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post #1 of 9 Old 03-21-2006, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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True or False about 2" lift

If you lift more than two inches then you have to spend more money on drive shafts and the like. What about shocks, would you also need to put longer shocks in. I'm looking at 1.5 inch spring spacers. Any hidden items I need to know about before installing?

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-21-2006, 07:25 PM
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If you go bigger than 2", you need longer shocks to match, then you have to worry about front/rear trackbar relocators, t-case drop/motor mount lift (MML), a SYE, which requires a new rear driveshaft, control arms, sway bar links, extended brake lines, and list gets longer as you go taller.

with 1.5" spacers, I think all you would need is longer shocks, I'm not sure if you can get away with stock shocks. With a 2" BB, you would want taller shocks.

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I got the rocky road outfitters 2in spacers. It came with bar pin eliminaters, which are shock mount extentions. I was able to use my stock shocks. Some kits have you get new shocks but I saw no need.
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And no, you don't *have* to do SYE and rear driveshaft. You should, but don't have to. A guy at the office had 4" lift and 35s for 3 years with only a tcase drop. He recently added spring spacers for a bit less rubbing, and then had to do the SYE and CV shaft, but he had no worries before with light trail and sand use.

And the CV shaft isn't all it's cracked up to be - I've fiddled with my pinion angle until I'm frustrated and cannot get it to run smooth all the time.
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Originally Posted by scottcha
If you go bigger than 2", you need longer shocks to match, then you have to worry about front/rear trackbar relocators, t-case drop/motor mount lift (MML), a SYE, which requires a new rear driveshaft, control arms, sway bar links, extended brake lines, and list gets longer as you go taller.

i thought if you got a 3" lift or lower you didn't need a SYE, control arms, or extended brake lines. you might have to relocate some clips for some things (cant remember exactly what) and the brake lines to get more slack-but that was it.

i apologize for hi-jacking but also feel my next question will have benefit for many newbies (like myself) looking for answers since the thread title will probably lead them in..

i plan on a 2.5" OME lift with a 1"body lift/motor mount lift-no t-case drop in the future. is it possible my jeep may need SYE, control arms, extended brake lines? i understand all jeeps are different from beating the search button to death before it died a week ago-but maybe i should ask it this way: have the majority of ppl on this forum with a set-up like what i'm interested had to do the above items?
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You can also buy shock extenders. I've heard they can be a pain to install sometimes, but they are a lot cheaper than buying new shocks.
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-22-2006, 08:08 AM
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one thing to remember, aftermarket shocks will give you a MUCH better ride, so i think it is worth buying the whole kit. i have the trailmaster SSV shocks and it was night and day over the stock ride, even though my jeep came with the "best" factory shocks...

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FWIW, here is a pic of my jeep with a 2" BB

i used aftermarket shocks, other than that its all stock.
i didnt need to do a Tcase drop and no wobbles at all.
any questions let me know

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I just did a 2" (1.75in coil spacer + 0.25in stock isolator) BB lift on the front end of my TJ to offset the weight of recently installed mods (bumper, winch, winchplate). To answer your questions, you will not need to get new shocks BUT your oem shocks will be just about extended to their max and make for a bumpy ride. I paid $64.00 for a pair of new Rough Country shocks that gave me an extra 2-4in of flex. If you ask me, it was worth it. The ride is noticably better. I did not have to do a tcase drop (although, my situation was slightly different since I was just evening my Jeep out). If I was you, I would invest in longer shocks, it can only make things better.

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