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