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Unread 10-06-2013, 12:21 PM   #1
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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.

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Unread 10-06-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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To run 33's, you need to lift your Jeep a minimum of 3", ideally 4". I run 33's with a combination 2" suspension lift and 1.25" body lift.

I originally ran a 2" BDS suspension lift and was very happy with the lift's performance on and off the road. I highly recommend the 2" BDS lift.

I now run a 2" OME suspension lift and it is also a great suspension lift, it is more spendy compared to BDS, but offers more options for coil and shock rate - ranging from light to heavy duty.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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I have a 4" suspension lift and run 33x12.50x15.

If you have stock wheels and want to run wider tires than a 10.50 you will need wheel spacers or a rim with more back spacing than the stock wheels.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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2.5" ome suspension lift = money for 33's. Just enough lift and usually avoids any other suspension mods required ( cv drive shaft, ect)

Chance of fender rubbing depending on actual tire size. If the case throw ln a 1" BL
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Unread 10-06-2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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The OME is a a Great Ride and you can add a 1.25" body lift if you need more space for the tires. I did this to mine and love it.
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