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post #1 of 5 Old 04-03-2016, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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98 TJ 4.0 lift advice (2.5 inch)

I am looking to give my jeep a small lift for weekend off-roading while still maintaining ride quality on the road. I decided that 33 inch tires and a 2.5 inch lift are visually what I want the jeep to look like, and that set up is in my price range as I don't need to do expensive mods to the driveline.

With 33's and a 2.5 inch lift, how will the capablity of my TJ be off-road, over stock?

Secondly, I need some purchasing advice on lifts. I'm between two that are in my price range, and they are the 2.5 inch suspension lift with the hydro shocks from Quadratec, and the 2.5 inch suspension lift with the 2.0 performance shocks from Rough Country (the 349 dollar set up). Capability, suspension travel, and ground clearance on the trails are important to me, but it is also very important that my jeep remains comfortable on-road.

Of these two options, which would provide me with the best balance between on road ride quality and off road capability? Can anyone provide any opinions on any of these two lift kits? Additionally, could there be a better way to achieve a similar set up, like maybe buying only springs from rough country and getting shocks from somewhere else? I heard both set ups have shock issues.

I want to stay below $600 for a lift kit. I'm in high school and this is my first off-road vehicle. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-03-2016, 11:21 AM
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Neither of those two lifts. Q-tec won't give out any real info on their lift and the RC shocks ride very stiff. You really need a BL and the suspension lift for 33's and any offroading. Look into OME or BDS for a 2" lift. Zone for a 3" lift.

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So how would you suggest running 33's with the 2 inch BDS lift? Adding a 1 inch body lift? Wouldn't that begin to need driveline work? or should i just go with 31's and the 2 inch bds

Also, what about rough country 2.5 inch springs with shocks from another brand?

How is the BDS 2 inch kit?
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Ive used the q tec 2.5" lift, they told me it was budget skyjacker with their name.
Same qualty as rc. But Their Hydro shocks ride nice.
Yes keep it 2-2 1/2 to avoid driveline and steering problems, add a body lift if you need a little more.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-03-2016, 04:26 PM
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Body lift dont change drive line at all.
Many use a little less suspension lift, and add a small body lift.
The smaller the suspension lift the better.
Bds, or zone are good for cheap basic lifts.
2" to 3" is pretty forgiving in the drive line.
U need about 3" minimum for 33s, many feel 4" is better.

rc and Qtech aint considered great stuff!

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