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post #1 of 51 Old 05-08-2020, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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TJ lift

I'd love to install a small lift to my TJ...I've been reading some of the posts for a lifted TJ. I have to say I'm kind of afraid to do it! When I was looking for my TJ I did drive several that were lifted 2 to 4.5 inches. The LJ I drove that was a beautiful looking Jeep was the 4.5 lift. I drove it about 1500 feet and turned around and parked it. Too much work to drive it and I guarantee my wife would have rolled it over. It was the worst thing I ever drove. The 2 inch lift was better but still felt weird.
What's the deal with a lift? Do all lifts drive weird and feel like they are ready to roll over? Is there such a thing as a factory feel with a lift?


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post #2 of 51 Old 05-08-2020, 11:35 AM
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Put a 1.25 to 1.5 inch body lift and flat fenders on it will be doing a 4 inch lift with your stock front fenders

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The LJ I drove that was a beautiful looking Jeep was the 4.5 lift. I drove it about 1500 feet and turned around and parked it. Too much work to drive it and I guarantee my wife would have rolled it over. It was the worst thing I ever drove. The 2 inch lift was better but still felt weird.
What's the deal with a lift? Do all lifts drive weird and feel like they are ready to roll over? Is there such a thing as a factory feel with a lift?
Whoever did those lifts didn't know what they were doing. All of my lifted Jeeps on 35s/33s could be driven at 80 mph and easily steered with one hand. With the much wider stance, they are more stabile cornering too. 05' with 4" suspension lift/1.25" body lift and 1.5" coil spacers up front to level it a bit. Handled and rode excellent. 33" tires top pic and 35s bottom pic.
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4" suspension lift, 1.25" body lift, 35" tires. Drives at least as good as stock. I started with the OME lift from DPG Offroad. Even better ride with 33s. Way better than stock. If done right, there are no issues at all with the handling of a lifted Jeep.
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Put a 1.25 to 1.5 inch body lift and flat fenders on it will be doing a 4 inch lift with your stock front fenders

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No, it won't.

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A nicely built TJ on 35s can drive as well, if nott better than stock. It all starts with understanding what pieces to get and how to put them together.

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When I was shopping for my jeep, I drove a LJ with 35s. It was terror over 35mph. Then it almost died and the check engine light came on. This was at a dealership, they still tried to sell it to me. Hard pass. That said, I found a fairly stock LJ and now have 35s on it, and it drives like a dream. 4" lift, 1.25" body lift, tummy tuck and stock fenders. Feels very stable at every speed. Well, up to 70, don't drive faster than that because I am not stupid.

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Lifting a Jeep is expensive, cheap lifts ride like ****! The standard TJ has a tipping point where the next .5 of an inch is expensive. It's 3.5. IMHO, look at full systems at or under 3.5. These don't necessarily require big heaps of cash, 2k-2500. Your going to want to dial in your suspension, all 8 adjustable control arms are best , you can splurge and go double adjustable but not required. Above 2.5 you'll want a SYE kit. These recommendations, will give you the ability to get it riding like factory with up to 35s. Body lifts open a whole other can of worms. Don't unless you want to do a bunch of other small parts swaps too. I. E . The motor mounts, belly up skid plate or other forms of realigning your shift linkage and drive shaft angles.

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No, it won't.
If he is looking for no ride change and just wants larger tires then yes it will net u the 4 inches clearance but also u are right no its not like doing a 4" suspension lift where you got longer Shocks and will net more suspension travel. I've done the full path from budget boost. To flat fenders and body lift, to full savvy lift to now going back halfed, full custom front and rear 4 link with full hydro on a 60 front and 14 rear on ORIs Did the 14b tmr shave today.. It's definitely an addictive hobby and one with a great community of ppl. Jeep on bro

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Lifting a Jeep is expensive, cheap lifts ride like ****! Body lifts open a whole other can of worms. Don't unless you want to do a bunch of other small parts swaps too.
Not true on both counts.
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GOT IT BACK 6/17. 03' Rubicon/Zone 4.25" combo lift with 4" lift coils up front/Zone hydro shocks/5.13 gears/35" Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tires/Black Magic brakes. Jeep #17 & 19.
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A nicely built TJ on 35s can drive as well, if nott better than stock. It all starts with understanding what pieces to get and how to put them together.
There lies the first problem for me. Not knowing and doing it for the first time. Probably the biggest is the $$$ part. I see the kits are all over the place and not cheep either.

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TJKTodd...Man that thing looks like it will crawl over skyscrapers! It's way out of my league for sure. I'd need a ladder to just get in it!!
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Can I add a puck to the front springs to level it without doing anything else? hoping it doesn't throw steering or something off. If the front end was up just a little It would look better to my eye

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Can I add a puck to the front springs to level it without doing anything else? hoping it doesn't throw steering or something off. If the front end was up just a little It would look better to my eye
Yes, but you need to align the front end afterwards. You can DIY in 10 minutes.

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GOT IT BACK 6/17. 03' Rubicon/Zone 4.25" combo lift with 4" lift coils up front/Zone hydro shocks/5.13 gears/35" Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tires/Black Magic brakes. Jeep #17 & 19.
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No, it won't.
If he is looking for no ride change and just wants larger tires then yes it will net u the 4 inches clearance but also u are right no its not like doing a 4" suspension lift where you got longer Shocks and will net more suspension travel. I've done the full path from budget boost. To flat fenders and body lift, to full savvy lift to now going back halfed, full custom front and rear 4 link with full hydro on a 60 front and 14 rear on ORIs Did the 14b tmr shave today.. It's definitely an addictive hobby and one with a great community of ppl. Jeep on bro

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All that and you haven't figured out that flat fenders that are not highline do not add clearance over stock fenders? Bro?

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