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Old 09-28-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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so im really stuck =/ i just bought my 2012 rubi and i am really looking into a lift kit. its my daily but i still want to dress her up a bit and be able to go off-road and have some fun. I've been looking for a 2.5 inch lift kit and i have no clue on what to be looking for. im not one who typically gets the cheapest thing so im on about a 450-500 budget id just like some advice on where to look and what brands will give me what im looking for

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Old 09-28-2011, 08:29 PM   #2
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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ive been looking through them and im still stuck haha all i really know is i want a good pair of shocks to pair it with
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:08 PM   #4
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I know I'm new, and still asking advice everywhere, but after doing my lift, I'll say this. The ride is still nice after doing my old man emu lift, I can't really say better or worse than stock, but it is fun to park my jeep by closing my eyes and honestly having no clue if I've run over a curb or car or anything because it all feels the same. I feel pretty confident that for street driving, as long as you get gas/nitro shocks you'll be set, so I might recommend picking a lift based on a) reviews (everyone will say its awesome, so maybe look for stiffer versus smoother) and looks. My old man emus? big yellow shocks. It's the one thing my wife hates about the lift, besides making it harder for her to get in, because she thinks it doesnt match its mango tango color. Def makes me want to make sure the rest of my jeeps accents are yellow (d-rings, brake calipers, light covers ect). If you're doing it for looks, consider that; you can choose what color you get
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:42 PM   #5
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I am new as well but I just had a OME suspension lift put on and it looks and drives great!
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:44 AM   #6
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so im really stuck =/ i just bought my 2012 rubi and i am really looking into a lift kit. its my daily but i still want to dress her up a bit and be able to go off-road and have some fun. I've been looking for a 2.5 inch lift kit and i have no clue on what to be looking for. im not one who typically gets the cheapest thing so im on about a 450-500 budget id just like some advice on where to look and what brands will give me what im looking for
I don't want to burst your bubble, but your budget might cover a good set of shocks, but not the lift. If you can't install it yourself, your budget would only cover labor and no money would be left over for the lift. Your best option would probably be a budget lift that would add spacers to your existing springs and some brackets that would allow you to use your existing shocks. I'll provide some links with suggestions, but these are not the only options available.

This kit will give you a 2" lift and you can use your existing shocks:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits
This kit will give you 2.5" lift and you can use your existing shocks:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits
This kit will give you 2.5" lift with new shocks:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits
This kit gives you more bang for the buck and 2.5" lift, but you will have to get new shocks or shock brackets with your existing shocks at additional cost:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:18 AM   #7
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With a $450-500 budget, you can get a decent lift but you will still suffer on the shocks. I would recomend the Rock Krawler 2.5" Stock Mod lift. It is a great lift and a great starting point! The ride is second to none both on and off road. It can also be added to and upgraded as needed so your not throwing away parts down the road (BB). You would want to think about shocks though as that is half the battle with the lifts. We could set you up with a set of the Bilstein 5100's which go nice with the lift for pretty cheap.

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when i was looking for my lift, i thought long and hard. ( its also my DD ) but i want to be able to go anywhere and i do mean anywhere, save and plan way ahead,, think about what your future plans are.. thats what i did,,, i went with a teraflex 3 inch lift,, because i'll be putting 35's maybe 37's tires, buy a good quality lift. and shock package, if you have to save for 6 months it will be worth it in the long run, doing things twice sux and cost money.

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Your budget and DD requirements along with your Jeep being a Rubicon would lead me in only one direction. Teraflex Budget Boost with shock extensions. The lift will give you the heigth you want and your stock ride quality will not change. The Rubicon shocks are a VERY good shock and the factory springs will maintain your ride. All this for under $400 shipped. I use 35" tires and they don't rub with the proper offset.

I'm on my fifth Wrangler and just picked up my 2012 Rubicon Unlimited and installed this lift while I decide what to do for a high end lift. I'm having a VERY tough time removing this Budget Boost as it is doing everything I want at a low price. I don't daily drive it but it is a thousand miles one way to the mountains and I drive it there four times per year.

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Thanks to everyone and the advice I'm still undecided on what I want to do but this has definitely pointed me in a good direction

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