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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-20-2002, 12:07 AM
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jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

Howdy, I'm new to the board and am looking into lifting my girlfriends YJ for her. It's a 92 with a 4 liter. She wants to put 32's on it ultimately. I was thinking it would need somewhere between 3-4 inches? Maybe a 3 inch suspension and a 1 inch body? I've been looking around at kits, and it doesn't look that difficult, although I could be very wrong as pictures can be decieving. Also, are there things usually not included in kits I'll need also? Is this something that someone can do in their garage or best left to the experts? Sorry about all the questions, I just can't believe I found this jeep for the deal I did. Less than 90k miles, perfectly straight, K&N, cat-back exaust, original soft top, steel horse hard top with hard half top doors, bikini top, massive tube side steps, diamond plate wrapped around all corners and sides and more for $5300. Any help and answers is greatly appreciated. Oh yeah, are certain "brand" lifts better than others too? Gawl dang, there I go again. Thanks!
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Re: jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

Pro Comp just came out with a coil over conversion that look pretty sweet.

Here is a link to show you the whole thing

http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/reviews/exprocoil99/
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Re: jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

Not entirely positive, but on YJ's I think you might have to do a slip yoke elimination. Do a search for SYE. I hear those can be kind of expensive. Of course that all depends on your version of expensive I guess. Sounds like a nice Jeep. I did my lift in my front yard, but I do have air tools so that helped out a lot. Be careful how much lift you do in your garage, if you have a low door you might not be able to get it out after the lift, but with 3" you should not have a problem. Lots of ?'s can be answered by doing a search on this BBS, also look on the main page for some links to your answers. Good luck.
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Re: jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

hahaha! That would be hilarious! Build a Jeep for permanent off-road... Can't even get it out of the garage to get it TO the road. You could always let the air out of the tires to loose a few inches, but anymore than that and you'd have problems.

I did a lift on a previous vehicle within a weekend, without really knowing what I was doing until I got into it, and it all came together perfectly--it was a Racho lift, which I heard was supposed to give a smooth ride (still was pretty stiff though, although that may have improved now.)
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Re: jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

This will almost be a religious discussion on which lift is better. If you do a search you might find that people aren't very happy with Pro Comp, just thought i'd mention it.

If I had the $, I would be going in for a 4.5" Lift from Rubicon Express.

Usualy there is also a high minimum before you need to add a SYE. You will also need some other stuff like a transfer case drop, a new Pitman Arm for over 2" of lift.

If you get the 4wd cataloge, I've heard decent stuff about their brand lifts, usualy they buy quality, and just slap their name on it.

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Re: jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

I run a Rubicon express extreme duty 4.5 inch lift ($850). Iím glad I did it. Itís big. I could run 35s easy on the street. But it flexes so well, that 33s rub. Comes with the extra goodies that the other kits leave out, extended brake lines, sway bar disconnects, grease able bushings, shackles. Drop pitman arm.

I would strongly recommend the RE 4.5 ED to anyone that wanted to really off road their rig with a bolt on lift kit. The only thing that you would need to add to the RE kit is an SYE. It does come with a T case drop and it works OK driving around town and for 85% of what I see off road, but the T case drop creates some has limitations.

For a low cost lift that is ready for the street + a little bit more: BDS, super lift, skyjacker all make nice 3.5 inch kits. These kits all use a T case drop to reduce drive-line vibration.

BDS leaf springs are very popular for price and warranty. But, realize that a 4 inch lift spring is allot stiffer then a stock spring or 2.5 inch lift spring. Your ride quality will diminish.

PS my 2 cents, stay away from the procomp coil lift.
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Re: jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

I put a 2 1/2" ProComp on my 93 with 31" tires. Works fine.

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Re: jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

I've used two Superlift kits on two differnt Jeeps and have very happy. I put Superlift's Wrangler 3.5" lift on my CJ two years ago. I had a spring loose some arch and they replaced it free of charge, no questions asked. They even paid for shipping.
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Re: jeep needs a lift, suggestions?

Well, looks like she's not going to lift it now. We'd do the 4.5 rubicon, but can't afford to do the SYE on top of that and she doesn't want to do the 2.5 because the rubicon 2.5 says it only accomidates up to 31's and she's set on having 32's. Gosh darn it anyhow; I was looking forward to gettin greasy so we could go get muddy.
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31's will fit on a stock YJ, they just rub the plastic fender flares, so... a 2.5" lift is plenty for getting 32's to fit without any rubbing. I have yet to find a tire/lift chart that doesn't try to over sell a product.
A 4.5" kit is REALLY overkill for 32's. If all she wants is bigger tires, look into a body lift. Much cheaper, easier, and faster to install. A 2" body lift should do the trick and will work fine in the dirt until she gets serious enough to warrant the money spent on upgrading the suspention.
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