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Old 02-05-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Budget Boost vs Coil lift

Considering a lift kit for my JKU. Local 4x4 shop is pushing 2.5" coil kit with shocks telling me that I won't be happy with just spacers. I use my Jeep for on road use and am most interested in appearance but don't want the lift to make the ride and handling any worse that it already is from the factory. Will a budget boost kit make ride/handling noticeably worse? Should I just bite the bullet and go for coils and shocks?

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Old 02-05-2012, 11:51 AM   #2
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Not much of a difference IMO.
Ride is more determined by choice of shock .

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You're going to get a better ride with the coil lift. The spacer lifts tend to sag.
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The 4x4 shop is pushing the more expensive product your direction. It's a better choice for off roading in some ways and would be fine for daily driving too. Having run both, either will be good. BB are great for getting the height and appearance you want without a big budget. If you want a real suspension lift go with coils and better shocks etc. You'll have a better ride quality in the end but it's more money and effort. Entirely up to you
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Thanks - Is there a preferred budget boost kit that folks around here recommend? How difficult are they to install? Could a less-that-mechanically inclined lawyer like me handle an install? Or should I leave it to the pros?
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I was recommended to go with a leveling kit vs. the bb. Just for looks... good luck.
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Thanks - Is there a preferred budget boost kit that folks around here recommend? How difficult are they to install? Could a less-that-mechanically inclined lawyer like me handle an install? Or should I leave it to the pros?
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Leveling kits will add more to the front to take out the factory rake.

Better kits add other components like TB relocation bracket. Brake line ext. shocks.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:21 PM   #8
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You're going to get a better ride with the coil lift. The spacer lifts tend to sag.
I'm new to this but how can a spacer lift sag?

I am looking at the teraflx 2.5" lift using just the spacers along with 5100 shocks. I am doing this for appearances only and to get 35s under there. The 2.5" spacer lift seems a little easier to install compared to the coil lift. I don't see how the spacer lift can sag unless the spacer itself compresses which does not seem likely. There are video's on youtube of the install process that are pretty informative for us newbies!
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I'm new to this but how can a spacer lift sag?
To clarify..

If you add weight to the front or rear of a Jeep with a spacer lift then the coils are sagging not the spacers.
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I'm new to this but how can a spacer lift sag?
The spacer lift itself won't sag. The stock coils can under additional weight of bumpers and such where aftermarket coils stand up better to weight. I've been running the 2.5 TF bb for some time. Still very happy.
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OK, now that even I can understand! Thank you both!
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Thanks - Any guidance on the difficulty of installing? Is it a DIY project or best left to a pro?
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Considering a lift kit for my JKU. Local 4x4 shop is pushing 2.5" coil kit with shocks telling me that I won't be happy with just spacers. I use my Jeep for on road use and am most interested in appearance but don't want the lift to make the ride and handling any worse that it already is from the factory. Will a budget boost kit make ride/handling noticeably worse? Should I just bite the bullet and go for coils and shocks?

Well put. I am currently running the AEV BB kit which costs $259. The spacers in this kit are hard urethane so I don't forsee a lot of sag over time. I didnt have money in the budget at the time for a coil lift. This spacer kit will not effect the ride. Install is relatively easy if you have basic hand tools, jack stands, and floor jack.


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The 4x4 shop is pushing the more expensive product your direction. It's a better choice for off roading in some ways and would be fine for daily driving too. Having run both, either will be good. BB are great for getting the height and appearance you want without a big budget. If you want a real suspension lift go with coils and better shocks etc. You'll have a better ride quality in the end but it's more money and effort. Entirely up to you
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The spacer lift itself won't sag. The stock coils can under additional weight of bumpers and such where aftermarket coils stand up better to weight. I've been running the 2.5 TF bb for some time. Still very happy.
This opens up a meaningful question for me. When my JKU Sport is delivered (ship date 2/17) I will be adding 33's, a Rockhard front bumper and Warn winch. I know I will need at least a 2" lift to clear the 33's, but with the added weight in front will that be enough? Sounds like the lift I choose will need to include new coils.
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Here is the BB Install from youtube......


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