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RayRay05 11-17-2012 11:09 PM

Need guidance with TJ
I have a 2003 TJ 4.0 V6 Sport, it is my daily driver but may see a little off roading every great moon. I need help with what I will need to do to lift it. I have picked out my lift kit and wheels for it already but I have questions. My goal is to put a 4" Rough Country lift kit (link below), CRAGAR Series 397 Soft 8 Black Wheel 15x8" / 5 on 4.5 / 4.0" backspacing (link below), and 35x12.50 AT tires (still looking: Looking for good quality with the lowest price)

Question 1: Will I need anything else that the lift kit does not include?
Question 2: does the backspacing matter when buying the tire?
Question 3: this is my first jeep and experience applying a lift, is there anything I am missing for questions that can be answered from all of you experienced jeepers out there?


RayRay05 11-17-2012 11:18 PM

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My jeep, stock, hard top currently on it for winter.

Knuckelhead 11-17-2012 11:21 PM


Originally Posted by RayRay05 (Post 14472537)
I have a 2003 TJ 4.0 V6 Sport

No TJ has an OEM V6 engine...

RayRay05 11-17-2012 11:25 PM

My bad, new to the whole gig. Still learning and just started doing research.

Knuckelhead 11-17-2012 11:30 PM


Originally Posted by RayRay05 (Post 14472592)
My bad, new to the whole gig. Still learning and just started doing research.

How long have you owned your TJ?...

RayRay05 11-17-2012 11:33 PM

About 4 months now.

Knuckelhead 11-17-2012 11:37 PM


Originally Posted by RayRay05 (Post 14472611)
About 4 months now.

What are your plans for off roading your new to you Jeep and how much money do you plan to spend?...

JustinBooth52 11-17-2012 11:42 PM

Before putting on your left, get underneath the jeep and spray all the bolts and nuts you will be taking off with WD-40 or penetrating oil. It will make them a lot easier to get off and avoid them from breaking.

RayRay05 11-17-2012 11:47 PM

Just using it as a daily driver, when I do go off roading it's nothing. Just trails and small climbs. That's why i'm getting AT's because i'm not going to be doing substantional amout of off roading.

JEEPER188 11-17-2012 11:52 PM

When I first got my TJ I wanted to lift it and being new to Jeeps I went with the cheapest lift I could find. Which is the same lift you are looking at and it is complete crap. The shocks are very stiff and the control arm bushing war out in less than a year.
IMO save up and go with savvy/currie 4" or 3" kit.

BLK00TJ 11-17-2012 11:55 PM


Originally Posted by Knuckelhead (Post 14472581)
No TJ has an OEM V6 engine...

If you read craigslist ads around my area you'd think there was such a thing :D

THETROOPER 11-17-2012 11:59 PM

35in tires are a serious commitment bud. For a daily driver that doesnt do much offroading I think you should put some 31in ATs on it and call it a day. I drove mine like that for 2 or 3 years and it was a good balance between onroad and offroad performance. Going to 35s takes more than a lift kit. You'll have to look at upgraded steering, brakes, gears... it's a big deal. Good luck with whatever you decide on.

WhyJayPA 11-18-2012 12:01 AM

I dont suggest going with a 4" lift and 35's for the amount of wheeling it sounds like you'll be doing. Getting the cheap lift is completely up to you. I have a RC lift on my YJ and it isnt the greatest (granted its a leaf spring lift and totally different).

35's are a big tire for something that wont see much wheeling and is a daily driver. Maybe go with a smaller lift and some 32's or 33's.

Backspacing does matter when it comes to wheel fitment (wheels sticking out more or less). It has nothing to do with tire fitment though

herklord 11-18-2012 12:16 AM

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Go two inch lift and 35s wayyyyy better

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RayRay05 11-18-2012 12:19 AM

I plan on doing more wheeling when I go back home after my service in the military but for now I literally drive 5 minutes from the barracks to work with occausional drives to Louisville about 1 hour away so I'm not worried about having 35's. I love the look of the 35's so that's always a plus also. As for the lift I've read good review ( some hit or miss but i'm pretty dead set for the price and size. I'm just not sure what else I would need because of my inexpierience for. It says full kit but I don't know if I actually do need other things such as a steering stablizer for example or if it's just reccomended. I know this is definitely the place to ask because of the knowledge of the people here despite the personal preferences but I'm looking for that so I can find a good median to base my buying and instalation on it so all the recommendations are already helping and is much appreciated so keep it coming gentlemen and or ladies! Lol

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