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Unread 11-03-2009, 07:02 PM   #1
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Rough Country 2.5" spring & 3/4" spacers extended sway bar links?

Right now I have rough countrys 2.5" springs on my 05 TJ, but I am wanting to go a little higher to run 33s. I was wondering if I get the 3/4" spacers would I have to run extended sway bar links or could i get away with running the stock ones. Also, I was considering only putting the spacers up front to level it out because I am pretty sure that 33s would fit in the rear without the spacers, but i figured i found the 3/4" spacers for $35 on 4wd.com for all 4 spacers instead of just the fronts. should i run all spacers or just fronts? Anyone know about this setup or running similar setup?

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Unread 11-03-2009, 07:24 PM   #2
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Will you be running a hard top or soft top?

Will you be carrying a full sized 33" spare on the tailgate?

Do you have a back seat or carry a lot of heavy stuff in back?

I run all of the above so I have the 2.5" lift with the .75" spacers on the front and back.

If your not going to be real heavy out back the .75 just up front will work great and get you enough lift to run 33's.


If you plan to off road this jeep I would suggest getting longer sway bar end links up front, sway bar disconnects will let you flex 30% more up front.

JKS makes really nice sway bar discos for the front but they are a little expensive $140.

There are also some write ups on the forum that show you how to make your own disconnects, if you do a search you should come up with quite a bit.

$35 for a pair of .75" spring spacers is a good price, just make sure to calculate shipping, you can also try ebay, fatbobsgarage, or even a google search.
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You could also do a simple 1 inch BL which would than allow you to do a tummy tuck. Just food for thought to give you more ideas to run through.
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Unread 11-03-2009, 07:33 PM   #4
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JKS makes really nice sway bar discos for the front but they are a little expensive $140.
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They are very nice, I love mine.
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I have the RC 2.5 and not long after installing one of the sway bar links failed so I got the JKS quicker discos and love them. I also added the .75" spacers up front to account for a winch that I added.
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front extended sway bars are a must, even with 2.5" lift. Rears are suggested at 2.5" of lift, but it won't kill you to use the stock ones.

I have 2.5" OME springs and 0.75" spacers in front only. I have JKS discos in front and have yet to install a set of RE rear links (9.5" eye to eye).
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Will you be running a hard top or soft top?

Will you be carrying a full sized 33" spare on the tailgate?

Do you have a back seat or carry a lot of heavy stuff in back?

I run all of the above so I have the 2.5" lift with the .75" spacers on the front and back.

If your not going to be real heavy out back the .75 just up front will work great and get you enough lift to run 33's.


If you plan to off road this jeep I would suggest getting longer sway bar end links up front, sway bar disconnects will let you flex 30% more up front.

JKS makes really nice sway bar discos for the front but they are a little expensive $140.

There are also some write ups on the forum that show you how to make your own disconnects, if you do a search you should come up with quite a bit.

$35 for a pair of .75" spring spacers is a good price, just make sure to calculate shipping, you can also try ebay, fatbobsgarage, or even a google search.
I still in the process of getting all the stuff I am planning on running, but some of the things I will have is the 33" spare cooper discoverer stt on a rock crawler bumper with tire carrier. I have my rear seat in the back, and have a soft top. Up front planning on getting either a fabtech or smittybilt bumper and a smittybilt xrc8 winch. Also wanting to carry a jerry can on the bumper so that would be maybe a little extra weight.

As of right now though i have stock bumpers, no winch, and soft top. Just concerned about if i put those extra spacer would i need the longer swar bar links and if i would need to get the rear trac bar relocation bracket. I realize now that i should have just orginally bought the 3.25" rc instead of just the 2.5"
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You could also do a simple 1 inch BL which would than allow you to do a tummy tuck. Just food for thought to give you more ideas to run through.
Right now i would actually prefer getting a bit more suspension lift rather than just a BL. if the cost for a more suspenison lift to 3.25 from 2.5 is going to be that much more expensive i may just go with the bl
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front extended sway bars are a must, even with 2.5" lift. Rears are suggested at 2.5" of lift, but it won't kill you to use the stock ones.

I have 2.5" OME springs and 0.75" spacers in front only. I have JKS discos in front and have yet to install a set of RE rear links (9.5" eye to eye).
so running a 3.25 with stock swar bar links would be no very smart in other words? and in the rear if i run 3.25 are they critical to have? right now if i can get away using stock links i would probably not be doing too much wheeling until i have all the right equipment because i dont want to screw up my jeep.
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I have the RC 2.5 and not long after installing one of the sway bar links failed so I got the JKS quicker discos and love them. I also added the .75" spacers up front to account for a winch that I added.
how does it sit with the winch? does it sit nice and level or is there some rake?
i am concerned about this if i put spacers in both front and back i am not sure if adding a winch will cause me to have to put a larger spacer up front to level it out with the rear.
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A spacer is NOT a suspension lift, no matter what the idiots selling them say. No more travel, it is NOT a suspension lift.
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A spacer is NOT a suspension lift, no matter what the idiots selling them say. No more travel, it is NOT a suspension lift.
so if there was a kit that came with 2.5" spacers, extended length shocks, t case drop, and trac bar bracket it would NOT be considered a lift kit because they are spacers rather than springs?
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A spacer is NOT a suspension lift, no matter what the idiots selling them say. No more travel, it is NOT a suspension lift.
Who said it was?!?!?
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did you even read what I posted?

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so running a 3.25 with stock swar bar links would be no very smart in other words?
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front extended sway bars are a must, even with 2.5" lift.
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and in the rear if i run 3.25 are they critical to have?
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Rears are suggested at 2.5" of lift, but it won't kill you to use the stock ones.
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right now if i can get away using stock links i would probably not be doing too much wheeling until i have all the right equipment because i dont want to screw up my jeep.
why not do it all at once and do it right? Or you can risk inverting your front sway bar and breaking stuff. Your choice.
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how does it sit with the winch? does it sit nice and level or is there some rake?
i am concerned about this if i put spacers in both front and back i am not sure if adding a winch will cause me to have to put a larger spacer up front to level it out with the rear.
It sits fairly level, if I had the m in the rear it wouldn't be. If you don't have a winch it should be ok, but every jeep is a little different.
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