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Rough Country 2.50-Inch Suspension Lift Kit with Premium N3 Shocks (97-06 4.0L Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from 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

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • 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


      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

      MPN# 653.20

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (81)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 81 customers

      Installation Time: Full Day

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      • March 15, 2020

        5 2005 Wrangler - Anonymous Installation Time: Weekend


        We took a couple of days in our spare time to do this ourselves. It wasn't as easy as I thought, but it wasn't that hard. It rides great! The N3 shocks are beefier than stock. Satisfied so far!

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      • October 30, 2019

        5 1998 Wrangler - ThadSpangler Installation Time: Weekend


        It did what it's supposed to do. If I could do it again I would spend the extra hundred dollars and buy the "kit" with all the additional hardware and end links.

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      • August 01, 2019

        4 1999 Wrangler - Merick Installation Time: Weekend

        Great lift

        This lift was exactly what I was looking for. It provided great clearance and great look. Could’ve used some better shocks.

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      • July 26, 2019

        5 2002 Wrangler - PaulT Installation Time: Afternoon

        Nice looking lift

        Looks great, and fairly straightforward install, with those usual unexpected hiccups that come with doing an i stall on a 17 year old vehicle. Too total time of 4 hours beginning to end, which included install of quick disconnects.

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      • July 23, 2019

        5 1997 Wrangler - Monty Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good value

        The kids and I installed this kit in a few hours. Transforms a stock Jeep for better off-road capability. Simple and straight forward install, you will need spring compressors though

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      • May 26, 2019

        4 1999 Wrangler - 99TJRyan Installation Time: Afternoon

        Rc 2.5” lift

        Was my first lift install and was a pretty straight forward install directions easy to follow and you can contact RC if you need further assistance. May possibly need to order more parts depending on if you get vibrations after install. Installing the shocks and springs is a breeze its getting 20 years worth of rusty parts off that may prolong your install. Hopefully you will not have to deal with any rear upper shock bolts snapping!

        Helpful (3)
      • May 26, 2019

        5 1999 Wrangler - Lifted

        Looks good

        Looks good on the Jeep, just the look I wanted. The ride on the road is not bad for a lifted Jeep.

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      • May 12, 2019

        3 2005 Wrangler - mikek Installation Time: Full Day

        introductory lift kit

        the product is great and is everything described in the video. finding out this lift is incomplete if I could I would have gone with X-series that has all of the parts I will have to get a piece at a time at higher total cost.

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      • May 05, 2019

        1 1998 Wrangler - Z Installation Time: Weekend

        Do not waste your time or money.

        This is the second product I have purchased from rough country and I will never give them another dollar. The first product i purchased came with the wrong hardware and left my jeep sidelined for two weeks until they decided to sent the correct mounting hardware. Then after purchasing this product i had to go out and buy all new shocks. You definitely get what you pay for. Just spend the extra money for a quality product is the best advice I can give anyone.

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      • April 22, 2019

        5 1999 Wrangler - Nate Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good budget lift

        Installing on my TJ was pretty straight forward besides some rusted bolts. I put this lift on my 2.5L hoping for a little clearance in the front, honestly can’t tell if I achieved that or not but I stuffed 35’s under it with just slight rub at full lock.

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      Questions & Answers (23 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      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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      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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      Will this kit fit my Wrangler TJ 2.5L?

      • No, this lift kit is only designed for the 97-06 4.0L Wrangler TJs.

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      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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      10 More Questions
      What would i do about the drive shaft angle how could i fix it i have seen things about a transfercase drop or motormount lifts but what else is there, also would i need ti extend anything such as sway bar, things like that Thankyou 1 answer
      I was thinking of combining this lift kit with the (1.25 body lift). Would I need to buy anything else with it? Any suggestions? You can email me too. 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
      astonished about a jeep that cant plow. No plow company makes a plow for a 2004 wrangler X with the 6cyl. I have had jeeps for a number of years. I had a chance to pick up a 04 and finding out it isn't jeep worthy lol. I keep looking at the lift kits but that just won't help, any suggestions? 0 answer
      Is there a Min/Max backspacing for wheels? 1 answer
      Should I get the front aligned ? 1 answer
      I drive a 2004 Unlimited, would this lift work for my Jeep? 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

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Front Lifted Coil Springs
      • (2) Rear Lifted Coil Springs
      • (4) Premium N3.0 Shocks

      Tech Specs

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