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Old 03-18-2013, 03:03 AM   #1
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Rubicon express 3.5 inch lift!!

So I'm on Craig's list and I see this. I have been leaning towards other lifts but I like the look of this lift and have heard good reviews. Here is a pic from Craigslist I just want to know if the kit is complete or anything else I would need to know. Also is 650 a good price??

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Old 03-18-2013, 03:04 AM   #2
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:29 AM   #4
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looking at the shocks it doesn't look to old. How many miles ?
Couple things to keep in mind.
3.5 is going most likely require LCA's for caster correction.
See if the bushings on the track bar can be replaced. Front track bar problems are the #1 cause for death wobble.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:20 AM   #5
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3.5" lift with Bilstein shocks. Around 950-1000 new. I'd do as kj recommended. I am running this same lift on my '07JKU. I like it.

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Old 03-18-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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He had it on his rig for three months. How much height should I expect to net in the front and rear??
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:31 AM   #7
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2Dr about 4.5" 4Dr about 3.5". Springs are stiff. I like 'em like that. On a 4Dr you're arms sill be okay. On a 2dr, you will need to add control arms. We happen to have both. my '07 JKU 3.5". Same kit on the missus '09 JK 4.5". She got the long arms, I am running the stock ones.

NOTE: We both run 37's.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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There you go ^

Expect more height on a 2 door. Plan on the lowers for sure. I will be selling my TF's shortly for cheap. Normally around $300 I believe but makes a huge difference in ride.

3-4" of lift on a 2 door may require the drag link/TB geometry changed. This can be done with a drag link/highsteer kit.
Don't let this scare you. You may not even need it

Driveshaft angles- my front had to be replaced first. Rear is pretty steep but have a spare OEM ready.
Keep close eye on the CV joints.

Running 4" of height on a 2 door requires a little more then the coils and shocks some kits provide.
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There is a 1" difference in the coils we use between the 2 door and the 4 door JKs. So nwbronco is correct. A 3.5" 4 door kit when installed on a 2 door will net you 4.5". At 4.5" of lift new control arms are recommended as well as longer shocks.



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There is a 1" difference in the coils we use between the 2 door and the 4 door JKs. So nwbronco is correct. A 3.5" 4 door kit when installed on a 2 door will net you 4.5". At 4.5" of lift new control arms are recommended as well as longer shocks.

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With the 3.5" lift would I have to replace driveshafts on a 4 door? What's the actual measured height when installed. Thanks
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:52 PM   #11
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I have this lift and just want to make sure they are throwing in the other two springs I love the kit so far. I have a 4 door with 35" and the ride is great. I have a full size spare, replacement front and rear bumpers, winch, you name it. The top of my Jeep sits 77". After reading all the "don't buy it because 4 Wheel Parts owns it" comments I'm really happy.

That being said, I stay on road for the most part. I have bunny slope off road experience with the kit but I brought it knowing I wasn't going to hit Moab soon. That lift will come. Factor in a full day, or $500 to instal.
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I have this lift and just want to make sure they are throwing in the other two springs I love the kit so far. I have a 4 door with 35" and the ride is great. I have a full size spare, replacement front and rear bumpers, winch, you name it. The top of my Jeep sits 77". After reading all the "don't buy it because 4 Wheel Parts owns it" comments I'm really happy.

That being said, I stay on road for the most part. I have bunny slope off road experience with the kit but I brought it knowing I wasn't going to hit Moab soon. That lift will come. Factor in a full day, or $500 to instal.
did you have to replace any driveshafts with that lift? how long have you had it for?
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New drive shafts are required for 4.5". You can get away with the stock shafts on 3.5" if you are using the shorter shocks for the 3.5" lift. There is a performance advantage though if you run the front drive shaft. You can run the longer (by almost 3") shocks for the 4.5" kit and get a lot more travel out of the front.

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^ good answer
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New drive shafts are required for 4.5". You can get away with the stock shafts on 3.5" if you are using the shorter shocks for the 3.5" lift. There is a performance advantage though if you run the front drive shaft. You can run the longer (by almost 3") shocks for the 4.5" kit and get a lot more travel out of the front.

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ah ok cool thanks!

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