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Unread 06-10-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Need help with lift setup

So Im trying to figure out what to do with my lift. On one hand I really would like to get the OME 1.5" lift kit because it comes with shocks and transfer case drop hardware. However, its $810. I pieced together a 2" setup with OME leafs, skyjacked coils, U-bolts, and brake lines for about $550. However, it wont come with shocks. Im looking for a 2.5" overall lift so if I go the route of the 1.5" OME I will be adding spacers and shackles if needed.

My questions are:
If I do 2.5" lift, the brake lines and possibly the TC drop but what else is potentially required? I dont need to adjust the pitman do I?
Is it recommended to get new control arms?
What would be the best route to do the lift? I understand shackles and spacers do exactly do great things for the ride and longevity of the suspension.

This is the first lift Im actually going to do myself and its so mild that its tough to find a kit or information that has everything I need. Thanks!

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Unread 06-11-2013, 12:10 AM   #2
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Brake lines will be fine at 2.5. Probably wont need a tc drop either. No need to do anything involving the pitman arm. Im a big advocate of getting an adjustable tracbar at any height over stock. At 2.5 keep the stock control arms. At 3+ is when you should get longer ones. Spacers have no negative effect on coil springs. Shackles wont hurt an aftermarket leaf pack. Id recommend shackle relocation brackets over shackles though. They will give you 1 inch of lift and greatly improve ride quality.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 12:57 AM   #3
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one of the vendors.. Rockridge4wd has 3"lift kits, springs, shocks and ubolts smidge over $500 zone offroad kit
i talked with derran.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f43/r...level-1369589/

thats the link...hopefully, or just go to the vendors section, bout half way down.
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Brake lines will be fine at 2.5. Probably wont need a tc drop either. No need to do anything involving the pitman arm. Im a big advocate of getting an adjustable tracbar at any height over stock. At 2.5 keep the stock control arms. At 3+ is when you should get longer ones. Spacers have no negative effect on coil springs. Shackles wont hurt an aftermarket leaf pack. Id recommend shackle relocation brackets over shackles though. They will give you 1 inch of lift and greatly improve ride quality.
Oh yes, thats what I originally planned on. You get so many things going through your head that you forget things youve had in mind all along

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one of the vendors.. Rockridge4wd has 3"lift kits, springs, shocks and ubolts smidge over $500 zone offroad kit
i talked with derran.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f43/r...level-1369589/

thats the link...hopefully, or just go to the vendors section, bout half way down.
I know a few people who have Zone kits and they dont like them. Im going to spend a little extra for good quality as I will probably be selling the XJ in a year to get a TJ/JK. The XJ isnt even for sale yet but Ive had offers for more than I bought it for. I want to have it have a factory upgraded appearance.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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Right now Im looking at doing the OME 1.5" kit with shackle relocation brackets. Looks like the best option for me.
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Sounds likea solid plan. Post a link to that kit. Im curious as to whats included in it. There are cheaper options but i think youll have the best ride quality with that setup.
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Shackle relo brackets are absolutely necessary if you want to change the length of XJ shackles. I have 3" lift springs on my XJ but they give me 4.5" of lift. I had 4.5" springs at one time and that gave 6" of lift. So unless you have heavy accessories like a winch you will likely get more lift than what is advertised for a set of parts.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 07:12 PM   #8
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Sounds likea solid plan. Post a link to that kit. Im curious as to whats included in it. There are cheaper options but i think youll have the best ride quality with that setup.
Here is the link:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/76090_80X_PG.htm

It's going to yield the best ride quality and the OME springs are the best out there.

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Shackle relo brackets are absolutely necessary if you want to change the length of XJ shackles. I have 3" lift springs on my XJ but they give me 4.5" of lift. I had 4.5" springs at one time and that gave 6" of lift. So unless you have heavy accessories like a winch you will likely get more lift than what is advertised for a set of parts.
I've talked to people who have the MD springs that sit about .5" higher than advertised. The relocation brackets yield 1"

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With relo brackets you get the option of playing with shackle lengths if you need to. You can make any reasonable length shackle work.
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Right, I was saying with the stock shackles it will add 1" from what I understand.
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