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Old 03-13-2010, 04:06 AM   #1
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Best 4" YJ Lift Kit?

Hey Everyone, so I have been reading lift kit reveiw after review, and a ton thread posts on this forum looking for the best lift kit and shock combo, willing to spend up to $2,000, but if I am going to spend that much should I go with a LOA lift, my local 4wd shop qouted me $1900. I do moderate wheelin, mainly trails, mud, and snow - no rock crawling. I do use my Jeep for a daily driver to work 10 miles each way. Any advice?

1) Standard leaf kit vs. LOA?

2) Rubicon Express 4" kit? , hear the Doetsch shocks with that kit suck though and the lift is super stiff

3) Also anyone know anything about the RCD 4" Lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks?

Any other kits I should look at? Thanks everyone for your time and posts!

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Ooops! I meant SOA, not LOA in my above post.

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I wouldn't do the SOA on a daily driver. A 4" spring lift will be okay for 32" tires. Add a 1"body lift for 33's.
Look here...http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/yj-l...ews-25156.html
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um a 4 inch lift should clear 33's actually but i'll let u know I'm doing the lift tomorrow and tires Monday so guess we will just have to see but every one else in the lift reveiw so far that did a rough country 4 inch lift has been able t clear 33's
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4" lift will clear 33's nicely.
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:03 AM   #6
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4" lift will clear 33's nicely.
until you ride over a speed bump
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Thanks everyone, my two friends have 3.5" lifts on their YJs and they clear 33s, but they do look stuffed. Is the rough country lift the way to go or should I go with a RE? I don't mind spending extra money to do this right. I do want to step up my wheelin (mountain trails and muddin), but want clearance bigger tires will afford me to feel more confident.
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I would get the Rough Country 4" lift and upgrade to the 9000 series shocks. Then get the quick disconnect. If I remember correctly the RC lift kit is about 500.00
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with shipping its 500 i have one on my floor right next to me u can upgrade the shocks if u want but i went with the 8's that come with the kit it was cheaper and they look like they will do OK
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with shipping its 500 i have one on my floor right next to me u can upgrade the shocks if u want but i went with the 8's that come with the kit it was cheaper and they look like they will do OK
Where did you get the lift from, and how fast was shipping?
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got it straight from the rough country site and it took about four days. but i ordered on a Thursday and so it stretched it by a day. it come ups if ur in a hurry and have the cash u can express ship it. expect a ticked off delivery guy though its not light and the leaves come all separate.
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I have been reviewing many posts over the last few days and finally decided today and bought a 4" Rubicon Express Lift and am going to install myself later this week!
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I wouldn't do the SOA on a daily driver.
What is the disadvantage of an SOA install on a daily driver? Too hard to drive on road? Too much lean/flex? Unsafe?

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There is NO disadvantage to a SOA on or offroad as far as Im concerned. We have been running them on the road for over 14 years without issue.
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What size SOA conversion did you do? 4"? 6"? bigger?

I remember 10+ years ago a bunch of the guys in my Jeep club in Michigan did SOA conversions and their main complaint was that the Jeep felt unsafe on the road, particularly over 45MPH. Not sure if that still applies but I remember that being a lingering sentiment.
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soa with stock springs give you about 5 1/2 inches of lift. why they feel unsafe could be stock worn out springs are to soft, and long shackles cause more sway. I run soa with rubicon express 1.5 springs 1/2 inch longer shackles with no track bars or sway bars. you just learn not to try high speed tuning. other than that it runs fine at 75 mph.
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Did they do a reverse shackle too? Those drive horrible.....5-6 is what you normally get depending on which perches you use and how worn your springs are. There really isn't a limit on how big you can go with SOA, it just depends on which springs you use. My 61 year old parents drive the crap out of it
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until you ride over a speed bump
Are you smoking something?? I was on 31's with 1" of lift, and only had a little rubbing
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I clear 33s with my 4 inch rough country lift. Had to trim my rear flares to flex but that's easy enough.
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i was stock with 32s...rubbing on the front and almost on the rear with stock fenders........did SOA and have 8 inches of clearence rear........7.5 front
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I have the Rough Country 4" on my rig with 32" MTRs with Kevlar and the only rubbing issue I have is tight turning.
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4" RC and 33x12.5x15 tires no fender rubbing till I went with 3.75" backspacing. Now the tires rub the rear fenders on a really hard bump because they are out farther. But it cured the springs getting rubbed on a full lock. Trimming 1" from the rear fenderflare would stop the rub but I have 7" fender flares in route to my house as we speak.
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soa with stock springs give you about 5 1/2 inches of lift. why they feel unsafe could be stock worn out springs are to soft, and long shackles cause more sway. I run soa with rubicon express 1.5 springs 1/2 inch longer shackles with no track bars or sway bars. you just learn not to try high speed tuning. other than that it runs fine at 75 mph.
Im running the same set up but with stock shackles and Ill be installing a trac bar cause of the wobble up front from my heavy tires. Dont think jeep were ment to run tires/wheels at 150lbs a corner. BTW RE makes nice springs
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go SOA but DO IT RIGHT and you wont regret it. Gotta go with high steer system. As with any lift your dropping the center link way south of the drag link and this causes rediculous bumpstear.....not only that but an un safe amount of play in the steering. Theres a whole science behind the angles but to keep it short...just f'n do it. I did the rocky road version and its unreal how much of a difference it made. Soa will give you more than you need and its simple for a mechanically incliined person. Way cheaper to. Ill say it again and again...SOA + HIGH STEER KIT = PERFECT
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go SOA but DO IT RIGHT and you wont regret it. Gotta go with high steer system. As with any lift your dropping the center link way south of the drag link and this causes rediculous bumpstear.....not only that but an un safe amount of play in the steering. Theres a whole science behind the angles but to keep it short...just f'n do it. I did the rocky road version and its unreal how much of a difference it made. Soa will give you more than you need and its simple for a mechanically incliined person. Way cheaper to. Ill say it again and again...SOA + HIGH STEER KIT = PERFECT
I agree with the steering idea, I used the teraflex knuckle and build my tie rod and drag link out of 1.5" .250 wall chomolly tube.
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Ive never raised the steering yet and I just finished my 15th SOA and I've never had bumpsteer with any of um.
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Ive never raised the steering yet and I just finished my 15th SOA and I've never had bumpsteer with any of um.

I guess you dont really HAVE to do a high steer conversion.....but it sure is nice to be able to relax while im driving.
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a good stabilizer will help with bump steer
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I am getting ready to do this too.

I was wondering how much money difference between SOA and regular lift ?

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