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Old 05-11-2013, 08:51 AM   #391
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FYI.. Rancho says they built this kit for people that are planning on putting on aftermarket bumpers. Once I did just that my ride is back to stock height... no big deal, Im in the middle of switching this kit out to a better one anyways. I will say with no aftermarket bumpers it served me well for a month or so, and since this was a band aid solution for me to fit my 35's on I cant speak ill of it. And I love the shocks so much my new lift I have is getting the longer rancho 9000xl's.

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Old 05-11-2013, 10:15 AM   #392
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Edit- Just realized that Amazon sold me the lift for the JKU even though I entered my model in the order system. Can I get the correct rear spacers for my JK?
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Sorry to hear! I did have to chuckle bit, as their are 27pages in length discussing which kit to get and issues with amazon, and then "Hey I got the wrong kit from amazon." Had to laugh a bit. .

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I have been reading on lifts and trying to put together a little shopping list if you will and so far have settled on the tera flex rancho and black diamond 4 inch lifts. Curious to know what would be recommended for a good comfortable on road ride while still getting the best off road experience. Im looking to go 4 inches on 35. I have heard mixed stories on the rc and not quite sure about bds or pro comp. Any suggestions
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Sorry to hear! I did have to chuckle bit, as their are 27pages in length discussing which kit to get and issues with amazon, and then "Hey I got the wrong kit from amazon." Had to laugh a bit. .

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Ps. I would look into buying the 2" rear coil spacers to give it a bit more rake. My .02
I bought the kit back in March when the rebate was announced. Just got it on. Did the vehicle info thing on Amazon and still gave wrong number.
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Got the lift on last week, tires on last night. Easy install, good quality. I have the 55 springs on back, and is too low. Drove last night, high beams pointing to the moon. What do I need to get it leveled out in back? Haven't followed this thread since March.

Also, steering seems a little numb now. Running 295/65/18 Duratracs on 7-spoke Sahara rims with Synergy 1.5" spacers all around. Just cannot feel the road like before. It had 31-10.50-15 on MT rims dished out same track width as new rims with spacers.

Just need to know how to get an inch or two in the back. Ride is pretty good with 9000 shocks set on 3.

Edit- Just realized that Amazon sold me the lift for the JKU even though I entered my model in the order system. Can I get the correct rear spacers for my JK?
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:32 PM   #396
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Contact Matt on Monday. Good dude !!
Ya, Matt will work his magic. He got my correct spacers within 24hrs... Although I think it helps rancho is 10min from me.
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Still a little concerned about my steering feeling kind of numb. Wife drove it yesterday and noticed same thing. Not sure if the spacers affected or lift. Just cannot "feel" the road like before. Any ideas?

Everything is tight, tires balanced, etc.
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Still a little concerned about my steering feeling kind of numb. Wife drove it yesterday and noticed same thing. Not sure if the spacers affected or lift. Just cannot "feel" the road like before. Any ideas?

Everything is tight, tires balanced, etc.
What year is your Jeep? If its a 2013, maybe even a 2012, you don't use the front spacers - just the new coil springs. There's not nearly as much factory rake on the new JKs and springs is all you need in the front. Then the rear spacer levels it out. .75" for a JKU or 1.75" for a JK.


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Still a little concerned about my steering feeling kind of numb. Wife drove it yesterday and noticed same thing. Not sure if the spacers affected or lift. Just cannot "feel" the road like before. Any ideas?

Everything is tight, tires balanced, etc.
Describe, "road feel." This varies a lot. Is the steering floating? How's the turn in? Transition? Is it lagging?

Things to consider.

1. Alignment has changed, so your camber etc is going to also change which may give it a more floating feel. So you need to use the specs rancho gave you. Have you aligned it?

2. Steering components haven't changed.

3. The adjustable settings on the shocks my be softer, so vibration is not being transferred up to the wheel as much.

4. You are sitting higher so it's an optical illusion. haha.


**my guess is you are not describing it correct. I'm guessing you haven't aligned it, and the camber / toe has changed so the steering is not as direct on turn ins etc etc.
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No alignment yet, no spacers in the front springs only. It is an 07 (see signature for details). Just surprised how different it felt. It doesn't wander, but had more feel of the road with the prior setup. "Numb" is the best way to describe it compared driving down a good highway. Shocks are set at "3" on the knobs.

On a solid axle alignment job, they only adjust toe-in don't they? Nothing else is adjustable.

Didn't think about upgrading steering stabilizer yet, tires are not that much bigger than before.
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What year is your Jeep? If its a 2013, maybe even a 2012, you don't use the front spacers - just the new coil springs. There's not nearly as much factory rake on the new JKs and springs is all you need in the front. Then the rear spacer levels it out. .75" for a JKU or 1.75" for a JK.




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Sorry, I was referring to the 1.5" wheel spacers that I added, not the coil spring spacers.
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No alignment yet, no spacers in the front springs only. It is an 07 (see signature for details). Just surprised how different it felt.
Get an alignment. Wait for the rear spacers and get her dialed in! Also, you said you changed tires? If you went to a mud type tire, that's going to be the culprit. Especially if you had oem tires before.

You have to think logically about it... The shocks only change the ride comfort, and alignment... Of which the shocks are adjustable. If anything you will gain a ton of road "vibration / feel" if you set them at "9." I know the only variable with my current rig was the change in ranchos and alignment, and everything about the driving "feel" was greatly increased, once it was properly aligned with the shocks dialed in around 3-4F 2-3R. Cheers and good luck!
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Seed,

Toe and centering the steering wheel. I didn't notice any difference after installing spacers though
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I was set on this kit and just got done reading all posts. I should be sleeping right now. Haha

I saw someone ask about factory rake and how to keep it. I guess I'm a weird one as well. I don't want to level my jeep, I want to keep the rake. Looking to get apx 2" all around lift on stock bumpers. Can I do that on my jku if I put 1.75 spacers in back?

I have max tow and looking at springs they are 59's.
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I was set on this kit and just got done reading all posts. I should be sleeping right now. Haha

I saw someone ask about factory rake and how to keep it. I guess I'm a weird one as well. I don't want to level my jeep, I want to keep the rake. Looking to get apx 2" all around lift on stock bumpers. Can I do that on my jku if I put 1.75 spacers in back?

I have max tow and looking at springs they are 59's.
If you run the rear "1.75" and the oem spacer you get only a "touch" of rake, until you slap on a front bumper.

If you want to keep the drastic oem rake, without a pricey lift kit, I believe a company called JKs, makes ride height adjustable coil spacers. That's your best and cheapest bet I know of!

You could go the rancho route and then buy the rear JKs adjustable spacers and adjust until your hearts content! .

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Describe, "road feel." This varies a lot. Is the steering floating? How's the turn in? Transition? Is it lagging?

Things to consider.

1. Alignment has changed, so your camber etc is going to also change which may give it a more floating feel. So you need to use the specs rancho gave you. Have you aligned it?

2. Steering components haven't changed.

3. The adjustable settings on the shocks my be softer, so vibration is not being transferred up to the wheel as much.

4. You are sitting higher so it's an optical illusion. haha.

**my guess is you are not describing it correct. I'm guessing you haven't aligned it, and the camber / toe has changed so the steering is not as direct on turn ins etc etc.
Camber will not change but toe may slightly.
Jeeps come from the factory with 3.7-around 4.7 of caster that does get affected lifting. This could be a caster thing if he was on the lower end of the spec.

Agree on having the alignment at least checked. Make sure toe is in 1/8 and check to see where caster is.
Adjustable lowers or AEV control arm drop brackets will bring up lost caster.

The flighty/floaty feel is usually caster change
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Definitely getting an alignment ASAP, always planned to. Running BFG AT-KO's before, switched to GY Duratracs. Been running them on my pickup for couple years. Road noise was same, but will get front end dialed in, then make a judgement.

Hopefully can get the correct spacers from Rancho.

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This lift usually doesn't provide enough clearance to run the AEV Geometry Correction Brackets. AEV has recommendations for the minimum amount of lift (measured from the axle spring perch to the frame). Mine ended up being about 0.5 inches to short to fit within AEV's parameters. You could still try them and see how they work.

Adjustable control arms should work fine, but they cost a little more.

Have you driven it with the lift and the old tires? It's really hard to pinpoint something like this when you make multiple changes at once.

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Running BFG AT-KO's before, switched to GY Duratracs. Been running them on my pickup for couple years.
Thanks for the input.
BFG AT, to duratrac... That's the road, "feel" issue. .02
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The instructions say to drop the front drive shaft during the install, I am not sure why it would be required.... Any help?
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The instructions say to drop the front drive shaft during the install, I am not sure why it would be required.... Any help?
it avoids the driveshaft from getting bound up. It's really not that tough to drop it down.
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it avoids the driveshaft from getting bound up. It's really not that tough to drop it down.
Just FYI, and not advice with a warranty, but I've installed this kit on two Jeeps and did not drop the rive shat mor have problems with binding. It's an easy, straight forward install. The hardest thing to do is drill the axle pads for the bump stops.


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BFG AT, to duratrac... That's the road, "feel" issue. .02

I drive daily on the very same Duratracs on my truck, best handling tires I have had on a pickup, quiet and very well mannered. I am sure there is a little difference between BFG AT's and Duratracs, but no like running Super Swampers or anything like that.
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Hey Matt (rancho) the adjustment knob broke, you guys have any replant knobs, or ideas on how to adjust it? I was thinking of glueing / tapping a screw in? Thoughts?

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Hey Matt (rancho) the adjustment knob broke, you guys have any replant knobs, or ideas on how to adjust it? I was thinking of glueing / tapping a screw in? Thoughts?
They unscrew. I'm sure you can get ahold of a new one. How did it break... Off road ?
You can rotate the shock 180 putting the knob out of harms way. You can't see the numbers just remember right stiffens and left softens.
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They unscrew. I'm sure you can get ahold of a new one. How did it break... Off road ?
I would love to say it was faulty and try to get a replacement, haha, but the truth of the matter is it was broken when offroading on her last outing. While I was bragging to everyone about this lift kit, it decided to introduce itself to a boulder and think it decided to stay with him.

I wasn't aware that it was just threaded in. I'll take a look!

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I installed over the weekend and added 295/70r17 Nitto MT's, got 3" iin front and 1.5" in back. It looks perfect, love the kit. I do have a squeak in the rear end now that I need to track down, initial inspection has me looking at the coil spacer.... Anyone else have an idea?
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Anyone have any luck getting someone to sell the 2dr kit for Amazon's 4dr price of $378 primed? OR alternately, is Rancho good to those who buy the 4dr and need to swap the spacers?
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I installed over the weekend and added 295/70r17 Nitto MT's, got 3" iin front and 1.5" in back. It looks perfect, love the kit. I do have a squeak in the rear end now that I need to track down, initial inspection has me looking at the coil spacer.... Anyone else have an idea?
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