decided on an OME lift.
Thats as far as my decision making has gone.

I now turn to you guys for recommendations and guidence. I would like to keep her as street worthy and dependable as possible, while at the same time increasing clearance and off road capability.

I like the thought of 2" of lift with some 31's or 33's.

Lets say money is no option. How would you go about installing a 2" OME lift? I've seen the kit come in many stages. Which one is preferable?

What else would you do to do the job right. SYE? Other parts I haven't learned of yet?

Also, I will be doing all work myself. Aside from coil compressors, (which I already have) Will I need any other specialty tools/equipment?


Philmycrackin 02-16-2013 06:41 PM

Oil/trans pan skid plate and gas tank skid. I recommend savvy for the tank skid. I went wheeling and dented both trans pan and gas tank. Could have ended up worse. Winch also good to have

PStov98TJ 02-16-2013 06:53 PM

If you want to run 33's most will recommend that you get a 1.25" bl and a 1" mml with the 2.5" lift. But look at the dpg Offroad website. The guy who owns it sets up lifts with OME shocks and springs. I bought his ultimate kit (comes with 2.5" OME lift, jks 1.25" bl and 1" mml, extended sway bar links front and rear, and jks adjustable track bars front and rear). He can tailor your lift to your jeep. I haven't installed the bl yet but it's fine for right now and I'm not sure if I will in the end anyway. I can post a picture of my jeep later if you want to see what 33's on just the OME lift looks like.

99_tj 02-16-2013 07:00 PM

That would be sweet! And thanks for the site, I want to try and do it right the first time.....

BlueSteel99 02-16-2013 07:15 PM

I have the exact same Jeep haha, '99 with the indestructible 4 cylinder. I don't suggest 33's with that motor without changing axles and gearing. 32's aren't as bad. I'm running a 3" economy suspension lift with 32.5x 11.5 and its a very good fit; enough flex and a comfortable ride. I ran 33's and only rubbed once. I got the full traction brand 3" economy lift, put it in myself and will vouch for it!

Welcome to the family and feel free to ask anymore questions you have, your new Jeep is a wad of clay, shape it however you see fit!

PStov98TJ 02-16-2013 09:03 PM

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I have the 2.5L as well and it's fine on power with 33's. I also have the 4.10 gears though. Here's some pics from different angles. Sorry they're all in my driveway. Haven't gotten a chance to get any offroad yet because I'm up at school and it's at home unfortunately.

PStov98TJ 02-16-2013 09:11 PM

Did those pictures attach? I tired to do it from my phone so it may not have worked...

DaveCR 02-16-2013 10:00 PM

Nice Jeep!

99_tj 02-16-2013 10:19 PM

Agree, nice Jeep!

Do you think 31's will make it look empty with the same lift?

PStov98TJ 02-16-2013 10:25 PM

Do a google search and look at other pictures of Jeeps with 2.5" lift with 31's. I had 31's on there for a little and to me it looked a little empty. But not bad. 32's would look better. But I knew if I went with 32's I would've regretted it so I went with 33's and I'm glad I did :) but that's just me

PStov98TJ 02-16-2013 10:28 PM

And if you're looking to do it right the first time (like I was), definitely call Dirk at dpg offroad, best decision I've made about my jeep so far (besides buying it of course). He definitely will hook you up with a great set up that will last a long time and won't let you down.

tim sommers 05-19-2013 06:25 PM

If i have to go to a rubicon to get all the xtras and black fenders, will the 3.73 get a lot less mpg than the 3.23 gears. What will do better in the snow/ice?

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