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Unread 09-12-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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Convert 3.5 rough country lift on 98 5.9 back to stock?

I have a friend who is selling his 98 5.9 Limited that I am interested in. He currently has a 3.5 rough country lift installed on it but it has vibration and alignment problems etc.. I was wondering how much work would be involved in putting it back to stock and how much money it might cost? What parts would I need to replace etc? Thanks!

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Unread 09-12-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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You would most likely spend as much making it back to stock as you would fixing the vibration problem. Do you want a stock jeep or lifted one?
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Unread 09-12-2013, 09:30 PM   #3
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I think I would like to get it back to stock because it would ride a lot better and I will mostly be using it on regular roads.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Lift done correctly will not ride any worse than stock. Fix the problems and enjoy the higher ride height

As far as getting it back to stock height, if it still has stock uppers/ lowers, or if it has adjustable LCAs and UCAs you're pretty much looking at swapping in stock coils, and doing a re-alignment. If it also has aftermarket front and/or rear trackbar(s), they may not be of correct length or cannot be adjusted short enough. Getting it back to stock really depends on what is already installed.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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It's easier than lifting it for sure. You will need a set of springs, shocks, control arms, and maybe stock sway bar endlinks if those are aftermarket. You are right about it riding better. It will be faster and easier on gas too with the smaller tires. You could get some really nice coils like OME 1" coils. They ride nice and firm. You should be able to get it all done in a day two at the most if you take your time. Half day if you have air tools.
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