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Old 03-04-2014, 10:12 PM   #1
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My super budget leveling plan.

I'm looking to level mu JKU on a budget, and I've come up with a plan. I'm heavily considering purchasing two Daystar 3/4" Comfort Ride lift kits. I'll stack the two sets of front spacers for 1.5" front lift, and install one set of the rears for .75" rear lift.

My question is, will this level my ride? I suppose if it doesn't I'm only out $80.

Also, please don't suggest that I save up a little more and buy a Teraflex kit (or something else). I could afford that now if I wanted to. The issue isn't money, it's spending money on something that is purely cosmetic.

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You might want to check with Daystar to see if they recommend doing that. Most people here on the forum are in the "If-you're-going-to-do-it, do-it-right" camp. It would be a shame to have something catastrophic happen because you wanted to save a couple dollars on components in a vital equipment group.

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100% agree with Scott. This is a pretty awful idea. If you can afford a real lift than buy a real lift. If it's not important to you and only "cosmetic" than why would you risk doing damage to your Jeep?

Also, if you don't want suggestions, don't post questions like this on a forum geared towards people who off-road and tend to want to do things right. My guess is the only suggestion that you will receive is:
a) don't do it
b) do it right

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Stacking doesn't sound too promising. I would consider who will be riding in your jeep, esp if you take it off the road. Is it worth putting them at risk on a mod that "might" work ?
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Stacking doesn't sound too promising. I would consider who will be riding in your jeep, esp if you take it off the road. Is it worth putting them at risk on a mod that "might" work ?
X2.
But like others have said.. If you're going to do it.. Do it right the first time. Make sure that you and the people riding in your Jeep are safe.
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I get where you're coming from but your suspension and steering are too important. Just buy a kit. What you save in parts you will spend in time fixing it.
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. The issue isn't money, it's spending money on something that is purely cosmetic.
Lifting/leveling are cosmetic modifications. However, the suspension system is functional, necessary, and critical to the safe operation of the vehicle.

If you don't want to spend money to cosmetically alter your vehicle, then don't. But don't try to save money by compromising the integrity of something that is designed to keep you and your vehicle safe.
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I'd spend a few bucks extra being safe.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:13 AM   #9
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Not saying I agree with stacking spacers but that is how teraflex does it.

http://m.quadratec.com/products/prod...=16190+1100+07

I would at least call daystar and ask if they recommend that. The spacers they sell may not be stackable.

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Since the difference in rake front to rear is only 1/2" on my rig measured at the wheel wells, I was thinking of just getting a pair of Teraflex 1/2" coil spacers for the front and going at it....
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You can stack Teraflex spacers for sure and you can buy them much cheaper than the "kit". I put a set of 1" TF spacers on the front of my JKU and it did the trick. There is no chance of anything catastrophic happening nor is it unsafe.
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You can stack Teraflex spacers for sure and you can buy them much cheaper than the "kit". I put a set of 1" TF spacers on the front of my JKU and it did the trick. There is no chance of anything catastrophic happening nor is it unsafe.
Your last sentence is an impossible promise to make.

Also, just because you've done something similar doesn't make it correct. A lot of guys that have chimed in above are guys that really know there stuff, and I would trust their opinions when they say not to do something.

OP- do what you want and what you're comfortable with. Everything said here is an opinion, but we're just trying to look out for a fellow Jeeper.
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He stated that it was for purely cosmetic reasons...
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Are you trying to level or lift it? If leveling why aren't you just putting single 3/4" spacers in the front?
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For $150 you can get a Teraflex 2" leveling kit that does the same thing and comes with longer front sway bar links. For $30 more you can turn the links into quick disconnects. That's what I used and it looked awesome.
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I'm looking to level mu JKU on a budget, and I've come up with a plan. I'm heavily considering purchasing two Daystar 3/4" Comfort Ride lift kits. I'll stack the two sets of front spacers for 1.5" front lift, and install one set of the rears for .75" rear lift.

My question is, will this level my ride? I suppose if it doesn't I'm only out $80.

Also, please don't suggest that I save up a little more and buy a Teraflex kit (or something else). I could afford that now if I wanted to. The issue isn't money, it's spending money on something that is purely cosmetic.
I fail to see how your suspension is purely cosmetic....
I highly suggest contacting Daystar to see if they suggest stacking their spacers, it's not common practice to do so however it May be possible and be "safe" for your uses
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For $150 you can get a Teraflex 2" leveling kit that does the same thing and comes with longer front sway bar links. For $30 more you can turn the links into quick disconnects. That's what I used and it looked awesome.
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I fail to see how your suspension is purely cosmetic....
The mod is purely cosmetic he's saying.
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The mod is purely cosmetic he's saying.
No suspension mod is ever purely cosmetic... It is effecting the way your vehicles rides and handles, saying a suspension mod is purely cosmetic is completely false no mater how you look at it
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No suspension mod is ever purely cosmetic... It is effecting the way your vehicles rides and handles, saying a suspension mod is purely cosmetic is completely false no mater how you look at it
His reason for doing it is purely cosmetic. You're reading too much into this.
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The OP's exact words were "The issue isn't money, it's spending money on something that is purely cosmetic." I get that you're saying his reasons may be cosmetic but the point is the modification is not only cosmetic, it is changing the ride height, sway bar geometry, travel area on shocks and drive shafts, axle placement.... That is completely relevant. Brings back memories of guys chopping their springs to "slam" their cars....
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The OP's exact words were "The issue isn't money, it's spending money on something that is purely cosmetic." I get that you're saying his reasons may be cosmetic but the point is the modification is not only cosmetic, it is changing the ride height, sway bar geometry, travel area on shocks and drive shafts, axle placement.... That is completely relevant. Brings back memories of guys chopping their springs to "slam" their cars....
Or twisting the little cast "nuggets" in to boost. Agree the stack is not a good idea.

Chopping springs on the other hand...have done it. Completely safe depending on the spring type and how much you're cutting. TORCHING a spring VERY bad.
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I used a pair of the 1" TF pucks only on the front... in their 1.5 kit, you use 2 of the 1" pucks "stacked" to get 2 inches in the front and a 1" puck in the rear.

I was only leveling, not really lifting therefore nothing added to the rear. Works great and looks great for a "near" stock look.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/tmi-1953075/overview/

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