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Old 06-10-2011, 12:34 AM   #1
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4" suspension lift cheaply ?

I was looking at the 4" sky jacker budget lift but don't know the route I should go... I don't want the shittiest but don't need the best any suggestions please help

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Oh I have a 07 jk 4 door

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4" isn't cheap if done right. there are issues that can occur with a 4" lift like driveshaft issues with the U-Joints. It is borderline issue at that lift. Not to mention you will need extensions on several items. If you want to go cheap, I would recommend a 3" lift which will eliminate these problems but that is your choice. Going cheap on a 4" lift may cost you more in repairs later. But all you need is a 3" lift with a JK. You can get up to 37" tires with a 3" lift.
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Why do people always want to do things cheaply? If you don't do it right the first time its going to cost you more in the long run. Hold off until you can afford to do things right then do themm.
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Your first decision should be what size tires are you gonna run. Then determine what lift your going to need. A 4" lift on a JK is pretty big unless your going 37s or bigger. If your gonna go with tires between 32-35 stick with a 2.5" lift.
Maybe a budget boost is what your looking for.
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I want to drive my vehicle at 65 MPH on the cheapest suspension possible. I want it to be 4 inches higher than it is now. I will also put my family in the vehicle with me.
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2.5" Teraflex Budget Boost...... Just over $300 shipped in the US, not sure about Canada.... All you need for 35's, and it performs fine, on and off road.
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I was looking at the 4" sky jacker budget lift but don't know the route I should go... I don't want the shittiest but don't need the best any suggestions please help
Check out Rancho 4" Sport lift..they have a rebate going on for awhile now.

Not sure what your plan is but if you just want 35s then a 2.5" or 3" would be enough.
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Why do people always want to do things cheaply? If you don't do it right the first time its going to cost you more in the long run. Hold off until you can afford to do things right then do themm.
I said I don't want the sheittiest. I just want peoples on advice on lifts that a cheaper then others and just as good.... U see cheap lifts out there but automatically think they suck... Its a matter of getting the right price....
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Whats your budget?

I cant see a budget 4" Skyjacker with a quick look, but at 4" to get it to drive and handle OK you will need (in addition to the springs and shocks):

front and rear upper and lower adjustable control arms
rear track bar relocation bracket
high lift steer kit
brake line extensions
New drive shafts (eventually as the stocks will fail at 4in lift)
extended sway bar links
extended bump stops front and rear

When talking "cheaper" lifts you are in the 2 to 2.5 in bracket, though even these will need half of the parts listed above to correct steering geometry and ride OK. Once you hit 3in or above you really need a very comprehensive kit.
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U see cheap lifts out there but automatically think they suck
It's because cheap lifts really are sheit especially when you're looking at 4 inches or more. I just got my Zone 4" lift installed on my TJ and I'm incredibly happy with the tubing and components. The kit itself is ridiculously legitimate and they put a lot of quality into a kit for $550. But guess what? I also had to purchase an SYE/CV kit ($525), adjustable uppers ($250), cam bolt kit and steering stabilizer ($75), and installed an 8.8 axle at the same time to accommodate the larger tires (I don't even want to determine the cost at this point). Not to mention, now that I'm all installed, there are still other components I definitely need - brake line extensions, larger brakes kit and HD steering, and an adjustable track bar. I'm well over $525 (and well into the red) at this point. A 4" budget kit can be an excellent start, but no kit is comprehensive enough at that point to include everything you need. that said, I'll be sticking with Zone for my stuff no doubt (and Allen too ).

Don't think some of the insults personally. Stick around here because you'll learn and pick up a lot of useful info and save yourself a ton of money in the long run. It's just to some people this question is asked OVER and OVER and it seems like whenever the reply isn't what the OP expected, it turns into a piss 'n moan match.
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It's because cheap lifts really are sheit especially when you're looking at 4 inches or more. I just got my Zone 4" lift installed on my TJ and I'm incredibly happy with the tubing and components. The kit itself is ridiculously legitimate and they put a lot of quality into a kit for $550. But guess what? I also had to purchase an SYE/CV kit ($525), adjustable uppers ($250), cam bolt kit and steering stabilizer ($75), and installed an 8.8 axle at the same time to accommodate the larger tires (I don't even want to determine the cost at this point). Not to mention, now that I'm all installed, there are still other components I definitely need - brake line extensions, larger brakes kit and HD steering, and an adjustable track bar. I'm well over $525 (and well into the red) at this point. A 4" budget kit can be an excellent start, but no kit is comprehensive enough at that point to include everything you need. that said, I'll be sticking with Zone for my stuff no doubt (and Allen too ).

Don't think some of the insults personally. Stick around here because you'll learn and pick up a lot of useful info and save yourself a ton of money in the long run. It's just to some people this question is asked OVER and OVER and it seems like whenever the reply isn't what the OP expected, it turns into a piss 'n moan match.

But the OP has a JK not a TJ...he wont need alot of the stuff you mentioned.Maybe a new driveshaft at best but im still running the factory ones and no sign of wear so far.
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I said I don't want the sheittiest. I just want peoples on advice on lifts that a cheaper then others and just as good.... U see cheap lifts out there but automatically think they suck... Its a matter of getting the right price....
Your post title doesnt describe it that way neither do your posts. What do you want to do with your Jeep? Giving that info can help people get you the lift you need and you can hope its in your price range. Instead of saying how can I do this cheaply give some information for your end goals.
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Gotcha well it's mostly for looks ... Once I get some scratches on it I'll start taking it off rd but Nothing extreme... Nothing that will get my close to rolling.... I just wanna get 35s in there and for it to look cool... And if I wanna go camping up a mountain that has trails to the top I would like to make it... Ya sorry I didn't say what I wanted it for... This is the first vehicle uv ever looked into investing money into other then my 70 beetle
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Check out Rancho 4" Sport lift..they have a rebate going on for awhile now.

Not sure what your plan is but if you just want 35s then a 2.5" or 3" would be enough.
I do want 35s but wouldn't mind getting up some nerve to hit some trails one day
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35" is the magical number that affects all of your systems exponetially. As long as you understand and are prepared for that, then go for it.
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    35" is the magical number that affects all of your systems exponetially. As long as you understand and are prepared for that, then go for it.
Kinda, Its more of a lift height and shock length that gets the JK into trouble.

Generally 35's mean a 3" lift. Which is right on the breaking point depending on shock length (also depends on the manufacturer)

We can lift your JK 4" of lift cheaply, but it will have its consequences.

It will be flighty on the road (handling). The rear pinion angle will not like the operating angles.

I would suggest atleast a Drop pitman arm, Drop trackbar brackets front and rear. Adjustable trackbars, Upper adjustable control arms front and rear, Coils, shocks, bumpstops, brakeline ext.

We do offer a 4" kit with coils, shocks, trackbar brackets. Its an economy kit thats meant to be upgraded as money allows.

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The 35's put more stress on the axle and drivetrain components. Also the driveshaft is a concern when you lift that high, especially with an automatic transmission. All of it can be done, but when you are discussing a 4" lift and 35's, the word "cheaply" should not be part of the discussion.
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Well cheaply I was hoping to only spend 1500 for parts. Theres just bunch out there iv been trying to research it but everyone says something different. Iv had the money sitting in my bank for 2 months just trying to get the best bang for my buck .... Or if I should put more then 1500 into a lift
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The 35's put more stress on the axle and drivetrain components. Also the driveshaft is a concern when you lift that high, especially with an automatic transmission. All of it can be done, but when you are discussing a 4" lift and 35's, the word "cheaply" should not be part of the discussion.

You do bring up a good point of C-Gussets on the axles. 35's alone will not damage your driveshafts. Two of our shop JK's are still running the stock driveshafts with 35's and 37's. The drop of the axle beyond 27" of shock travel will damage the front shaft. As I said the 4" lift needs certain parts to lift it correctly.

That being said. The stock driveshafts are not the strongest and should be upgraded before your broke down along the highway. Its just not a must as soon as you lift your JK.
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You do bring up a good point of C-Gussets on the axles. 35's alone will not damage your driveshafts. Two of our shop JK's are still running the stock driveshafts with 35's and 37's. The drop of the axle beyond 27" of shock travel will damage the front shaft. As I said the 4" lift needs certain parts to lift it correctly.

That being said. The stock driveshafts are not the strongest and should be upgraded before your broke down along the highway. Its just not a must as soon as you lift your JK.
27" of shock travel. So your saying if I'm getting it and don't drive it off road till the driveshaft should be fine.... But should replace driveshaft before taking it off road with a 4" lift ?
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Basically, even then it will break the seal not the shaft.
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Here's an article that explains the drive shaft issue. Fatal Angle Tom Woods JK Wrangler Driveshafts - Jp Magazine
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Here's an article that explains the drive shaft issue. Fatal Angle Tom Woods JK Wrangler Driveshafts - Jp Magazine
Those drive shafts look pretty awesome thanks for the link

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