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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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lift options

OK so i am looking at getting a lift for my yj. right now all it has is a 1 inch shackle lift. I have been looking at the rustys 4 inch lift but i have been also looking into going to spring over. I have about 800-1000 to spend. so i was thinking about going with the rustys and getting a winch or just going spring over. I also would have to keep the 30inch tires on it for awhile so i can save. my friend with a soa yj said to go 2.5inch lift, 31 inch tires, and a winch. i would use it to do some moderate wheeling.

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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:07 PM   #2
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i agree with your friend. have the soa with 30's on it is going to look retarded man. then 2.5' will give it a clean look and plenty of articulation room. i have 30's on 2.5' right now and am going to go to 31's.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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Running 31s on a a 2.5" OME lift with .75" lift boomerangs and it looks clean and works well. Probably going to end up going with 33s and flatfenders so I don't have to raise it anymore.

Put mine together for about $600
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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:13 PM   #4
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Running 31s on a a 2.5" OME lift with .75" lift boomerangs and it looks clean and works well. Probably going to end up going with 33s and flatfenders so I don't have to raise it anymore.

Put mine together for about $600
i agree. its a good setup. youll like it.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:16 PM   #5
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30's no lift


30's with 2.5 lift
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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:17 PM   #6
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DO NOT GO WITH A RUSTYS LIFT !

I had a rustys lift on my YJ for 2 years, You springs will sag to 2" after a year or so, I had a few leafs crack in half on mine on the first wheeling trip . I contaced rustys and sent them the pictures and my springs. It took over 4 months to get my replacement springs even after hounding them once a week and at PA Jeep Show in York PA (one month after the springs broke ) when he was there at the Jeep show I had showed him the pics and asked him when I will get my springs its been over a month. I still didn't get springs until 3 months later. It's a good thing my Jeep wasn't a DD. By time I had my replacement springs I was running RE XD 4.5" springs. and threw the rustys springs in the scrap pile. On my next, YJ i will be getting in a few months I am going with OME 36R springs, 5/8 Boomerang shackles front and rear, and a 1" bl with Tube fenders and 35's
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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:21 PM   #7
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Here are some pics.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:42 PM   #8
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im not going to be doning anything serious so the 2.5 is probaly the way to go and it does look good. any advice on lift brands and winches. the only reason i was thinking rustys is because my other friend has one on his jeep and he told me about them
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Unread 08-11-2011, 03:01 PM   #9
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Old Man Emu if you want 2.5". Check out www.hotjeepparts.com and look up the front springs for $67 and rears are like $90 each. You can purchase a kit but piecing it out can save you about $300. Shocks that I have installed are Skyjacker Hydro7000 that I purchased directly from their website listed under "Scratch and Dent Shocks" and were $25 each.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 04:04 PM   #10
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Also...check out www.promarkoffroad.com for a winch. I have what is now the Silverback series 8k winch. It is similar to a Warn but you purchase it for $389 new from them. I have used it a couple of times and it works great.
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Old Man Emu if you want 2.5". Check out www.hotjeepparts.com and look up the front springs for $67 and rears are like $90 each. You can purchase a kit but piecing it out can save you about $300. Shocks that I have installed are Skyjacker Hydro7000 that I purchased directly from their website listed under "Scratch and Dent Shocks" and were $25 each.
DRN8TR hit the nail right on the head, Piecing together a lift is a better than buying the kit since it is more wallet friendly, and you can fine tune the items you get.


Op as for winches there are a few Good winches out there for under $500 that are great winches for the price. Ive had a Warn M8000 a few years back it was a great winch I wish I would have kept it when I sold my TJ . I worked at 4wheel parts for a few years and delt with winches every day.

The Smittybilt XRC8 (8000lb) is a ok winch for $300 we never had any issues with them. they are a chinese milemarker clone

Milemarker SEC8 (8000lb) Good winch its slow but reliable The XRC8 is a clone of this. this typically runs around $300

Warn VR8000 ($400 after rebate) I have no experience with this winch but the specs are almost identical to the old M8000 I had . With Warns Reputation and me being a fan of Warn winches this will be the winch I choose for my next build
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Unread 08-11-2011, 07:02 PM   #12
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what do u guys think of this lift http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_yj_4.html . i know they have had some problems in the past with their springs sagging but i have read they have switched to a new spring company and have been getting some decent reviews. i looked around trying to piece together a lift but this is cheaper. i do like the promark 8000 lb winch because it has a series motor which is supposedly to last longer and is relatively cheap
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Unread 08-11-2011, 07:07 PM   #13
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Alot of people have complained about the rough country lift, but I don't know how good their new stuff is. I did put on their 2.5' lift and like it. Are you still stuck on doing the 4' lift?
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Unread 08-11-2011, 07:24 PM   #14
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no not really but there the same price on the website. are there advantage of the 2.5 over the 4? the 4 inch comes with there new shocks too. im assuming the rides gonna be harsher on the four but my jeep already rides rough.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 07:28 PM   #15
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I have the RC 2.5' lift and got it off quadratec with shocks and the steering damper also. If you get the 4 inch lift, you also start to get into have to drop/ raise things like the transfer case and extended brake lines and a longer drive shaft. Sometimes u can get away with not doing it, but I wouldnt try. The 2.5' is a better deal for what your looking to do. ESP for the tire size u have. Plus with the 2.5' u can add a 1' bl later on and then if u can afford bigger tires, then u can get them.
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