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Old 04-03-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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Lift Kit comparison

So im just doing research at the moment, but I think ill be buying a kit within the next few months. I know that with coil springs, There is a huge difference with lift kits, but on a YJ with leaf springs, is there much of a difference between rough country and rubicon express? Im going for a minimum of a 3.5", but i think ill probably get a 4". Is there any difference since im only dealing with leaf springs? I am a college kid and I dont want to spend thousands of dollars becuase I need to get tires and wheels also. I want to spend around $800.

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Old 04-03-2012, 10:25 AM   #2
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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Yes, there is a big difference if you plan on wheeling it hard. If it's to be lightly used, you could probably go the cheaper route.

But be aware that at that lift height, you are probably also looking at adjusting your driveline angles w/ a Tcase mod & new driveshaft. Even done cheaply, that's another 200 bucks or so.

Another option is a lower lift + small lift shackles + 1" body lift mounts + fender trimming w/ TJ flares.

You'll also need to regear your axles for anything over 31" tires. I'm assuming you want to run 33's or larger w/ 4" lift.

It would be best if you thought long & hard about what you're actually going to do w/ it. Sure, 33's look cool & are needed on serious, rocky trails....but on the east coast, I've seen guys w/ 31s, lockers & good articulation wheel the hell outta their rigs.
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