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Old 02-09-2008, 10:59 AM   #1
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Coil Spacer or Taller Springs?

I think I have it narrowed down to two choices. (Subject to change) Either the Rubicon Express 2" which comes with coil spacers and shocks, about $230, or the Pro Comp 2" lift which uses taller coil springs, no spacers, and new shocks - about $360.

Is it worth the extra money to get the PC lift? I'm thinking for another $130 I'll have brand new springs to go with the shocks and no spacers. I'm not sure, but it sounds like it would be better to have taller springs rather than spacers, yes? Pros and cons? BTW, I heard that Pro Comp makes the shocks for RE so there is no difference there.

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ProComp's springs in their 2" lift kit are very good quality but you absolutely will not like the stiff ride that the ProComp ES3000 shocks that are in that kit provide.

ProComp definitely does NOT make the shocks for Rubicon Express, RE uses better quality shocks. However, RE's twin-tube shocks are every bit as stiff as ProComp's ES3000 shocks are so I wouldn't advise them either. No kidding, they are REALLY stiff and those that install either of those shocks soon hate them. My first shocks were ES3000 and they were in my trash barrel within a few months.

If you can get the ProComp dealer to sell you Skyjacker Hydro shocks, you'll then have a good riding suspension. Or if you're willing to pay more you can go with the RE Monotubes (great ride) or ProComp's MX-6 shocks which have six ride settings where setting #1 or #2 provide a good ride.

Personally I'd go for RE's new 2.5" springs and their monotube shocks, or ProComp's 2" springs and one of those shocks other than the RE twin-tube or ProComp ES3000.

And once again, ProComp does not make RE's shocks. ProComp doesn't even make their own shocks.

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Oldgus just a little off topic
If you go ProComp Im very interested in your stock springs and shocks. My 97 TJ has more than a few miles on it so I know Im saggin'. Keep me in mind
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Oldgus just a little off topic
If you go ProComp Im very interested in your stock springs and shocks. My 97 TJ has more than a few miles on it so I know Im saggin'. Keep me in mind
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And once again, ProComp does not make RE's shocks. ProComp doesn't even make their own shocks.
I guess that proves you can't believe everything you hear. Thanks for the advice Jerry. Regarding what I'm gonna do - I only change my mind about every other day. Good thing it's gonna take me at least another two months to get the cash together. Hopefully by that time I'll decide.

But anyway, is there a definate advantage to scrapping the old springs in favor of longer ones instead of the cheaper method of putting spacers on?
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If you go ProComp Im very interested in your stock springs and shocks. My 97 TJ has more than a few miles on it so I know Im saggin'. Keep me in mind
No problem.
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But anyway, is there a definate advantage to scrapping the old springs in favor of longer ones instead of the cheaper method of putting spacers on?
At 2", not much... but longer springs are always preferrable to springs plus spacers when at all possible.
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At 2", not much... but longer springs are always preferrable to springs plus spacers when at all possible.
Okay, thanks. That's what I thought.
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How about Rustys 2" coil lift kit? $310

http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...ode=sus_tj_kit
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How about Rustys 2" coil lift kit? $310

http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...ode=sus_tj_kit
ive been looking at this one, anyone have anything to say about it>
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the 3" rustys kit rides softer than stock. I have no info on the 2" kit. Look into ome lift kits as those ride good too.
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olg guss i just got 2'' spacers off ebay for 70 bucks, with stock shocks and nothing else. It rides a bit stiff (barely) but fine. I would recommend it if your going to get a 2'' lift and not do any serious offroading. However I went to hollister hills with it and it did fine. It looks just as good as any 2'' coil spring also.

If you want to go with full coills just save up for a 3.5-4.5 RE. that way you dont spend much in the future.

That is what I am planning to do..

BTW: how is rustys 3''lift with their shocks.. seems to be a good price especially with a BL and a Ml for 100 more.
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When i called rusty few months ago they said their coils are pre set at 3" so they will not sag after a month or two. They also said their 3" kit is suppose to ride softer than stock which is good since you will get easier flex. The plus for 100 is also good option.
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I've got the 2" bb on mine, and with a good set of shocks, it is a capable setup for offroad use. I would skip on the 2 in. coil lift and save for at least a 4incher
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i run the rustys 2" coil lift and like it.

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