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Old 05-10-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Budget boost lift vs body lift?

Bought a 2009 Jeep Wrangler about three weeks ago. It's a automatic. Bright yellow!! I want to put a lift on it but nothing huge just a small lift. Some people have told me just do the three inch body lifts but others tell me do a budget boost lift. I'm not sure if there are better choices that are not beyond expensive or breaking the bank. Also don't want something cheap.

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Old 05-10-2014, 11:50 PM   #2
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Ok #1 love your avatar.
#2 well get back on subject and I'll give you my opinion and tell you to not do a body lift. If you would choose to do a BL on a JK don't go over 1". Your not actually gaining clearance from a body lift. The frame and suspension remain the same, only thing going up is the cab.
Your best bet for a little bit of height would be to do a spacer lift. Several companies make them. It will take the same amount of time to do a suspension lift as a BL.
You can start looking at a Teraflex leveling lift with either spacers or new coils.
All that said, I do have a 1.25" rough country body lift on my Jeep, but I also have 4" of suspension lift in front and 3" in the rear. I added the BL because when I was living and wheeling in Florida we did mostly mud and deep mud puddles and I wanted the cab raised up a little more to keep it out of the water.
Who ever told you to put a 3 inch body lift must own a model TJ. You can do that on a TJ, but is highly not recommended on a 2007 and up JK.

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Old 05-11-2014, 12:39 AM   #3
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Shannon,

I agree with damndirtydog, if you are going to do a lift do the budget boost. I know the body lift is cheaper however I would not recommend going over 1".

To better answer your question on what lift to go with what are you trying to do, bigger tires or better performance off road? Or my favorite the ultimate mall crawler.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:40 AM   #4
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+1 on the budget boost. Plus I think suspension lifts (spacers or changing out the whole spring) are so easy, why bother with the ugly gap you create with a body lift (especially a 3 inch body lift). If you decide to go with a body lift, don't go over 1.5". You should be able to fit 35s with a 1.5 body lift, but again I thing the ugly gap you'll create at the bumpers will make you go with a suspension lift.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:49 AM   #5
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Since you have a 2009 it wouldnt be a bad idea to get new shocks. I would recommend Rancho 2" sport lift, the ones with the 9000lx shocks. It'll level out the Jeep and give you a small lift. With the current Rancho rebate, you can probably get it for a little bit over $300.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:56 AM   #6
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Thank you everyone! I am pushing toward a rough country 2.5" suspension lift. The more y'all talk about the gap for a body lift the more I agree it's just better to do the suspension lift!! I do plan on putting new shocks on my big baby what is a good brand?
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:09 AM   #7
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The rancho RS9000XL. Adjustable shocks and they also have a crazy rebate.

Also I would research rough country a bit more before committing to them. I have no first hand experience but from all that I've read, I would choose another brand.
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X2 and 3 on the Rancho 9000xls. We have them on both our jeeps and they are awesome. Rancho does awesome sales, too!

X2 on lift research, too. Lift is definitely NOT some place to pinch your pennies. It's better to save up and get a GOOD one than trying to replace parts later.
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The rancho RS9000XL. Adjustable shocks and they also have a crazy rebate. Also I would research rough country a bit more before committing to them. I have no first hand experience but from all that I've read, I would choose another brand.
^^agree. RC does make a few good products, but you have to pick and choose.
Rancho 9000s definitely high on my wish list.
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:35 AM   #10
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Friends don't let friends body lift.

The budget boost may be a bit more than a body lift, but it's far easier to install, looks better and is functional. And 2"-2.5" spring lift is better yet. Good luck and enjoy your Jeep!
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:38 PM   #11
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I really appreciate everyone's input!! The rancho is the one I keep reading about an seems to be the way to go!
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:50 PM   #12
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Body lifts

Body lifts just look bad - I can spot them from a mile away - very popular in my area - many above 1 inch - just looks wrong
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I went with the 2.5 Terra Flex Budget Boost lift and installed Billsteins 5100s. Looks and rides great. No issues and cost effective for a day to day driver.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:53 PM   #14
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If your going to consider rancho....I would go this route:

Rubicon Express Part RE7121M - 2.5 Inch Standard Coil Lift Kit with Mono Tube Shocks-WS2

Its easily upgradeable and the shocks are made by Bilstein. IMO its a better kit than the Rancho.

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