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Old 07-02-2015, 05:59 PM
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Best Lift for my YJ?

Ok, here is my story: Spent about $7,000 resurrected this YJ, with every intention of selling it. I am probably past the stage of making any money on it so I want to keep. I have been looking at lifts, I found two lifts that look perfect for my situation(aka inexpensive). Extremeterrain.com is selling a Mommoth 4" lift for $459 (normally $599) and a Rough Country 4" for $449 but they have a RC handling fee of $55? Now I have N0 intensions of ever going off road, this would be strictly a "for looks" improvement.

My questions are;
1. Which lift would be better?
2. Or will a 4" lift make my tires now ridiculous so I should be looking at 2.5" lifts instead?
3. Would I be better off with a body lift?


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Ok, here is my story: Spent about $7,000 resurrected this YJ, with every intention of selling it. I am probably past the stage of making any money on it so I want to keep. I have been looking at lifts, I found two lifts that look perfect for my situation(aka inexpensive). Extremeterrain.com is selling a Mommoth 4" lift for $459 (normally $599) and a Rough Country 4" for $449 but they have a RC handling fee of $55? Now I have N0 intensions of ever going off road, this would be strictly a "for looks" improvement.

My questions are;
1. Which lift would be better?
Both will more than likely result in a $hitty ride.
2. Or will a 4" lift make my tires now ridiculous so I should be looking at 2.5" lifts instead?
Stock tires with either will look out of place.
3. Would I be better off with a body lift?
Wouldn't bother.

Thanks in advance!
Leave it alone and enjoy your $7K investment.

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Simply put they are both cheap lifts, you may or may not see an improvement depending on how bad your suspension is. It may be a worse ride?!?! Body lifts are NEVER a better option so just erase that from your head. As far as your tires looking funny it's hard to say because you did not list the size but I assume they are stock or close so yes with a 4" lift it would look ridiculous. My personal opinion. I would get a 2.5" lift and get a nice set of BFG's all terrain 31's. GL
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current tires are 235 75R15. Not sure if they are stock to not.
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Really I gotta agree with Glenn, you have this much money it, I wouldn't touch it. I used to hate the look of a stock yj but guys on this sight have changed my mind a lot. I love my 4.5" lift because I like off-roading and like having the articulation I get out of such a lift and being able to flex but if all you plan on doing is street cruising.....maybe buy yourself just a really nice new suspension. A lot of yj's in my area get a lot of respect when they are stock and just look nice.
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Really I gotta agree with Glenn, you have this much money it, I wouldn't touch it. I used to hate the look of a stock yj but guys on this sight have changed my mind a lot. I love my 4.5" lift because I like off-roading and like having the articulation I get out of such a lift and being able to flex but if all you plan on doing is street cruising.....maybe buy yourself just a really nice new suspension. A lot of yj's in my area get a lot of respect when they are stock and just look nice.
Well said! ...I agree 100%
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You referred to both lifts as 'cheap.' I'm assume you are refrying to the quality and not the price. I would spend the same amount of a 2.5" lift. I thought I was getting deal. Would I need to spend $750+ for a good lift?

I have a hard time believing that I get the same advice here that would from my wife, if I had one! I have to do something, I have $500 burning a whole in my pocket. Would bigger tires look funny on stock suspension? How about Shackles, whatever they are?
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Well said! ...I agree 100%
What's the difference between a new suspension and a new lift?
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I have been looking at lifts, I found two lifts that look perfect for my situation(aka inexpensive). Now I have N0 intensions of ever going off road, this would be strictly a "for looks" improvement.

My questions are;
1. Which lift would be better?
2. Or will a 4" lift make my tires now ridiculous so I should be looking at 2.5" lifts instead?
3. Would I be better off with a body lift?


Thanks in advance!
Looks, so 32x9.50x15s or 33x10.50x15s make sense Which should only need the 2.5" lift. You should even be able to run the stock rims.
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Going to a 4" lift will need driveline investments. No need for a 4" lift unless you NEED clearance and articulation. And you have no intentions of needing either.

GET A QUALITY LIFT !!!
Forget inexpensive. The cheap kits ride like an old logging truck.

I used the Rubicon Express 2.5" kit
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What's the difference between a new suspension and a new lift?
New suspension
New stock springs and maybe bushings - keep all other stock parts

New lift
Something greater than 0" springs and likely other new parts to compliment lift
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I'd get some 2" BDS springs, they're $100ish each. Then measure for shocks and go get some cheaper Monroe's at the parts store. You shouldn't need any driveline changes, it'll ride better than stock, and your stock tires won't look too weird until you get some 31s or something on there.
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You referred to both lifts as 'cheap.' I'm assume you are refrying to the quality and not the price. I would spend the same amount of a 2.5" lift. I thought I was getting deal. Would I need to spend $750+ for a good lift?

I have a hard time believing that I get the same advice here that would from my wife, if I had one! I have to do something, I have $500 burning a whole in my pocket. Would bigger tires look funny on stock suspension? How about Shackles, whatever they are?
Just to buy something because it's burning a "hole" in your pocket is stupid. Never mind thinking we're sounding like your wife...I feel like I'm talking to my son! Don't waste your money...take the money out of your pocket and put it in the coffee can and save some more!!!

Buy this lift when you "saved" your money and then save for some 31x10.5 BFG ATs.

Old Man Emu 2.5" Suspension System for 87-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec
You'll love the ride and look!!!!!!
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Just to buy something because it's burning a "hole" in your pocket is stupid. Never mind thinking we're sounding like your wife...I feel like I'm talking to my son! Don't waste your money...take the money out of your pocket and put it in the coffee can and save some more!!!

Buy this lift when you "saved" your money and then save for some 31x10.5 BFG ATs.

Old Man Emu 2.5" Suspension System for 87-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec
You'll love the ride and look!!!!!!

Thanks Dad! :funny post: Great looking lift! Is this lift $350 better than the Rough Country 2.5? I guess I am just trying to get a $2000 job done for $500.

Thinking about the RC 2.5 lift that will let me keep my 235 tires and give me the lift I am looking for.

And as always thinks for the feedback.
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Is this lift $350 better than the Rough Country 2.5?
Orders of magnitude better!!!!!!!!
With what you've already spent the RC lift would be a waste of money. You won't find a "better riding" lift for a non-trail rig. JMHO.
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Orders of magnitude better!!!!!!!!
With what you've already spent the RC lift would be a waste of money. You won't find a "better riding" lift for a non-trail rig. JMHO.
Thanks my '95 only has 85K miles on it so I plan to keep it for a long time. I'd rather put quality stuff on it from now on and concentrate on ride comfort since I wont be going off road.
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Thanks my '95 only has 85K miles on it so I plan to keep it for a long time. I'd rather put quality stuff on it from now on and concentrate on ride comfort since I wont be going off road.
than you better get emu lift not rc, save a couple hundred more, you won't regret it
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Here's 2.5" lift with 235/75/15 tires
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I just bought this for my jeep(only because all my my leafs were broken) Zone 2" Suspension Lift 87 95 Jeep Wrangler YJ J27 | eBay

I had to buy separate shock boots(about $20 shipped) and it already comes with the axle shims so you don't need to drop any of the driveline.

Anything over that you will need to do a lot more work than need. That with 3"BL and 33" tires(worn probably 32" now) I have 8" from the top of the tire to the bottom of the stock fenders
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i'd get some 2" bds springs, they're $100ish each. Then measure for shocks and go get some cheaper monroe's at the parts store. You shouldn't need any driveline changes, it'll ride better than stock, and your stock tires won't look too weird until you get some 31s or something on there.
i love my bds springs...they ride nice and are awesome on the trail with my 33" mickey thompsons...i do have a body lift with the springs...i like the low center of gravity!
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Thanks my '95 only has 85K miles on it so I plan to keep it for a long time. I'd rather put quality stuff on it from now on and concentrate on ride comfort since I wont be going off road.
Now you're thinking!!!! A 95 with only 85K is worth doing right.
The Old Man and BDS suspensions are probably the two best out there for ride quality. You'd be happy with either one.
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Hopefully youve been set straight by now. lol. But if you've invested 7000 in this jeep, would spending an extra 800 or so to improve ride and articulation just make more sense?

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