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Unread 04-10-2008, 09:53 AM   #1
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Yeah, another lift thread

While I am fairly well versed in most mechanical repair, I am a lift newbie. I want to put a very modest 2" spring lift on my 98ZJ. With 236k of easy highway on it, the springs are worn hence, a spring replacement lift would be best. I have read about the driveshaft (front) vibration problems with 3.5" and above lifts but, has anyone experienced this with the more modest 2-2.5"? I just re-tired with 245-75x16 up from the stock 225's and the ride is great for the moderate trail and (very) moderate mudding I do. I don't forsee a bigger set of meats going on.

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Unread 04-10-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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You wont get ANY vibes at that height unless something else is worn out. I think OME makes 2" lift springs.
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Unread 04-10-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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Thanks, tokn. Post-lift, I am going to start looking at all the rubber bushings and replacing with poly as I go.
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Unread 04-10-2008, 10:45 AM   #4
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Poly bushings - a great way to add road noise and harshness to your ride. The OEM bushings lasted 200k for you the first go around, they'll be fine for the next 100k the Jeep has left in it.
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Unread 04-10-2008, 11:00 AM   #5
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A possibly related question would be if replacing all bushings is a reasonably sensible thing to do while you're in there installing a lift. Seems so to me, but I'm new to this as well. I'd be using regular factory rubber. I've got enough other vehicles built to loosen my fillings, my wife and I don't need this one to do the same!
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Unread 04-10-2008, 03:14 PM   #6
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The factory rubber bushings are great.

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Unread 04-10-2008, 04:39 PM   #7
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Why are poly bushings so bad?
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They aren't bad, but because they are stiffer they transmit more road noise/harshness to the vehicle.
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They aren't bad, but because they are stiffer they transmit more road noise/harshness to the vehicle.
That makes sense, I just read about them in Offroad and 4x4 mags. What is a good factory replacement then?
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Any rubber aftermarket bushing...they'll most likely outlast your Jeep...
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Any rubber aftermarket bushing...they'll most likely outlast your Jeep...
Any brands that you have come across in your looking that stood out in performace, and should I get mine replaced when doing my lift
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Moog is a well known replacement.
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Moog is a well known replacement.
Hmmmm. I didn't realize that. Much harsher, eh? I must rethink this. I imagine the factory rubber ones will be a tad cheaper, too. Thanks, Arlo! I probably read one too many brochures some years ago when I was going to redo an 85' Toyota I had since birth.
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Unread 04-11-2008, 07:15 AM   #14
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You will be fine with poly. They arent that much of a difference. I have poly rear sway bar bushings and sway end links in the rear and it rides fine. Its a jeep not a caddy. I also have poly control arm bushings on the lowers front and rear.
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