jhumphrey took the words right out of my mouth except for a couple more points. I've heard BDS makes a good product, but I don't think you can go wrong with an OME or Rubicon Express kit of similar height (you'll save some money in the process). That being said, unless you are getting the SYE so you can remove the driveshaft in the event of breakage and operate in FWD, I would save the money and apply it elsewhere, as a 2-2.5" lift won't require one.
That saves you enough money (approx. $800) that I would spend on a recovery bumper/tire carrier for the rear. That will give you recovery points on the rear of the jeep and take the stress of that largish spare off of the tailgate. I've had a 33" tire hanging from mine for a few years now and its starting cause some sheetmetal tearing, so this would be a good investment for the day to day longevity of the jeep as well as improving off-road performance.
3-4" LIFT , 30 spline front axles and front locker
x2 minus the 30 spline, the 27 spline d30 is a more then capable axle by itself. If your running the turdy-5 i would suggest doing an 8.8 swap. find a 8.8 with LSD and 4.10's, and if your d30 is not 4.10 just find a HPD30 out of a 2.5L and swap it in(finding a new axle assmebly with 4.10s is much cheaper than regearing the axle), throw a locker in the front and wabam you have yourself a VERY capable weekend wheeling vehicle.
its pointless to do an SYE if you are going to do a 2.5" lift, most 2.5 kits come with a t-case drop (you can go SYE if you dont wanna drop the t-case and lose some ground clearance, its just more money). 2.5 will allow you to run 32's no problem if you trim the fenders you will get decent flex room too
however if you have not already skidded it out and put some rocker guards on, i would suggest that be your first route
My main reason for wanting a sye is because I've had so many rear driveshaft issues and vibrations with the stock setup and I want to rid myself of it. The 8.8 with 4.10s and a d30 with 4.10s I think is where I'm gonna start
93 Sahara 4.0, ax15, BDS 2 inch springs, MORE greasable 5/8hd shackles, Ford 8.8 rear, AA sye, Quigley cv shaft, 32" wrangler mtr with Kevlar
4" RC lift - $450
used 33's off of craigslist - $400
4.88 gears - $400
front locker!!! - $300
maybe some bumpers with a winch - $???
i mean 3k is a lot of money i can strecth that into a whole other jeep ahaha i wheel and deal stuff on craigslist all day long.....its pretty much my primary job.
My first jeep - 1992 YJ, 2.5, 5 spd, Rough Country 4.5" suspension lift, Brush Bar, 33x12.50 Dakota ATs, Uniden 510 cb
My mom, and brother have really helped me a lot with this project, if it wasnt for them my jeep would be in peices!
Okay i have a 1993 sahara, no lift with 31's. not sure how soon but i may be getting 3k to invest into my jeep to make it more "up to date".. just looking for ideas as to what to do?? the suspension has been narrowed down to two options either old man emu 2.5 or bds 2in. i just wanna fit 32's. also figured on a slip yoke eliminater and a cv shaft. just looking for other things that would make if more comfortable to take on longer trips and not have to worry if some 18 year old part is gonna break on me. maybe some ideas to upgrade steering parts or bushings, axles, any idea is welcome.. thanks guys
Personally I'd be leaning towards a 3.5 inch lift if you are going with an sye
Originally Posted by CSquare93
Definitely go higher if you want to get the full benefit from the SYE and CV driveshaft.
Originally Posted by LaughingStock
That being said, unless you are getting the SYE so you can remove the driveshaft in the event of breakage and operate in FWD, I would save the money and apply it elsewhere, as a 2-2.5" lift won't require one.
Originally Posted by tankinyj
its pointless to do an SYE if you are going to do a 2.5" lift,
what you all are not understanding is that an sye and its benefits are independent of lift height. getting the "full benefit" has nothing to do with how arched your springs are. the benefits of an sye are still present whether you are 8" higher or driving a lowrider. i personally wont wheel a jeep without one regardless of how the suspension is set-up. an sye is a mandatory.
Originally Posted by 1993sahara
...looking for other things that would make it more comfortable to take on longer trips ...
cant say enough about good seats. go out and find a really good set of seats.
ive built exactly what you are considering. with this jeep (not mine) i went with 32" bfgs and used 3.5" BDS springs. after doing so i wish i had gone with the 2/2.5" versions. i broke my "no spring arched over 2.5" rule. it sits needlessly too high and rides like the suspension is welded to the frame. most of this i can fix as it has little to do with the springs themselves. im certain they are a fine product. but the springs dont need to be arched that high and in the end ride quality will suffer. the sye as stated earlier was mandatory, and the jeep is seeing the full benefit of having it. you dont really need to buy your suspension in kit form. i never do. most of the time the kit contains things you dont need like bumpstops and trackbar relocators, and doesnt contain the things you do need, such as extended lines, shocks (worthwhile ones), and shock mounts that actually work.
greaseable bushings are nice but if you dont torque the hardware to factory specs they will be useless as the sleeve will rotate on the bolt and misalign the holes that feed the grease.
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