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Old 09-14-2018, 12:13 PM
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1989 build maybe for big bro?

Hello,

My brother has an 89' stock red wrangler sitting in his driveway that he has been talking about throwing a 2" body lift on it and some bigger tires just to have some fun with his two girls (6,3). He would not off road, just a mall crawler to get some icecream. He's had a tough time as of late (family stuff) and I though it would be nice to give him a little present when he came back. Figuring on a few things. 2.5" body lift (new shocks) with some 31's on 15's (or 16's). New brakes all around (master, lines, caplbers, drum rebuild kits) as its been sitting and will have my nieces in it. Clutch, alternater. waterpump, thermostat. Want to get him on the road, but not have him nickle and dimed to enjoy it. Radiator, engine and overall drive train are good. etc... Am estiating about 1500 - 2000 MAX (not including the wheels). AM I CRAZY. Been looking at parts on RockAuto and will do most of the work myself (guilting his friends into helping). Should I just send them to Cancun for a week?

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My brother has an 89' stock red wrangler sitting in his driveway that he has been talking about throwing a 2" body lift on it and some bigger tires just to have some fun with his two girls (6,3). He would not off road, just a mall crawler to get some icecream. He's had a tough time as of late (family stuff) and I though it would be nice to give him a little present when he came back. Figuring on a few things. 2.5" body lift (new shocks) with some 31's on 15's (or 16's). New brakes all around (master, lines, caplbers, drum rebuild kits) as its been sitting and will have my nieces in it. Clutch, alternater. waterpump, thermostat. Want to get him on the road, but not have him nickle and dimed to enjoy it. Radiator, engine and overall drive train are good. etc... Am estiating about 1500 - 2000 MAX (not including the wheels). AM I CRAZY. Been looking at parts on RockAuto and will do most of the work myself (guilting his friends into helping). Should I just send them to Cancun for a week?
That is awesome.

I just put a 2.5 in lift on a 94 using an RE and new shackles. My parts where right at 1100. I did not do wheels ot tires yet. My12 year old and I did all the work in one weekend. But we also did tie rods, removed the track bars, and installed sway bar disconnects.

Two more skilled could do it in one long day. Maybe just "steal" the jeep and "find" it at the mall when you are done.

Good luck. You are an awesome brother...maybe we are related.



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Awesome gesture. Might suggest that since you're talking brake lines, throw on some extended ones (longer than stock) and the sway bar disconnect. Shouldn't be too much extra and might give him a little more option for when he get out'a the mall and into the sticks. And you know he will.
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A trip to cancun will last a week. A Revived YJ will last decades.

If you plan on doing all that, I would steer you away from the body lift. Get a decent 2.5" suspension lift that is going to replace and upgrade all of the worn out stuck stuff.

It is awesome what you are proposing to do for your brother. You should finish setting up your profile here. You might get some help from forum members if we know where you are at.
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Thanks....looking at the Rocky Ridge 2.5" lift. I see many guys run a suspension lift and body, assuming that's to use the OEM linkage and drive shaft. Is OMIX-ADA worth the price for a daily driver? Looking on RockAuto/Quad/Extreme and they are markedly more expensive.
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I don't know if Omix Ada makes lift springs. The ones I see here appear to be factory replacement springs.

https://www.quadratec.com/vehicle/19...sion/lift-kits

The Old Man Emu kit is probably the best one out there. Ride quality is supposed to be really good... for a Jeep. There is nothing wrong with the Skyjacker or Pro Comp though really.
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Actually, I might go here. I have heard good things about Zone as well. I once read that they use the same springs as OME.

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My mistake, not Rocky Ridge...Rough Country 2.5". They are both in the ball park so I would likely go with what everyone here would think is best. Seem to get better advice here than the stores/sites. Engine getting checked out this weekend, so I will know.

When I said Omix-ADA, I meant all of their parts. Their brake parts, and engine accessories (alternator, etc) seem to be across the board more expensive (daily driver section of rockauto)?
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The Omix-Ada is basically a slightly upgraded OEM replacement.

I went with Rubicon Express for my 2.5in lift. It has the same warranty as BDS. And I used RT Off Road greasable shackles. I ended up with a total of a 3" lift. I also replace the tie rod and drag link. Ill share my invoice with you if you PM me.

I got my parts form 4Wheel Parts. There is a local store, and they are super helpful plus they were having a no sales tax sale so I saved 8.5%
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4 wheel parts has a 48hr they pay the taxes sale right now

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I have a 2" body lift and in hindsight, I wish I had done a 1" body lift. For a daily driver or to go for ice cream in the evening, the 1" body lift should easily clear the fenders.
With 31X10.5X15 tires, the fronts'll rub the springs without 3 3/4" or 4" backspacing aftermarket wheels.

With the 2" BL, I had to extend the fuel filler lines, and trim the floor at the shifter opening so that I could shift into 4th and reverse. You may have to do those things anyhow, but it won't be as big an issue with a 1" kit.
You'll also have to lower the radiator mounts for either kit, but the hardware to do so should come with each kit.

If you mean a 2 1/2" spring lift, the Rough Country lift is the 'entry level' lift kit, but in your brothers case, it might be suitable. They sell a lot of them because of the affordable price point.

You're a good brother and uncle (for wanting to be sure that the Jeep has good brakes prior to your nieces riding in it).

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I would buy the Zone lift before I did the Rough Country based off of what I have read. I did have a Rough Country 3" lift on my Jeep a long time ago, and it was pretty rough riding. I understand that their springs have improved through the years, but have still heard better things about Zone.

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