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Old 03-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #31
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BDS kit and I'm very happy with it running 275/65/R18 I believe they are almost 33'. I'd upgrade your whimpy stock steering stabilizer this kit came with one. It took me a while to pick a kit but BDS offers the best bang for its buck at 750$ and a lifetime warranty by the manufacturer no BS. Jared-

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Do yourself a favor and DO NOT listen to anyone who has or advises:

A. BDS Lift kit

B. Replacing stock steering stabilizer with an aftermarket Steering Stabilizer

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:08 PM   #32
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I need assistance too :/

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:24 PM   #33
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post up in the socal section and we'll get you done!
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Sweet, thanks. I think i'm gonna leave it for now, maybe get done new fenders, at least till I get nacho to SoCal. Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:37 PM   #35
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Sweet, thanks. I think i'm gonna leave it for now, maybe get done new fenders, at least till I get nacho to SoCal. Thanks!

good idea. its always recommended to see what shes capable of doing.

and also, you can save yourself some cash by researching DIY mods.

my fenders are stock. all it took was ten minutes.

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A good lift in the size you're looking for is the TeraFlex 2.5" lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks, $750 from Northridge 4x4.
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I just checked out Northridge 4x4 and did not find the TF 2.5" with 5100 for $750. I had to build the package and the total is $812. Did I miss it prepackaged as a special deal?
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I just checked out Northridge 4x4 and did not find the TF 2.5" with 5100 for $750. I had to build the package and the total is $812. Did I miss it prepackaged as a special deal?
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It's not offered as a package on their site. You need to call them on the phone. Dave (or somebody) will hook you up.
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It's not offered as a package on their site. You need to call them on the phone. Dave (or somebody) will hook you up.
Thanks! will do it right now!
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While we are on newb questions, what is the difference betweena long arm kit and a short arm kit and why are they better than the TF 2.5.
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While we are on newb questions, what is the difference betweena long arm kit and a short arm kit and why are they better than the TF 2.5.
Extend your control arms for more articulation (flex) Some kits require welding of new brackets.
Long arms were more popular on the Tj.
The Jk will take a 35 with only 2.5.
A long arm suspension is not needed.


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Thanks I noticed they were significantly more expensive, but wasn't sure what they did.
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Original Poster,

Do yourself a favor and DO NOT listen to anyone who has or advises:

A. BDS Lift kit

B. Replacing stock steering stabilizer with an aftermarket Steering Stabilizer

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Why what do you know about that kit all I'm saying is its good for the price and the warranty.. Do yourself a favor and NOT belittle my opinion.
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3" TF coil lift, $762, Bilstein 5100s $340 and JKS front Adjustable Track bar $180. All to fit my 315/75 16 GY MTRs on Mickey Thomson Classic II rims $1100... Cant wait to see how it handles the Jersey elements....
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Thanks! will do it right now!
I called Northridge. The TF 2.5" with 5100s is $775 but since I mentioned the $750 price, he honored it. Thanks for the recommendation. I was going to get the lift with the TF shocks but wanted bilsteins and this price was better than what I had priced the straight TF setup.
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good idea. its always recommended to see what shes capable of doing.

and also, you can save yourself some cash by researching DIY mods.

my fenders are stock. all it took was ten minutes.

i like it....i think i might do that, see if i can save some wallett for something like bumpers....thanks!!
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I called Northridge. The TF 2.5" with 5100s is $775 but since I mentioned the $750 price, he honored it. Thanks for the recommendation. I was going to get the lift with the TF shocks but wanted bilsteins and this price was better than what I had priced the straight TF setup.
The Bilsteins are far superior to the stock TF shocks. Sounds like you got in before they closed the door. Enjoy.
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good info. what are your thoughts on control arm geometry correction drop brackets ~$99 vs adjustable control arms ~$200+ ???
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Gotcha.

If you wanna install a lift that fits your current setup, but is still flexible enough to allow you to run larger tires in the future, go with the 2.5" lift. No need to mess with aftermarket driveshafts with the 2.5, and it'll accommodate up to a 35" tire, if you decide to go that way later on.

Adjustable trackbars and control arms often aren't included with lifts that size, because they're not always necessary. The TB's simply recenter your axle IF it gets pushed outta whack when you install your lift. The adj CA's are for setting your Jeep's caster. No other reasons to get either one.

Best bet, if you do go with a 2.5" lift, is to install it, then drive the Jeep and see how it rides/handles. If your steering feels twitchy on the freeway, then your caster is probably less than it should be (~ +4º - +6º), and you should add a pair of adjustable lower front control arms.

Your kit should come with springs, shocks, new sway bar end links and brake line relocation brackets. Some kits have new bump stops or extenders for existing bump stops. You don't need a new steering stabilizer unless your stock one is broken. The stocker is skinny, but it's just as good as most of the aftermarket ones. Don't waste your $$.

To run a 2.5" lift such as the TF with Bilstein 5100's (which is not listed on Northridge 4x4's site...you gotta call Dave and order it), you want wheels with backspacing around 4.5", or less. The smaller the #, the more your Jeep's wheels will stick out. Don't go too low, however, or it'll put unnecessary stress on your wheel bearings.

Since you've got a '12, if you buy new shocks with your kit you'll also need a TF exhaust spacer to give you more clearance between your stock driveshaft and the exhaust pipe crossover. Otherwise, the two will hit when you offroad, or when you disco your sway bar. The TF exhause spacer is around $50 and is simple to install.
@kbwwolf - good info. what are your thoughts on control arm geometry correction drop brackets ~$99 vs adjustable control arms ~$200+ ???
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@kbwwolf - good info. what are your thoughts on control arm geometry correction drop brackets ~$99 vs adjustable control arms ~$200+ ???
If you're not going to wheel it, the brackets are fine. If you are planning to wheel it, get control arms.

The brackets hang lower and get bent/damaged.

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