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post #1 of 16 Old 07-21-2011, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Beginners suspension lift

i have a 2005 wrangler and i am looking for a suspension lift. i have found one that i am interested in for 483 dollars. its a skyjacker lift. (first one on this page>>http://4wheelonline.com/jeep/Skyjack...s.23917.261171

i don't know if i am making the right purchase. i am someone who will OCCASIONALLY take this on a small trail, no really extreme off roading. just looking for some opinions to see if this is a good beginners suspension lift.

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-21-2011, 07:22 PM
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What size tire do you plan on running?
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For a beginners lift, I would stick with a 2-2.5" lift. Something like Old Man Emu will ride well on the street and not require transfer case drops, slip yoke eliminators, and other modifications along with it.

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Well I was hoping to run 33's..
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Zone 3" should work fine.

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Well I was hoping to run 33's..




With the proper backspacing of the rims, you can run 33s with a 2.5" lift.

M wife's 2000 has a 4inch Skyjacker (PO installed) and it rides extremely rough and likes to wander a bit.

I it was me, I would consider Rough Country's 2.5 with the new n2.0 shocks or Zone's 3".

I will be doing one of those two in the very near future on my 97.

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Well I was hoping to run 33's..
33's are fit in two common ways on TJ's:

1. 4" suspension lift, with 2" bumpstop extensions in front and 2-2.5" in the rear. Requires a SYE/CV shaft.
2. 2.5" suspension lift, with a 1" body lift, with 1" bumpstop extensions in front and 1.25-1.5" in the rear. The 1" BL usually accompanies a 1" Motor Mount Lift to offset some of the driveline angles.

Either way you go, figure on many of the following components: longer front brake lines, extended sway bar links front and rear, gears, brake and steering upgrades to accommodate larger tires, SYE, CV shaft, bumpstop extensions, new shocks, adjustable track bars, and a rear track bar bracket.
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For exactly the same set up as you are looking for. I put a 2" Zone on my 2003 Sahara. I now have BFG 33x10.5 and it runs fine on the street. I also installed front and back adjustable track-bars.
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For exactly the same set up as you are looking for. I put a 2" Zone on my 2003 Sahara. I now have BFG 33x10.5 and it runs fine on the street. I also installed front and back adjustable track-bars.
2" of lift alone isn't enough for 33s. the front adjustable track bar hits the diff cover or the tie-rod without copious amounts of bumpstop, and the rear track bar binds on the stock axle mount without a relocation bracket.

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That may be, but it works fine on my Jeep. I do not have any of those problems. However, it never goes off-road, it's pretty much a street only vehicle.
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I'm happy with my RC 2.5 suspension and RC 1.25" BL combo.
Running 33x12.5's. It rides smoother than my factory suspension.

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That may be, but it works fine on my Jeep. I do not have any of those problems. However, it never goes off-road, it's pretty much a street only vehicle.

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That may be, but it works fine on my Jeep. I do not have any of those problems. However, it never goes off-road, it's pretty much a street only vehicle.
this saddens me....

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I did a 4" zone, sye& ds. Adj UCA also. 33's run fine. It is added expense though the sye. Also if u run full size spare tire, u need rear bumper with tire carrier.
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