First post, sorry for a wall of text but I like details.
First major jeep project for me - I have read the forums for a while and have a decent idea on what I am looking to do. I have a 2008 JK Rubi with some tires that are in pretty bad shape. It is time to lift this beast and upgrade the tire size - a little earlier than I expected but luckily I had been saving for this day.
I wanted to reach out to the experts before pulling the trigger on a lift, though.
I'm going to order some 35'' Duratracs on 16'' MB72s today, and am upgrading my spare carrier at the same time. I want to do a lift now as well to avoid trimming fenders, rubbing, etc. No aftermarket bumpers or winches yet, so weight could be a factor as I don't want to deal with the DS issues from a lift going over 2.5''.
My brother (2011 JK X) and I spend every weekend offroad (easy trails, no real intense rock climbing) finding camping spots and fly fishing/climbing/Mtn. biking in the gorgeous mountains of Colorado. I also drive the jeep to and from work and to the ski resorts during the winter as it is my DD first and foremost. I am comfortable being offroad in the jeep, and have already found some trails that additional clearance from lift and tires would help.
All of that being said -I have narrowed it down to these 3 lift options (after wheels and tires, my budget for a lift is about $600 max initially... though getting something that I can upgrade and improve down the road is a MAJOR bonus to me):
1. Rancho 2'' Sport Suspension
($449.99 - $100) - Great rebate deal going on now, I like the 9000xl shocks. Worried that I will bump/rub on the 35's some, and that there are no coils for the back. Doesn't seem as complete of a lift as the Teraflex. I do want these shocks though.
2. TeraFlex 2.5" Coil Lift Kit with Shock Adapters
($486.99) - Leaning towards this lift, I like the price, and I want to upgrade the shocks to the bilsteins or 9000xls down the road a few months when budget allows. Figured the adapters would be OK until I do that. My biggest worry with this is getting over the 2.5'' of lift with no aftermarket additions on my jeep.
3. TeraFlex 2.5" Budget Boost & Shock Adapters
($357.99) - I like this lift and have heard read good things about it online, but I would rather have springs instead of spacers, unless those are going to add too much height to my stocker.
I wanted a little insight from the forum and the people who have been there - done that to make the best, informed decision that I can. Honestly I would be happy with any of these kits, and have had them circled in my Quadratec catalog for months. Whichever is best for my situation is what I will go with. Any advice would be appreciated.
And before anyone says it - 33's are out of the question
... I've wanted 35's since I bought this thing last year.
Thank you in advance!