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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
tway88
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Lift kit suggestions

I just purchased an '04 TJ Wrangler. Not quite sure what type of lift kit I should purchase, or how high I want to lift it. Any suggestions?

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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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Do a search. Your answer is already out there. What do you plan to do to the jeep?
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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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We can't help much especially if you don't know what height you want. Or size tires?
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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:53 PM   #4
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You have a lot of reading ahead of you. Honesty I would put a 2 inch suspension lift(stock control arms) on it with a 1 inch body lift and run 33's tops until you really know what you need.
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I like the arms, they are a good solution, but they really aren't worth the effort for the average person and you already see the BS that goes on over bushings VS JJ's, the crap that would go on over J arms would be epic.[/QUOTE]
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Unread 02-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #5
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You have a lot of reading ahead of you. Honesty I would put a 2 inch suspension lift(stock control arms) on it with a 1 inch body lift and run 33's tops until you really know what you need.
If that. Maybe even just a BB on 31s

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Unread 02-01-2013, 10:45 PM   #6
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I recommend driving it without mods to see what issues you run into. Then make mods to correct what you find. Do you intend to do mud, rocks, or malls? The way you want it to use it will determine what you need to do.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 12:46 AM   #7
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Do not go with a body lift.. All they do is look horrific. Id say go with a 3 in suspension lift and set some 33's under it. You could go into a 4 in but then you would have to replace the control arms (a lot more $$$). Also when you put 35's on your Jeep it really cuts down your horsepower, torque, and gas mileage. In my opinion your best bet would be to go with the 3 in suspension lift with 33 in tires.

I have a 3 in suspension lift wrapped up with 33 in tires.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 01:35 AM   #8
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Do not go with a body lift.. All they do is look horrific. Id say go with a 3 in suspension lift and set some 33's under it. You could go into a 4 in but then you would have to replace the control arms (a lot more $$$). Also when you put 35's on your Jeep it really cuts down your horsepower, torque, and gas mileage. In my opinion your best bet would be to go with the 3 in suspension lift with 33 in tires.

I have a 3 in suspension lift wrapped up with 33 in tires.
A body lift has a lot more uses than you think. More clearance in the wheel well is just one of them.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 01:39 AM   #9
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I know that it a body lift gives more wheel well.. Im just saying its not the best lift. Like I wouldn't recommend it because it looks horrible.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 01:45 AM   #10
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A body lift has a lot more uses than you think. More clearance in the wheel well is just one of them.
I know that there are some benefits for a body lift.. Im just saying its not the best lift. Like I wouldn't recommend it because it looks horrible. Full on suspension lift is the way to go.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 06:11 AM   #11
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I know that there are some benefits for a body lift.. Im just saying its not the best lift. Like I wouldn't recommend it because it looks horrible. Full on suspension lift is the way to go.
You can hardly notice a 1" body lift . The only place it really shows at all is in the rear between the bumper and body on lighter colored jeeps . in order to do a ultra high clearance tummy tuck and fuel tank skid a body lift is a must. That is unless you want to spend hours with a hammer beating your floor up to make clearance. A small body lift is the first lift I would suggest doing. 1.25" maximum is all the more I would go, or they do start to get ugly and installation gets more complex as well.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 06:19 AM   #12
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Yeah, gonna have to disagree with being able to notice a BL. 99.99% of the people won't even notice a 1" BL. And doing a 1" BL,MML together allowed me to tuck my belly up tight. I gained 3.5" of under belly clearance partially because of it. That's basically equal to a 3.5" suspension lift in reality. And my suspension is still stock.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 06:34 AM   #13
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I have a 2.5" rough country on my 05 TJ right now that I am very happy with. I would have got the 2.5' with a 1.25" BL if I would have had the extra money at the time.
I would look into Rough Country http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_tj_combo_2.html
This combo kit has dropped down to a start price of $389. It will give you tire clearance and allow you tuck everything up out of the way. Just make sure you read everything and look at recommended upgrades. This combo is exactly what I would have right now if I would have been able to wait.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 07:06 AM   #14
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I have a 2.5" rough country on my 05 TJ right now that I am very happy with. I would have got the 2.5' with a 1.25" BL if I would have had the extra money at the time.
I would look into Rough Country http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_tj_combo_2.html
This combo kit has dropped down to a start price of $389. It will give you tire clearance and allow you tuck everything up out of the way. Just make sure you read everything and look at recommended upgrades. This combo is exactly what I would have right now if I would have been able to wait.
Like stated many times on here (I didn't listen either), stay away from the rough country lift kits. It WILL cost you more in the long run. Sagging springs, unlevel lifts, terrible ride quality, very stiff shocks....you get what you pay for. BTW, I finally removed the 2.2 shocks and installed Bilstein 5100 shocks and WOW what a difference in ride quality! It's no longer a jaw breaker!
I am also running a 1.25" body lift and the only place you can tell is the space in between the rear bumper and body. It's really not a big deal and allows you to do a 3" suspension lift, get the tire clearance of a 4"(along with other benefits) and still maintain a more factory ride quality of the lower lifts.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 07:16 AM   #15
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Like stated many times on here (I didn't listen either), stay away from the rough country lift kits. It WILL cost you more in the long run. Sagging springs, unlevel lifts, terrible ride quality, very stiff shocks....you get what you pay for. BTW, I finally removed the 2.2 shocks and installed Bilstein 5100 shocks and WOW what a difference in ride quality! It's no longer a jaw breaker!
I am also running a 1.25" body lift and the only place you can tell is the space in between the rear bumper and body. It's really not a big deal and allows you to do a 3" suspension lift, get the tire clearance of a 4"(along with other benefits) and still maintain a more factory ride quality of the lower lifts.
They got a new spring supplier about a year ago and it has seemed to fix the spring issue they had. The 2.2 shocks are awful and should be avoided. I wouldn't discount the rc 3.75" without the shocks and plus a 1" motor mount lift. They do offer a nice long progressive rate spring at a budget price. That's about all I would buy from rc though!
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