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Unread 08-05-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Lifting 98 ZJ 5.9L

Starting to look into lifting my 5.9L. How high can I lift before I have to start replacing drive shafts, brake lines, etc? I will be doing the work myself, is there anything different than the 5.2L that I need to look out for. Any suggestions on lift kits under 1k. Thanks for the advice.

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Unread 08-05-2013, 04:30 PM   #2
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How high are you planning to lift it?
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Unread 08-05-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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Looking at 4-4.5" rough country
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Unread 08-05-2013, 06:58 PM   #4
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You will be fine just make sure the lift comes with control arms. Depending how long your brake lines are you may have to unbolt the bracket. Im at 4" which was suppose to be5.5. But anyways no problems with shafts or brake lines. Needed new sway bar links and track bars because the kit did not come with them. Other things to make sure the kit comes with.
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:10 PM   #5
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These are the two that I am contemplating between:
http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_zj_4-900.html
http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_zj_4.html
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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For around 400 more than your second choice,this is a great kit.
http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=PFZ
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:16 PM   #7
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if you ask my opinion, dont do rough country, many around here will agree. Some will say it's ok, not good though. Use the search button, these questions have been answered about 1000 times.

To answer your question, usually about 3.5" you need new brake lines. Every zj is a little different so it just depends.

The real question is what size tire do you want to run? Wheeling this jeep or just for driving around town? I still recommend going Iron Rock Off Road or Rubicon Express. Either way if you search around you'll see all these lifts have been covered in depth on what you need besides the lift or need to junk from that lift and replace with something better. Basically you can do a 3.5" lift without replacing control arms and brake lines. Doesnt' mean it's not an advantage to do so or you caster will be off and you'll get drive line vibes if you don't.

Depending on your wheeling status, assuming you have a cv style front drive shaft and you're planning on going to a bigger tire size (i'll say 33" or above) you need that to be replaced with a u-joint type.
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #8
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That is worth looking at for sure. What is the purpose of lowering the transfer case with that kit? I currently have the 249 is it worth the swap and cost to go with a 242?
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
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That is worth looking at for sure. What is the purpose of lowering the transfer case with that kit? I currently have the 249 is it worth the swap and cost to go with a 242?
answer my questions and i'll tell you.

if its a dedicated trail rig, do the 242 or 231 swap. Never use a t-case drop with a zj, it's not needed.
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #10
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I have been hearing nice things about Ironrock offroad. Im considering a spring swap from rancho to iron rock.
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:40 PM   #11
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Just curious why a tc swap?
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:41 PM   #12
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answer my questions and i'll tell you.

if its a dedicated trail rig, do the 242 or 231 swap. Never use a t-case drop with a zj, it's not needed.
It wont be a pavement princess, I take it off road frequently. It is my daily driver however.
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:44 PM   #13
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if you ask my opinion, dont do rough country, many around here will agree. Some will say it's ok, not good though. Use the search button, these questions have been answered about 1000 times.

To answer your question, usually about 3.5" you need new brake lines. Every zj is a little different so it just depends.

The real question is what size tire do you want to run? Wheeling this jeep or just for driving around town? I still recommend going Iron Rock Off Road or Rubicon Express. Either way if you search around you'll see all these lifts have been covered in depth on what you need besides the lift or need to junk from that lift and replace with something better. Basically you can do a 3.5" lift without replacing control arms and brake lines. Doesnt' mean it's not an advantage to do so or you caster will be off and you'll get drive line vibes if you don't.

Depending on your wheeling status, assuming you have a cv style front drive shaft and you're planning on going to a bigger tire size (i'll say 33" or above) you need that to be replaced with a u-joint type.
I want to run 32" or 33". I plan on getting a kit that includes new control arms.
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #14
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If you go with Iro's 4.5 kit,you will get all new control arms,plus in the future,they have a long arm option for the front and back.
You also have the option of getting adjustable CA's with this kit too.
http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=PFZ
http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=PFZ
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Unread 08-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #15
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Im at 4" with 31s and I wouldn't want to go with bigger tires. Go with a 5.5 I wish I did. Remember replacing the cv ds involves changing the connection the u joint style wont bolt up to the cv style. I want to do this after I get a new vc. Mostly because I misplaced mine and the new cv ds is 700$.
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