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Rough Country 2.5 Jeep Wrangler YJ Lift Review

Ready for Lift-Off

Ali MansourPhotographer, Writer

Getting in the off-road hobby doesn’t have to be expensive. Some of the most fun we’ve had off-road happened behind the wheel of a low-buck wheeler. Our friend recently picked up a 1993 Jeep Wrangler YJ. It was a dirt-cheap purchase, mostly due to the fact that it wasn’t running and had a few rust issues here and there. With a few replacement parts and a little elbow grease, he got the weathered Jeep back in action.

Since this would be a secondary vehicle, our friend didn’t want to drop a lot of money into the Jeep. Of course, who ever really wants to spend a lot of money on anything? After consulting his local off-road shop, he made the decision to raise the Jeep modestly with a 2 1/2-inch lift from Rough Country Suspension. While it was suggested to run a 31-inch-tall tire, he was looking for more meat on the ground, so he opted for a set of 33-inch-tall Patagonia M/Ts from Milestar. The entire upgrade cost less than $1,500 (tires, lift, and wheels). Not bad for a low-budget wheeler.

To check the transformation, we stopped by the shop hammering out the install and followed the small Wrangler out to the trail.

In the Dirt
On its shakedown run, the Jeep worked excellent. The aggressive mud-terrains hooked incredibly in the muddy and sandy soil. Disconnecting the front sway bar gave the YJ a better opportunity to flex and airing down the tires to 15 psi helped the Wrangler get where it needed to go. Overall, the Jeeps springs and shocks did a good job of improving the suspension and adding lift without being overly stiff. We are sure this budget beater will have more upgrades in its future, but for now, it’s ready to enjoy.

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