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post #1 of 9 Old 07-28-2013, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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my YJ's first lift

All 4 of my shock absorbers are worn and have some rust, so I'm going to replace them. Since I'm replacing the shocks anyway, I figured it would be a good excuse to lift the Jeep a little (as of now everything is stock). I was thinking of doing a 2 inch suspension lift - I don't do much off-roading so I don't need anything bigger. I've been reading that lifting your Jeep makes for a rougher ride. What I was wondering was how much rougher would the ride be after the lift than it is now? The shocks on there now are pretty worn, so going over bumps is rough already. Would a 2 inch lift with new shocks give that much more of a bumpy ride on the road than a stock suspension with old, worn shocks?

Also, I just got new tires not too long ago and can't afford to buy new (bigger) ones yet, but I figured since I'm only doing a 2 inch lift it won't look too goofy with smaller tires? The tires are 235/75/15 so slightly larger than stock - I could n't find any pics of this specific tire size/lift combo to compare against

I'm still new to the world of Jeeps and have a lot to learn, so any help or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-28-2013, 10:58 PM
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I'm not usually much for suggesting a boxed lift but for something better than stock without any offroading, try this one.

http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=456&gr=-1

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thanks, I'll look into that
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My advice is buy a quality lift. BDS, Old Man Emu are the top two Imo. They will cost you a little more. But will last longer preform better, and not disappoint. Now if you plan to ditch it in a couple years and go bigger than get a lower end lift.... Word of advice you WILL want to go bigger. Been there done that. Lol

As canman said Zone. They supposedly makes a good budget lift.

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Zone offroad is a sister company to BDS and the springs are made in the same place by the same people to the same tolerances. If you need a better warranty then get the BDS. Zone should be a good all around lift for a daily driving Yj. Your chiropractor will not get the chance to thank you.

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Riding more rough with a lift depends very much on which lift you go with. Our first YJ had a Rancho 2.5" lift on it. Rode like a constipated donkey. The current YJ is sporting OME's 2.5" lift. Rides better than my wife's Durango or my son's Grand Cherokee. I hesitate to say it rides better than my sister's '09 JKU, but it's pretty dang close!

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Zone offroad is a sister company to BDS and the springs are made in the same place by the same people to the same tolerances. If you need a better warranty then get the BDS. Zone should be a good all around lift for a daily driving Yj. Your chiropractor will not get the chance to thank you.
I've heard this before. My buddy used to say it. Is it in fact true? Or is Zone just like a factory second BDS? He had the Zone kit on his JK. But most people told him it was a crap product. It seemed just fine to he and I.

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They're not factory seconds but ther was something about the engineering of the springs to exclude some of the mil wrap and go with standard eyes. I called BDS and asked them about it and was told that th quality of the spring is exactly the same as their main line but the warranty is of course not as extensive. I'm sure there are a few more subtle differences among kits for the leaf spring crowd but I've forgotten them by now. I don't know what the difference for the coil springs happens to be nor do I know if the ride quality for coils equates to the leaves we run.

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I've been looking at the zone lift, seems good for what I'm looking for at this point. Right now the Jeep is my daily driver but once I can save up a little more for a new dd I'll be able to play around with the Jeep and take her offroad more - and yes Rambo I already can't wait to go bigger
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