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Old 02-05-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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2.5" lift

So I'm starting to look pretty heavily at lift kits and I want to start out with a small one. I am going to get either the rough country 2.5" lift with their 2.2 shocks or just the coil springs and then get skyjacker hydro shocks with it. My question is about what else I need to do. The rough country lift comes with a transfer case drop either way but do I need to get adjustable track bars? I was also told I might need control arm drop brackets, a dropped pitman arm and steering stabilizers. My reason for getting a small lift as my first one was to avoid all this. Is there anybody that has a 2.5 inch lift that did any of this? I am prepared to do it because I plan to get a bigger lift in the future but can I get by without any of it for now?

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Old 02-05-2014, 03:31 PM   #2
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I just installed the rough country 2.5 inch lift there is no need for transfer case drop it comes with extended sway bar links easy install I don't recommend buying their shocks unless you like a rough ride I bought the 2.2 shocks and it rides rough go with another company's shocks staying with the 2.5 inch lift keeps it simple that is why I got it with 1.25 body lift to clear 33s then Neff year I am going to get better lift

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Don't buy the RC lift, I put mine on last summer and the front shocks are already blown.. Go the skyjacker route
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Don't buy the RC lift, I put mine on last summer and the front shocks are already blown.. Go the skyjacker route
I wouldnt go the skyjacker route either... I had skyjacker hydros on my jeep. They were aweful and one busted within 2 months.. Waste of money. I have bilstein 5100 now.

OP i would stay away from anything skyjacker AND rough country. Your looking at two of the lower level brands. You do get what you pay for. If you dont have the money on hand for a bit better stuff then save up. Its worth it TRUST ME. ive been through the cheap route and now gotta replace it all. Save up for a zone lift or BDS 2 inch coils and nice shocks or OME lift if you want the goodies. Dont buy skyjacker or rough country. Its cheap for a reason...

And control arm drop brackets??? No. Thats a terrible idea if it even exists. Maybe track bars? And you probably wont with 2.5 lift but if you go to 3 then you will.. or an adjustbale track bar is the better route. And do NOT install dropped pitman arm. Ever.
I dont want to be rude but there are thousands of threads about lift kits and suspension. All the stuff you listed to get is some of the worst stuff on the market, read up on lift kits and why some of it is bad and look at reviews before jumping in. It will pay off in the long run and youll be much happier with your jeep
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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If you are thinking a bit if a budget and want a lift in this range, look at BDS. There 2" Spring lift their shocks will bet you close to 2.5" anyway.
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Ty, as stated above, you really do get what you pay for! I went with the BDS 2" suspension lift ( shocks / springs). Very good quality, and it lifted me approx. 2.75".
I needed no additional components, and I have a stock like ride.
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I wouldnt go the skyjacker route either... I had skyjacker hydros on my jeep. They were aweful and one busted within 2 months.. Waste of money. I have bilstein 5100 now..
I completely agree, I was just suggesting that between the two, skyjacker would have been wiser. I'm with you on the Blistiens, 5160's are on the way
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I wouldnt go the skyjacker route either... I had skyjacker hydros on my jeep. They were aweful and one busted within 2 months.. Waste of money. I have bilstein 5100 now.

OP i would stay away from anything skyjacker AND rough country. Your looking at two of the lower level brands. You do get what you pay for. If you dont have the money on hand for a bit better stuff then save up. Its worth it TRUST ME. ive been through the cheap route and now gotta replace it all. Save up for a zone lift or BDS 2 inch coils and nice shocks or OME lift if you want the goodies. Dont buy skyjacker or rough country. Its cheap for a reason...

And control arm drop brackets??? No. Thats a terrible idea if it even exists. Maybe track bars? And you probably wont with 2.5 lift but if you go to 3 then you will.. or an adjustbale track bar is the better route. And do NOT install dropped pitman arm. Ever.
I dont want to be rude but there are thousands of threads about lift kits and suspension. All the stuff you listed to get is some of the worst stuff on the market, read up on lift kits and why some of it is bad and look at reviews before jumping in. It will pay off in the long run and youll be much happier with your jeep
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Ty, as stated above, you really do get what you pay for! I went with the BDS 2" suspension lift ( shocks / springs). Very good quality, and it lifted me approx. 2.75". I needed no additional components, and I have a stock like ride.
BDS is really a quality setup. Their springs are some of the best and while there are probably better shocks, they are matched up nicely.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:20 PM   #10
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How does BDS compare to Teraflex or AEV 2.5" DualSport XT Suspension? What are the differences between these lifts? I know there is a lot of information out there, but it is hard to figure out. Also how much better are the Bilstien 5100 or 5160 than the stock Rubicon shocks?
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After a little research I wouldn't get rough country shocks of any kind I haven't heard good things about their 2.0's or 2.2's. I didn't know skyjackers were bad too but I guess I'll steer clear of that route also. As far as track bars go I don't think you need an adjustable front with a 2.5" lift it just isn't necessary. (Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.) I have heard of getting new lower control arms to put your axle back where it belongs and still be able to flex it a bit. That's why I asked about drop brackets. Teraflex sells adjustable lowers so I think I'm going with those. I only ask about all that stuff because I've decided I'm sticking with a 2.5 lift for a while so I want it to ride nice. That's why I want a transfer case drop and new lowers.
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I have the RC 2.5 inch lift and 31in Duratracs on stock rims. It's stiff- that's fo' sho', but gives just the right mix of beefiness and flex/tuck capability.
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I have rough country 2.5 springs and replaced their shocks after a year with bilsteins and have no complaints aprings are still in great shape
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Skyjacker actually makes m95 monotubes shocks which are very good and priced well under bilstein 5100s. They ride million times better then my zone hydros. I'm sure they would ride well paired with 2" BDS springs or OME springs
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I have rough country 2.5 springs and replaced their shocks after a year with bilsteins and have no complaints aprings are still in great shape
This is what I am thinking about doing right now, the RC springs are pretty cheap and I would just throw on some different shocks, how do you like the bilsteins?
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Skyjacker actually makes m95 monotubes shocks which are very good and priced well under bilstein 5100s. They ride million times better then my zone hydros. I'm sure they would ride well paired with 2" BDS springs or OME springs
x2. Try the M95s. Avoid Teraflex joints. You don't need control arms with only a 2.5" lift, but Metalcloak and Savvy/Currie are on top.
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[QUOTE=OmniscientHiers;8571313]x2. Avoid Teraflex joints. You don't need control arms with only a 2.5" lift,
I was thinking about getting just the front lowers. Just to flex better and not stress the axle too much. You say thats a bad idea? I'm just wondering why. If they aren't worth it then I'l save the money and not get them.
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x2. Try the M95s. Avoid Teraflex joints. You don't need control arms with only a 2.5" lift, but Metalcloak and Savvy/Currie are on top.
I have upper and lower Teraflex control arms. I think they are great. I grease them every oil change like I'm supposed to and they are holding up and working great. The joints are rebuildable to if they ever fail. Why avoid them?

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