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Unread 02-04-2013, 01:14 AM   #1
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Looking to lift my ZJ

Hi there, Im new to the forum and pretty new to ZJ's. I purchased a ZJ about a year ago and I'm now wanting to lift it. Im wanting to go between 3.5-4.5 and im pretty sure im going with iron rock.

I have a couple questions though,

This things going to be a daily driver for the most part besides some light puddle jumping and maybe seeing the snow with the kids, so do i?

1: Do I really need adjustable control arms for a daily driver?
2: how long can i get away with not having a slip yoke eliminator kit installed?
I plan on getting one eventually but im at a 800-1000 budget and id like to get a decent set of tires on it so as of now im holding off on the driveline area.

Im up for alternate suggestions on lifts too, this is going to be a pretty truck for the most part until i get around to working on my dedicated wheeler.

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Unread 02-04-2013, 01:35 AM   #2
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And for reference my absolute budget is 1164 but im trying not to spend all that just on lift id like to have a couple hundered left for some tires.
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Unread 02-04-2013, 03:18 AM   #3
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I have 5.5" of lift and no SYE.
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Unread 02-04-2013, 06:37 AM   #4
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IRO 3.5 with new rear coils and add the trackbars. Trim a bit and run wheel adaptors and JK takeoffs.

No SYE or transfer case drop needed.
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Unread 02-04-2013, 06:43 AM   #5
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What's the back spacing on JK rims?

Are they 15x7 or 15x8 ?
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Unread 02-04-2013, 06:45 AM   #6
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17x7.5, 6" BS

The adaptors bring it down to 4.75" BS which will work with the JK tire width.
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Unread 02-04-2013, 08:12 AM   #7
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No sye needed I'm at 6" and perfect Adj control arms are defiantly needed
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Unread 02-06-2013, 12:47 PM   #8
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what size tire do you want to run?

31s? 2" budget boost. cheap.
32s? 3.5" at minimum and some trimming of fenders/bumpers
33s" 4.5" at least and lots of trimming.

figure out tires and lift it around that.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 04:30 PM   #9
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good luck getting a decent 3.5-4.5" lift AND decent all terrain tires for under $1100. My 30x9.5r15 firestone destination A/Ts from tirerack.com cost me $720 alone. wouldve been another like $100 on top of that if i had to pay a tire shop to mount them, luckily i have access to the mounting and balancing equipment in auto shop at school.


That said, If you're just planning on light trails and some snow, I would go with a 2" budget boost and a good set of shocks. You can pick up a set of pucks on ebay for around 75 bucks, maybe a little cheaper. You can get a nice set of Bilstein shocks from Kolak for around $300.

Thats what I did, and I have no problem keeping up with my uncle in his JK on 32s.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #10
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I've been going over this same idea for the past month and finally decided the best look and bang for the buck if you are doing light offroad on a daily driver is a 2" BB with Cragar soft 8's and 30x9.5x15 BFG all Terrain TA's. I have the BB istalled (actually just 1" that I had laying around) and got the wheels yestrerday. Soon will buy tires. Final cost with just that will be around $1100. I considered the IRO 3.5" kit too but put the money into the wheels instead. This is my starting point. I'll post another pic if I get the tires soon.
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