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post #1 of 14 Old 09-15-2019, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Buying lift and gears 95

Hello! New here to the site, I recently acquired a 95 yj with the 2.5 4 cyl. I have been looking at purchasing a lift and gears for it since it came with 32” bfg’s and can barely make a turn or hit a bump without rubbing amd im annoyed already. I have been looming at the RC 2.5” lift and regearing to 4:56 r&p set as well. This is not a mudding toy but an occasional weekend cruiser to the beach, deer lease and to run errands around town. My thoughts of regearing is due to the reason of going 65mph im at almost 3k rpm range and feel i am beating on the 4 banger due to the tires. Any advice or suggestions is highly appreciated!!

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-15-2019, 10:02 AM
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Clean looking Jeep there. I personally would not pay to regear the D35 rear or pay for an RC kit. That being said, if you don't plan to ever really wheel it or go over 32" tires, your plan would be sufficient.

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As mentioned - rethink the RC lift. It sucks on and off road. More noticeable on road... very uncomfortable ride and the springs will sag every time you look at it lol. I also 2nd @timatoe on not bothering a re-gear for the rear dana 35. 65 mph at around 3,000 is fine for those 4 squirrels.

I am on 33s, 4.56 gearing i am at about 2650-2700 at 65mph. (Well, i need to recheck, just added VERY light alloy wheels - those details were taken with former very heavy Steel wheels)

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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RC kit, meh. Rough ride, tendency to sag or lean one way or the other.

Tires are temporary, regear and lift, permanent.
How attached are you to the tires?

Getting more appropriately sized tires would cure your ills.
Big tires stress the brakes, engine, extra unsprung weight, extra wind resistance ect.

Be a lot cheaper and easier to change the tires.

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RC kit, meh. Rough ride, tendency to sag or lean one way or the other.

Tires are temporary, regear and lift, permanent.
How attached are you to the tires?

Getting more appropriately sized tires would cure your ills.
Big tires stress the brakes, engine, extra unsprung weight, extra wind resistance ect.

Be a lot cheaper and easier to change the tires.
The tires are literally brand new the day I got the jeep the previous owner had put them on to be able to drive the jeep home, I’ve been looking at other lift but trying to keep it budget friendly as it is not a daily driver, sometimes a weekend drive hadn’t driven for over a month before last weekend
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...if you get a quality 2.5" lift like OME... i guarantee you that it won't only be driven on sporadic weekends
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Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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Ok, we can work with that.

How about a quality lift, done a bit at a time, with the Jeep being drivable in between.

I will only recommend things I would personally do. I'd rather give no advise than bad advise. When people's hard earned dollars are on the line, I take it seriously.

First, to get the tires from rubbing on every uneven driveway, I'd do a 1" body lift and depending on your budget, a 1/2" shackle lift.
That 1 1/2" will help quite a bit. It will keep the tires from rubbing constantly and it's something that can remain permanent.

That will buy a bit of time for a high quality set of springs. Springs that have a comfy ride and last for years without sagging or leaning.
The springs are about 135 a piece? (I think) plus bushings.

Better to spend a little more, and get springs you will actually like 5 years from now. In fact, you'll like your jeep WAY more overall.

I wonder how many Jeeps were sold because the owner bought crap parts and didn't like the performance no knowing there were much better alternatives?

By the way, the Jeep 2.5 may not be a powerhouse. It was built for longevity. 300,000+ miles without any significant repairs is not uncommon. Feel free to flog those 4 squirrels as long as you use decent oil and filters when needed and don't overheat EVER. They are not susceptible to overheating or overly sensitive to it. But after almost 30 years, the cooling system may need a refresh.
If the radiator looks skanky, feel free to replace in a timely manor. Don't wait till the Jeep screams for help!

Keep the trans and diff oil clean, coolant change every couple years and the Jeep will outlast you!

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Ok, we can work with that.

How about a quality lift, done a bit at a time, with the Jeep being drivable in between.

I will only recommend things I would personally do. I'd rather give no advise than bad advise. When people's hard earned dollars are on the line, I take it seriously.

First, to get the tires from rubbing on every uneven driveway, I'd do a 1" body lift and depending on your budget, a 1/2" shackle lift.
That 1 1/2" will help quite a bit. It will keep the tires from rubbing constantly and it's something that can remain permanent.

That will buy a bit of time for a high quality set of springs. Springs that have a comfy ride and last for years without sagging or leaning.
The springs are about 135 a piece? (I think) plus bushings.

Better to spend a little more, and get springs you will actually like 5 years from now. In fact, you'll like your jeep WAY more overall.

I wonder how many Jeeps were sold because the owner bought crap parts and didn't like the performance no knowing there were much better alternatives?

By the way, the Jeep 2.5 may not be a powerhouse. It was built for longevity. 300,000+ miles without any significant repairs is not uncommon. Feel free to flog those 4 squirrels as long as you use decent oil and filters when needed and don't overheat EVER. They are not susceptible to overheating or overly sensitive to it. But after almost 30 years, the cooling system may need a refresh.
If the radiator looks skanky, feel free to replace in a timely manor. Don't wait till the Jeep screams for help!

Keep the trans and diff oil clean, coolant change every couple years and the Jeep will outlast you!
Reaearching lead me to this kit:
https://www.extremeterrain.com/super...s-8795-yj.html
Which is a bit more but includes more which im ok with. I recently did the top end of the engine and replaced a few parts as well as checked all coolants and oils, radiator flush as well trying to maintain it in top notch shape. Will be adding a new exhaust to it as the stock one has seen better days.
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I don't know about that specific kit although Extreme Terrain is a reputable vendor.

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-15-2019, 09:38 PM
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It's a shame to modify such a clean looking jeep. I would leave it stock!
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post #11 of 14 Old 09-16-2019, 08:37 PM
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I'd get either of these over the SuperLift and certainly over the RC.

http://zoneoffroad.com/suspension-lift-kits_wrangler-yj

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I'd get either of these over the SuperLift and certainly over the RC.

http://zoneoffroad.com/suspension-lift-kits_wrangler-yj
I second this recommendation.

95 yj 4 lungs 3.5 bds more shackles ox locked 32" BFG AT KO patriot 9500 sye
08 unlimited rubicon 1"3/4 daystar lift
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I also think you'd really appreciate a set of Old Man Emu springs. Ride and handling are excellent and they never sag.

They pair very nicely with the Bilstein 5100 series shocks. These ride and handle great and have excellent fade resistance and rapid responsiveness.

Lift height will be in the 2.5" range. You'll want leaf spring bushings, U-bolts and new shackles/shackle bushings as well.

If I can assist, please PM me here on the forum or email me at [email protected] - I'm a forum Vendor, and an OME/Bilstein dealer too.

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post #14 of 14 Old 09-21-2019, 08:17 PM
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I think of budget is your concern and your reasoning is to not rub, Id go with a body lift and shackle lift. Very economical.


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