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post #1 of 30 Old 03-20-2013, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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98 ZJ - need to know everything about a 3.5 inch lift!

Rough Country Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee 3.5" Suspension Lift Kit 1993-1998

Kit Contains:
Front: Lifted coil springs, lower control arms, sway bar links, and crossmember spacers.
Rear: Lower control arms and track bar bracket (factory front coils are used to lift the rear).
Shocks: (4) Premium N2.0 series nitro shocks

100% bolt-on installation
Features application valved N2.0 series shocks which offer the best in balanced performance for on and off-road use.
Note:
Does NOT fit models equipped with CV style shaft on the front differential.
V-8 models includes front 0.75" coil spacers.
Stock front coil springs are moved to lift the rear.

Estimated Install Time: 2-3 hours
Max Tire Size: 31 x 10.50
Wheel Backspacing: stock

-------- that's all from fatbobs garage.

Okay, so all I hear is you need a TC drop, SYE, track bar brackets are ****. Well I need to know EVERYTHING I'm gonna need for this lift. One, I KNOW I need a u-joint conversion.(links please,prices.) would you please help me figure all of this out. I have a mechanic on hold to put on that lift for 200 bucks + the parts. Need a total price for it all. Thanks!

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post #2 of 30 Old 03-20-2013, 10:38 AM
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That lift rides just like it's name, rough. Is recommend something differen

2wd zj...
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post #3 of 30 Old 03-20-2013, 10:45 AM
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Also check out the IRO 3.5" lift. That one comes with a front adj. track bar and the bracket just no control arms. I've been looking at both of them and I'm still deciding which one would be better.
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post #4 of 30 Old 03-20-2013, 10:54 AM
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Huge X2 on the IRO lift. I ran it on my 94 and it was absolutely fantastic. If you upgrade to 4 new coils (instead of the f->r swap) its about $100 more but definitely worth it, especially if your springs are sagging at all. I also upgraded to the Nitro shocks (from Rough Country), also VERY worth it. Good on and off-road manners. The kit is very comprehensive, and as a first kit, it was a fairly easy installation, even with how I rednecked it

Definitely a huge fan of IRO, and with all the upgrades I sprang for (4x new coils, nitro shocks, shock boots), the kit came out to around $600-650 with shipping and handling included in the price. 110% worth it, IMO.

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Sir,

do yourself a favor, delete Fat Bob's garage from any history file you may have and you'll be much happier.

IRO, KOR, RE will be much better for you.

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Thanks for the help guys. But is a tc drop it SYE necessary even for a 3 inch spring lift?
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post #7 of 30 Old 03-20-2013, 11:13 AM
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Don't mind them man the rough country lift is a great lift I've ran them in three dif jeep a xj wj and a zj they ride fine a lot of people hate on them because of the bushings in the arms but they can be replaced with other brands.

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Sir,

no SYE kit is needed even at 6.5 of lift. Feel free to buy what you want but, if you have to buy it and then change the bushings and then Christmas is on the 26th vice 25th and they make you change your birthday to have the kit work, it may not be worth it. Check IRO, KOR, Kolak (from my sig) or Rubicon Express. That's 30 years of 4x4 driving trying to help you.

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If run for a long time, Rough Country springs start to sag if run for a long time. I've heard some bad things about RE too but I've never actually run into anyone who has run that kit, so I really don't know. Fill in the blanks on the bad side of both if you would, Hunter

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If run for a long time, Rough Country springs start to sag if run for a long time. I've heard some bad things about RE too but I've never actually run into anyone who has run that kit, so I really don't know. Fill in the blanks on the bad side of both if you would, Hunter
Only the add a leaf kit sag the full leaf will hold up

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Only the add a leaf kit sag the full leaf will hold up

Sent from my jeep while driving trying not to wreck reading these stupid Questions you ask
There are no leafs on a ZJ. OP, do yourself a favor and take our advice. Go with the IRO not the RC.
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There are no leafs on a ZJ. OP, do yourself a favor and take our advice. Go with the IRO not the RC.
Yea I know I said that wrong I've spent all day replacing leaf bushings. What's your real problem with rc it's cheap and will last him for a couple years before he gets any sag by then he can upgrade to something else

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I run the IRO 3.5 lift with their Double Sheer Front Adj Trackbar, Rear Adj Trackbar and new rear coils. Their parts are pure beef! I went cheap and did the Rough Country Hydros. Like everyone says... ran like a dump truck on road but nice control offroad (less body sway). Since I am on road 95% the time, I changed to Bilsteins 5100 I ordered from Kolak. Rides a world of difference on road and still okay offroad. So decide if you are building a daily driver or trail rig and go from there as far as shocks.

Note: No TC drop needed. I had a CV joint front Drive shaft and did fine for moderate offroad. Went ahead and changed it when I did my NP242 TC swap. Just had to get a DS shop to shorten it a bit. The rear DS doner was fine for my lift. I am going to do all full adj IRO short arms in the spring...
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post #14 of 30 Old 03-21-2013, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Appreciate it fellas!
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IRO cant beat their customer service

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