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Old 09-30-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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Leveling Kit (Brand, Ride Quality, Potential)

Hello All,

I have decided that the stock nose-dip on my 2013 Sahara Unlimited needs to go. Unfortunately, I do not have the funds to purchase a $1200 suspension lift, however I plan to get one next summer. Until then I think I would like to run a Leveling Kit to get rid of the nose-dip/drop. From what I have found there are a number of options, and companies to choose from. I will be specifically observing the (Puck Lifts, Plastic Inserts), whatever you would like to call them.

For this thread please consider the following:

1) What brand of Leveling Kit do you suggest?

2) What was included in the kit, i.e. Spacer Height Front and Back?

3) How does your vehicle ride? Similar to stock? Elaborate....

4) How long did the install take you, and what tools benefited you during install?

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Comes with 1" spacers for the rear and 4 1" spacers for the front as well as new rear sway links. Very inexpensive.

Since your just putting spacers on top of stock springs the your ride quality is unchanged.

Install time varies depending on experience. I had none at the time and I think it took me around 4 hours.

Now, if you don't need any lift in the rear you could just buy 2 of the 1" spacers for the front and just install those if you want to go really simple.

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Hello All,

I have decided that the stock nose-dip on my 2013 Sahara Unlimited needs to go. Unfortunately, I do not have the funds to purchase a $1200 suspension lift, however I plan to get one next summer. Until then I think I would like to run a Leveling Kit to get rid of the nose-dip/drop. From what I have found there are a number of options, and companies to choose from. I will be specifically observing the (Puck Lifts, Plastic Inserts), whatever you would like to call them.

For this thread please consider the following:

1) What brand of Leveling Kit do you suggest?

2) What was included in the kit, i.e. Spacer Height Front and Back?

3) How does your vehicle ride? Similar to stock? Elaborate....

4) How long did the install take you, and what tools benefited you during install?

Please post picture of your vehicle:
Now
Before/After
Beside a Stock Wrangler

Thank You in advance!!!
Daystar 3/4" spacer lift. I put the lift on about 4 months ago. After putting on a 110lbs front bumper & a70lbs rear bumper I wanted my stock height back. I got the height back plus may be a1/2". The rake is still present, and get great mileage with 33" tires. 17 mpg city, 17 mpg above 70mph, and 21 mpg at 55-65mph. The ride is a lot better. Absorbs bumps a bit better, harmonics in the cab are better. Don't have a picture next to a stock Wrangler.

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Barmanvarn,

Thank you for the response!

I have looked at the Teraflex Leveling Kit worth $184.00(CDN) that includes taxes/shipping. It appears that they are leading the market in the suspension world. Do you have any photo's of you're leveling kit on?

Is the install complicated, and does Teraflex give you enough information in their manual to complete the task? I'm just wondering if you had any foreseen complications.

Thanks
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Daystar 3/4" spacer lift. I put the lift on about 4 months ago. After putting on a 110lbs front bumper & a70lbs rear bumper I wanted my stock height back. I got the height back plus may be a1/2". The rake is still present, and get great mileage with 33" tires. 17 mpg city, 17 mpg above 70mph, and 21 mpg at 55-65mph. The ride is a lot better. Absorbs bumps a bit better, harmonics in the cab are better. Don't have a picture next to a stock Wrangler.

This is before the lift. The pic is grainy...sorry.
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This is after the lift. After the lift was put in you could tell the difference getting in and out. And seemed a bit higher when driving.
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This is Great! I appreciate the photos, and I love that colour! Thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated. From the photo's you took you can definitely see a difference in the stance of the vehicle. Glad to hear that much did not change in your ride quality!

Overall, you have a great rig!

Thanks for sharing.
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Barmanvarn,

Thank you for the response!

I have looked at the Teraflex Leveling Kit worth $184.00(CDN) that includes taxes/shipping. It appears that they are leading the market in the suspension world. Do you have any photo's of you're leveling kit on?

Is the install complicated, and does Teraflex give you enough information in their manual to complete the task? I'm just wondering if you had any foreseen complications.

Thanks
Sorry, don't have any photos handy. If you search the forum you can find a million before and after pics with this kit.

Complicated install? No, the goal is just to get the springs out so that you can slip in the spacers, then you just put everything back where it was. And you put the new sway link in the rear and move the factory links to the front. TF's install manuals aren't known for being the best in the world, but I do love their products (I'm running their 2.5 coil lift now).

This was one of the first mods I did on my Jeep several years ago and though I'm mechanically inclined, this was my first time messing w/ suspension. At one point of the install I had the jeep up on floor jacks, all the tires off the rig, and axles were dropped to the floor. I thought "what on earth have I gotten myself into". LOL

There are plenty of videos around and I'm sure several install threads w/ pics here on the forum.

Whatever you go with, just watch a few vidoes and be safe.
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Thanks for the advice!

Keep it coming Jeepers! Hope to see more pics, thoughts, suggestions etc.
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Has anyone noticed a difference between the polymer pucks and the aluminum ones? Some say the polymer pucks give you a marshmallow feel in comparison to the aluminum ones???

Any thoughts or experiences?
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All Spacers lifts or leveling kits are pretty much the same. Some kits have more parts. The TF leveling kit is 2" front and 1" rear iirc. The 2.5" budget boost is 3" front and 2" rear. The biggest difference in ride is going to be the shocks IMO. Most leveling kits don't replace them. Opt for Rubi takeoffs or better shocks.
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Material won't make a difference in ride.
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go for a kit that replaces the coils ie 1.5" TF performance leveling kit and I guess now Rock Krawler is coming out with the same. Around $300 but you may find that once you do that you may no longer desire to go with a $1200 kit. I have been uber pleased with the performance of mine and even more impressed with the customer support of Tera Flex.
You get a better on road and off ride with new coils vs just spacers.


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I was in the same position as you. I didn't want stock but I couldnt afford a 1200 lift at the time. I found the rancho 2in sport lift. Its essentially a leveling kit with front springs and I purchased it with the 9000Xls. It ran about 360 after the rebate. My uncle also gave me his rubicon tires to mount onto my sport so I am really happy with my setup/performance right now with the money I spent.

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Looks Good!

I will definitely consider the coil leveling kit from Teraflex, nevertheless its difficult to justify especially since the coils I really want are $525 for a set, and the leveling coils are $450. I would be replacing them by the summer anyway due to the fact that I would like to run 35s with the system, and like the overall look.
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I was in the same position as you. I didn't want stock but I couldnt afford a 1200 lift at the time. I found the rancho 2in sport lift. Its essentially a leveling kit with front springs and I purchased it with the 9000Xls. It ran about 360 after the rebate. My uncle also gave me his rubicon tires to mount onto my sport so I am really happy with my setup/performance right now with the money I spent.
For $360 you cant go wrong! You have definitely made a big change to your vehicle. Thanks for your input, I will have to take a look at the Rancho Sport lift, and see if it is more feasible than other options.
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I have a Teraflex puck leveling kit, 33" Duratracs. The ride is about the same as stock, gas mileage definately dropped with the kit and tires over stock. Overall, I lost about 1.5mpg(17.5mpg down to 16.1mpg).

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For $360 you cant go wrong! You have definitely made a big change to your vehicle. Thanks for your input, I will have to take a look at the Rancho Sport lift, and see if it is more feasible than other options.
You can definitely run larger tires too. I had planned to get quick discos and 33s but some surprise expenses came up and suddenly my mod money became my payment money. Its a great kit, and i know that rancho does rebates all the time. "Shocktober" is coming up so you should send @Rancho a message. He helped me find the best price and rebate for my kit, it ended up around like 40 bucks more for the 9000s so i opted for those over the 5000s. The ride is amazing, I play around with the stiffness of the shocks all the time. It is a different drive because it is a lifted vehicle, and will drive different then stock, but I am very happy with my purchase and have gotten great use of it. I wheeled it less then 12 hours after everything was torqued, and 5 days later drove 500 highway miles. Its still holding strong, a do a fair amount of low to medium level trails. I'm still new to jeeps and offroading, and this was a great step for me.

If you have any questions about this lift or anything with my setup feel free to message me.
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Looks Good!

I will definitely consider the coil leveling kit from Teraflex, nevertheless its difficult to justify especially since the coils I really want are $525 for a set, and the leveling coils are $450. I would be replacing them by the summer anyway due to the fact that I would like to run 35s with the system, and like the overall look.
you can get the 1.5" performance kit thru rockridge for around $300 and with flat fenders you can run 35's

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