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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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Cj5 2.5" lift

Hello all, I recently restored a 1977 Cj5 and I am strongly considering putting a 2.5" lift on it. I know that some lifts cause complications (steering, drive shaft, etc.) but i was wondering if any of those complications come with a 2.5" lift? I am also wondering what is a good brand? I am just a poor college student right now as well, so I don't want anything that will really break the bank. Something that is cheap but gets the job done is what I need. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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Also I am looking at the Trailmaster 2.5" lift kit w/ CGS shocks. Any reviews or complaints about this kit?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #3
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If you want cheap you could try this.....no experience with them but Pathkiller over on the CJ-8 board runs them and seems happy with them.

http://www.generalspringkc.com/product_p/cj25.htm

BDS, Old Man Emu, or Rubicon Express seem to be the GOOD lifts. Everything thing else seems to be kinda meh. I've got Rancho and they work. Ride rough, but no rougher than my stock springs did.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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I run a 2.5inch BDS and could not be happier. We will most likely be installing one on my son's cj5 when the time comes.
Hope that helps
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Unread 06-17-2013, 02:36 PM   #5
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What about rough country lift kits.... are they any good?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 06:34 PM   #6
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Not sure about Rough Country. I am running a Superlift2 1/2" on my jeep. Spring under. Rear drive shaft modded. Degree wedges. Mine clears 34" bias Swampers and doesn't rub. Your mileage may very.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 08:17 PM   #7
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2.5 inch bds lift is awesome i went with chevy brakelines.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 04:58 AM   #8
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What about rough country lift kits.... are they any good?
I run a Rough Country lift - 4".
And it is just that - ROUGH!

That seems to be the consensus on RC leaf spring lifts.

Ditching it, or at least the springs, first chance I get.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 06:00 AM   #9
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So what does everyone think about the Trailmaster 2.5" w/ CGS shocks? Because I have heard good and bad things about CGS shocks.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 07:31 AM   #10
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I swapped out a rancho 2.5" with a BDS, the rancho rode a bit softer, and the BDS is a bit harder...I had a rough country in a YJ, hated it....It was like driving a flat bottomed boston whaler in heavy chop...beat the hell out of me...Go with Rancho or BDS.
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I swapped out a rancho 2.5" with a BDS, the rancho rode a bit softer, and the BDS is a bit harder...I had a rough country in a YJ, hated it....It was like driving a flat bottomed boston whaler in heavy chop...beat the hell out of me...Go with Rancho or BDS.
James, still trying to get my ATV project together, but the springs are sitting right next to my shop door and that project will begin as soon as I get this Honda back together.

Thank you again for going through the trouble to ship those to me!
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Unread 06-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #12
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I have a 2.5" Rancho on my '77 CJ5 and needed to lower the transfer case due to grinding and vibrating. I did not mind losing ground clearance as my Jeep does not get off road.
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Unread 06-19-2013, 06:47 AM   #13
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I have a 2.5" Rancho on my '77 CJ5 and needed to lower the transfer case due to grinding and vibrating. I did not mind losing ground clearance as my Jeep does not get off road.
So was that the only modifications you had to do with that lift? And what was it grinding on?
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