Originally Posted by pkmcd99
So im in the Market for a budget lift. The 2.5" teryflex or black diamond, rubicon express etc. The concern I have is, some kits come with longer swaybar links, some come with trackbar relocation brackets, and others come with nothing but springs and bumpstops. I want a complete budget lift. I read horror stories about the rear axle moving off center when you lift it budget style. Whats the deal? I dont want that kind of headache. What parts do you actually need and what are hollywood parts only included to look better then other kits? I own. jk 4d. Help me out.
The horror stories you read are from peeps who buy crap lifts that are too big and don't have the parts necessary to do the job correctly, or they didn't know what they were doing when they installed their lifts.
For the most part.
If you buy a TeraFlex 2.5" lift (either the one that comes with adaptors for your stock shocks, or the one that comes with TF's own aftermarket shocks) you shouldn't have a problem with your axle getting off-center. If you do, an adjustable trackbar can fix it. That's basically all a trackbar does...keeps your axle centered.
If you put on one of the above mentioned lifts and find that your Jeep is a bit jerky (steering- and tracking-wise), you can add a pair of lower front adj control arms, which will allow you to adjust your caster to a more positive # so that your Jeep will ride better on the road.
Neither of these are sold with the TF kit because most of the time they're not necessary with a 2.5" lift. Some peeps here buy the adj tb afterward; some buy the adj ca's; some buy both. It depends on your Jeep, what tires you're running, etc.
Contrary to popular belief, every Jeep is not exactly alike.
More generally, a lift that consists of just spacers is called a budget boost.
The lift that comes with just springs and bumpstops is called a coil lift.
A lift that comes with shocks is more involved, and should have new shocks, springs, bump stops, swaybar endlinks and, depending on height, brake line relocation brackets.
When you get to lifts of 3" or more, the same kits should also include (IMO) front and rear adj ca's, front and rear adj tb's. At that point you're also getting into new drive-shaft territory.
Does that mean all lifts will have these things? No, as you've already observed. Personally, I'd steer clear of the ones that don't. Like anything else, there are cheap lifts out there designed to give the buyer the "look" he wants for his Jeep, without necessarily addressing all the safety considerations that come from changing the steering/ride geometry of a 4,000 lb brick on wheels.
Sad, but true.