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Old 08-26-2014, 11:43 PM   #1
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Cheap lift. (Economy)

Hello everyone.
As you know times are tough and I'm in college which makes money even harder. I know it's not ideal, but what are some options for me to get a cheaper 3"-3.5" lift? Right now I have stock suspension with 2" coil spacers. I'm about to buy metalcloaks and that's a big expense. I was looking into larger coils and new shocks. But also saw body lifts. Not really sure what would be better. Lookin for nothing more than $500. I know very little about suspension. Can you guys give some input on some options? (And yes. I know a nice long arm kit would be the best. But it's just not in the cards right now.) thanks.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:58 PM   #2
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my vote goes toward the zone 4.25" kit with hydro shocks

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Old 08-27-2014, 12:01 AM   #3
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I just did the zone 4.25 with nitro shocks and discos for 585 shipped. Looks great, but sways a bit on turns. Might just be the height im not used too!
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:03 AM   #4
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Do a quick search of the forums for "Zone lift". The Zone 4.25 kit (3" coils w/ 1.25" body lift and MML) can be had for a little over $500 and seems to be a pretty popular option around these parts. It does call for drilling a hole for the trackbar, so you'll have to plan for another couple hundred bucks and invest in a good adjustable trackbar.

I did the 3" Zone lift a couple of weekends ago and so far I'm pleased with it. The instructions were very thorough (though some of the pictures kinda sucked) so the install went pretty smooth.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:06 AM   #5
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With the metalcloaks I can clear 37's with a 3.5 total lift. Not looking to do that because of torque issues and axles and regearing. However, I honestly don't want to go any bigger than 3.5
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then i'd recommend going with a 3" zone kit and nitro shocks...you'll just need to tolerate the tcase drop. And yeah, 35's or 37's are gonna put you wayyy over budget
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:16 AM   #7
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In my opinion for budget purposes, I would get a 1" body lift since you have the 2" spacers already, buy new extended shocks based on what you have left and want to spend with it, probably have enough for a steering dampener too. You are set for 33" tires and since you are getting fenders already you'll have a hopefully trouble free nice looking functioning setup without any major modifications or troubles down the road. Transfer case linkage adjustment and a fan shroud trim maybe, just my personal opinion as I run same set up, all based on budget, purpose, priorities.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:41 AM   #8
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did you change shocks when you did the coil spacers?

if so, why not just get some 2" coils and ditch the spacers.

and an off the shelf long arm kit is rarely the best
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:39 AM   #9
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Agreed, 35s or 37s out of budget. I second the notion to either replace the spacers with 2" coils, or simply just upgrade shocks and leave the spacers since you already have metalcloaks which can easily clear 33s.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:12 AM   #10
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JK springs/shocks are just about a 3" lift for a TJ. You can find sets of almost new take-offs for $50-100 for the full set. Just need to modify the top of the rear coil a bit to fit over the bumpstop.
Did a little testing of what JK parts fit TJ suspension wise
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There are a few people on here that have purchased the Zone 4.25" Combo kit, installed the 3" springs and MML in the kit, then sold the 1.25" BL portion.

By doing this, they have been able to have a 3" lift without (or very minimal) T/C spacer drop. But you would probably have to get/make radiator relocation brackets.
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did you change shocks when you did the coil spacers? if so, why not just get some 2" coils and ditch the spacers. and an off the shelf long arm kit is rarely the best
No idea. I bought the jeep completely stock with the coil spacers already on. From what I can tell it's at 124k with stock. Before me it hadent been off-roading a lot though.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:14 PM   #13
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Do the coil springs sag after a while? Or if I get a 1" body lift will I just need to replace the shocks?
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All springs eventually sag, just not all at the same rate.

Body lift doesn't affect shock travel

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