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Unread 03-19-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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Lift on a Stock Yj

OK, I am in a bind. I am 17 and new to the jeep world, I picked up a 4cyl 95' Yj in fairly good condition 100% stock. I know that because of the 4cyl I can't do much in the way of tires. But I do love the look and ride of a nice lift (say a 4 inch) I believe the stock wheels are 29's or so. Would a 4inch look and ride ok with 29's? or what size could I jump to without having to get work on the gearing? Thanks

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Unread 03-19-2014, 07:06 PM   #2
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I think 31 is maxing the tire size on that motor which is a 2.5-3" lift.

I ran 31.5 on my stock yj with only fender trimming and boomerang shackles for a year or two
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Unread 03-19-2014, 09:02 PM   #3
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I think 31 is maxing the tire size on that motor which is a 2.5-3" lift.

I ran 31.5 on my stock yj with only fender trimming and boomerang shackles for a year or two
Would a 4" work for this size of tire? I have my heart pretty much set on a 4" haha
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Unread 03-19-2014, 09:11 PM   #4
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I think 31 is maxing the tire size on that motor which is a 2.5-3" lift.

I ran 31.5 on my stock yj with only fender trimming and boomerang shackles for a year or two
Werid, my buddy has 36's on his 4 banger... still can make highway speeds...

4 Inch lift with 31's would look weird i think, 33's would be ideal in my opinion. But look in the picture request section i know that have a thread that's all lift and tire combos.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 09:54 PM   #5
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Werid, my buddy has 36's on his 4 banger... still can make highway speeds... 4 Inch lift with 31's would look weird i think, 33's would be ideal in my opinion. But look in the picture request section i know that have a thread that's all lift and tire combos.
i run hwy speeds all the time and I run 37s.......

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Unread 03-19-2014, 10:18 PM   #6
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i run hwy speeds all the time and I run 37s.......

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But have you had it Re-Geared?
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Unread 03-19-2014, 10:28 PM   #7
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But have you had it Re-Geared?
of course I have 4.88s, and have g2 44/60 on the way with 5.38s . My point was just because it's a 2.5 Doest mean you can't go big!

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Unread 03-19-2014, 10:34 PM   #8
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of course I have 4.88s, and have g2 44/60 on the way with 5.38s . My point was just because it's a 2.5 Doest mean you can't go big!

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now being stock (29) Would bumbing up to a 31 be very big at all in the way of having to re-gear or mpg?
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Unread 03-19-2014, 10:36 PM   #9
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now being stock (29) Would bumbing up to a 31 be very big at all in the way of having to re-gear or mpg?
you would be fine but 4 inch on 31s would look silly IMO, I wouldt run any smaller than 33s with that much lift!

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Unread 03-19-2014, 10:37 PM   #10
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you would be fine but 4 inch on 31s would look silly IMO, I wouldt run any smaller than 33s with that much lift!

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Yeah I would drop down to 3, what do you think the mpg would be effected?
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Unread 03-19-2014, 10:39 PM   #11
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As I said earlier, I am only 17, still in school. Not enough for an engine upgrade or anything, but I do have enough to fix it up enough for what I have
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If budget is an issue, start small. Trim your fenders and run 31's for a while. Learn how to drive first, for God's sakes! Then wheel, then wrench.
Going straight to a 4" lift and 33's will make life SUCK without gears, an SYE, a real rear axle, and so on and so on... I know a big lift and big tires sound awesome, but you gotta pay to play, and it sounds like (no offense intended, to be sure!) you're not independently wealthy, so start small. Starting out, follow the KISS rule (Google it), and take one step at a time- a flying leap at pimping out a rig that's older than you are often won't end well! Give it time, love, and respect- you'll be AMAZED at what even a stock four-cylinder YJ can do off-road- Mark W.
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Unread 03-20-2014, 12:00 AM   #13
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Put a 2.5" lift on 31" tires and enjoy. a 4" lift on 29" tires would not look good, and wouldn't be as safe as a stock jeep. Having a higher center of gravity can be a big problem. Your 2.5L engine came with 4.10 gears front and rear which should be plenty for 31's, and still be able to hit high way speeds. If you wanted a great mpg rig Im sorry my friend you have bought the wrong vehicle. With what I mentioned you might get 15 mpg city, anything more and it starts dropping quick.
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Unread 03-20-2014, 01:14 AM   #14
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As I said earlier, I am only 17, still in school. Not enough for an engine upgrade or anything, but I do have enough to fix it up enough for what I have
If you are dead set on a 4 inch lift, save up for a set of 33's. Anything smaller than that will look funny. I DD a 2.5L manual with 33's and as long as you are not driving up hill both ways it works fine. It will cruise at 70mph all day in 5th on flat ground, any hill will require a down shift to 4th but you can still hold speed. I pulled 45mph over a mountain pass, this is all with stock gearing. I get about 15mpg all city driving, it will go up to 16-17 on the freeway.

This is stock tires with a 4 inch lift, only lasted like that for a day. And then with the 33's
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Unread 03-20-2014, 07:29 AM   #15
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Alright so I will look at 31 with a 2.5-3" and in looking for a fuel efficient car just looking for something that isn't going to drop my mpg like crazy when I do it
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