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Old 06-02-2013, 02:18 PM   #451
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An inch or 1.25 for an unlimited would be better

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An inch or 1.25 for an unlimited would be better
This is what I'm doing, but the kit only comes with a .75" spacer so I have to buy another in the correct height. Since I'm running stock bumpers with no winch I need the back up a bit higher.

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I've got this kit with the 5000's that I'm going to install this weekend. I do not have anything other than what came with the kit. Do I need to get some longer quick disconnects or is it ok to reuse the stock ones?
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My kit was missing the front spacers. The tech folks at Rancho were confused, and said they had never heard of this lift kit. I sent them the documentation, and am now waiting for another reply.

I did get a squeaking in the right front about a week after installing. Turns out the upper mount had come loose since it was such a pain in the butt to get to that nut and get it tight. I now have a chunk of plastic cut out so I can slide a crescent wrench onto the nut from the side.

That is the same place that I had to reuse the original rubber top bushing, since the metal washer wouldn't fit on with the new red one.

If your isolators/spacers/bushings are squeaking, and it isn't because something is loose, try lubing them with silicone. Spray it on and give it a day or so to work.
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Keep me posted on this. I too am a bit thrown off by the "front spacer". We replace the front with a spring and have a different bump stop spacer .FYI I am different than Tech, if you mentioned you talked to me, they will be like "Wha?!!" but at the end of the day we will do our best to resolve an issue. And that one shock is a handful, for sure... what you did is pretty common answer to the issue. Little cut with the Dremel.

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My kit was missing the front spacers. The tech folks at Rancho were confused, and said they had never heard of this lift kit. I sent them the documentation, and am now waiting for another reply.

I did get a squeaking in the right front about a week after installing. Turns out the upper mount had come loose since it was such a pain in the butt to get to that nut and get it tight. I now have a chunk of plastic cut out so I can slide a crescent wrench onto the nut from the side.

That is the same place that I had to reuse the original rubber top bushing, since the metal washer wouldn't fit on with the new red one.

If your isolators/spacers/bushings are squeaking, and it isn't because something is loose, try lubing them with silicone. Spray it on and give it a day or so to work.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:24 AM   #456
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There was no 176507 JK Front Coil Leveling Spacer - .750 included in my kit; the second items down on both sides of the picture on page 4 of the installation instructions (document 89109 Rev A). They are supposed to go between the new front springs and the OE isolators, as pictured on page 6 of said instructions.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:38 AM   #457
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They've changed the kit recently; if you have an Unlimited, there should not be front spacers. The front spacers supposedly cause a positive rake on the JKU'S. There are post in this thread that discuss it to length.
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I read the install instructions. It states "Reference mark the drive shaft to the front differential. Disconnect the drive shaft from the differential. Support drive shaft with a tie wrap or wire."

^is that completely necessary?
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I read the install instructions. It states "Reference mark the drive shaft to the front differential. Disconnect the drive shaft from the differential. Support drive shaft with a tie wrap or wire."

^is that completely necessary?
It made it much easier on me
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Instructions say to separate drive shaft from front Diff. Is this really necessary or can you do the front without it?

I'm finding this the most difficult.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:35 AM   #461
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Should have read previous post! Anyone else?
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Thanks for the link
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:44 PM   #463
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Went ahead and spoke to Matt with Rancho, and ordered up the Sport lift 2" from Rancho, with the 9000XL's.

First, these shocks are fantastic! But everyone here already knows this!

Sadly, I did get a substantial opposite rake in the front. We toyed around with it a bit, adjusted the shock settings on the 9k's and let it set for the day, but it is still about 1/2" high in the front (from the pinch seem). We double checked everything, and it does appear the rear coil spacers are the 3/4" and not the 1 3/4" for the 2dr model. This seems to make sense as to why the front is a bit high. You guys can see for yourself and judge it for what it is.



Overall driving impressions. Under braking you have very little front dive.
Cornering is drastically improved as well as comfort on the highway. These absorb the road in a much more linear and consistent manor in comparison to the factory sport springs/shocks. Really no comparison.


After playing around with the different settings, I found, "5" FR and "3" R to be the best balance of comfort and still gaining nice road handling characteristics. Overall, very happy, excluding the front rake. (trying to get matt to send me the correct 2dr 1.75" rear coil spacer).


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I want it! Where u buy it?
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:20 PM   #464
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I almost bit hard on rubicon express today but I made my purchase on the the rancho 2 in sport and in gonna use my rebate on some discos when I receive it.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:17 PM   #465
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Installed my kit last weekend on my 08 2dr and it looks great.

I do have a question on the bumpstop spacers for the front, are they necessary if I am running the stock tires? I would think that I could get some extra flex out of the system by not running them.

If no one knows I may pull it apart again this weekend and flex it out without the springs to see.

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Also thanks Matt for getting me the correct spacer
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I installed mine this past weekend too. And Matt also helped me out with the right spacers. Very happy with it so far.
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Of course, I didn't even think about the upgraded bolts until after, so I have the kit from northridge ordered and will have to install them this weekend. Would have been much easier to do it when installing the lift.
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^what bolts are you referring to?
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^what bolts are you referring to?
Track bar bolts and control arm bolts
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No questions about the 9000xl shocks, many good comments about them.

But what about the springs that come with this kit ?
Are they much better than stock ones ?

Why not just buy 4 9000xl shocks and ad a teraflex leveling kit for the leveling.
Heard only good comments about this spacer leveling kit. No worries about a negative rake.

I know it's a good deal with the springs included but I live outside the US so no rebate for me...
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Why not just buy 4 9000xl shocks and ad a teraflex leveling kit for the leveling.
Heard only good comments about this spacer leveling kit. No worries about a negative rake.

I know it's a good deal with the springs included but I live outside the US so no rebate for me...
purchasing the teraflex leveling kit along with the rancho 2 in sport system is just a waste of money. the rancho 2 in sport will evenly lift the jeep and will not cause substantial rake like the natural jeep suspension does.

this is a very cost effective base kit if your looking for a one and done deal. If your planning to upgrade as you go, this kit isn't for you.
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Uhh... I just installed this kit and after a couple days of driving around I still have wayyyy too much lift on the front end.


stock jk height by freddyfunkalicious, on Flickr

...I'm measuring just over 13" between the coil mounts and 21.5" on the shocks...
that averages out to close to 3.5" of lift...
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Uhh... I just installed this kit and after a couple days of driving around I still have wayyyy too much lift on the front end.



...I'm measuring just over 13" between the coil mounts and 21.5" on the shocks...
that averages out to close to 3.5" of lift...

Mine was like that too but it gave me an excuse to get a bumper, skid plate and winch. 200lbs on the front brought it down to level. I sill got about 2.5' of lift in the front though.
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Uhh... I just installed this kit and after a couple days of driving around I still have wayyyy too much lift on the front end.


stock jk height by freddyfunkalicious, on Flickr

...I'm measuring just over 13" between the coil mounts and 21.5" on the shocks...
that averages out to close to 3.5" of lift...
Did you measure your actual jeep? That's the only way to tell for sure.

Also most lifts are purposely set taller to accommodate heavy bumpers etc.
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Yeah, I measured the actual jeep and mine used to sit a bit lower than that diagram! measured on the jeep I got close to 4" of lift?!

I measured my castor and it is ~5 degrees.
I have around 1.125" clearance between the front driveshaft and the exhaust crossover.
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Good excuse to add a winch and bumper
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I really don't see how some of you are getting so much lift
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What settings do y'all use when on pavement? And then what settings offroad?
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What settings do y'all use when on pavement? And then what settings offroad?
I run 5 in front and 3 in back. And 1 all the way around when off road
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I run 5 in front and 3 in back. And 1 all the way around when off road
Then what would some one use the higher range for? Just a stiffer ride?

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