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Old 05-18-2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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Buying a used lift kit?

So here's a question for all of you experienced jeepers out there. What would your opinions be on buying a used lift kit? I was searching kijiji and came across a used Rough Country 2.5" Budget Boost kit w/ 2.2 shocks for $150. I know this sounds rather frugal, and I think I'm going to buy brand new when the time comes for me to start modding the Jeep, but I was just curious if there would really be any sort of 'risks' other than the obvious associated with buying something such as this second hand.

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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Your suspension is one of the most important parts of the vehicle. Your ride and perhaps your life depends on it. RC tends to have a poor reputation on the forums.

Now ask yourself that question again.

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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Well, there we go. I think I've made my decision to avoid it. I was just curious as I'm new to this entire Jeeping thing.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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Budget lifts are cheap, just buy a new one ....
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:02 PM   #5
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I have this exact lift and I do not think it is cheap made.
For looks and light offroad it serves the purpose.
Offer 85 bucks and install it yourself.
Then move up to a better lift.
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Your suspension is one of the most important parts of the vehicle. Your ride and perhaps your life depends on it. RC tends to have a poor reputation on the forums.

Now ask yourself that question again.
love my rough country lift, i know i have a tj but still i dont see the "bad" with RC, mines rides really nice and flexes well
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Personally, I'm a skeptic for certain items, whether there's a rational basis or not.

The OP asked for opinion on a used lift kit. My response is "If it were so good when installed as new, why would it be for sale now?"

I've spent a lot of money over the decades trying to save a buck or two in the wrong places.

The suspension is a high-stress critical performance set of interrelated parts that must function well both individually as well as a total unit.

I'd always feel uncomfortable with this kind of used stuff even if it worked right...for a while.

High stress mechanical parts of unknown quality with unknown amount of prior use on top of unknown reasons for removal from prior Jeep...too many points for me to worry about.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:52 PM   #8
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I'll echo jake and daggo. You can find something else to cheap out on. Don't with suspension components or lifts. It's never a good idea. Safety is already being slightly compromised, so don't push it.

Besides...whats a couple hundred bucks these days anyway? not worth the savings IMHO
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:49 PM   #9
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Thanks for the responses everyone. I was just simply looking for some opinions when I became curious as to what the real risks would've been. I plan to invest in a quality new product when it comes time as I realize it is a critical component and could potentially be the deciding in factor between life and death one of these days. A few hundred bucks is really nothing, and you said GroundHawg. Thanks again for the opinions everyone, was just curious as I'm new to this whole thing!

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