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Old 03-05-2012, 06:04 AM   #1
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Best street/highway riding 4" Lift kit 2008 Wrangler

What is the best riding 4" lift? We mostly do just city driving around town. The wife drives it all the time with my little 2 year old daughter. We are new Jeep owners. So all this is new to me. We are wanting to run a 33-35" tire. Leaning towards a 35x12.50x20 Nitto Trail Grappler. Any info/pics would be great. Thanks!!

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3"

I would also consider a 3" Lift.

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Old 03-05-2012, 06:29 AM   #3
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Or 2.5

All depends on budget. Their are some good 2.5-3" lifts that will allow for a 35.

If safety and drivability is your concern. I would look into a more complete lift. Including new shocks, adj ca's/TB's.

Also, 35's put a lot more strain on the engine. Depending on what gear ratio you have stock, might want to look into that also.

Not sure of what NITTO is what but I think the Grappler is an awfully heavy tire.
Will kill mph/performance.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:30 AM   #4
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I have the Rockfather Lift 4.5in and I drive on the highway everyday 70+mph.
Since 2008 I have never had a prob at all.
I'm running 35 KM2 Tires.
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I don't know if you actually want a 4" lift, especially for just city/highway driving. However, if money is no object, look at a long arm kit, since they will drive better than a short arm. Rock krawler or Teraflex will be your best bet. But for 35s, you can easily clear that with just a 2"/2.5" lift, which will require much less work to get riding nicely.

With a 4" lift you need springs, shocks, control arms (8 will be best to dial everything in) new front driveshaft, brake lines, track bars, most likely some type of steering correction, and chances are brackets all over the place. With a 2"? just shocks and springs. Maybe some lower control arms in the front to fix up the flightyness on the highway, maybe a front adjustable track bar.
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In my opinion if you are on a tight budget and merely want looks stay with a 3" or under lift. If you want to do it right and you want to go 4" then get a long-arm system. Once you get above 3" the angle of the control arms is such that the ride starts to deteriorate.

I think the Teraflex and the BDS are both great systems as I have had personal experience with both. There are also some other good long-arm systems out there but I cannot comment on them from experience.

Personally, I think the BDS long-arm system that I have on mine actually rides every bit as good as it did stock. I really like the ride both on and off road from my long-arm system.

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Old 03-05-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
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For road handling, I believe American Expeditions Vehicles (AEV) 3.5" dualsport suspension lift is tough to beat.

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For road handling, I believe American Expeditions Vehicles (AEV) 3.5" dualsport suspension lift is tough to beat.

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AEV - without question. If you're only going 33s, consider their new 2.5" lift. Otherwise, 3.5" ....

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AEV - without question. If you're only going 33s, consider their new 2.5" lift. Otherwise, 3.5" ....

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I'm reviewing lift options as well and came across.. Old Man Emu releases 4" Lift for Jeep Wrangler JK...

Most things I've read about OME suspension lifts have been very complementary on the smoothness of the ride. I realize the 4 inch is a new option for OME but I'm curious what opinions are on the item included in this kit. Most places have it offered for ~$1600. Thanks!
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I am standing by my original statement that if you go over ~3-3.5" then you should go to a long-arm if you want to maintain ride quality. The angle of the lower control arms becomes too steep and too much force is transferred through the control arms rather than the springs.

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AEV 3.5" with 35" rides amazing on and mild off road

I do not believe you would be happy with the Nittos
I ran them for a couple thousand miles before my BFG's arrived
If your looking for ride and comfort
Might want to look into a different tire

Just Friday I gave a friend a ride and he could not believe how well the jeep rode
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I'm reviewing lift options as well and came across.. Old Man Emu releases 4" Lift for Jeep Wrangler JK...

Most things I've read about OME suspension lifts have been very complementary on the smoothness of the ride. I realize the 4 inch is a new option for OME but I'm curious what opinions are on the item included in this kit. Most places have it offered for ~$1600. Thanks!
that kit seems nice, but until someone goes out and reviews it, I would hold off. It appears to use cam bolts, which are terrible. For that same 1600, you can go to northridge4x4.com, and get their OME longtravel kit, which comes with adjustable track bars and control arms. I would recommend that instead; plus you get the benefit of working with dave, and picking his brain to make sure you get the right parts.

Kinda funny that a product vendor would have a better kit than the manufacturer, but hey, their own fault for cam bolts!
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4” is overkill especially for 33’s and 35’s plus you would need a whole slew of other components that aren’t included in the kits as someone else mentioned.

I also wouldn’t look at AEV. As people “claim” they are the best handling road ride, I beg to differ, Rock Krawler is the best handling IMO. AEV is too pricey for what they are.

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i got the old man emu suspension and i love it.
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Thanks for the info.....Starting to think more at maybe a 2 - 3 inch lift. I'm still researching so no big hurry. I just picked up a 09 Unlimited X. It has 33 BFG tires and 17in rims, smitty front/rear bumpers and side bars. It is an occassional ride for now w/ some weekend off roading in it's future.

I'll post some pics later. I'm new to Jeeps so I have a lot to learn!
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IMHO...I would stick with 2.5 -3" lift if you are only considering 33's or 35's. Things get really expensive with +3" lifts that you have to consider LCA's, Drive Shafts (Especially Autos).

Also, a smaller 2.5-3" lift gives you a Low Center of Gravity which is always your friend in off-camber situations off-roading and less tippy feeling in cross winds and corners! As well having a younger family a smaller lift makes it easy to get the kids in and out of the car/booster seats.

You can easily fit 35's with 2.5" lift and if you still rub...you can always trim your stock fender flares or add some flat flares to give you more room. Great lifts to consider Rock Krawler 2.5", OME HD coil and TF coil lift.
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I would question it. I'm in no way bashing AEV. I just want to clarify that up front. AEV makes some good stuff, but they aren't the only company that makes good stuff. The Track Day link is impressive, but any Jeep that has had the roll center taken into account when the lift components were engineered will perform just as well with cornering minus the Hemi sound and power.
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trail master 4.5 kit with 35 mud terrain tires, suprisingly decent highway ride "73" miles a day

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