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Unread 09-08-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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2.5-3" lift help

ok so im new to jeeps, done some research mostly on this forum. I just got 31s on my 94 yj and I want to lift it 2.5-3 inches but heres the catch. I need it to be some what comfortable ride, don't care that much but some comfort would be nice because it's my daily driver. and one more thing, I am 19 and don't have that much cash haha so help please! cheap, look good, and still functional on trails! thanks!

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Unread 09-08-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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http://zoneoffroad.com/zone-offroad-...p-wrangler/j27

That will do ya.

REMOVE YOUR TRACK BARS FRONT AND REAR AND DISCONNECT YOUR SWAY BAR LINKS.
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Unread 09-08-2014, 10:37 AM   #3
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Also check your shackle bushings. Pull them apart and make sure they aren't seized up. Grease them well and reinstall. When my shackles bind up my ride suffers. Best thing about this is if your bushings are good, its free.

Also good shocks contribute to a decent ride. I say decent because its a Jeep, not a Caddy.
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Unread 09-08-2014, 11:05 AM   #4
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I would go with the 1" poly body lift which will give you new body mounts too. That alone will be enough for 31's or you could add a 1/2" to 5/8" boomerang shackle lift to get close to 2".
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Unread 09-08-2014, 11:15 AM   #5
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Good suspension parts ain't cheap. If you want a good ride you need good springs and shocks.

So, buy cheap crap now (and buy a kidney belt)
Or save up the money for quality parts and buy them once.
If you already searched the forum, you know what you need.
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Unread 09-08-2014, 01:32 PM   #6
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I would go with the 1" poly body lift which will give you new body mounts too. That alone will be enough for 31's or you could add a 1/2" to 5/8" boomerang shackle lift to get close to 2".
That would be the cheapest....
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Unread 09-08-2014, 03:44 PM   #7
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What's your budget exactly?

I can recommend Rubicon Express with Bilstein Shocks, but that's about $900-1000.

OME is commonly recommended for having a great ride. Also close to $900-1000.

I also had a Zone 2" lift, and it is a great value. About $500-$550.

Also, make sure your tire pressure is appropriate - I run 26 psi in mine. And check your shackle bolt tightness, as mentioned above.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of shackle lifts. I would only use them to level out a Jeep, and only if necessary. I have 1/2" lift shackles - just on my rear springs.
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Unread 09-08-2014, 03:51 PM   #8
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19, on a budget, daily driver, soft ride, 2.5" lift.....

Either save up an extra $110.00 a month, for the next 10 months, or earn an extra $110.00 per month and order the following pieces one at a time.

4 each Old Man Emu 2.5" Lift Springs - get all 4 of the 36R Medium duty rear springs for all 4 corners ($ 103.00 each)
4 each Bilstein shocks for 3"-4" YJ lift ($ 90.00 each)
1 Full Set of Shackle Bushings (shackle and frame side) ($50.00)
New Front and Rear U-Blots with nuts ($45.00)

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Unread 09-08-2014, 04:02 PM   #9
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Unread 09-08-2014, 04:08 PM   #10
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OME All the way. We put a 2.5 lift one and I am glad I listened to a lot of people on here for advice! Installed $1300.00 out the door, lift cost around $900 to $1000 if i bought it, after looking around going cheaper for the kit alone will only save you around $200 ! You get what you pay for , save the money and do it right the first time! We run 31 also.
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Unread 09-08-2014, 07:16 PM   #11
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"Cheap" and "looks good" doesn't necessarily translate into comfortable ride. OME is a great ride, but not what I would call budget friendly. A budget friendly lift would be the body lift + shackle lift mentioned above. It'll also leave room for growth (bigger tires) should you put on lift springs later.

While you are saving up money, remove the rear track bar at minimum, front track bar is optional depending on the condition of your steering components. That alone will allow the stock springs to actually bend and flex and improve the ride. It wont turn your Jeep into a Cadillac, but the improvement is pleasant enough. Ride on that while you save up for a lift you WANT, don't compromise on a lift of lower quality just to get something sooner. You'll be glad you waited and saved up the money.

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Unread 09-09-2014, 08:50 AM   #12
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thanks guys!

yeah I know its pretty much impossible to do this cheap. just trying to get different ideas going! really helped a lot!
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Unread 09-09-2014, 08:56 AM   #13
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Just order the Zone Offroad kit, plus a set of their frame bushings. Install it yourself using their excellent instructions. You'll be quite happy with the results.
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