I wont be doing any hard core off-roading for a while with this jeep I'm going to purchase. I'm looking at either BDS or rough country. I gather BDS' warranty is better, but for 300 dollars difference, is it worth it if I'm going to go larger eventually when I'm ready to pound the trails?
I have a 4 in rough country lift on mine and love it. I upgraded the shocks,the steering stabilizer, the break lines and got boomerange shackles all from rc. Mine works great. Get air tools if you can and torch if you can. The only thing I would suggest prior to installation is to put several coats of paint on the leaf springs to help prevent them from rusting. You may want to also look into getting a new rear drive shaft and slip yoke eliminator as well. I run 33's on mine with no issues. Rought Country is not a bad lift, it works good.
95 YJ, 4" RC lift, 33x12.50x15 Durtrac
I have heard that BDS is a great lift, one of the best in fact. Rough country had a bad rep in the past but have heard they have gotten better. Still, the BDS will ride better and take bumps better. I used to be the guy that went with the cheap lift, but now I realize spending a few extra hundred dollars is well worth it.
1992 Red YJ 4.0 with 5 on the floor and 33's
I always suggest buying the best parts you can afford.
2 door loveThe U.S. Army vaguely envisioned something bigger than a motorcycle, smaller than a truck, and undaunted by the most difficult terrain.
Figure out where you want to be in the end. Probably a good idea to figure out what you eventually want to do with it and then what size tires you will need. After that work backwards. If your gonna run some 33s and do some moderate wheeling I'd say get the 3.5" lift and then tires. Keep in mind larger tires require deeper gears. So if you have a 2.5L you may want to think about going to some 4.88 gears for the front and rear. You can also aquire parts and do several upgrades at one time.
My Build Up
95 YJ, D30/8.8 w/ 4.88s, SOA, 35x14.50x16.5 Pit Bull Mud Dawgs, 101" Wheelbase, Custom Front Bumper, Winch, Custom Rear Tow Points, Traction Bar, Aussie Locker in front, 20 Gal. Gas Tank modification, Hurculiner Tub, Custom Rear Bumper, SYE and CV shaft, BTF Cross-over Steering, RCI 2191 fuel cell, BTF Rockers, RE 1.5" SOA springs up front and XJ springs in the rear
Down the line a bit...engine swap, the list goes on.
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