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Old 08-17-2014, 01:36 AM   #1
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Too many choices on lifts. Don't want to screw up.

New to jeep. Just bought the 14 Rubicon. Paralysis by analysis when it comes to lift. Planning on running BFG AT 35" but torn on which lift and how high. 3 or 4"?? Teraflex, Fox, MOPAR??? Any one with a strong opinion please share. Trying to keep the car comfortable on the road. I do a bit of overland camping, mostly rough trails and occasional rock climbing.

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Old 08-17-2014, 01:44 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome! I dont want to be "that guy" but there are literally thousands of threads on this subject. It is a bit overwhelming but read the stickies, read the threads from people asking similar questions, and you will get more information than you will ever need.
Also in reference to your other thread, after 2012 all the JK's come with transmission coolers located in front of the radiator.

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Old 08-17-2014, 02:20 AM   #3
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You're going to get a thousand different answers. There's a billion threads on the forum about this topic most from people brand new to the forum who joined just to ask this question.

A couple videos from Teraflex that are good starting points. I'm not pointing you to their lifts just the videos they made about all the options and helping you choose something.

TeraFlex Tech: Choosing a Lift for your Jeep - YouTube

TeraFlex Tech: Jeep Coil Springs Hype - YouTube

I've had mine for 1.5 years and still haven't chosen.
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:09 AM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum!

You are not alone, many new Jeep owners face the same dilemma and that is why some of the knowledgeable members of the forum have written various thread on related topics. If you learn about lift kits and the different parts you will be able to understand the differences between various kits. Read the discussions about lifts but keep in mind not everyone buys lifts kits with the same concerns.

A few pointers:
- MOPAR rebrands lifts kits from other manufacturers. Some are good some are not so good.

- Fox makes great shocks but they do not make lift kits.

- Teraflex is one of the leading lift kit manufacturers and they make quality lifts and have a wide range of products

- If you read many of the threads you will find that 2.5" lifts suffice for running 35" tires and they are on the threshold, where larger lifts greatly increase the probably of needing to replace other parts in the future. BFG KOs are a great tire but they do not have the most aggressive tread, so it leads to reason you be doing extreme off road driving so the 2.5" lift kit might just fit your bill.

- Many of us have strong opinions so beware of that when you read the posts. Be informed and you will make the best decision for your new JK
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:33 AM   #5
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Knowing what you want to do with your Jeep helps a great deal in choosing the lift that best fits your wants & needs - from what you posted, it seems you already have that figured out. As others have said, opinions are strong on this topic - no one wants believe or feel that they've chosen something "wrong" let alone put out the kind of money that can be involved in doing this modification.

Some go with kits that are complete packages from a sole manufacturer and some will piece together wonderful setups from different manufacturers. The good news, there are many great choices - the bad news, there are many great choices.

I chose AEV for mine. Doesn't mean I think less of anything else available out there or less of anybody else's choice for going a different route. There are tons of incredible looking and set up rigs assembled by people on here that are completely different than mine which to me, is very encouraging. I chose what I did simply based upon what I felt most comfortable with after reading boat loads of threads on here, watching a pile of You Tube videos and combing through information from manufacturers themselves. When it came to researching here, I stuck close to the personal experience of others. I stayed away from the "my neighbors brothers best friend" kind of comments and honed in on what other individuals actually had on their own Jeep.

Couple suggestions: Decide what you'll truly do with the Jeep and two, set a budget that you're truly comfortable with. Those two things when kept in the front of your mind will help you a great deal.

Deciding on a lift was the single hardest decision on any modification I made - once it was decided, the enjoyment began. I've performed every mod myself myself and some like the lift, with the help of friends. It has been an incredible feeling of accomplishment in learning so much about my own ride. I have miles to go compared to some folks on here in terms of knowledge & experience, but that's why I keep hanging around - to keep learning more.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:08 AM   #6
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Here's a stickey in the JK section. It has lots of links to threads that will answer most of your questions. Happy reading

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Old 08-17-2014, 11:16 AM   #7
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Get the lift that fits in your budget and has the most adjustability. So adjustable control arms ect. to correct angles which in turn will increase your satisfaction with driveability.

What's your budget? What's most important to you (want to trailer it and go hit the biggest rocks or want to do moderate rocks and be able to drive home)? What is the on vs. Offroad percentage of your rig?
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:37 PM   #8
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Get the lift that fits in your budget and has the most adjustability.
Agree to a point. Don't just find the cheapest lift with all the arms and stuff and go with it. All brands are not created equal. Some brands ride rough or the springs sag excessively, etc. Cheapest isn't always better. I get the intent of the above post but don't take that to mean find the cheapest lift possible.

A basic 2.5 inch lift and some control arm brackets are all most of us will ever need. Arms are nice but expensive. Even just buying the lower fronts is 2 to 3 times what the drop brackets cost. Add some good shocks and a few other parts and you're good to go.

A few minutes searching will turn up about two dozen newer threads on the same subject.
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Agree to a point. Don't just find the cheapest lift with all the arms and stuff and go with it. All brands are not created equal. Some brands ride rough or the springs sag excessively, etc. Cheapest isn't always better. I get the intent of the above post but don't take that to mean find the cheapest lift possible.

A basic 2.5 inch lift and some control arm brackets are all most of us will ever need. Arms are nice but expensive. Even just buying the lower fronts is 2 to 3 times what the drop brackets cost. Add some good shocks and a few other parts and you're good to go.

A few minutes searching will turn up about two dozen newer threads on the same subject.
X2.

Most kits that include adjustable CAs fall into two categories:
1. Low to moderate price: The kit and the CAs are mediocre quality
2. Medium to high price: Quality improves with price and this is way to go

For moderate lifts, you are better off buying a high quality basic kit and then adding the quality adjustable links if you can't afford everything from the get go.

Your JK's suspension is the foundation of your Jeep don't build it on subpar quality parts, particularly if you plan to work it hard off road.
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:18 PM   #10
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I haven't had my jeep for long and I want to eventually add a lift and tires. But the sheer amount of choices and options is a bit overwhelming
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:38 PM   #11
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Since no-one wants to make a suggestion, I will...
If you have the money, just get the Metal Cloak ARB Kit and be done with it.
That will cover your lift, adjustability , drivability and off road capabilities.

Be warned though, You WILL want to add more stuff once you get the lift and tires...
Good Luck..
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:03 PM   #12
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There's too many suggestions, opinions out there
Everybody has different ideas, plans, budget. Just getting through "my XX kit is the best" on forums can make your search a head scratching experience.
Decide on what you what for tire size, then budget. Understand bigger is not always better.
The information is out there. I posted the thread below in my sig line to help answer some questions.

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