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Old 01-02-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Skyjacker 2.5" lift with Nitro Shocks

Hi All,

I am looking at getting a 2.5" lift for my 2013 JKU. Stock tires. I like the Skyjacker kit at Quadratech:

http://www.quadratec.com/products/16117_100X_PG.htm

I have two questions:

1.The kit comes with Nitro or Hydro shocks. What is the difference and what is better?

2. Has anyone installed this kit and, if yes, how do you like it?

I am not doing rock crawling, nor will I install new wheels/tires anytime soon. If you don't recommend this kit, do you have a better suggestion for around the same price +/- $100 or so?

Thanks for all your input.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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I put an inexpensive skyjacker on my TJ a few years ago. It was TERRIBLE! Rode like crap

My. 02, do a leveling kit with pucks or save up a little more and get a nicer setup by AEV or Teraflex. You will hate a bad suspension EVERY time you get in your Jeep.

YMMV, just trying to share my mistakes, lol.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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Honestly, I like the new Rancho 2" if on a budget.
Enough lift to give you a bit more clearance but not cause issues. The best part, The Rancho 9000's that are included

http://www.quadratec.com/products/16031_4301.htm
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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Honestly, I like the new Rancho 2" if on a budget.
Enough lift to give you a bit more clearance but not cause issues. The best part, The Rancho 9000's that are included

http://www.quadratec.com/products/16031_4301.htm
Thanks for your suggestion. That Ranch kit looks really good. Do you have any insight on how the ride will be on the road? I have to use my Jeep as my DD and if the kit would improve the normal ride that would be nice too.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:27 PM   #5
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I have Teraflex leveling kit. Skyjacker shocks and have no issues with 33s. Stock springs and had to buy rear brake line extensions. $139 kit, $189 shocks and $25 for brake line brackets. Rides good and drives no better than stock but 2 less mpg from tires. Hope this helps. Love my set up as DD. I got it new in Oct and have almost 7K Miles already.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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The Rancho kit rides better than stock. I have the shocks set at 2 for the front and 3 for the rear. The install took me about 4.5 hours working alone.

There are pics here.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ran...ed-208397.html

Amazon is far cheaper than Qtec for this kit with free shipping. The trick is you have to search for it by part number.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o03_s00_i00

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Pardon the interruption, but after looking around for a 2-2.5 in. lift myself, I would like some input on if twin-tube shocks are better than mono-tube?
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The Rancho kit rides better than stock. I have the shocks set at 2 for the front and 3 for the rear. The install took me about 4.5 hours working alone.

There are pics here.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ran...ed-208397.html

Amazon is far cheaper than Qtec for this kit with free shipping. The trick is you have to search for it by part number.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o03_s00_i00

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Old 01-02-2013, 06:38 PM   #9
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Monotube shocks are generally considered better then twin tube.

Here's a brief explanation.

KYB Americas Corporation Shocks & Struts | Technical Information | Monotube vs Twin-Tube

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