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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:41 pm    Post subject: upgrading suspension Reply with quote

I want a bigger lift on my tj and I'm wondering if I need to purchase a new suspension or if I can use my exsisting parts. I have the standard 2.5 OME kit right now, and want to upgrade to RE 3.5 or 4.5 lift.
Can I use my same rear track bar relocater?

I need to replace the lower control arms, but are the upper control arm ok for now?

Should I replace my current bumpstops?

Will I need the drop pitman arm?

Let me know if you can think of anything else

I know I will need a sye for the 4.5" but didn't some people get away with it with the 3.5" lift?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: upgrading suspension Reply with quote

Keithtj wrote:
I want a bigger lift on my tj and I'm wondering if I need to purchase a new suspension or if I can use my exsisting parts. I have the standard 2.5 OME kit right now, and want to upgrade to RE 3.5 or 4.5 lift.
Can I use my same rear track bar relocater?

I don't know.
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I need to replace the lower control arms, but are the upper control arm ok for now?

They should be, unless you go with a SYE and need to rotate that pinion back. In this case, adjustable uppers are more desirable to preserve wheelbase.
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Should I replace my current bumpstops?

Depends on desired tire height and how much taller you want to go. I can't really answer that question....you should check for rubbing once everything is installed. Then adjust bump stops accordingly.
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Will I need the drop pitman arm?

Don't waste your time or money. DPA isn't needed at that height.

Budget for the SYE and driveshaft in case you need it. You could try a 1" BL and 1" MML but that's really just a temporary solution as the SYE/CV combo should be what you're looking to accomplish.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the answers, I've already got the 1"bl and mml. I want to use parts from various manufactuers that's why I don't want to buy one kit. I didn't think that I would need the pittman arm but so many of those kits come with it that I wasn't sure. For now I'm sticking with 33's but once I put a bigger engine in it, I want to upgrade to 35's.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're gonna be looking at 4.25" to 5.5" of lift depending on which set of coils ya go with. Erik pretty much nailed all your questions, but yeah, you're gonna need a new rear relocation bracket for the trackbar. When I went from my Tera 3" to 4" coils it pulled the axle over enough that I couldn't run my Canyons w/o the spacers like I had done previously for inspection purposes. Going from the OME coils to much taller ones will really shift things around. If you're serioulsy thinking of the RE4.5" setup, just save yourself trouble and go longarm right away. The 3.5'll be doable with new lower short arms if you're heading that route. Also, didn't see mention of an adustable front trackbar, get one and think about upgrading the tie rod/draglink setup while you're there too.....you're about to jump into the 'world of shit' type of modding where every mod requires another mod to tweak something that the first mod whacked outta alignment, have fun Wink .
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

now with the 3.5" lift plus a 1" bl I should be able to clear 35's right? I have no problem trimming my fenders since I plan flat fendering the front end. I want to keep a semi-;ow center of gravity. I was going to ask about the front track bar. I've seen 3 options, the tera flex adj for $137, then the JKS adj a little over $200, and then the Currie for around $225 or so. Which one should I go with?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm running a RE one, but I'd buy a JKS or Currie if I had to do it again. Depending on the 35, you should definately be able to clear 35's with that setup. Just adjust your bumpstops according and/or cut away. I'm more of a fan of least amount of lift for the tire you're trying to fit and keeping the COG low rather than getting top heavy and have enough room between the fenders and a tire that a small child could fit in Mr. Green . Each their own though.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an RE FATB on both my Jeeps. I'd buy one again if needed. You'll get an awesome price on RE stuff from DC4WD.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was pricing everything out, and it would be cheaper for me to just buy a whole kit instead of trying to piece it out from different companies.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then shut up already and buy a damn kit flipoff agree .
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the last time I bought something with out researching it, I ended up with a 4cyl TJ. So shut up, I don't want to screw it up again Finger
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