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post #1 of 10 Old 08-22-2021, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Which lift kit to buy?

I want a buy a 2.5" lift for my 83 CJ7. I was going to go with Rough Country but they are on back order. What would be another brand that is comparable?

I'm hearing Skyjacker has weak bushings...
Old man emu....way too expensive!

Anybody here have any experience with Pro Comp?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-22-2021, 07:07 AM
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I would strongly recommend against Rough Country and SkyJacker. Cheap lift kits are cheap for a reason.

I have a 2.5" BDS lift and shocks on my 84 CJ-7 and it rides great on the highway and performs excellent off-road.

If you are the original purchaser of any BDS lift kit and it breaks, BDS will give you a new part. Period.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-22-2021, 07:14 AM
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Save up and get the OME.

The cheap lifts are cheap for a reason.
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Worth getting the OME. You won’t regret!
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OME recommended here. Worth the money.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-22-2021, 10:57 AM
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Anything in the same price point is going to be roughly the same in terms of ride and flex. If you don't have any concerns about ride and just want lift it probably doesn't matter which kit you purchase. I have no experience with rough country or pro comp but they do get a lot of bad reviews and no recommendations as you can see from the answers here.

The OME springs are what I would recommend also...but you'll have to do a YJ conversion which makes the cost slightly higher. BDS gets great reviews and has a lot of supporters on this site as well. Both brands can seem pricey when you compare them to a $500 lift kit that comes with shocks and new U bolts. The lowest price l've seen for a full kit on a YJ conversion is Rocky Road Outfitters OME YJ conversion. Note some folks will do not like Rocky Road and have had issues with them in the past. With tax and shipping it's about $1400 (at least it was a year or so ago). This kit comes with front and rear HD hangers to replace the stock ones, but it doesn't come with new U bolts.

If you can't or don't want to drop the cash all at once you could make a parts list and buy the pieces one by one as you can and just let them pile up till you have them all. The parts are relatively inexpensive individually. That's how I did my re-gear and lockers.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-22-2021, 02:03 PM
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I second the YJ conversion. I did the OME conversion several years ago when I got around to replacing my worn out originals.
I was doing it for the improved suspension - and it did make a huge improvement in ride quality - but I also got two or three inches of lift in the bargain.
If you're going to pull the springs anyway, why not do the upgrade and kill two birds with one stone?

I did the full-on conversion and replaced the shackle hangers, etc. but now there are conversion shackles that allow you to adapt YJ front springs to the CJ.
Here's one I found on Quadratec but I'm sure there are others:
Rubicon Express Shackle Conversion for 76-86 Jeep CJ

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I have BDS 4" lift on my 5. It's made in the USA, it came with U-bolts, shocks, dropped pitman arm, a 1" drop kit for the X-fer case and a no BS guarantee. Rides a little stiff but other than that it's been great.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-24-2021, 05:07 PM
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I am.really pleased with my BDS 2 1/2 lift.
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