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Old 09-18-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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1.5" - 2" lift kit for my TJ 06 - your kind advise please

Hello every one ..

I made my homework:
Searched in the forum, read as much as I can, I kinda determine what I need, but need your valuable opinion based on real experience:

I have TJ 06 Sahara, with Auto trans, 231TC, I-6 engine, I am using this car on weekends and LIGHT off-roading only. I had a back operation 2 years ago so I am looking to install soft-ride suspension. Not more than 2".

I know that the Hydro shocks is softer then Nitro ... (I guess), my budget max of $400. (w/o installation). I am also aware that it is better to install TC lowering kit in order to avoid any shaking or the DW.

I am looking at any of these: (spacers & shocks)

1. Daystar 1.75" ComfortRide Spacer Lift Kit with Scorpion Shoc
(the brand is not famous as skyjacker,rancho,procomp ... etc)

2. Skyjacker 2" Spacer Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks SJ-TJ20H

3. Rubicon Express 2" Economy Suspension Lift Kit with Twin Tube Shocks RUB-RE7030

4. Rough Country 2" Suspension Lift Kit with Premium N2.0 Series Shocks RC-658H

5. Results



Did any one install any of the above kits? your kind opinion on the ride quality?, is a tuff ride or a soft ride?

I am also open for any other suggestions that include changing the coil springs if needed ...

thanks all

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Old 09-18-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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I would also like to see some peoples results as im looking todo a 2-2.5 inch lift for my TJ. Pics would be appreciated

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I was in the same market and I am getting ready to pull the trigger on a Rough Country model 652.20 (4cyl) the 6 cyl model is 653.20 the reason I went this way is my TJ is a 97 so I wanted freas springs and shocks that is about all the kit is as with the 4cyl I don't want to roll any tires larger than 31's Hope this helps price on both is $299. plus shipping
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I was in the same market and I am getting ready to pull the trigger on a Rough Country model 652.20 (4cyl) the 6 cyl model is 653.20 the reason I went this way is my TJ is a 97 so I wanted freas springs and shocks that is about all the kit is as with the 4cyl I don't want to roll any tires larger than 31's Hope this helps price on both is $299. plus shipping
good for you, very nice price ....

but 2.5" is a lil-bid high for me and I don't want to change the coil springs, mine are in good shape ... Amazon.com: Rough Country 653.20 - 2.5-inch Suspension Lift System (6 Cylinder Models) with Premium N2.0 Series Shocks for Jeep: Wrangler TJ 4WD, Wrangler Unlimited LJ 4WD: Automotive

pictures after you install them would be appreciated. ..
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:27 PM   #5
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sure !
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:31 PM   #6
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bds has a decent price on 2" springs and shocks as well.

you are removing the coils to add spacers anyways, why not replace the springs.

how many miles are on your rig?
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:36 PM   #7
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My rig has 80k miles only ... But changing the coils will not stiffen the ride? Considering that the original coils already settled and softy lil bid ...
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #8
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shocks have more to do with ride than coils, and you would be putting more stress on the factory coils. more shock travel with stock spring travel vs equal shock and spring travel.

you could just replace all 4 shocks and do a 1" bl
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:58 PM   #9
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I would just buy 2'' springs and some better shocks like Bilstein's, Rancho RS9000xl, Fox, or Old Man Emu. Good shocks will be a night and day difference for your jeep. If your buying shocks for $20-40 each, there probably not that good.

Oh and you can get the Rancho's off of Amazon for a good priceand there also having mail in rebate right now, FYI

Then later get better control arms like Currie, Rokman, or Metal Cloak....
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:56 PM   #10
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Screw the spacers. I went with the BDS 2in kit with the BDS shocks. Cost effective, high quality, and you get more than 2in. It's firm, but well controlled. I love this lift.
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shocks have more to do with ride than coils, and you would be putting more stress on the factory coils. more shock travel with stock spring travel vs equal shock and spring travel.

you could just replace all 4 shocks and do a 1" bl
I guess you are right ,,, better to get equal shock & spring travel than stressing the stock coils....

searching for good kit
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I would just buy 2'' springs and some better shocks like Bilstein's, Rancho RS9000xl, Fox, or Old Man Emu. Good shocks will be a night and day difference for your jeep. If your buying shocks for $20-40 each, there probably not that good.

Oh and you can get the Rancho's off of Amazon for a good priceand there also having mail in rebate right now, FYI

Then later get better control arms like Currie, Rokman, or Metal Cloak....

Any suggestion regarding nice soft-ride springs?




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Screw the spacers. I went with the BDS 2in kit with the BDS shocks. Cost effective, high quality, and you get more than 2in. It's firm, but well controlled. I love this lift.
Any link to BDS 2" kit? Any pic after put them on will be appreciated.

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Old 09-18-2013, 10:29 PM   #13
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Im trying to decide if I should just use my JKS 1.25Bl with 33's stock lift or no BL and use 1" front and rear coil spacers. Oh of course Im using highline fenders as well.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:10 PM   #14
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I love my BDS.Rides great.And I wheel the snot out of mine,literally,snot came out of the headlights.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:14 PM   #15
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I seen that you have a budget for your jeep, but how far are you going to go with building it? If you keep building are you willing to pay and keep upgrading each piece? It's more money upfront but more cost effective in the end to save longer and spend a little more for a better product.


Progressive springs will give you better on and off road performance then standard springs. But I don’t think anyone makes a 2''-2.5'' progressive rate springs. I think they start around 3'' of lift. But shocks will do more for you than springs, especially a shock that you can adjust or tune. Also make sure all other suspension bushing & joint are good and not worn out.

Old Man Emu makes standard lift springs at different rates. You can get a lighter spring for mild lift, or heavy spring for the jeeps with heavy steel bumpers. I think there is a light, med, and heavy springs.

Then you can air the tires down a bit off road for softer ride. But air them back up to while back on the road. I run about 35 psi on road, and about 20 psi off road.

Again, I'm not an expert just my opinion.

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