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Old 04-07-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Having trouble deciding on a lift.

I've been having trouble settling of a lift for quite some time now. I want to do something in the 2.5-3.5" range, no taller, no shorter. I've seen quite a few good kits for sale out there and want to make sure I get the best on road performance as well as the best offroad so naturally I looked towards the longarm kits to begin with. The only problem is, I don't have $2500 to blow on a lift kit. At most I'd be looking around the $750-$1250 range.

I was curious as to if I'd have to replace the drive shafts if I went with a 3-3.5" lift instead of a 2.5", and if going with a 2.5" and not replacing the control arms would be suitable.

Regardless of the lift size I'd also be adding a steering stabilizer, but would I need to make any trackbar adjustments to either lift? I see a few kits include trackbars and a few don't. If it's a higher quality lift then I don't mind paying out a few extra bucks to make sure everything runs right.

It'll mostly be a daily driver, but I like to hit the trails a lot of the weekend. I don't do much crawling as it is, mostly because I'm still running stock, but I'd like to get into a little bit tougher stuff. I don't anticipate doing much legitimate heavy rock crawling though.

What are some good quality lifts that will get great on and offroad performance? I'm looking for something in the mid-range I'd guess, nothing too hardcore, but nothing that's "Budget lift" quality.

I've really been leaning towards the AEV Dualsport XT 2.5" lift, paired with the AEV Front Control Arm Brackets.

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I've been having trouble settling of a lift for quite some time now. I want to do something in the 2.5-3.5" range, no taller, no shorter. I've seen quite a few good kits for sale out there and want to make sure I get the best on road performance as well as the best offroad so naturally I looked towards the longarm kits to begin with. The only problem is, I don't have $2500 to blow on a lift kit. At most I'd be looking around the $750-$1250 range.

I was curious as to if I'd have to replace the drive shafts if I went with a 3-3.5" lift instead of a 2.5", and if going with a 2.5" and not replacing the control arms would be suitable.

Regardless of the lift size I'd also be adding a steering stabilizer, but would I need to make any trackbar adjustments to either lift? I see a few kits include trackbars and a few don't. If it's a higher quality lift then I don't mind paying out a few extra bucks to make sure everything runs right.

It'll mostly be a daily driver, but I like to hit the trails a lot of the weekend. I don't do much crawling as it is, mostly because I'm still running stock, but I'd like to get into a little bit tougher stuff. I don't anticipate doing much legitimate heavy rock crawling though.

What are some good quality lifts that will get great on and offroad performance? I'm looking for something in the mid-range I'd guess, nothing too hardcore, but nothing that's "Budget lift" quality.

I've really been leaning towards the AEV Dualsport XT 2.5" lift, paired with the AEV Front Control Arm Brackets.
I just purchased a 2013 wrangler sport. This is my first Jeep and is my daily driver.

I will do some occasional off road, so for now I went with a 2 inch lift with toyo open country 33s and a 17 inch wheel.

Depending on the look your after I guess. I didn't want anything to crazy on the lift.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:54 AM   #3
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I just did the Terraflex 2.5" spring lift with Rancho 9000 shocks and I am freaking loving it.Sits perfectly level ,rides better than stock.Drives great no squirrely or twitchy feeling. No trac bar needed, no control arms needed.Kit consisted of 4 springs, 4 bumb stops, new rear sway bar links, move old rear links to front, and a new rear track bar mounting bracket.Also included brake line drop brackets.Installer did an alignment as part of the price.I dont know if my alignment was off from the factory or what but it tracks so much better now.

I got the Ranchos off Amazon for $375 shipped prime free. Rancho has $100 rebate on these now too.
Got the TF 2.5 lift shipped free from Krawl offroad for $468
Got the lift installed at local shop for $350
$1093 total installed after rebate hard to beat for the money and its a great kit.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:18 AM   #4
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Check out this thread by Matador,

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/lif...ps-221119.html
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I just did the Terraflex 2.5" spring lift with Rancho 9000 shocks and I am freaking loving it.Sits perfectly level ,rides better than stock.Drives great no squirrely or twitchy feeling. No trac bar needed, no control arms needed.Kit consisted of 4 springs, 4 bumb stops, new rear sway bar links, move old rear links to front, and a new rear track bar mounting bracket.Also included brake line drop brackets.Installer did an alignment as part of the price.I dont know if my alignment was off from the factory or what but it tracks so much better now.

I got the Ranchos off Amazon for $375 shipped prime free. Rancho has $100 rebate on these now too.
Got the TF 2.5 lift shipped free from Krawl offroad for $468
Got the lift installed at local shop for $350
$1093 total installed after rebate hard to beat for the money and its a great kit.
That looks pretty nice man! Can't beat it for that price either. I'd be doing all the installation with a friend of mine who runs an auto repair shop, so I could probably get it for a bit cheaper which would be nice.

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If your looking in the sub $1250 range, I would stick to a 2.5" lift. In the 3.5" range, you start needing more and more to get everything dialed in right.

Now, two main items you would want (besides good quality coils) is adjustable front trackbar (to center the front axle) and adjustable lower control arms (to fix the castor). These to items all though will help offroad, it will REALLY help on road with the handling and all around drivablity.

So, with that being said, we like the Rock Krawler 2.5" Flex System. This system is right in line with the other 2.5" on the market ($899 retail) and you can upgrade it to the Max Travel or X Factor really easy if you ever see the need. You can even go taller if ou wanted to down the road!

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:08 AM   #8
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I would give the OME 2" Heavy Duty lift a look. the HD will give you some more height if you dont have any mods but the ride will be rougher.
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Rancho is having a special on their 3" Sport Lift. They are having a $300 gift card rebate with the purchase of one of their kits. If ordered from Amazon you pay about $890 and then you get $300 back. So total after the rebate you are looking at $590. Check out the link below.

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Old 04-13-2013, 01:35 PM   #10
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If your looking in the sub $1250 range, I would stick to a 2.5" lift. In the 3.5" range, you start needing more and more to get everything dialed in right.

Now, two main items you would want (besides good quality coils) is adjustable front trackbar (to center the front axle) and adjustable lower control arms (to fix the castor). These to items all though will help offroad, it will REALLY help on road with the handling and all around drivablity.

So, with that being said, we like the Rock Krawler 2.5" Flex System. This system is right in line with the other 2.5" on the market ($899 retail) and you can upgrade it to the Max Travel or X Factor really easy if you ever see the need. You can even go taller if ou wanted to down the road!

Rock Krawler JK 2.5 Flex System

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I assume that the $899 is without the shocks?

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Rancho is having a special on their 3" Sport Lift. They are having a $300 gift card rebate with the purchase of one of their kits. If ordered from Amazon you pay about $890 and then you get $300 back. So total after the rebate you are looking at $590. Check out the link below.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ran...ft-232475.html
Wow, that's crazy. I'll have to check that out.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:19 PM   #11
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I'll second the Rock Krawler recommendation. I should have mine all set up by the end of Tuesday. The only other ones I'd personally consider are Metalcloak and Synergy...followed by AEV. I don't like harsh-riding suspensions- on or off road. Some are bone-jarring (Rough Country, for one).
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I'll second the Rock Krawler recommendation. I should have mine all set up by the end of Tuesday. The only other ones I'd personally consider are Metalcloak and Synergy...followed by AEV. I don't like harsh-riding suspensions- on or off road. Some are bone-jarring (Rough Country, for one).
The only problem I have with the RK lift is the height. I can't risk getting almost 4" out of it as I don't, and won't, have the money to replace the drive shafts or get legitimate LCAs, trackbars, and the other things I'll need to make it drive-able at almost 4"
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Good point. Then the AEV is your best bet for a full suspension (or Old Man Emu at around 2"). The OME is highly regarded around here as well. I have no idea why the RK always ends up with more than 2.5...weird. Maybe many do.
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Good point. Then the AEV is your best bet for a full suspension (or Old Man Emu at around 2"). The OME is highly regarded around here as well. I have no idea why the RK always ends up with more than 2.5...weird. Maybe many do.
I think the 2.5" is the minimum on the RK. When you take into account most people getting those high quality lifts also have 80lb aftermarket bumpers bolted on with winches, jacks, and all that stuff, it makes sense. You need that extra bit of lift to compensate when you bolt on the heavier offroad parts.
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About $450.....Teraflex 2.5 (use the 4 door kit) coil lift with shock extensions
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Spoke to an installer today who was putting on a RK 2.5. I said the same thing. He said they just stay an extra inch up regardless. I am getting driveshafts due to that...hate to be stranded in the middle of nowhere.
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About $450.....Teraflex 2.5 (use the 4 door kit) coil lift with shock extensions
How many inches are you getting with the 4dr 2.5?

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Spoke to an installer today who was putting on a RK 2.5. I said the same thing. He said they just stay an extra inch up regardless. I am getting driveshafts due to that...hate to be stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Yeah. If I had the money I would definitely get the RK with some nice DSs and LCAs. Hell, if I had the money I'd get everything on my $17,000 dream list.
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Wow, that's crazy. I'll have to check that out.
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The only problem I have with the RK lift is the height. I can't risk getting almost 4" out of it as I don't, and won't, have the money to replace the drive shafts or get legitimate LCAs, trackbars, and the other things I'll need to make it drive-able at almost 4"
Correct but we can put together a package deal that would really help you out!

And, the 2.5" Flex comes with the LCA's and front trackbar. Both of which are adjustable. So, no need to worry about adding them later.

And no worries on drive shafts eiter. Yes, you will get more than the 2.5" lift but we have never seen anyone need or have to replace the shafts on one of these. So, you should be good to go.

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