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Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks (97-06 2.4L or 2.5L Wrangler TJ)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Accommodates Up to 33-Inch Tires
  • 100% Bolt-On Installation
  • Increased Ground Clearance
  • Kit Available with Performance 2.2 Shocks
  • Fits Jeep Wrangler 1997-2006 TJ Models That Have a Four-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 2.2 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 suspension lift kit is compatible with Jeep Wrangler 1997-2006 TJ models that have a four-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
    • Front & Rear Coil Springs
    • Shocks
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • TJ - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
  • TJ Rubicon - 03, 04, 05, 06
  • TJ Unlimited - 04, 05, 06

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4/5
Expanded package

The lift kit came quickly and was well packaged. Items were well made and looked good. Installation was straight forward and simple but not for the shade tree. Looks great and clearance at least 2.5 in. ...

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4/5
inexpensive and easy

Never done any suspension work before this.After watching a couple YouTube videos got it done in 7 hours with very little help. Went on pretty easy and looks great. Can't beat the price.

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Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If I install just this lift kit and new tires, is there any possibility that I will encounter a Death Wobble?

EliasP

  • If everything is correctly installed, you should not have any issue with Death Wobble. That is why we recommend professional installation on something like this lift kit!

    Doug P

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What else will I need to keep my highway ability on my 4 cylinder tj. Anything else I need with this install to keep on and off road ability?

legendinmaking

  • Hello, you wont need to install anything else to be able to put your Jeep back on the road, you can always upgrade some other parts if you would like to make it a bit more off road capable.

    XTNunoP

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Are there any other pieces of hardware that are needed? such as sway bar connect links.

KyleM

  • Hello, no other pieces are necessary to be able to get your Jeep on the road, but you can install upgraded items if you like.

    XTNunoP

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Overall Rating 4.5

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Appearance 4.6 4.6
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.45 4.5
  • Onroad Ride Quality 4.2 4.2
  • Offroad Capability 4.421052 4.4



  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    May 17, 2017

    Expanded package

    The lift kit came quickly and was well packaged. Items were well made and looked good. Installation was straight forward and simple but not for the shade tree. Looks great and clearance at least 2.5 in. Now here's the rest of the story. I would suggest you strongly consider a front track bar, rear track bar relocation bracket, and transfer case drop kit. Little less than $200, but if you want to really enjoy the ride safely, worth the money.

    Pearl2jam

    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (3)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    April 27, 2014

    inexpensive and easy

    Never done any suspension work before this.After watching a couple YouTube videos got it done in 7 hours with very little help. Went on pretty easy and looks great. Can't beat the price.

    bolt13

    Year: 2005San Bernardino, CA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 27, 2017

    Great

    It fits great only hard part was front springs took about 6hrs definitly need a coil spring compreser

    ReymontS

    Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 29, 2017

    Rough country 2.5

    Great produt lift my the way like and drive GREAT , just great.....................

    JacobC

    Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 31, 2017

    Nice little lift

    Great little lift. Ended up being more like 3 inches once it was all said and done. It may settle back to 2.5 inches though. Easy to install, only took about 3 hours. You will need new sway bar end links. Factory ones are not long enough. Do yourself a favor and order the rough country ones with the lift. Besides that, no complaints.

    DavidM

    Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 21, 2014

    Great lift, decent ride

    The lift is great, the 2.5 inches it adds is noticable amount of increased ground clearance. The ride is a little stiff for my liking but is definitely better than my blown shocks I had before. Installation didnt take too long and was rather straight forward.

    Qball5099

    Year: 1997

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    September 20, 2014

    Very simple and down to point.

    Great purchase. Only took 3 days to come in, recommend it highly.

    hdenbow06

    Year: 2002Henderson, TN

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 02, 2014

    Easy install/great price

    This is my first Jeep and the first time I have installed a lift. The instructions that came along with the kit were simple to follow and I was able to complete the install in an afternoon. The Jeep looks great and you can't beat the price.

    mcgreg

    Year: 1998San Leandro, CA, USA

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    March 20, 2014

    Double check

    Make sure before you start that the shocks fit your vehicle we had to cut the old ones apart to get the keepers out for the front shocks. Rears went on fine over all jeep looks sweet rides like a lifted jeep no complaints other then not getting everything.

    Nick600

    Year: 1997Fairmont, wv

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    May 12, 2013

    the ride is great and it handles even better than fractory stock

    the kit was fast and easy to install and all there,

    orve817

    Year: 1999Rockford, IL, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    April 18, 2017

    Great lift for a great price!

    Very basic but perfect for a first option and for the price you cant beat it!

    BrandonN

    Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 15, 2017

    Great Ride

    2.5 Rough Country 2.2 lift....... awesome ride, not too stiff, better than factory!! Best money spent.

    ScottL

    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 14, 2015

    Great product for the money and gives the jeep a good look!

    Simple to install with a little help of a crow bar to get the new springs in place but all and all for the money you can't beat it.

    Chadtsu

    Year: 2002Burleson, TX, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 06, 2015

    Love it!

    Took me roughly about 5 hours with 1 only persons help. Definitely love it. Great lift kit to start with. Pretty smooth install. Only thing I bought along with the lift kit was the drop pitman arm but you don't necessarily need it.

    Jacoby

    Year: 1998Illinois, USA

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 18, 2015

    Jeeper13

    Rough Country 2.5 lift is well worth the money. Gives my jeep a better looking stance. my ride changed for the better . it gives me more wheel clearance for the trail. Installation was made easy, using tools from list that came with the kit . use the list it will help with the install.. Over all very happy with the product.

    Jeeper13

    Year: 2006Houston

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 22, 2014

    Looks very good.

    Love my lift looks very good the ride is nice on and off road. Took me about 5 hours to put it on by myself you can put it on by yourself but you need a spring compression tool. I would recommend it to anyone that wants a little lift.

    chaz

    Year: 1998Dalton, GA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 18, 2014

    I like it!!

    All the items fit, installed about 2 hrs., great kit and fast friendly support. Thanks.

    Steve46

    Year: 2001Orangevale, Ca.

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    October 03, 2017

    Simple but great lift.

    Not many components to this lift which I liked. The ride is great and gives the look I wanted. Mostly was looking to create space for a larger tire and this definitely did the trick. Straight forward and fairly easy installation however still time consuming.

    MattM

    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 1/5

    August 30, 2017

    Did not Work

    Ordered this kit with customers support. It cost $50 more then the other kit and did not come with gas shocks. Found the kit for $50 less other places on the internet.

    KellyR

    Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (0)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 21, 2017

    Easy Install

    The install was very easy to do on my driveway. The ride is little firmer than stock but it is much better than my 30 years old springs

    BJ

    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (0)

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