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Unread 07-28-2010, 05:21 AM   #1
squib518
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How much is too much/not enough?

I just got back in the Jeep game with a stock 1998 6 cylinder Sport; manual transmission. I admittedly know next to nothing about lifting a Jeep. I hunt out of it only and don't plan on doing any serious off-roading. I will mostly be traveling down dirt roads--some pretty rough, but I won't be seeing how horizontal I can get a wheel to the ground ;-).

I am thinking about installing an OM Emu 2.5 heavy-duty kit so that I can get 32-inch tires under the rig. I also figure I should put a body lift on while I am under there. I am not sure how much body lift to use--I assume 1.25 is good, but I am not sure. That leads me to my key question. Can anyone give me some advice on how to pull this off and what I will need? I read about dropping transfer cases, angles, brake lines, bump stops, but it is all a little out there. I understand the purpose, but I am not sure what I need.

So long question short---

If I order an OME 2.5 heavy-duty lift, will it include everything I need?
2.5" Suspension System by Old Man Emu and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware-RH1

(And why do I see it listed as a 2 inch kit on some site and a 2.5 on others?)
Old Man Emu 2" Suspension Systems for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

Is this body lift ok? Do I need more?
JKS Manufacturing 9904 - JKS Manufacturing B1 1.25" Body Lift for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

Is there anything anyone else can recommend? Any suggestions? Other components than the ones I have selected?

Thanks in advance.

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Unread 07-28-2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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For 32" tires you don't need a body lift. Especially if you won't be flexing hard or rock crawling. You just don't need to raise the body on a dirt road.

You see the kits listed as 2" kits because big distributers like Q-tec have thier lifts grouped by size and it's closer to a 2" lift than it is to a 4" lift.

With a short lift you don't need new control arms and typically the driveline angles don't change enough to need adjustment, but don't spend all your budget as you never know what your Jeep will require. Chances are though the OME kit will be complete for you.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 07:40 AM   #3
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Those are good products.If you get any vibes you could do a MML (motor mount lift)or drop the t case a little bit with washers.Drive it first to see after lifting it.1-1.25" BL's are as high as most people want to go.
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