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Old 12-12-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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Noob with a lift Q.

Me and my dad are looking into a good lift kit and im just wondering whats the best. He commutes with it quite a few miles to work and back and we love doing articulations and rock climbing, we are also on a tight budget. Thanks!
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Wranglers have a huge aftermarket, and as a result, there are dozens and dozens of lift options. So your question doesn't really have an answer--it's like if I asked "My dad and I want a vehicle to do things, what should I get?" What's the answer? I dunno--a Honda Civic? A Dodge Ram? No idea.

I can say that wanting "the best" for commuting and rock climbing while being on a "tight budget" generally doesn't work.

Review the "JK Lift Reviews" thread at the top of the JK section to get some ideas and try to educate yourself a little bit. That should help narrow your query to something more manageable.

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Something from Rock Krawler?? Rock Krawler Catalog

Although "tight budget" for a kit with great daily driveability and rock crawling may not go hand in hand. Some folks have a different tight budget than others. Also not knowing what kind of rock crawling you do kind of leaves us guessing as well.

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That is a tough question...you generally have to pay to play. There are several cheap lift kits on the market but you will sacrifice ride quality big time! I am sure it has been said a million times but you really do get what you pay for!!

Depending on how tight your budget is you might want to cruise around the different forum classifieds or Craigslist and look for parts. I have come across lots of quality used lift kits where guys wanted bigger or sold Jeep before they could install the parts.
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Thanks guys, and Dan to answer your Question we do things like Snoopy rock in Rio Puerco, not very hard, and very little more than that. But right now im looking at a Terraflex budget boost lift kit. But I guess you're right, we really do need to educate ourselves. Thanks again!
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Look at the "2 inch lifts" thread currently going.

The RK and Taraflex are great inexpensive lifts.

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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/2-lifts-126865.html

I was considering the BB also. For the money either of those 2 coil lifts make sense
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The search feature is your friend. Top of any page, third selection from right. Click on it, go to advanced search, type "lifts" into the box @ upper left, click on "JK Jeep Wrangler Forum" in the box @ lower right, then hit Search Now.

That'll give you an idea of the difference between a budget boost and a spring lift, the types of lifts that work well w/certain sized tires, etc.

Just make sure that every couple of hours, you walk away for awhile, or your head WILL explode.
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Look at the "2 inch lifts" thread currently going.

The RK and Taraflex are great inexpensive lifts.

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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/2-lifts-126865.html

I was considering the BB also. For the money either of those 2 coil lifts make sense
kj, whats the real scoop on the rk lifts, i have heard that the springs sag after a while and you loose lift ht. also, how does the rk handle on the road? tks steve
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kj, whats the real scoop on the rk lifts, i have heard that the springs sag after a while and you loose lift ht. also, how does the rk handle on the road? tks steve
I think your mistaken RK for RC

From all my reading and talking to Jason from KOR -- both are great lifts. The TF kit is a little more "out the box"
Both kits can be added on to also.
There's no wrong choice.

Ride quality? Not sure yet. I know the TF kit comes with shocks or extensions for your factory shocks. I think RK is the
same. I have a Rubicon so I'm assuming my shocks will do just fine with the extensions. If not I will upgrade if I need to.

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That is a tough question...you generally have to pay to play.
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I think your mistaken RK for RC

From all my reading and talking to Jason from KOR -- both are great lifts. The TF kit is a little more "out the box"
Both kits can be added on to also.
There's no wrong choice.

Ride quality? Not sure yet. I know the TF kit comes with shocks or extensions for your factory shocks. I think RK is the
same. I have a Rubicon so I'm assuming my shocks will do just fine with the extensions. If not I will upgrade if I need to.

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This. RK does not sag and I personally run the Teraflex so can say first hand that it doesn't sag either. Have heard of Rough Country sagging though.

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Ain't that the truth?

While your here.... You have the TF lift correct?
Yes sir.

TF 2.5 coil with shocks and adj front/rear track bars.
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This. RK does not sag and I personally run the Teraflex so can say first hand that it doesn't sag either. Have heard of Rough Country sagging though.

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Yep, assuming he meant RC.

How's the TF working for you?

I'm ordering 2mrw?
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Yes sir.

TF 2.5 coil with shocks and adj front/rear track bars.
Ok. Now--from what I remembered. Did you buy the adj trac bars after the fact?

Issues?
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Ok. Now--from what I remembered. Did you buy the adj trac bars after the fact?

Issues?
Yes I got the JKS bars after about a month of driving without them. After the lift both my front and rear axles were over slightly to the drivers side. It drove ok as far as I could tell but it REALLY messes with your psychological comfort to know they are aren't perfectly lateral especially after you get raised up to the new height. Steering was a little flighty after the lift too but that was all but eliminated with a proper tire balancing. After the bars went on, both axles were lined up dead even and not only did it feel better to have it this way, it felt better driving too "tighter".

I highly recommend the JKS track bars. Very heavy duty and very well made. Fully adjustable and the look great. Here's some pics



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Yes I got the JKS bars after about a month of driving without them. After the lift both my front and rear axles were over slightly to the drivers side. It drove ok as far as I could tell but it REALLY messes with your psychological comfort to know they are aren't perfectly lateral especially after you get raised up to the new height. Steering was a little flighty after the lift too but that was all but eliminated with a proper tire balancing. After the bars went on, both axles were lined up dead even and not only did it feel better to have it this way, it felt better driving too "tighter".

I highly recommend the JKS track bars. Very heavy duty and very well made. Fully adjustable and the look great. Here's some pics
The kit itself comes with a extension(s)
So what made you need them?
I have time just wondering if i should install/drive the jeep get a feel, and then see if I actually need them or not.

Thanks for the pics.
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The kit itself comes with a extension(s)
So what made you need them?
I have time just wondering if i should install/drive the jeep get a feel, and then see if I actually need them or not.

Thanks for the pics.
If you mean the relocation bracket for the rear stock track bar, yes I installed that too and kept the stocker bar for the month after the lift. I would install the lift and see what you think then decide if you want/need new track bars. TF used to ship some of their 2.5 kits with extension brackets but I believe have stopped now in favor of the full relocation bracket. For me the lift gave enough height on my 2 door to warrant getting them. TF recommends keeping the relocation bracket on the rear axle even if you get a new adj bar back there. It corrects the geometry and allows the rear bar to be perfectly paraelle to the axle. You can see this in the second and third photos above.
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If you mean the relocation bracket for the rear stock track bar, yes I installed that too and kept the stocker bar for the month after the lift. I would install the lift and see what you think then decide if you want/need new track bars. TF used to ship some of their 2.5 kits with extension brackets but I believe have stopped now in favor of the full relocation bracket. For me the lift gave enough height on my 2 door to warrant getting them. TF recommends keeping the relocation bracket on the rear axle even if you get a new adj bar back there. It corrects the geometry and allows the rear bar to be perfectly paraelle to the axle. You can see this in the second and third photos above.
Ok. That was my thought.

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Hey thanks you guys you are being GREAT helps. My dad moves alot so we may or may not see you on the trails. A few places we might just travel to. But if you ever make your way out to Rio Puerco, try finding us. Just PM if you are.
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Yep, assuming he meant RC.

How's the TF working for you?

I'm ordering 2mrw?
Works great, I love it. I have their front and rear track bars too. Been wheeling several times with it. I've been thinking of swapping in 3" coils and throwing in their flexarms.

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