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Lift considerations for my 03 TJ SE

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Joined: 24 May 2005
Location: Antigo, Wisconsin

PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 1:03 pm    Post subject: Lift considerations for my 03 TJ SE Reply with quote

I am sitting here with my stock 03 TJ SE that I have had for just over one year. I would like to lift it and put larger tires on it. It only has a 4 banger though.

I have both a "Performance Products" and an "Essentials" catologs; and in looking a these catologs I see lifts by: Superlift, Black Diamond, Skjacker, Rancho, Rubicon Express, Favtech, Old Man Emu, Teraflex, Trail Master, 4Wheel Drive Hardware and Full Traction.

I would appreciate any information on which of the above is of better quality, offers the best on and off road drivability or other vendors.

I drive my Jeep every day in the summer. I don't do any heavy-duty rock crawling and might never.

I don't want to prematurely kill my 4-banger or put too much stress on the tranny. Maybe someday down the road I might upgrade the power plant and put heavier axles under my Jeep.

This is the first Jeep I have owned and I love it I just want more off road capability.

I would probably stay with a tire size of at or under 35".

Thanks for any information you can offer.
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Location: Northern California

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on what you said, I would put a Rubicon Budget boost on it, that gives you 2 inches of lift on your current suspension, and I would stick agressive 31 inch tires on it. ie 31 X 10.50 . If you go larger on your tire size, you probably are going to have a dog on the road unless you are willing to re-gear both your front and rear differentials.

I did that on my 04 TJ, and while I am not up as high as others, my jeep now has alot more capability than stock, and it actually looks like a jeep should sit. Going higher you can do, but you will need to spend alot more money on re-gearing, probably will need a slip yoke eliminator, etc. Others know more than me, but that's how I see it for you.
04 Rocky Mtn Edition TJ, 4.0 L 5 Speed Manual, D44 rearend,4.56 gears, Jeeperman rear bumper, swingaway, Jamboree rack, Warn front bumper, Warn steering box skid plate, Warn oilpan skidplate, Rubicon 3.5 lift, Warn CE M8000 winch.
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