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Unread 03-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
jeepygurrl
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Lift kit choices

My fiance says get the 2.5" Rancho lift kit with shocks. I'm not convinced this is the best choice for my jeep cherokee sport 2000. I am interested in the Rough Country or Skyjacker 3.5 kits. I am thinking about doing some off-roading a couple of times in the year, but mainly use my jeep for city driving, which puts a lot of wear and tear on the suspension. I live in New York City.

Would appreciate any and all advice on choosing a lift kit.

Thanks!

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Unread 03-16-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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Why do you want to lift your Jeep?
Are you planning on buying tires that won't fit w/o a lift?
What type of off roading do you plan to do?
Lifting a vehicle changes its personality, sometimes drastically.

That being said:
The Rancho 2.5" kit looks to be the best choice in that lift range (has actual coils vs spacers) http://www.jeep4x4center.com/rancho-...s-66000-k.html
But the Rancho 3" kit (coils and add-a-leafs like the 2.5" kit) is LESS money http://www.jeep4x4center.com/rancho-...j84943kls.html
In that same price range you could get the RC 3" kit (with FULL rear springs), but it lacks the control arms the Rancho kits have http://www.jeep4x4center.com/rough-c...s-rc-630p.html
Anything higher (or better) jumps up to the $800+ range.
And if your rear springs are original (sagging?) you'll want full leaf springs because adding a leaf to saggy springs is just going to strain the new leaf and wear it out quicker...
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Unread 03-18-2013, 08:44 AM   #3
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sAe23, thank you for your very helpful advice. I'm sure my fiance well say, "I told you so..." Here are a few answers to your questions:

Vanity. I like the look of a lift and from what I've seen on builds from others, it looks pretty darn good. I've also got short person syndrome.

I plan to buy tires that will fit the lift. Right now I have tires with about 85% tread in them but I will eventually want to get better tires. Any suggestions for all season?

I don't want to crawl over rocks but I do want to go through some trails, brooks.. beaches. I've just started doing some research into this and I would prefer to properly equip the car before I start on something and possibly break an axle. There are no available trails in NYC so I'm investigating NJ. If anyone knows of any that would be very helpful! From most of what I've read - good tires and a lift seems to be a start if you are interested in such play.
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Unread 03-18-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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JP Magazine had a good article last year: http://www.jpmagazine.com/techarticl...d/viewall.html
You can get a good idea of what tire to go with from their ratings.

My only experience is with the Goodyear Wrangler All Terrains that were on the Jeep when I bought it.
Over all I'd rate their performance as ...Meh...
Not great at anything. Very skiddish on wet roads when making turns, and only OK off-road when aired down to 12psi or so...
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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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Thank you, thank you! We were just talking about how great it would be to find a good site to compare tires. This is full of great info, including how loud the tires may be on the road, which I had no idea!

I think we have decided to go with the 2.5 lift and we will need new rims on new 31" tires. Anything beyond that and I'm doing way more than I plan to do for off-roading.

If I continue to talk tires I'll have to start another thread! So thank you and thanks for sharing good info.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 02:17 PM   #6
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Old Man Emu would be by far the best, IMO. I suggest lightest spring choices that fit your load requirements. Also softest shock choices that fit your load requirements.

This is enough lift for 30x9.5R15 with no other mods, or 31x10.5R15 with aftermarket higher clearance fender flares.

If you lift more, or get larger tires than ^ that, it will not be good on road.

I'm on my 3rd Jeep. My first Jeep was stock, or near stock. My second Jeep heavily modified. My third Jeep is going to to be kept close to stock.

Also, Ranch spring rates are very stiff. It would ride very rough. Rancho would be your worst possible choice, IMO. Rancho makes some great Wrangler springs, but not XJ springs. IMO

Old Man Emu is best performer. It has 1.5" lift front, 1.75" lift rear, and a great ride and handling (for a lift, but stock ride is best).

If you must lift higher, Rusty's 3" springs are softest riding available at that height (according to spring rate specs). But I don't know about their quality. So can't comment on quality.

I am keeping my 3rd Jeep stock to have softest ride, best handling, best gas mileage, and no mechanical hassles. But if I were to lift, OME is the only lift I'd consider because it has almost as soft ride as stock, as good handling, almost as good gas mileage, and no mechanical hassles. OME is the only lift that won't cause mechanical hassles and grief, IMO.
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