02-22-2012, 06:10 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
I used to own a 2003 TJ 2dr Rubi 5spd with 4.10's on a Rubicon Express 5.5" Extreme Long Arm lift.
I left the offroading world for a couple of years and bought a Pontiac Solstice GXP and modified it for Speed.
After realizing that Jeeping was the most favorite hobbie/past time I have ever experienced I came to the conclusion that you Don't quit Jeeping because you get old, but that you get old because you quit jeeping.
That being said, I purchased my Rubicon not even realizing that Jeep might consider selling a Rubicon with anything less that 4.10 gears.
I am still uncertain which lift I am going to go with. I don't think I want to go with a tire any bigger than ACTUAL 34" but I do know I want a Dependable Lift, with Road Manners that are at least as good if not better than stock and Offroad prowess that never leaves me wanting.
I am certain that with the Unlimited's longer wheel base I am going to want to lift it at least 3.5" but considering that I want to tow my Snowmobile/Atv trailer I don't want to go much higher.
At first I was looking at Rubicon Express, (ie Mopar lift) and discovered that they are recovering from a rough period.
Next, I was kind of in limbo and then I came across a Forum Member's Jeep that had a 3.5" lift. After reading I got extremely happy because I thought here is a complete package that includes Shocks, and the High Steer Conversion and includes AEV's ProCal. Now I was totally happy with there explanation of why they used the Stock components and also was very happy that I could continue to use my stock driveshafts.
I plan on wheeling at Rausch Creek so I went on there forum. I used to wheel at RC about twice a month so I know many of the people on the forum. Someone posted about the same lift I was interested in and they were directed to a lift that my friend sells.
So my search continued on. It seemed I was hung up on the fact that I didn't want to spend more than $2K on the lift including all the ancillary parts. Well, that is easly increased to over $1K excluding the lift when you calculate 2 drive shafts and shocks. Now Include $300 for a High Steer Conversion and some other items and you are easily up to $2400 more than the original Ballpark of $1700.
After some research, I found one place that will ship the Clayton JK 3.5 Lift with free shipping for $1930.95 that is almost $200 less that MSRP.
Now, I think clayton's pricing is pretty reasonable for the other ancillary items so I am trying to see if my friend can get me a 25% Discount on everything.
What ever lift I go with I plan on installing myself.
The purpose of this thread is to show the progress on my Rubicon from Stock to Offroad/DD.