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Old 03-30-2017, 11:06 AM
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I need help with lift on my '05 TJ

I recently bought a '05 Rubicon Unlimited w/6speed

About the only thing non-stock on it are bigger tires and bumpers. The tires are too big as they look crammed in there and rub when I have to turn sharp.

I want to lift it a bit but really don't want to drop tons of money.

If I installed just springs & shocks (like the 2.5in rough country package in the link below) would I have to worry about vibration or anything else that would warrant additional parts/labor for arms, drive shaft, etc??

I'm new to all this and am pretty much clueless.


2.5in Suspension Lift Kit for 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler | Rough Country Suspension Systems®

Thanks in advance

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Old 03-30-2017, 11:47 AM   #2
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The shocks in that kit are horrid (stiff and don't last).

What size tires do you have? A good inexpensive option is the Zone 3" or 4.25" combo kit if you are running 32" or 33" tires.

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Would probably help if I knew what size tires I'm running. I'll have to look when I get home. thanks for the input on shocks. I'm not set on Rough Country by any means so open to suggestions. I guess the main thing I'm looking for is to get some lift without having to any drivetrain changes, etc. How much lift can I do without getting into other changes?
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About 3". The most recommended kit would be the zone 4.25 combo. a 3" suspension which allows you to keep your driveline stock (ie, no sye) and a 1.25 BL. That would be good for 33" tires. That can be had for about $600. RC is bottom of the barrel.
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Would probably help if I knew what size tires I'm running. I'll have to look when I get home. thanks for the input on shocks. I'm not set on Rough Country by any means so open to suggestions. I guess the main thing I'm looking for is to get some lift without having to any drivetrain changes, etc. How much lift can I do without getting into other changes?
The zone 4.25 combo lift is the best bang for the buck lift to run if you have 33" tires. You don't need any additional drive line changes.
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Would probably help if I knew what size tires I'm running. I'll have to look when I get home. thanks for the input on shocks. I'm not set on Rough Country by any means so open to suggestions. I guess the main thing I'm looking for is to get some lift without having to any drivetrain changes, etc. How much lift can I do without getting into other changes?
For a standard TJ, springs over 3" and things start getting complicated (=$$$). Since you have a LJ, you have a longer rear driveline so the angles to the rear pinon are less fussy.

The "cheapest setup" to clear 33's would be 2" spring spacers and a 1.25" body lift. That would give you 3.25" of clearance for about $200.
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Go with the zone 4.25" kit...
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Go with the zone 4.25" kit...
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Thanks for the input. Looks like the zone product is a good option. Not sure I was expecting to do the body lift and motor mount spacers though. Now thinking about tire size I'm wondering if the 4.25 would be too big. The tires actually aren't all that big, I think just bigger than stock. Take a look at this picture. What lift size would be suitable without looking like the tires are too small? Actually I'm not even sure how to post a picture here. I'm trying a dropbox link.
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Guys, while I am a happy owner of a zone 4.25 equipped Lj, I'm not sure I would recommend that here. Keep in mind he has a Rubi that has the different rear shaft and also is concerned 4.25" may be too high. The body lift, motor mount lift, dealing with the center console and shifter, etc. may not be necessary here.
The Zone 3" suspension with a Metalcloak front track bar may be plenty with the option of later adding the combo part of tummy tucks etc. ever enter the plan.
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Here is mine with the Zone 4.25 and 33 Coopers.
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I'm obviously more ignorant than I even know. The tires I have are LT265/75/16. What does that translate to in inches?
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i'm obviously more ignorant than i even know. The tires i have are lt265/75/16. What does that translate to in inches?
32". 31.6" to be exact by 10.4" wide.

Whats the mileage on your Jeep? Could it be that your shocks & springs are really worn out? Running those tires you shouldn't have that bad of a problem some run 32s on stock height..
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About 65k miles. Didn't really consider the originals being bad worn out but that is definitely a possibility. I'll probably go ahead and do a lift of some sort while I'm changing them out. Looks like doing the Zone 3 inch would probably get me something at a nice price.

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