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Old 06-15-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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The best lift???

Any recomendations for a 2.5- 3.5 lift 2008 wrangler 2 door. do alot of highway and some off roading nothing too serious Thankyou

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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Gonna be a long day

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:08 PM   #3
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Here's a thread with a great video that will answer most of your questions:
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #4
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I personally prefer skyjacker. I might be bias because they are from my home town, but they are some of the best lifts around.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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If you are asking about brands, I'm happy with my Rock Krawler 2.5" lift.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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everyone is just going to reply with what brand and kit they bought. there is no "best" kit, also budget will factor what would be available.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:28 PM   #7
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Id go as far as to say, I'd stack the Rock Krawler 2.5' X-Factor against any 2.5'' lift on earth. Ive had it almost a year, and have driven to moab, and all around out there, in addition to Rausch Creek. On the road its great(cross country run), off the road its unbelievable.

i love it more everyday. If your looking for the best, You have to investigate the options at RK. They offer like 15 lifts now. All sorts of configurations.

The best advice I can give is to call around. (different companies) Tell the guys at RK, Teraflex, AEV, etc, what kind of driving you do, and let them win you over with their expertise.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:35 PM   #8
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I'd say Rock Krawler or Metalcloak
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:37 PM   #9
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Do you want a coil lift or a budget boost? I'm not a lift expert yet, just a guy that spends way too much time on jk forums. I have been think about adding one myself. Personally I just want to go up to 33" some day. I'm thinking a 2" bb like AEV roughly. I personally don't want more lift in front to level out the factory rake. After 2.25" you need to get an exhaust spacer for a 2dr. That's based off a teraflex YouTube video. 4drs also have the option to use an aEf exhaust y-pipe so the driveline won't hit the exhaust crossover..

Coils give the most flex and advantage offroad. Most if not all 2.5" kits on a coil will likely give you at least 3", or more if your close to stock weight. Too much lift can create issues = $. Most kits will add more lift to the front to level the rake. You can add spacers on the rear coils if you don't want that. Teraflex is often called a firm coil lift. It requires more wheel back spacing on the rear wheels because of the swaybar link. A pair of 1.5" wheel spacers or aftermarket wheels with around 4.5" or less can be used. Your going to need to do that anyways for bigger tires. Rock Krawler gets good reviews but adds LOTS of extra actual lift. Metal Cloak is starting to build up some buzz, but they are pretty new on the block. AEV is supposed to have good road manners at the price of lowering your ground clearance some with the corrective LCA brackets. I would steer clear of Rough Country's coil lifts because they are known to sag.

Somewhere over 3" creates problems with the driveline boot by the cv joints, and will shorten the u-joint, on the front driveline. Cardan u-joints life quickens the more angle it has on it. With autos the stock drivelines middle boot can rub the transmission when under a lot of flex. Over 3" and you start to reach a point where you might want adjustable drag links vs corrective brackets included with most kits. That will help center the axle left to right. Also adjustable lower control arms (or AEVs corrective brackets that lower ground clearance) can be used to correct the caster and extend the wheel base( front to back axle length) that gets shorter the higher you go. To get even fancier you can flip the drag link which honestly I still haven't visualized how that works. Basically a coil lift can be a money spending process to get to what you want. If you don't have a grand that could go towards aftermarket double cardan driveshafts I personally would steer clear. I could be overly cautious though.

Budget Boost (bb)/spacer lifts will give you more of a true actual advertised lift but may sag after adding heavy bumpers, etc. With a 2d you could get a set of 4d coils to help correct the sag perhaps. You look at the 2 last numbers on the spring coils to know how stiff what you have is. There are a good amount of options that are all about the same. Rough Country has a metal 2.5" bb. It's like $140 and gets recommended. There kit does not address the trackbar. They claim at 2.5" lift the axle only shifts a .25" sideways. From reading threads I think it could be up to .5". Teraflex has a super popular very complete 2.5" bb. The have you add a corrective bracket on the track bar mount. It requires drilling a hole. This should take care of centering the axle. If you don't want to drill the hole you could get a rear adjustable trackbar that could be used on a coil lift in the future. With 2012+ JK's you need the exhaust spacer. I don't know why they don't make that more clear in there kit descriptions. The teraflex guy has posted on here it is needed. You can get there kit with longer shocks, buy your own, or shock extensions. It has been recommended to keep the rubicon shocks if you have them with the extensions. I would guess that would limit your flex but would be great on road. The base shocks are crap and should be swapped out. So if you have the money, or down the road what shocks do you want?

The Rancho 9000 are adjustable and get good reviews. The Bilstein 5100 get lots of recommendations. I have also heard that they can be borderline bone jarringly stiff. It seems like I read the teraflex shocks are rebranded Fox shocks. I haven't heard enough to comment on Fox shocks. That's about all the forum info I can regurgitate.

There are a few threads about this if you search.
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33" will fit without a lift. If you dissconnect the swaybar you will need at least over 3/4". As in it will rub and I don't know the minimum. Most catalogs say 2" lifts are good for 33".
35" will fit with 2.5" of lift. If you dissconnect it might rub. Trimed/bushwaker fenders should be enough to make it work ( I think).
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:43 AM   #10
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Thank you for the info
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:03 PM   #11
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We've been running TeraFlex lifts for over 5 years and haven't replaced a part yet.

I am gonna give you my general comment to all that ask this question.

Start with a complete, quality 2.5" BB with sock extensions, such as TeraFlex which has all the same parts as their 2.5" spring lift. This will retain your factory ride at a higher ride height. Installed correctly it will do everything you need. As you move along and wheel some if you find you have limitations, at that point you need only swap out the spacers and factory springs for quality springs and new shocks. If you choose to go higher, new control arms and track bars with taller springs can easily be added. This is the most cost effective way for a newb on a budget to learn to lift and can be easily be upgraded with the cost being spread over a couple years.

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