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Old 08-08-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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Budget Boost Lift Kits

Newbie Jeep person here,

Recently bought a Sahara 4 door and would like to give it a lift.

I can't spend a bunch of cash right now, but I have the itch to start customizing my jeep. I live in Jersey, so we have lots of mud, water, and sand to play around in. I am planning on getting a Gobi Jeep rack in the next year, and may tow a camper in years to come.

So coming to my point.....

I may attempt to install this myself, so the budget boost lift kits look extra attractive to me right now.

I am torn between the Skyjacker 2" Budget Boost with Nitro Shocks for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK

or...

The Superlift Superide 2" Spacer Lift kit and adding Old Man Emu Shocks


Both kits would run around 320$

If anyone has any thoughts or recommendations, love to hear them.

Thanks!

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Old 08-08-2010, 09:26 PM   #2
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I would look into the budget boost from Teraflex...really good complete kit. I bought the shock with mine too. They ride real good, not to soft and not too stiff.
The rest of the kit comes with the spacers, bumpstops, brake line extensions, and a rear track bar bracket, and sway bar links.
If the other kits dont come with this stuff your gonna need buy it separately.


http://www.teraflex.biz/products/jk-...get-boost.html


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You're about to add extra weight to a vehicle that's already undersprung and under damped. If you raise it with pucks, that introduces additional inertia to the handling dynamics as well.
This isn't a good recipe for handling or survival.

I only suggest BBs if you have the right spring rate already. For your upcoming needs, think it over some more and save your money for a lift with upgraded springs.
A lift isn't a cosmetic modification; it's one of the most serious things that you can do to the overall performance of your Jeep.
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You're about to add extra weight to a vehicle that's already undersprung and under damped.
I hear about unsprung weight a lot. What does unsprung weight affect and how? Just curious.
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You can always install the teraflex budget boost, and then when the time comes and you have a little cash buy the springs to replace the spacers. Everything else stays installed, shocks, sway bar links, bumpstops, all that stuff will still work.
That is if you are looking to save a few $$...if not then just go for the spring kit.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:06 AM   #6
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A 2" spacer lift will serve you very well, the only time there is trouble, is with EXTREME articulation with swaybars disconnected, if thats not in your plans--don't worry about it and you're not affecting your unsprung/sprung weight at all

What you are doing, is raising your center of gravity (COG,roll status), so you have to make sure you're well shocked and swaybar'd, because of the suspension geometry changes !!

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If you're looking to play in the mud or sand, the best lift is tires. Suspension lifts don't raise your diffs, and when you get stuck in mud or sand, that's normally the culprit. You don't need a breakover angle in a mudhole, and it's in fact so relevant that you don't even need to know what one is

If you start getting into anything bigger than 32" you should look through the forums for info on gear ratios, spacers, clearance issues, and all that however. the forum has a ton of good stuff lyin around
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I hear about unsprung weight a lot. What does unsprung weight affect and how? Just curious.
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...you're not affecting your unsprung/sprung weight at all

What you are doing, is raising your center of gravity (COG,roll status), so you have to make sure you're well shocked and swaybar'd, because of the suspension geometry changes !!

Good luck

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Yeah; I said undersprung, not unsprung...
Even though I tend to ramble, Jimbo can usually translate my gibberish.

IMHO, JKs come with springs that are one size too soft and shocks that fade too quickly. In stock trim, this translates to bumpsteer, discomfort, and some white knuckles on offcamber curves with washboard surfaces.
Better springs along with better dampers totally eliminate this.

Now as far as unsprung mass is concerned, yes, it affects everything from the driveline to suspension to handling to fuel economy to brakes and should always be something you consider.
Since my front axle is stock except for the 4.56 gears, I'm running light alloy wheels and 33" Coopers; these Coopers are 8 pounds lighter (each) than the MTR/kevlars that I used to have.

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So what might be a good kit with springs?

The price range on this stuff is enormous.

I would also replace my tires and rims, but I figure I should wear out the ones I've got first.
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So what might be a good kit with springs?
There are quite a few and, like you said, the pricetag swing is vast.

What else do you picture yourself doing to/with the Jeep? Doing it once (correctly) saves money in the long run and let's you enjoy it that much more.
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So far I like the idea of getting the Teraflex budget boost, and then installing shocks later. I am trying to prioritize my jeep expenses. I would love to get new tires and wheels along with it, but it seems like such a waste to replace good tires.

I will probably take my jeep to Rausch Park PA, and eventually Moab (my family lives close to there). But for the most part it will be street driving, with the occasional trip to the Pine Barrens, and Island Beach State Park (Surf Fishing)

I need a roof rack for my kayaks before tires, but obviously tires and rims will come soon.

Thanks everyone for your time on this! I really appreciate it.

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