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Unread 08-23-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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I've read through some of the faqs but didnt get exactly what I was looking for. I have a 92 or 93 wrangler 4cyl and I am looking for a lift kit. I would prefer to buy it as an entire package. can anyone tell what to companies to stay away from and what to look for in a kit? also eventually I am going to swap the 4 for a 6 cylinder. I am looking for a 4.5 lift not really looking to go any higher unless you guys think it would be wise to do so. I plan on taking it to some local trails and thats pretty much it. it is not a daily although I have been driving it everyday for the past week. oh and the front and rear diffs are coming out as well going to go with a dana 44 or ford 8.8. which vehicles can these be pulled from?

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Unread 08-23-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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I think BDS makes the best suspension for the price.. and I 'd stay away from rough country- they seem pretty hit or miss- even though the warranty is very good.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 04:23 PM   #3
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I think BDS makes the best suspension for the price.. and I 'd stay away from rough country- they seem pretty hit or miss- even though the warranty is very good.
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good thing I asked before I bought because I was looking at rough country
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Unread 08-23-2012, 04:32 PM   #4
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Go with a 5" BDS lift! If possible you should piece the lift together.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 05:14 PM   #5
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go to the start page, down at the bottom is the review section, tons of info on lifts.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 07:40 PM   #6
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You need to take a breath and start over.

What size tires are you going to run?
What kind of wheeling do you do?
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Unread 08-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #7
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Go with a 5" BDS lift! If possible you should piece the lift together.
I was wanting a 4.5 but the 5" lift is cheaper for some reason. so I am going with that one

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go to the start page, down at the bottom is the review section, tons of info on lifts.
going to check it out now
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You need to take a breath and start over.

What size tires are you going to run?
What kind of wheeling do you do?
I plan on 33's due to the fact that is what will fit with the lift height. dont know what kind of wheeling I'm going to do honestly. I just want to get into some mud and see what happens. I dont plan on driving the jeep around town its just a toy. I am new to this kind of thing. I came from front wheel drive turbo cars and that got boring so I am looking to get into some other expensive hobby.
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Unread 08-24-2012, 01:42 PM   #8
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You will need new Boomerang shackles to go along with the BDS 5" lift to clear the military wraps
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Unread 08-24-2012, 01:58 PM   #9
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Choose tires first then the lift height. Not the other way around
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Unread 08-24-2012, 02:48 PM   #10
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sounds like you'd be better off selling the YJ and buying one with a 6cyl in it already, as you're looking at a lot of work there and money also if you don't weld. Besides choosing tire size and then lift you will need to look at axles also. You can get 33"s without going for 4.5-5" of lift. It's called LCOG (Low Center Of Gravity). 3"s of suspension lift with 5/8 boomerangs and a 1" BL will pretty much get you there. Then you can also do things like Anticanman and get those spendy MetalCloaks that will give you extra room for travel without going higher.
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Unread 08-24-2012, 04:10 PM   #11
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You will need new Boomerang shackles to go along with the BDS 5" lift to clear the military wraps
I will have to look into these boomerang shackles you speak of. I have not heard of these before. figured whatever would be needed in a lift kit would be supplied

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Choose tires first then the lift height. Not the other way around
I was set on 4.5 lift but bds 5" lift was cheaper. I saw somewhere that 33's would fit from like 1.5-5" lift. I could be wrong on that as I am taking in alot of info on this

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sounds like you'd be better off selling the YJ and buying one with a 6cyl in it already, as you're looking at a lot of work there and money also if you don't weld. Besides choosing tire size and then lift you will need to look at axles also. You can get 33"s without going for 4.5-5" of lift. It's called LCOG (Low Center Of Gravity). 3"s of suspension lift with 5/8 boomerangs and a 1" BL will pretty much get you there. Then you can also do things like Anticanman and get those spendy MetalCloaks that will give you extra room for travel without going higher.
if i am unhappy with the 4cyl I will swap something else in there. not a big deal small block chevys are a dime a dozen. I can also weld I am a pipefitter by trade and my friend has a welder plus he does some pretty good fab work. he actually knows more about trucks and such than I do he has just been busy working lately. I am pretty car saavy just dont know much about jeeps at all. its usually lowering not lifting. from what I have read so far a 4cyl will be ok for the most part just cant bigger than the ford 8.8 and 33's. not sure about driveshafts though. mine does have a bit of play so that will need some attention soon. any suggestions?
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Unread 08-24-2012, 04:28 PM   #12
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So you're set on 33's then? 5" is way too much lift for that size tire especially since you don't know how much articulation you require.
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Unread 08-24-2012, 05:45 PM   #13
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So you're set on 33's then? 5" is way too much lift for that size tire especially since you don't know how much articulation you require.
not dead set on 33's. I was dead set on a 4.5 lift and 33's were the suggested tire size for the lift. I am guessing that the tire size could be bigger if I cut the fenders which is what I think you are suggesting. I am completely open to suggestions from you guys. how would I know how much articulation I need? I have never been wheelin before so I am just guessing right now.
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Unread 08-24-2012, 05:52 PM   #14
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My suggestion to save a lot of headaches is to pick a tire size and build the jeep around that. It all revolves around tires. Do you have a sawzall? Do you have any aversion to using it on your jeep to make your tires fit? Let's just say 33" tires are what you're shooting for so you'll need maybe 2.5" of spring lift and either a body lift or that pesky sawzall to make some tj flares worthwhile. Here's a link to consider for clearance up front.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/h...enders-1087408

Just remember that a little cutting can go a long way. My tires in this pic are 36's and I would have to say that my jeep doesn't look like a hack job. Not the cleanest in the world but not the worst I've seen.

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Unread 08-24-2012, 06:01 PM   #15
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So you're set on 33's then? 5" is way too much lift for that size tire especially since you don't know how much articulation you require.
exactly. You also need to consider regearing for the HUGE power loss you will notice going to 33's. Also consider the weaker rear axle. big lift means new brake lines, SYE, drive shaft, shims.

Depending how much money you want to spend and how much work you can do, it might be a better bet to get a ford 8.8 and just go spring over axle for your lift.

Seriously take a breather and check some stuff out, nothing sucks more than having to spend money twice or working yourself into a corner.

I run a 2.5" rough country lift, no issues, is it as nice as a BDS lift? No idea, never had one. is it better than my stock spings, sure is. I run 31's and have plenty of room for 33's, even 35's (also have 1" shackle and 1" body).
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