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Unread 01-23-2005, 05:59 PM   #1
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lifting a YJ

I am a TJ guy and I know very little about lifting a YJ. However, a friend of mine drives a YJ and just picked up a brand new set of Rough Country 2" add-a-leafs for $25. Is this lift worth the time and effort? I have heard that they can cause problems like the springs breaking.

Anyone running these or similar?
Any tips to installation?
Like them or dont like them?

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Unread 01-23-2005, 06:08 PM   #2
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I do not have any experience with those but if you have the $$ why not go for a 2" suspension lift? BDS and RE both make great kits for the 2"-2.5" range. I have the 2" BDS and love it, plus its a life time warranty on broken parts.

Just my 2 cents. If money is a concern you will spend $500 ish for the 2" BDS so I don't know if thats the way you want to go.
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Unread 01-23-2005, 06:18 PM   #3
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I've done some add a leaves, not hard pb blaster the centering pin to keep from breaking. Only bad thing i've heard from them is ride rougher. Cheap lift go for it.
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Unread 01-23-2005, 06:59 PM   #4
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I do not have any experience with those but if you have the $$ why not go for a 2" suspension lift? BDS and RE both make great kits for the 2"-2.5" range. I have the 2" BDS and love it, plus its a life time warranty on broken parts.

Just my 2 cents. If money is a concern you will spend $500 ish for the 2" BDS so I don't know if thats the way you want to go.
Read the post again. He already has the leafs, he picked them up brand new for $25 and is wondering if he should put them on. If he decides not to, I am sure that he can sell them for what he has in them. I dont think he is prepared to spend $500 on a lift right now since an axle swap is his first priority.

I wish he had internet access of his own!
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Unread 01-23-2005, 07:13 PM   #5
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If you don't have the cash to do a lift kit, go with the add-a-leaves. It'll work OK, but I have to warn you; it'll ride like a rock.
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Unread 01-23-2005, 07:13 PM   #6
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Are these long leaf or short leaf? I put in Pro Comp long leaf AAL's and I like them. With DT3000 shocks, it's doesn't ride that rough at all. If you're not gonna beat the hell out of them on the rocks, I say "Go For It".
My friend had short leaf AAL's on his CJ and it rode like a tank.

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Unread 01-23-2005, 07:32 PM   #7
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Are these long leaf or short leaf? I put in Pro Comp long leaf AAL's and I like them. With DT3000 shocks, it's doesn't ride that rough at all. If you're not gonna beat the hell out of them on the rocks, I say "Go For It".
My friend had short leaf AAL's on his CJ and it rode like a tank.

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They are short leafs. His YJ already rides like a tank (but remember that I have a TJ). He is interested in getting a little extra lift on there until later this summer when he will begin building in earnest. He would also replace the shocks (his are factory and 130K old), so maybe he will not notice such a large difference in ride quality .
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Unread 01-24-2005, 02:12 AM   #8
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The shorter the leaf (generally) the higher the spring rate, so with the short leafs the ride will be much harder, with longer ones the spring rate is reduced and rides better (but remember your adding more spring rate to the existing springs, so its gonna ride harsher no matter what).

If he's just looking for a little bit of a lift, why not go with a 1 or 1 1/2 shackle lift? Cheap (was quoted under $100 for shackles and poly bushings from 4WParts earlier last week) and easy to do.
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A friend of mine drives a YJ and just picked up a brand new set of Rough Country 2" add-a-leafs for $25. Is this lift worth the time and effort?
I hate to see new peope start out doing things half ***. Get a real lift and do it right the first time.
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I hate to see new peope start out doing things half ***. Get a real lift and do it right the first time.


read his posts... this is just a temporary thing... the guy is gonna start building for real this summer
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Unread 01-24-2005, 08:48 AM   #11
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I wouldn't use them if he's only gonna do it right in a few months. Getting lift I assume he wants bigger tires, and then it's not worth the time, aggrivation, and expense if it is going to be redone.
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Unread 01-24-2005, 10:50 AM   #12
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I wouldn't use them if he's only gonna do it right in a few months. Getting lift I assume he wants bigger tires, and then it's not worth the time, aggrivation, and expense if it is going to be redone.
It may be late summer before he would swap to another, better lift. Like I said, his 1st priority is getting rid of his D35 or a Super 35 kit.. He is expecting that to cost him around 2K, and I dont know how much money he plans to spend total (I think around 4k). He is not building a competition rock crawler, just a weekend toy to play with so save your "I am the god of all YJ's because I have a big lift." attitide. I am just asking these questions on his behalf trying to gather as much info and opinions, because as I said before, I know very little about lifting a YJ (I am a TJ and truck guy).

Thanks for the comments, keep them coming.
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Unread 01-26-2005, 12:52 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=racinghoss]... so save your "I am the god of all YJ's because I have a big lift." attitide...QUOTE]


Do you think you will get any help spouting off like that? How old are you?
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Unread 01-26-2005, 01:03 PM   #14
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we are offering you help, but you dnot seem to like the comments, its his money and he spent so tell him just put them on, and be happy, why get new shocks when you will have to when he lifts it even more, and u can t combine add a leaf with lifted springs.
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Unread 01-26-2005, 03:07 PM   #15
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OK, no offense meant by the remark. It just gets old when people decide to answer the questions with remarks that are out of context. If he had the money and time (he is young and in the military and will be deployed all spring) to do a "real" lift, he would have already done it. However, he wants to get started and is considering using the cheap lift as a starting point. He has to do this in stages, not everyone has the money to go from stocker to monster in a weekend.

I will give more detail, maybe that will help. It sounds to me like his plan is to use these springs to allow for bigger tires (which gets the tire purchase out of the way), prolly only 31's, maybe 32's w/ a BL. I guess he will use these temporarily to run the larger tires while he gets his axle taken care of. After that I think he wants to run a BDS 3" lift. Therefore, he can buy shocks now that will work fine later with the BDS lift. (A set of shocks rated for 2-4" of lift, for example).

In the end, he has a sturdier axle, larger tires, and the BDS lift. At that point I am guessing that he can part with the AAL's and maybe even get back what he paid for them if he sells them. If he throws them away...he isnt out anything. Like I said, he is not building a competition buggy, just something to run some trails with and have some fun.

That better?
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