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Old 03-29-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Rancho 2" lift vs TeraFlex 2.5" Lifts for 35's?

Hi All,

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.

My situation:
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!
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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Go with the teraflex 2.5" coil lift, it'll easily fit 35's even though the mb 72's are discontinued so I'm not sure if you can order those. Just make sure to trim your pinch seem an gusset an sleeve your axle if you plan on heavy offroading. Plus a new tire carrier as well

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Old 03-29-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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Yea, that is the lift I have been leaning towards.

I did have the shop check a few times to make sure they had the MB72s since I heard that they were discontinued as well. They insisted they had em, so I jumped at the chance to get them.

Thanks much, Cam09.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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Welcome, I just feel you will be better off with all coil springs instead of ranchos which is front coil spring rear leaf spring. Plus if you add bumpers an such you won't sag with the coils over the budget boost which will likely sag at some time. I have the teraflex 1.5" performance leveling kit with blistein shocks an love it
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:51 PM   #5
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After much research and basically the same concerns I went with option #2 TF 2.5 spring lift and Rancho 9000 xl29 and xl30 . Of course its all sitting here behind me in boxes as Ive not had time to get it installed yet.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:40 AM   #6
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Thanks Viper - I am going with that option as well. Looking forward to seeing how the install goes.

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