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Unread 03-21-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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Which lift and what is needed?

I was looking at lifting my 1995 5.2L Limited and wanted input on what I should get. I was first thinking of getting a (roughly) 2" BB lift but then I was thinking if I ever want to upgrade my lift (ie buy a 3.5") then I'll be sitting at 5.5" which I read wasn't good with stock axles. So then I looked into just a 3.5" which I can save a little to afford but I wouldn't upgrade to any larger tires so it would look weird. (BRAND NEW 235/75/15 BFG Rugged Terrains on there now as a graduation gift) My Jeep is also my daily city driver, it'll see old logging trails when I go to the UP though

I'm looking at buying any lift from IRO seeing as it's trusted on this site

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Unread 03-21-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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any 2" BB is fine. iro, rubicon express etc. shocks make all the difference.

there is no point lifting your jeep more than 2"
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Unread 03-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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So even though my shocks are fine should I get the hydro's offered by IRO with the BB?
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Unread 03-21-2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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You need longer shocks to get full flex out of the lift, otherwise you may blow the shock by extending too far. 2" is easy to do, I would get an adjustable trakbar like jks or kevin. PM kolak and he can get you bilstein shocks at a great price. You could also do a set of 2" coils and then add a 2" bb on top of that later if you need more lift.
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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 05:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the advice just waitin to see if my new tires have leakin problems like my.old ones ...cuz then I need new rims -.- old owners had no respect for the beautiful gold painted alloys
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Unread 03-21-2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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If you're planning on going to much over 31's you might want to start looking at new rims with more backspacing anyway. Stock is 5.5" and you want more like 4". Wider rims for 35's, but you're not there yet.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 05:48 PM   #7
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Yea I'm not lookin to get bigger tires just got.new ones.this week for a grad gift. So far the held at 30.5psi since Monday
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Unread 03-21-2013, 05:58 PM   #8
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Look for a set of 9er rims. Lighter and better looking than the other GC rims IMO. Dunno about their backspacing though. Someone fill me in on that. Anyway, if that doesn't work, a set of steelies with lesser backspacing will work just as well, just heavier than 9er rims. As said before, 2" will be fine, and if you can afford Bilsteins, you will be VERY happy with your purchase. Might wanna upgrade your tire size too though. Stick an ad up on CL and see who bites. You may be able to fund new tires from what you get from your 235s.

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Unread 03-21-2013, 08:35 PM   #9
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Sounds like we are doing about the same for future mods. I just picked up a set of the 15 x 8 Canyon wheels off Craigs. I have not checked, but they are supposed to have a slight off-set used with the Up-Country (1.5?) lift. I will not be rock crawling or mud diving, the most would be hitting the beach for surf fishing. I'm planning on an 2" BB, 265x70Rx15's, not much taller than my 235x75Rx15's but almost 2 inches wider.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 08:56 PM   #10
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I'm mostly looking to get my zj little clearance for the logging roads so I can hit a lil mud along the way. Don't want to do much with tires but, bigger ones would be awesome. I want to stay with the stock rim size plus I like them. Next jeep ill buff up but college is expensive so I have to be conservative hopefully she'll get me through.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 09:18 PM   #11
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Then the 2" BB and 30's sounds like the recommended path. The advice of selling your 235ís is a good idea to help keep costs down. Bear in mind to keep all your tires at equal tread depth if you have the NP249 AWD and purchase used tires!! It is apparently easy to kill the VC in the transfer case with odd sized tires.
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Brand new tires are a good gift sell em and u may piss off ur folks do a 2" and get through college. Then u can start modding, trust me been there done that
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Unread 03-21-2013, 10:11 PM   #13
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id leave the tires alone, just because since you have the 249 transfer case, if you buy used tires, they may be slightly different in size and that will quickly destroy the viscous coupler (about $350 to replace and thats if you do it yourself)
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Don't go to niner rims if you want to offroad, 16" is a pain to find tires for. I keep wishing I could put 15" rims on my niner, but I don't have the heart.
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Unread 03-22-2013, 09:24 AM   #15
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That hasn't been my experience. If anything, I've had a harder time finding 15" tires. Maybe Montana tire shops are just weird like that...
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