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Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Premium N3 Shocks (97-06 4.0L Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Accommodates Up to 33-Inch Tires
    • 100% Bolt-On Installation
    • Increased Ground Clearance
    • Kit Includes Premium N3 Shocks
    • Fits 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJs equipped with a Six-Cylinder Engine

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com and this is my review of the Rough Country 2.5 inch suspension lift with shocks, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs. There is a version of this lift kit for those of you with the four-cylinder and those of you with the six-cylinder, so make sure you get the right one for your Jeep. As you can see, this is the most basic form of a lift kit. It includes lift springs and longer shocks, which is really all you need to get two and a half inches of lift under your Jeep. It's when you start getting into the bigger lifts that you need additional components to make sure everything works well together. You can save a lot of money, install a kit like this, run a set of 33-inch tires, which will give your Jeep that much more aggressive look, and give you the ability to go out on the trails and have a great time. Like I said, this kit is really simple. It includes all four springs that you need to get that additional ride height, and these springs are also going to be a little bit longer, but also a little bit stiffer than your factory springs. So if you have things like bumpers and winches, or a large, heavy spare tire, this is going to hold up to that weight a lot better than the factory springs would. The kit also includes all four new shocks, which are going to be longer to accommodate the new higher ride height. Any time you increase ride height, you want to increase the length of the shocks to make sure that you still have the maximum off-road performance. The shocks that are included in this kit are Rough Country 2.0 shocks, which are a nitrogen-charged shock. Anytime you're looking at a shock right out of the box, you can always tell if it's a nitrogen-charged shock or it's a hydraulic shock because the nitrogen ones will be banded together like this. If we were to remove that band, the shock would slowly, automatically expand to its full expanded length. Now there are a few benefits to running a nitrogen shock like this over a hydraulic shock. The nitrogen charge inside of the shock is designed to prevent the fluid in the shock from foaming and bubbling up when the shock is worked really hard. That foaming and bubbling can cause cavitation and eventually cause shock fade. The nitrogen charge, again, is designed to reduce that. Now the downside to a nitrogen shock is that they can ride a little bit stiffer than a hydraulic shock. So that is something to consider when you're looking at this lift kit. Because of the few number of components that this lift kit includes, the installation becomes really easy. The first step is to support the Jeep by the frame and, of course, remove the tires. From there you can completely remove the shocks because you're going to be installing the new ones that come with the kit. After that, you can disconnect your sway bar and links, your brake line brackets, and your track bars. What that's going to do is allow the axle to completely droop. When the axle is at full droop, the old springs should fall right out, and you can install the new ones in their place. After that, it's just a matter of reinstalling your brake line brackets, your track bars, your sway bar and links, and bolting in the new shocks. A little tip for reinstalling your track bars, because they can be a little bit difficult to get bolted back up, is to put the Jeep under its own weight on its tires and have somebody sit in the vehicle and turn the steering wheel left or right. That will help to line up the track bar in its bracket and make it really easy to get that bolted into place. Now, anytime you're changing the suspension geometry like this, there are a couple of other things you want to check. You want to check full articulation and full flex to make sure that your tire isn't going to bump into the body, causing any sort of damage, and you want to make sure that the shock cannot fully compress. These are a little bit longer than the factory's shocks, so there's a chance you may want to add some bump-stop extensions. The entire lift kit should take you only about four hours to get installed, and you won't need any specialty tools to do so, although if you have access to a lift or some air tools, it will definitely speed the process along. Another tip for the installation is to make sure you spray all the applicable bolts with a good penetrating oil well before you get started. Even the newest TJ is getting up there in age and a lot of them have some rust on them, especially if you're in our area, which is right in the middle of the rust belt. Overall, I think this kit is priced really fairly for what you get. It includes pretty much all of the components that you'll need to get the Jeep back on the road, and at the very least it's a good starter kit. As I mentioned, you can always add bump-stop extensions, or longer brake lines, or other components to make the Jeep perform even better off road. But as far as a starter kit to get you rolling again, this is a good way to do so inexpensively. So if you're looking to add two and a half inches of lift to your Jeep for additional ground clearance, or to run up to a 33-inch tire, this is a really nice base model kit. This includes everything you need to get on the road and rolling again but also leaves you the opportunity to customize the lift kit and add components as you see how your Jeep works. So that's my review of the Rough Country two and a half inch suspension lift with shocks, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.

    Performance. The Premium N3 Series Shocks in this TJ Wrangler Suspension Lift Kit features a large piston and a chrome-hardened piston rod for efficient performance. Its coils springs level the front of the jeep with the rear to offer increased ground clearance.

    Easy Installation. It comes with necessary hardware and detailed instructions for easy bolt-on installation.

    Fitment. This Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit with Premium N3 Shocks is compatible with the 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ models that have a six-cylinder engine.

    Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods.

    Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

    CA Residents: Warning: California's Proposition 65

    What's in the Box
    • (2) Front Lifted Coil Springs
    • (2) Rear Lifted Coil Springs
    • (4) Premium N2.0 Shocks
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    Questions & Answers (18)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    I have a Jeep Wrangler TJ 2003, I don't really go off roading but I probably would if I got a lift. I was wondering what the difference is between the Rough Country Premium N2.0 shocks and the performance 2.2 shocks.

    • N2.0 is nitrogen charged. 2.2s are oil charged. The 2.2s ar better for offroading. I'd go with the N2.0, smoother ride on the street.

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    When installing the Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Premium N2.0 Shocks on a 97 Wrangler TJ w/ 4.0 liter does anything need to be done to the drive shafts. Will they still be aligned to prevent vibration when driving.

    • When lifting a Tj up to 2 to 2.5 inches it is recommended to install either a transfer case drop, or install a slip yoke eliminator and extended driveshafts.

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    Do I need anything else like longer sway bars or what? New to the jeep world and I just got a 2000 Jeep Wrangler straight six anything else I need with it? Or can I just slap it on!?

    • The Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Premium N2.0 Shocks (97-06 Wrangler TJ w/ 6 Cyl) would not require any additional parts.

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    I was thinking of combining this lift kit with the http://www.extremeterrain.com/rough-country-125-body-lift-tj-1157.html (1.25 body lift). Would I need to buy anything else with it? Any suggestions? You can email me too.

    • No, this 2.5" lift kit along with the 1.25" body lift would work just fine. No additional components would be needed.

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    If I get this lift kit can I run 33×12.5 tires on a stock 2005 tj unlimited without having to purchase anything else?

    • Yes, you are able to run 33" tires with this kit butunfortunately, you would require a spacer or new aftermarket wheels that have at least a 3.75" backspacing. 

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    10 More Questions
    Will this kit fit my Wrangler TJ 2.5L? 1 answer
    Do I need the steering stabilizer for the lift if I keep the stock size rims and tires 1 answer
    Would I be able to use the shocks included in this kit on my stock suspension until I can install the rest of the kit, or is it only for a 2.5 inch lift? 1 answer
    New to the Jeep family will I need anything else in order to install this lift 1 answer
    What does the kit do with Trac bars, without a bracket wouldn't the axles me moved? 1 answer
    Rough country is saying a 31x10.50 r15 on the website. Is that with stock wheels? 1 answer
    Installed it and am having drive line vibrations now. Didn’t think i would have that, what do I need to fix it? 1 answer
    hi thx for your time in advance. can I use this lift kit on 4cyl. it says 6. rebuilding a 2003 tj sport 4cyl so I don't have to beat up my 2014 willys unlimited. any suggestions for a 2in lift for my 33's. thx 1 answer
    Will this kit fit jeeps equipped with the 2.5L I-4? 1 answer
    Will this fit a jeep with the 4 cylinder engine? 1 answer

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    Customer Reviews (61) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Appearance 4.75 4.8
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.666667 4.7
    • Onroad Ride Quality 4.383333 4.4
    • Offroad Capability 4.416667 4.4



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      September 19, 2018

      2.5 in lift review

      Great lift, easy to install. Great for people who want a lift but don't want to go very high.

      Jax

      Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 05, 2018

      lift kit

      I have about every tool they make, It took me about 7 hours as the bolt broke on the upper shocks in the back had to drill them out and tap them. Other than that it went well. Make sure you use penetrating oil for about a week before spray each day. Spring compressor are a must don`t try without them. Was a little mad a couple times but took a break and came back. When it was all done and I put the new tires on it looked great.

      JERRYP

      Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      August 27, 2018

      Very Pleased

      This lift works great and was easy to instal. Definitely a smoother ride then keeping it stock, also great offoad. Took us about a weekend to instal beacuse the stock springs and shocks were not easy to take out. But, the new ones went in perfectly, with little to no modifications needed. Very happy with the product!

      JessS

      Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      August 18, 2018

      Nice lift

      Installed this lift and was installed in a day running 33 under my Jeep now and can’t be any happier

      James7273

      Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 16, 2018

      Good budget lift

      Like the lift don’t really care for the shocks. They are a little rough going to be switching to bilstien 5100’s soon. Installed myself in driveway in a few hours. Daughter likes it, it’s her Jeep.

      JamesS

      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      July 25, 2018

      2.5" Rough Country Lift w/ Shocks

      After installing the lift only, the Jeep had severe death wobble over 40mph. To eliminate the death wobble, dropped pitman arm, adjustable track bar, and Rough Country steering stabilizer were installed. Now the Jeep rides better than stock.

      RyanO

      Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 10, 2018

      Great lift for price

      Good affordable lift kit for 33 tires took half a day to install

      JuanO

      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      July 01, 2018

      Good lift for price

      This is a good lift for the money. I think I actually got more like 3 inches of lift out of it. Looks good rides like a Jeep. Later added the rough country 2.2 steering stabilizer which works well with this setup.

      JacksonJ

      Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 2/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 28, 2018

      Shocks are no good

      I have added this lift kit on two tj’s. The shocks from rough country that come woth the kits are no good. Both sets of rear shocks blew out in the sand yes the lift is economical but upgrade the shocks to a different brand. I contacted rough country about the shocks and they haven’t responded - I won’t be buying them for my next build.

      DougC

      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      June 13, 2018

      works good for me.

      rough country 2 1/2 inch lift works well for my 2004 jeep tj wrangler.

      trucker

      Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 18, 2018

      Big upgrade

      Old shock were completely rusted through and this kit brought new life to my jeep.

      BenjaminG

      Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 12, 2018

      Issues I found

      Fairly easy to instal with the help of some air-tools. Found that after the instal, my caster was off and needed adjustable front upper control arms to prevent death wabble.id recomens replacing break lines as they will limit your ability to flex completely.

      SylaceC

      Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (4)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 26, 2018

      good for the money

      depending on how old your suspension is might be worth it to change the control arms while you're at it, pretty tough install takes about 6 hours. especially if your bolts are pretty rusted like mine.

      NickSmallz

      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 17, 2018

      4-6 hours

      Just takes a little time. spring compressors really helped. BOL has a lift that helps too. would be tough on the ground

      EdwardB

      Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 17, 2018

      RC 2.5 loft kit.

      Great product and an even better price! Shipping was lightning fast and it was packaged well.

      Doug03TJ

      Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      April 16, 2018

      Andy p

      Great product easy to install in the garage and looks great!

      AndyP

      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 15, 2018

      Great lift for the price

      Easy lift to install, added just the height I was looking for without the added expense of a SYE. No Death Wobble...

      rhickert

      Year: 2003Submodel: Rubicon

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      April 06, 2018

      Solid product

      Great suspension lift kit for the price. Extremeterrain provided great selection and ordering support. I literally ordered on a Thursday afternoon and had it delivered to my door by the end of the next day! Gives a new look to my original suspension ('04 TJ)...looking forward to adding new wheels and larger tires to take advantage of the lift. One recommendation...the tech info says this kit is all you need, but highly recommend the adding of a rear link bar bracket. Without that the rear axle is hard to center with the existing mount points.

      CarlF

      Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 25, 2018

      Rough country lift

      Exactly the look I wanted for my Jeep TJ. Easy installation. Needed a spring compressor for front springs. Kit looks nice. Jeep looks awesome and rides nice.

      KathieC

      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 24, 2018

      Good lift kit

      For the price, this kit delivers. It fit perfectly. The ride is much better than stock. It looks great. The rear springs absorb bumps great. I wish the front end was the same. It's a little stiffer than the rear bumper, I'm just being picky. I was concerned that the kit would be of lesser quality because of the price but over all I'm very happy with it. It gave me the clearance I needed to accommodate 33" tires without rubbing.

      KristinF

      Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (3)

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