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Old 05-13-2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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Daystar KJ09153BK Comfort Ride Combo Kit

Saw this kit on Amazon for $399.95. After looking through all the threads, I haven't seen many reviews or opinions on Daystar products.

This is a 3" lift and made in the USA (big +). Might I assume that I would also need a steering stabilizer and discos with a 3" lift?

Any issue with running stock wheels and tires until I can re-fill my pockets?

Sorry for the newb questions but I want to get this right the first time out.

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The only issue with running stock tires and a 3" lift is that it will look silly. Your stock steering stabilizer should be fine. Sway bar disconnects have nothing to do with the lift. They are for getting greater wheel travel (often referred to as flex) when in an off-road situation.

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The only issue with running stock tires and a 3" lift is that it will look silly. Your stock steering stabilizer should be fine. Sway bar disconnects have nothing to do with the lift. They are for getting greater wheel travel (often referred to as flex) when in an off-road situation.
Thanks for the info - I certainly don't want to look silly, but then again I don't want to lift it 2", buy tires and wheels, then lift it again. Although that seems to be the pattern most people seem take anyway.
As for the disco's, I figured that as long as I'm under there busting my knuckles... well... why not.
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Here it is on Quadratec's website, which is a good bit more descriptive than the Amazon listing. Even has the installation manual for you to look at. You'll probably want to add brake line extensions if you go wheeling.
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Here it is on Quadratec's website, which is a good bit more descriptive than the Amazon listing. Even has the installation manual for you to look at. You'll probably want to add brake line extensions if you go wheeling.
Any take on DayStar quality?
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Any take on DayStar quality?
I've got their 3/4" spacers in my Jeep. They're mentioned in the discussion of my lift installation here. They seem fine.

As far as I know, most of these coil spacer type lifts are pretty much the same. Some polyurethane spacers, some cheap hydro shocks like you've already got but longer, and a few extension brackets/bump stops. It'll look good and the ride will be decent, but you're certainly not improving your suspension. Depending on how hard you wheel your Jeep, you've got to watch those track bar brackets.

Personally, I'd only go with these type of lifts to about 2" or so. Over that, and I'd want real coils, gas shocks, adjustable sway bar links, real adjustable trackbars, and real stainless steel brake lines. Adjustable control arms are necessary too at some point I guess.

But, all that's of course going to be way in excess of $400.

So the real answer about "DayStar quality" is simply that you're getting what you pay for. There's nothing wrong with DayStar products generally. This is a 3" lift kit for $400. Is it fairly priced? Sure. Is it the best 3" lift you can get? No.
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I've got their 3/4" spacers in my Jeep. They're mentioned in the discussion of my lift installation here. They seem fine.

As far as I know, most of these coil spacer type lifts are pretty much the same. Some polyurethane spacers, some cheap hydro shocks like you've already got but longer, and a few extension brackets/bump stops. It'll look good and the ride will be decent, but you're certainly not improving your suspension. Depending on how hard you wheel your Jeep, you've got to watch those track bar brackets.

Personally, I'd only go with these type of lifts to about 2" or so. Over that, and I'd want real coils, gas shocks, adjustable sway bar links, real adjustable trackbars, and real stainless steel brake lines. Adjustable control arms are necessary too at some point I guess.

But, all that's of course going to be way in excess of $400.

So the real answer about "DayStar quality" is simply that you're getting what you pay for. There's nothing wrong with DayStar products generally. This is a 3" lift kit for $400. Is it fairly priced? Sure. Is it the best 3" lift you can get? No.
Daggo brought up a good point about lifting 3" on stock wheels and tires. Maybe I will go 2" and just use spacers for now. Will do what I want (improve the stance) and not empty my wallet.
I'll save the wallet dumping for wheels, tires and bigger lift later on. My wife is gonna kill me, but I'm guessing it'll be worth it eventually.
Thanks for helping a newb.
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Daggo brought up a good point about lifting 3" on stock wheels and tires. Maybe I will go 2" and just use spacers for now. Will do what I want (improve the stance) and not empty my wallet.
I'll save the wallet dumping for wheels, tires and bigger lift later on. My wife is gonna kill me, but I'm guessing it'll be worth it eventually.
Thanks for helping a newb.
How about an 1.75" for $160, like this? Should be able to keep everything else stock. Resell it for $80 a while down the road when you want something more dynamic.
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How about an 1.75" for $160, like this? Should be able to keep everything else stock. Resell it for $80 a while down the road when you want something more dynamic.
Exactly what I was looking at. $153 on Amazon. (No I don't own stock in Amazon.)
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How about a Rough Country 2.5" for $139. Thats what I'm lookin at.

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Rough Country has a less than stellar reputation. I don't have any first hand knowledge, but that seems to be the general consensus.
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Thats pretty close to the one I've run for over one year and I only used the spacers, cause they're Black, galvanized steel-


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How about a Rough Country 2.5" for $139. Thats what I'm lookin at.

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Not much can go wrong with that, but you're probably gonna need a lot more-IE: shocks/trackbars/swaybar disco's and you should do some shopping for "Deals" --Teraflex/EMU---

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