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Old 02-18-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Lift without breaking the bank

Have a 2 dr jk sport with winch and front bumper. Still have stock tire and rim on the rear.
I'm looking for a lift that's expandable over time, won't break the bank and will also give me the most lift. So I'm assuming under 4". I've been looking at the rc and tf 2.5".

Springs struts control arms sway bars and track bars

What should I expect to pay? The tf is $750

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:50 PM   #2
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Where did you find a tf with track bar and control arms for 750

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Old 02-18-2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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TF 2.5 budget boost with shock extensions $330ish
TF monster adjustable front track bar $240ish
AEV control arm drop brackets $ 99
Will ride and drive as near to stock as any lift.
This is a great combo and I used it on my 09 unlimited Rubicon.
It's not the max flex, but is capable off road and will be great on highway.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:58 PM   #4
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Guppy, was your Jeep level with that setup or did it still have some factory rake in the front?
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Have a 2 dr jk sport with winch and front bumper. Still have stock tire and rim on the rear.
I'm looking for a lift that's expandable over time, won't break the bank and will also give me the most lift. So I'm assuming under 4". I've been looking at the rc and tf 2.5".

Springs struts control arms sway bars and track bars

What should I expect to pay? The tf is $750
It's going to be difficult to find a kit that includes everything on a budget. The SkyJacker 2.5 inch Lift Kit has control arms, springs and some brackets, but is still missing other parts you have on your list. But it sounds like you want something that's expandable over time, so you can buy those other parts as you go. Let me know if you have questions or would like a quote!

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:36 PM   #6
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I do plan to do things over time. I'm mainly looking for what I would need immediately
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:57 PM   #7
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Search teraflex 1352002 on amazon. It is a 2.5 inch coil lift with shock extensions for $401 you won't need control arms or much of anything else cause your under the magical 3" mark
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Search teraflex 1352002 on amazon. It is a 2.5 inch coil lift with shock extensions for $401
Thats not a bad price at all
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Oh and the monster track bar is $195 on Amazon as well. You should need it for 2.5" but its nice to have down the road
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RK 2.5" stock mod with bilsteins runs about $800. I went this route - added zone cam locks for caster...recently added the RK adj LCA's (zone cam locks allow you to re-install the LCA back in the stock position)

Love this lift.
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Thanks everyone for the help It sounds like I'm going to go with the TF spring kit with shock extensions and build up from there.

Do I need to plan for an alignment or anything after I install them myself?
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Thanks everyone for the help It sounds like I'm going to go with the TF spring kit with shock extensions and build up from there.

Do I need to plan for an alignment or anything after I install them myself?
See how it drives but, definitely a good idea.
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Thanks everyone for the help It sounds like I'm going to go with the TF spring kit with shock extensions and build up from there.

Do I need to plan for an alignment or anything after I install them myself?
I think you'll be happy starting out with the Teraflex 2.5" Lift Kit with Shock Extensions. From there you'll be able to add new shocks later on and build from there. An alignment is recommended after installing a lift of any size.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like a quote on that lift!

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Wait a month or so. Rancho does their rebate,
If you get the TF kit without shocks or extensions. You get the rear axle bracket.
I would def do the track bar. Add Rancho 9000's. This is a very common setup. I recommend to a lot of people.
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I have the tera 3 inch with adj. CA and rancho 9000's and love it. The 9000's are great shocks
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I have the tera 3 inch with adj. CA and rancho 9000's and love it. The 9000's are great shocks
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Take-off shocks and springs from a Rubicon JKU are often free. Mine were. No hassles. 1+ inch of lift, handles like a Corvette. Note, she lost some articulation, so I will need sway bar disconnects soon to compensate.
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Wait a month or so. Rancho does their rebate, If you get the TF kit without shocks or extensions. You get the rear axle bracket. I would def do the track bar. Add Rancho 9000's. This is a very common setup. I recommend to a lot of people.
So adding it all up, it's cheaper to part the kit together (tf shock extenders and rancho 9000s) than to just buy the tf with shocks and coils.
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So adding it all up, it's cheaper to part the kit together (tf shock extenders and rancho 9000s) than to just buy the tf with shocks and coils.
Say that again?
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I second to what kjeeper 10 says, Look at the rancho lift kit. They will be offering a rebate with there kit, and if you buy there shocks with there lift kit , the rebate will be bigger, I got 300 bucks last year when I did mine. Also you can build off the rancho kit.

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If I remember correctly, people were scooping the 2" sport lift for the price of the 9000 shocks -normally.
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Say that again?
So it's cheaper to buy the tf 2.5" coil kit with shock extentions and rancho 9000xl shocks. Compared to buying the complete tf coil and shock kit
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So it's cheaper to buy the tf 2.5" coil kit with shock extentions and rancho 9000xl shocks. Compared to buying the complete tf coil and shock kit
No extensions... Not with new shocks.
You are buying the cheaper TF kit, but it will include a rear track bar axle bracket.
March/April I believe Rancho's rebate returns. Last year it was buy 3 get 1 free ($250 ish for shocks)
Add a adjustable front track bar if you choose.

Nice setup all together
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No extensions... Not with new shocks. You are buying the cheaper TF kit, but it will include a rear track bar axle bracket. March/April I believe Rancho's rebate returns. Last year it was buy 3 get 1 free ($250 ish for shocks) Add a adjustable front track bar if you choose. Nice setup all together
I'm planning to run the extensions until they put that rebate up or I find a better shock. I'm impatient and just installed a bumper + winch and I don't like the sag
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I want to do a long arm but didn't have the money yet. I found a used RK 3.5 kit with RK 2.0 shocks in the sale section of the forum. Saved a ton and I will sell it when I go long arm. You might look at that option. Lots of deals in the for sale section.

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