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Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Premium N2.0 Shocks (97-06 Wrangler TJ w/ 6 Cyl)

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  • Accommodates Up to 33-Inch Tires
  • 100% Bolt-On Installation
  • Increased Ground Clearance
  • Kit Includes Premium N2.0 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.

Please note: All Rough Country products are subject to a handling fee

Performance. The Premium N2.0 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 N2.0 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

What's in the Box
  • (2) Front Lifted Coil Springs
  • (2) Rear Lifted Coil Springs
  • (4) Premium N2.0 Shocks
Installation Info
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • TJ - 03, 04, 05, 06, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02
  • TJ Rubicon - 04, 05, 06, 03
  • TJ Unlimited - 04, 05, 06

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5/5
Nice lift for the price

Perfect starter lift to allow for 33s and allow a little room for having some fun on the rocks.

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5/5
Great Lift Kit

Kit was easy to install on my 2005 Jeep Wrangler. Gave my stock jeep just enough lift to make it more off road capabilities but still great for everyday driving. Was able to easily fit 32" tires. Definitely ...

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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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!?

JoshuaB

  • 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.

    XTJames

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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.

N899

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

    XTJames

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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.

BC

  • 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.

    Anonymous

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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

SamB

  • The Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit is designed specifically for the 6 cylinder models, and will cause the front end to sit too high if used with a 4 cylinder model. You would want to look at The Rough Country kit J20467 https://www.extremeterrain.com/rough-country-25-suspension-tj-perf652.html

    Rob D

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Will this kit fit jeeps equipped with the 2.5L I-4?

JamesM

  • This Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit is designed specifically for the 6cyl models, and would not work with your 4cyl. You would want to look at a 4cyl specific kit such as J20467

    Rob D

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Will this fit a jeep with the 4 cylinder engine?

DavidS

  • Hello, yes, this will work on a 4 cyl Wrangler TJ, the only difference is that it may give it a bit more height then installing it on a 6 cyl.

    XTNunoP

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Overall Rating 4.7

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Appearance 4.875 4.9
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.791667 4.8
  • Onroad Ride Quality 4.333333 4.3
  • Offroad Capability 4.458333 4.5



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 21, 2017

    Nice lift for the price

    Perfect starter lift to allow for 33s and allow a little room for having some fun on the rocks.

    GregM

    Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 19, 2017

    Awesome Suspension Lift

    This product has made my daughter so much happier. She could not wait for me to put it on her 2000 Sahara. The process was amazing and easily put on. My Daughter had big tires that required a larger suspension and as soon as we put it on it was a lot easier for her to make turns. The only complaint I would have is there was as added vibration on take off now .

    BigG

    Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 10, 2017

    Great Lift Kit

    Kit was easy to install on my 2005 Jeep Wrangler. Gave my stock jeep just enough lift to make it more off road capabilities but still great for everyday driving. Was able to easily fit 32" tires. Definitely improved my ride!

    erikab

    Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    February 05, 2017

    Looks Great!

    Not the greatest fun to install, but it's gonna give your TJ the clearance you'll need. I'm happy!

    AnthonyG

    Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    October 09, 2016

    Great for your money

    Makes the jeep look even more aggressive I have 31/10.5/r15s bf goodreidge AT tires in it. I had a friend who's a mechanic put it on. The one thing I will say is I'm definitely planning on adding to this suspension over time though steering is pretty tight and even harder to drive on the highways but I did know this when I bought the lift.

    KJeep

    Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    July 01, 2016

    Great product shipped in decent time

    The shocks work great!! The lift is nice and well worth it! It feels good to be driving higher up and already did some offroad testing, which went well.

    Sambam

    Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 04, 2016

    Awesome product for the price.

    Me and a friend put this lift on in about 5 hours. Straight forward instillation. I was very impressed with the quality of the shocks and springs. You will need to people, spring compressor, jack stands and air tools. The air tools make the job a heck of a lot easier. My TJ looks great! Thanks Rough Country for making quality products at a great price for the working man.

    Sundevils77

    Year: 2003Submodel: WranglerWeatherford, TX, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 19, 2017

    Excellent budget lift!

    Excellent lift to install and a quality product by Rough County. Didn't take long to install either!

    Robert

    Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    September 07, 2017

    Mark w

    Perfect lift. Rides great. Install time about 5 hours.

    MarkW

    Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    July 07, 2017

    2006 wrangler

    the installation is decent if you have a lift in a garage and you will have to have your jeep alignment checked after you are done but the kit is real nice on our 2006 wrangler

    klw

    Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 22, 2017

    Good value

    A good economic lift. Easy to install. Shocks are a little soft, but can't complain for the price.

    Bill

    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    June 02, 2017

    Installation Shock

    I was surprised at the level of difficulty to install. I had my local shop do the install...the installation is not as forthcoming as the instructions lead you to believe.

    JerryS

    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    May 30, 2017

    2004 TJ

    Installed in 8hrs with no previous experience at lift kit installation. I would recommend having spring compressor.

    Tmartin

    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    May 26, 2017

    2.5 Rough Country Suspension Lift

    The product is very well made and the installation went just fine...It seems to ride pretty well too..No noticeable change in the steering, which at times occurs with most changes in geometry.. I do have ONE "nit" though.. It says this is ALL YOU WILL NEED, however, when attaching the Sway Bar Arms, back to the suspension the tension seems "pushed" and I am afraid they may snap eventually after much wear...Same goes for rear sway bar arms as well..ONLY TIME WILL TELL.. Is there any reason "extended arms" were not included in the LIFT????

    PD

    Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 19, 2017

    Nice product

    The lift has a nice ride amd was a great fit. I am very pleased with the lift kit.

    ChrisT

    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 10, 2017

    BANG FOR THE BUCK

    Achieved the end result without the big cost. Quality product - great shipping and turn around.

    DOUG

    Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 22, 2017

    Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift.

    Very nice set of springs and shocks. Be sure to have spring compressors on hand as kit cannot be installed without it. Also be sure to have the track bar relocation bracket for the rear available. You will need this to center the rear for tracking. Not a hard installation.

    CJT

    Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    February 10, 2017

    GREAT

    I love it! It was just what I was looking for! It is stiffer compared to the stock but I can't complain.

    JonathanW

    Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 03, 2017

    Good lift for short money.

    I installed this lift at the time of a frame swap. Installation was very easy and straightforward. I did require longer sway bar links.

    RickW

    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    January 19, 2017

    Rough Country Suspension Lift

    This lift kit looks and feels great. My Jeep is much higher than I thought it was going to be. It would have taken me a Saturday and Sunday but I ran into problems removing the bolts from the frame of the rear shocks. The rear shocks came out fine but the bolts were rusted in the frame and I couldn't get them out. I ended up having to build a bracket to weld in place where you would bolt in the new shocks. Many people told me to torch them out, but since they are so close to the gas tank I felt that was not a good choice especially in a garage. The front shocks and springs went on perfectly. I am very glad I got this kit.

    BC

    Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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