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Unread 08-26-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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'05 Wrangler Rocky Mountain Edition Lift and Tires...NEED ADVICE!

I have an '05 Wrangler Rocky Mountain Edition with stock 30" tires. I want to upgrade to either 33" or 35" but I do not want to go over a 1" body lift. I've done some research and feel like I have two options:

1) Go with a 3" suspension lift and the 33"s or
2) Go with a 4" suspension lift and 1" body lift and the 35"s.

My problem is that I don't know what lift to get or if a 4" and 1" will clear 35"s. The place here in Watertown can do either but they use BDS lifts and they are much more expensive than the Rock Country lifts I've found. They are telling me that the RC lifts suck and are difficult to put on so with extra labor hours I'll end up spending more anyway. But I don't really trust the guy because I don't know anything about this stuff and he hasn't conceeded that anyone can provide a better option then what he's offering. Plus he was pushing for a 3" and 3" and everyone I've talked to says I shouldn't go that high with a body lift.

My second concern is the SYE and TC drop I've been reading about. Should I just get the SYE because I've heard you can get vibes even if you don't go over 3" suspension. My Jeep runs great right now and I don't want to get a lift and end up having a car that runs like ****. I just paid it off and I don't need that now.

Thanks for the help and please keep in mind that I am very new at this. I don't even know how to go about installing a kit I get online. Like do I just ask an off road shop to do the install? And how will I know if they don't just charge extra on labor just because I didn't use their supplier for the lift. Thanks again.

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Unread 08-26-2010, 01:49 PM   #2
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Running 35's takes more than just a lift (regear, brakes, axle upgrades, etc).

I work at a shop part-time and have a BDS lift and love it (can drive 75 on the interstate with no issues).
If you do buy a kit from somewhere else we charge extra per hour (50% more) to install it and if something breaks or is missing from the kit it's on you to come up with the replacement pieces on your dime.

Lift it and if you get the vibes go with the SYE and CV driveshaft.
You can drop the TC with washers if needed to get by on the cheap.

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Unread 08-26-2010, 02:04 PM   #3
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As a very basic reply to your post, yes, a 4" suspension, 1" body lift would clear 35's. Personally, I would never put a 3" body lift on a Jeep and would never suggest it. It is personal preference of course, but I think they look pretty terrible. Take a look at pictures of a 3" body lift and determine that for yourself.

Also, depending on your budget and what you actually use your jeep for, you may want to consider Mammoth's advice about running 35's. It certainly is a lot more than just making sure you have the clearance. You need the gears to go and the brakes to stop! Heh.

You can build a very capable rig on a budget if you went the 3" suspension, 1" body and ran 33's. It is possible (likely) you will experience vibes because of your out of whack driveline angle from the lift. Rather than dropping the t-case and losing some of the clearing you just gained by adding lift, you can acheive the same result by purchasing a 1" motor mount lift. People seem to be happy with the JKS and Brown Dog MML's. 33's may be a good starting point if you don't have the budget to go straight to 35's. Start saving and keep in mind that a new axle, gears, brakes will be a must.

As far as installation goes, this should be something you can do yourself or with the help of a friend provided you have the right tools for the job and good attitude to go with it. There's nothing really special you need to install the lift, they all come with instructions (some better than others) though you would want to rent a spring/coil compressor from your local auto parts store to make it easier.

And yes. Gather information about your Jeep and fill out your profile so you can get more accurate answers to your questions. Good luck!
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Unread 08-26-2010, 06:59 PM   #4
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Ok I'll update my profile. Thanks for the advice.
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Unread 08-26-2010, 08:04 PM   #5
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I have a 2005 Rocky Mountain Edition. I don't have much experience at all working on cars in general. I have worked as a mechanic on coin wrappers and currency counters in casinos for a while. But I installed my lift by myself over a weekend. It's really not too hard if you do your research. The tools cost less than the labor would have, and I know a lot more about my Jeep. Plus that warm, fuzzy, I did it myself feeling!

I went with a Rubicon Express 3.5" kit. I ended up with 4.5" of lift. I have not installed a body lift, but when funds allow, I want to put a 1" body lift on, with a 1" MML so I can do a tummy tuck. I'm running 33's and at full flex I'm just tucking up in the fenders (with the front swaybar disconnected).

If your just gonna drive around town, 35's would fit. But flexing would rub without cutting fenders. We get d44's in the rear with the Rocky Mountain package, but you still have a 30 in the front. From what I've read, wheeling with a 30 on 35's is asking for breakage.

Oh yhea, and don't skimp on shocks!


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Unread 08-26-2010, 09:02 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forums! I am actually about to install a Rough Country 2.5" suspension lift on my '05 Rocky Mountain Edition this weekend. I put a 1.25" bl and 1" mml on it in January for two reasons, 1. I will not ruin my suspension lift by lowering the Transfer Case and 2. I eventually plan on doing a tummy tuck. I am going to put 33" BFG KM2's on it next week. I'll post pictures when I'm done. I will try to take pictures during the build, but when I'm in the zone I'm only thinking about what I'm doing so don't hold me to the install pictures!

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