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post #1 of 14 Old 05-19-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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The right lift for my needs ==> Cost/Parts

The way I use my '97 TJ:

Not a DD.
Must go 65-70 on highway once or twice a week. I don’t want a trailer queen.
No rock climbing.
No mudding.
Off roading to include unimproved roads (gravel, dirt, rutted, old logging trails), wooded areas (with some downed trees), sand.
I do not want any clearance/rubbing issues…at all.
Don’t care about gas mileage.
Don’t want a slug…if I have to regear, then I will.

Current:

All stock with 225/75 R 15”. Meaning “28 inch tires”, essentially.

31” Build. Adding 1.5” of clearance for diff ( ~ $800 ):

Put 31” tires on with no other mods needed. Not sure this is doable…backspacing? Rubbing?
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II Tire 31x10.50R15LT $800

33” Build. Adding 2.5” of clearance for diff (Cost ~ $3500 ):

3.5” Rubicon Express Super Flex $1000
Rubicon Express Extreme-Duty™ Mono-Tube Shocks $300
JKS 1.25” BL. $125
Slip yoke eliminator and double Cardan drive shaft $500 (edit: added to OP)
iON alloy Style 171 (16x8, 4.25 backspacing) Rims $500
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II Tire 33” LT305/70R16 $1200

37” Build. Adding 4.5” of clearance for diff (Cost ~ ZOMG $12,300 ):

6” lift (leave room for larger tires since I have to do all the other crap below anyway for tires over 35”) $2,000
Black magic front rotor/pads brakes $500
Space out the steering stop bolt with washers
Heavy duty drag link and tie rod ???
Dana 44 front/rear 4.88 gear w/Detroit lockers and chromoly shafts $5000 ($2500 ea)
Lower/raise bump stops: JKS Manufacturing Adjustable Bump Stops $400
Slip yoke eliminator and double Cardan drive shaft $500
Performance Accessories 3" Body Lift Kit. $150
iON alloy Style 171 (17x9, 5 backspacing) Rims $600
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II Tire 37” 37x13.50R17LT $1900
Fender mod of some sort ???

Of these, I feel like the 33” build will fit my needs. I’d like to do the 37”, but I don’t think my off road habits make it necessary, and I’m not sure 37” on the highway a couple times a week is smart. I’m thinking about a tummy tuck, but that’s later.

Any input on which build fits my needs is welcome, as well as inputs on the 33” parts list. I don't think I've missed anything, but I'm posting in case I have.





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post #2 of 14 Old 05-19-2012, 12:39 AM
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Add a small spacer lift and/or body lift to option number 1 and be done. That will handle everything you want to do.


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If you go with the RE 3.5 SA super flex lift, You will also want to add the SYE and CV drive-shaft as well as rear adjustable upper control arms to your list.

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33"


2" BDS lift 400.00

1" PA BL 100.00

Brown dog MML 100.00

Orfab Tire carrier 600.00

Regear 1200.00

speedometer gear 45.00

Husqavarna chain saw 400.00
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you need to figure out what your jeep has in it, then put it in your profile. once you figure that out, youll have a better understanding what your jeep is cabable of handling. i can tell you right now, if you have 3.07 gears, you wont like 33's


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Do the 33"... leave out RE stuff... stock CAs... 2.5" springs... add savvy underarmor and a winch to pull over those downed trees especially if they're wet...

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Add a small spacer lift and/or body lift to option number 1 and be done. That will handle everything you want to do.
I'll keep that as an option, thanks! And I looked at your build thread...holy crap! Nice!
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If you go with the RE 3.5 SA super flex lift, You will also want to add the SYE and CV drive-shaft as well as rear adjustable upper control arms to your list.
Yeah, I wasn't sure I needed to do that. It was one of the things I wanted to avoid. But, if I don't do it, I'll have vibes, right?
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you need to figure out what your jeep has in it, then put it in your profile. once you figure that out, youll have a better understanding what your jeep is cabable of handling. i can tell you right now, if you have 3.07 gears, you wont like 33's
At first, I was like WTF? I said it was all stock, and it is...then I saw that you could get 3.07 or 3.55. I have the 3.55.
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33"


2" BDS lift 400.00

1" PA BL 100.00

Brown dog MML 100.00

Orfab Tire carrier 600.00

Regear 1200.00

speedometer gear 45.00

Husqavarna chain saw 400.00
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Do the 33"... leave out RE stuff... stock CAs... 2.5" springs... add savvy underarmor and a winch to pull over those downed trees especially if they're wet...
I guess if I did the smaller lift, 2.5" plus shocks, I wouldn't need the SYE/CV and arms. Would I have clearance issues with the 33"s? I hear you on the wet trees...the bark comes off and it's like trying to get over a cylinder of ice. I could use the winch/underarmor or bobsleds' chain saw idea. I'm thinking of the added weight of the armor, but I have not researched it yet.

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I guess if I did the smaller live, 2.5" plus shocks, I wouldn't need the SYE/CV and arms. Would I have clearance issues with the 33"s? I hear you on the wet trees...the bark comes off and it's like trying to get over a cylinder of ice. I could use the winch/underarmor or bobsleds' chain saw idea. I'm thinking of the added weight of the armor, but I have not researched it yet.
You still might need an sye with a 2.5 lift, and definitely will need one if you get a tummy tuck.


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It honestly doesn't sound like you need a lift for the type of use you're describing. I would suggest putting a decent set of tires on it (with what you describe I hesitate to say mud terrains, as you could probably get by with an A/T, but obviously that's your choice) and a winch and call it a day. I just don't understand what you would need the extra clearance for with the use you described.
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Add a small spacer lift and/or body lift to option number 1 and be done. That will handle everything you want to do.
This. I don't see spending a ton of money on upgrades just to run unimproved roads and the like. You can do those without any problems as you sit right now.
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