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Old 03-31-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Lift Kit... Suggestions

I have a 2008 Wrangler and looking to put a 3 or 4" lift kit on it. Looking at many options, but trying not to break the bank.

Any suggestions? Sites?

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Old 03-31-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #3
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TF 3" with Bilstein 5100s. JKS track bar. $1100. Well worth money.

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I have a JK sport 4" lift from rough country paid just under 500 for it and also put on a set of 35" tires with the lift and tires I got 7" of lift out of it but i did start with stock 16" steel rims you can see my pics it looks low in the back but thats just the drive way its level and rides nice.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Im thinking about getting a 4" rough country lift or a 4" skyjacker lift that is around $800. Has anyone heard anything good about skyjacker lift kits.
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Don't go to jeep forum they hate skyjacker. I would do RC first. They say the shocks are rough, hence the name rough country.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:31 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help agenbro. Narrowed my search down for me.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:08 PM   #8
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Does anyone know where to get Rims and tires somewhat cheap.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #10
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Sorry, but putting on a 4" lift by a "discount brand" is insane. They obviously sell them, but my personal opinion is that 4" is a hell of a lot of lift, and you cannot do it both cheaply and safely. So if you want 4", you're going to have to choose--safety or cost. If you choose safety, be willing to spend some cash.

If you want to stay low cost AND safe, I'd go no higher than 2.5". Here's a post I put in another thread that I think works here:

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I also have the TeraFlex 2.5" coil lift, and that's great. At that height, you can do without new front LCAs, trackbars, and driveshafts. That saves a lot of money, and you can run 35s as shown by kjeeper10. Heck, if he adds flat flares (like these) he could run 37s.

4" is a big lift and that can't be done cheaply IMO. While I don't have any first hand experience with 4" lifts, I have to imagine you'd definitely need to add front LCAs and trackbars. Maybe driveshafts too.

3" is a little more manageable. TeraFlex makes this one for about $1k, though I'd really want to add front LCAs at that height. Full Traction makes this one that's got everything I'd want, but it's over $2k. Rock Krawler has this 3.5" kit for about $1k, but you need to add shocks. Here's a nice complete looking 3.25" kit from Rusty's, but it's $1400.

I'm not sure what you mean by "cheap." Rough Country makes this 3.25" kit that is about as cheap as it gets for $400, but use that at you're own risk. From a reputation standpoint, Rough Country is a better source for accessory-type items rather than major suspension changes. Up to you.

Personally, if you're trying to stay under $1k, I'd stick to 2.5". That seems to be the magic number where you can find high quality for under $1k, like this one or this more budget friendly one. There's a reason folks are spending $500 to $700 to get 2.5" of TeraFlex lift when they could spend $400 and get 3.25" of Rough Country lift.
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Or more like you get what you pay for!!
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"don't go cheap with your suspension. Your life rides on it"

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Sorry, but putting on a 4" lift by a "discount brand" is insane. They obviously sell them, but my personal opinion is that 4" is a hell of a lot of lift, and you cannot do it both cheaply and safely. So if you want 4", you're going to have to choose--safety or cost. If you choose safety, be willing to spend some cash.

If you want to stay low cost AND safe, I'd go no higher than 2.5". Here's a post I put in another thread that I think works here:


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Or more like you get what you pay for!!
look at it this way... you could buy some crappy lift on the cheap... maybe you break something on the trail and have to pay a couple buddies to drag you out. or maybe you have to pay some wrecker to come get you.

or maybe something breaks and because its on the cheap, you're screwed when you're looking for a little warranty help.. everyone of the guys above said it best. spend every dollar you can on your lift and get good wheels and tires... not cheap wheels and tires. i'm not saying spend 4 grand... just don't compromise. if you don't have it... save for it.

your JK depends on it... so do the people inside it.
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And one more thing to think about.

Iv been around a lot of lifted vehicals in my life and Iv seen them done cheap to right. (hell I know a guy that wedged boards in his srpings on a branco to lift it!!) And I have seen more then one of them trashed becouse of doing it the cheap way.
Take advice from a guy who has had one of his own 39" tires pass him on the road and do it right.
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Take advice from a guy who has had one of his own 39" tires pass him on the road and do it right.


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i know not to get cheap stuff but i know that i can find a good lift and tires for cheaper then what they are I just have to search that what i was saying. Of course im not going to get some 300 dollar lift and cheap tires i just want a site that can get me quality products for a little bit cheaper than normal prices.
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You won’t find anything exorbitantly cheaper. All vendors have to mark up slightly. Try 4wd.com with promo code 4wddis1 to save 5% and if you have a 4 wheel parts local to you, you can pick up from store for free. Try amazon. Also Marcus at River City Off-road and vendors on here Jason from Krawl Off-road, Dave from Northridge4x4, Chris from Jeep Add Ons and Joe from Quadratec. Marcus, Jason, Dave and Chris I have ordered from personally. All good dudes.

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i know not to get cheap stuff but i know that i can find a good lift and tires for cheaper then what they are I just have to search that what i was saying. Of course im not going to get some 300 dollar lift and cheap tires i just want a site that can get me quality products for a little bit cheaper than normal prices.
I've found the best prices on new gear are found by first doing a websearch with a part number to see whatever fly-by-night shifty operation will purportedly deliver a product cheapest, and then PMing a Sponsoring Vendor here on the forum (Northridge 4x4, Krawl Offroad, etc.) with a link to see if they'll price match the delivered price. So far, they always have.

That gets you the product you want at the best price you could possibly find, and you get the customer service associated with having an actual human being to send a PM to with questions or concerns after delivery without having to actually deal with whatever that shifty operation was that you found that had the best price in the first place.

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