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Unread 04-14-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Jeep zj lift

I have a 96 4.0 zj and I wanted to put a 4-5" lift on it, what's the best but cheapest way to do so? Also I wanted to keep my stock rims so what is the biggest tire I can use with that size lift and on stock rim?

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Unread 04-14-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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Cheapest for a good, correct 4"-5" lift is going to be around $1000.

On a stock 7" wide rim I'd go up to an 11.5" wide tire
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Unread 04-14-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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I found an Old Man Emu lift kit on their website for around $560, would that not be a good investment if it's only that much money? 11.5" wide, so how tall could I get it? 33s?
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Unread 04-14-2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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the thing about lift kits... you may see these small prices on the kit that are well below what people here tend to say... because the kit generally includes just enough components to make the jeep sit taller... driving with the lift is another story

usually all manner of little things that add up quickly and turn a $560 kit into a $1000+ job
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Unread 04-14-2013, 10:29 PM   #5
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Going cheap is not generally always the best choice when purchasing lift kits, maybe for a 2"- 3" lift. But for 4"- 5" I would not go with cheap. If your looking for a good one that is.
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Unread 04-14-2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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The tallest lift OME makes for a ZJ is 2.5". You have a lot to read.
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Unread 04-14-2013, 10:47 PM   #7
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doing it right gets expensive fast, set aside at least a grand for the lift.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 12:10 AM   #8
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When I bought my first lift for my zj I bought the most expensive one I could afford for $672.00. It didn't come with CA's or extended brake lines and real stiff springs. At the time it was my DD but I also had a motor cycle. What I ended up with was DW you couldn't believe. I was running a 4.5 lift on stock arms with worn out bushings and I turned my sweet zj into a death trap.

So instead of buying one good lift for $1000-1500 I spent $2200 on fixing the first lift.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 05:13 AM   #9
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I'm on a tight budget, so I'll probably just do a 2-3" lift, what would be the best kit to do that with?
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Unread 04-15-2013, 05:20 AM   #10
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Just stick with a 2"bb and new shocks
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Unread 04-15-2013, 05:59 AM   #11
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I found a 3" suspension lift on ebay, I shouldn't do that?
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Unread 04-15-2013, 09:57 AM   #12
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Unread 04-15-2013, 10:05 AM   #13
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Unread 04-15-2013, 10:07 AM   #14
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No. You will need adjustable track bars and those shocks are guaranteed to suck. Get it if you don't care how it rides. A 2" BB with some nice shocks will fit 31's and still ride nice.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #15
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2" BB

thats about all you can do without dropping a few Gs. edit: if you want it to ride similar to stock and not feel dangerous

if you've never done this before, and are guaging your prices on what you 'think' stuff will cost, double your initial budget.

lifting these things is not cheap. never has been; never will be.
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