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Old 06-20-2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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best street manored 4" suspension lift

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Thinking ahead here a little.Throwing some money at my 97 tj sahara.It has a 7 year old 2 1/2 " OME lift with poly lift blocks on top of the springs,1 3/4 " front,1 1/4" rear.So I basically have a half assed 4 " suspension kit.Ive just regeared and replaced my 10.5x 31 BFG Ats with 12.5x33x15 MTR,s on new black steel wheels.Added warn 6 " flares,looks great.Going to add a 1 1/4 JKS body lift and MML.Now Im wondering if I should get rid of the suspesion lift and install a RE 4 1/2 with new control arms? I would like the best street manored lift I could get.Do some 4 " kits ride better than others?

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Old 06-20-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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I just put in a Rubicon Express superflex 3.5" lift, Sits to be 4" or even a little more. The RE 4.5 will sit to be about 5" or more.
The ride will also depend on shocks. Alot of people swear by the OME shocks, as well as RE's Mono Tubes. I went with the Bilstein 5100's witch would be another great option.

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Old 06-20-2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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check into dpgoffroad.com.. they got very nice suspension packages that will handle perfectly..

RE has great products too.. the main things will be the shocks, correct suspension geomotry (sye/ adjustable trackbars, ect) RE, OME, clayton, and RK are the better brands
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:01 PM   #4
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I just put in a Rubicon Express superflex 3.5" lift, Sits to be 4" or even a little more. The RE 4.5 will sit to be about 5" or more.
The ride will also depend on shocks. Alot of people swear by the OME shocks, as well as RE's Mono Tubes. I went with the Bilstein 5100's witch would be another great option.
I agree with him about the 3.5" superflex, i actually put that on mine and got 4.5" out of it. I put Skyjacker hydro 7000 shocks on mine and got them off ebay brand new for $110. I think my lift rides really smooth and i ride it more on the road than off road.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:23 PM   #5
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I have the best riding lift on the planet.. It is a 4" stage 1 with ES3000 shocks..
Well.... it didn't ride real nice then, but when I added RE upper adjustable control arms front and rear and fixed lowers, this jeep rides like an absolute dream.. My buddy just put the RE4.5 Super Flex and you guys are correct; he is like an easy inch taller than me, but the ride is very sloppy for my liking.. He installed Pro Comp Mx6 shocks (which I will be buying soon) and like I said, it is just too sloppy.. I love the stiffness of the Pro Comp Springs, but before the control arms, it was a little more like a log-wagon.. She is real nice and it as quiet as a mouse now..
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:20 AM   #6
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x2 (or whatever) on the RE superflex lift
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:35 AM   #7
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Willysmb. Are you wanting a good street mannered lift because it's a daily driver?
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Willysmb. Are you wanting a good street mannered lift because it's a daily driver?
Not really a daily driver,but I do make a few 200 mile trips to upstate NY to visit my parents.Its mostly highway @ 70MPH.I guess basically Im asking if my 2 1/2 OME boosted to 4 " is too high for stock control arms,and a real quality 4 " kit would behave better than what I have?
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3"-4" is about the limit for short arms. In my own experience, when I wanted to go from 35" tires to 37's, I wanted to go from a 4" lift to a 6". I knew I could get away with going that high because I have full width axles. So I decided to go with a RE long arm kit. I have never been sorry. It rides good and wheels great. If I were in you shoes, I would think about the RE 3.5 long arm kit. This way if you ever do decide to install bigger tires and go taller, you will already have the right lift with better geometry. Something to think about.
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Old 06-21-2009, 04:27 PM   #10
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3"-4" is about the limit for short arms. In my own experience, when I wanted to go from 35" tires to 37's, I wanted to go from a 4" lift to a 6". I knew I could get away with going that high because I have full width axles. So I decided to go with a RE long arm kit. I have never been sorry. It rides good and wheels great. If I were in you shoes, I would think about the RE 3.5 long arm kit. This way if you ever do decide to install bigger tires and go taller, you will already have the right lift with better geometry. Something to think about.
Thanks for the info,any reason to go with the 3 1/2 " RE lift over the 4 1/2 inch?
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Old 06-21-2009, 09:39 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info,any reason to go with the 3 1/2 " RE lift over the 4 1/2 inch?
I just said that one because it comes out to close to 4" when installed and this is what you were interested in. I would personally go as tall as possible. I got really into rock crawling and there is a rule of thumb concerning it. "The bigger the tires, the smaller the rocks". I started off running 33's with my first lift. Went to 35's with my second lift. And am now running 37's with RE long arms and Fabtec 6" coils. We have big rocks in the Sierra's. Just look at my avatar. That is on a trail I'm running this Sat. I have found this rule to be true. Wheeling is definitely easier with 37's over 33's. And you need a decent size lift to run them. My two cents.
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I am new to the JK game. Thx for sharing your experiences and knowledge. I just bought a 2014 Rubicon. I am going with 37's and maybe the RE 3.5. My primary concern with suspension lifts is the purpose; Mainly 90% everyday driver to work and 10% during hunting season at the deer lease. I want a solid traction lift and not sloppy loosey goosey handling.

What would be an excellent 2nd choice; Theraflex or Mopar or???

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