Jeep TJ mild lift recommendations?
Hey guys! so even though I said I would never lift my TJ after I had terrible ride issues with my YJ, the jeep bug finally found me and bit me and here am I looking for a lift. I've looked at tons of threads for this kind of thing but nobody has ever asked quite the right question. I'm looking for a small lift-how small is small? We'll cover that soon-for my 2001 jeep tj sport (4.0) so let's look at some of the questions:
How high are we talking?-
Currently I'm running 31x9.5 tires on a jeep that is stock as far as drivetrain and suspension are concerned. I think eventually I might like to bump up to 33s once the money is a little more plentiful and I can afford to re-gear, re-axle and actually buy the tires. So I'm thinking somewhere in the range of 2"-3" would be sufficient.
What's the budget?:
The budget is about $1000-$1500...sort of. More on that later.
What is it going to be used for?:
This jeep will be a weekend warrior pretty much. I have about a 21 mile daily commute, with 75% of it at highway speeds. Also, I'm only a few hours from rausch creek and there are smaller trails around me that I would like to start hitting so it does need to be able to perform reasonably well. I'm not looking to take the ultimate adventure trip, but I need to be able to do a lot.
So what's different?:
What's different about this thread than any other? The difference is my brothers job. Lol. He works at a large local auto parts distributor (A&A) and as a result, gets GREAT discounts on pretty much everything sold at the store-except oil. It's actually a little higher. Isn't that weird?. So my REAL budget is probably around $500-$700. The budget I talked about above is the original price of the lift. So because of that discount, I'm trying to pick a lift from one of the companies they sell there. They sell: rough country, rancho, ready lift, pro comp, and a few others that I've never really heard of. So what would you recommend? He said rancho is pretty good. I don't know.
So If you would just give me your recommendations that'd be great! Preferably for a lift you've actually had.