I'm finally ready to buy a suspension lift for my tj but I'm not so sure which brand to go with or short or long arm kits. Its my DD so i still want it to ride good on the road but i want to be able to hit the trails with no problems. I'm new to the jeep family but I'm willing to learn. So hit me up with your lifts and pics and your suggestions.
The local off road shop wants to put a 4in superlift for 1400 but something just feels weird with them
That sound a little high, but I've never priced a lift for someone to put one on. And with a 4" you'd need a SYE or at the least a TC drop. With the 2.5 you may be ok, some have vibs some don't it's a crap shoot
Do yourself a favor and save up before making your decision. You've already got $1500, so you're well on your way to getting the lift of your dreams. Just keep in mind that when you install the lift, you're going to want to do an SYE/CV somewhat soon (preferably at the same time) which means you'll also need adjustable control arms. Buying a lift with adjustable control arms means you're already spending some big bucks; might as well get a good lift instead of settling for something like RC.
If you can manage to hold off until you can save up, I'd go with one of the lifts from Savvy. They have great customer service, will work with you on the pricing, and sell nothing but top quality parts. After Savvy, anything with JJs at both ends of the control arms is what I'd recommend.
Lifting isn't cheap. Do yourself a favor and get good quality parts that won't wear out in a few thousand miles.
Im thinking 33 cause i got a little 4banger with 258349 miles. lol i dont wanna strain it too much
33's are fit in two common ways on TJ's:
1. 4" suspension lift, with 2" bumpstop extensions in front and 2-2.5" in the rear. Requires a SYE/CV shaft.
2. 2.5" suspension lift, with a 1" body lift, with 1" bumpstop extensions in front and 1.25-1.5" in the rear. The 1" BL usually accompanies a 1" Motor Mount Lift to offset some of the driveline angles.
Either way you go, figure on many of the following components: longer front brake lines, extended sway bar links front and rear, gears, brake and steering upgrades to accommodate larger tires, SYE, CV shaft, bumpstop extensions, new shocks, adjustable track bars, and a rear track bar bracket.
You are always gunna find people who bash Rough Country because theyre priced low, and therefore dont offer all of the bells and whistles more expensive kits do. (for example JJ's)
I have heard good things about the adjustable control arms that RC does offer (the x-flex control arms) and intend to put them on my jeep in a few months time when i do an SYE/CV. (Im not saying theyre as good as Savvy Control arms, but they do get the job done)
The guys at RC wheel on their products hard, so they are very knowledgeable, and have great customer service. If you are looking for info on Rough Country, take it from people who actually run their products, because more often than not, you will hear positive feedback about Rough Country from people that actually run their kits. Most others will just say theyre garbage without ever having used a rough country product.
If interested, I can try to get some members in here that run RC, and are more knowledgeable than me, so you can get their opinions.
I have an RC lift. The shocks are very rough on the road(P2.2) and my front springs are sagging about an inch after I put my bumper and winch on it. Perfectly level before hand. Other than that. It's fine. The shocks absorb and the springs flex.
Unfortunately you prob won't ever find a complete lift system, that said make sure you leave money aside for what isn't included in the kit.
As for brand, there are a lot of brands, go with what works for your budget. Down the line you can always upgrade components as you go. There are a handful of companies that have pretty good reputations that you have prob already heard mentioned.
Lastly, it helps to have an overall plan for your build. Where will you spend most of your time, is on road ride quality important, etc...you can find a lift kit review thread on the forum that has a lot of great and helpful info from users of the lifts they run.
OME is a good selection.
Rubicon Express, if you can find them, are good.
Savvy gets great reviews.
The latest RC lift is supposed to be decent, but I have no first-hand experience with it.
If your TJ is a 2.5L, and you're wanting to run larger tires, you WILL want to regear to 4.56 (automatic) or 4.88 (manual) in addition to that lift. Factor in about $1000 for that portion of the build...
Focus less on the name and more on the quality of their products.
OME--well known for springs and shocks. Cool, but there's a lot more to a well-built suspension than that.
RE--relatively short and stiff springs (bad), meh shocks, crap control arms. They went out of business for a reason. If you still recommend them, get your head out of the Quadratec magazine and learn about the good stuff.
Savvy--Currie vendor. 'Nuff said.
RC--the only thing I care for, and only for certain and a very specific build path, is the 2.5" progressive coils. Crappy CA joints, rough shocks (aside from the new 2.0's), wishy washy track bars.
BDS--great springs. Everything else is meh--I could care less about the warranty. I'd rather not have so-so joints and poly bushings keeping my axle in place.
I could go on. For suspension components, there's one company that's got it down and has for a long time--Currie. There's a reason that other quality guys--Rokmen, GenRight, Poly Performance, Clayton, Savvy--use Currie parts. If you're gonna stick with bolt-on parts, you can't do better than Currie for the critical parts of your suspension--control arms and sway bars. Savvy Offroad is the place to buy it all and plus some.
I have the ultimate kit from DPG offroad. 1.25" body lift, 1" mml, and ome springs and coils, jks front discos& jks adjustable track bars front and rear. I'm running 33x12.50 km2 mts. I researched for a while before I decided and am extremely pleased with the end result. The kit was complete, the ride is 100 xs better than before( it was on a 2" skyjacker lift) and to me it just looks bad as... The install was a pain in the rear but a great learning experience. Good luck on your search!
keep your center of gravity low. consider staying with a small lift and just doing tube fenders. I have a 2inch coil lift with a 1inch spacer in the front with tube fenders and running 33's so much clearance its not even funny. looks alot better than most of these 4 inch lifts or 3 inchers with stuffed 33's
please keep this thread going--i am thinking about a suspension lift on my 04 wrangler and know nothing about it tell now --really learning alot now; sounds like Savvy is the choice to go with ??
how hard are they to put on ??? sorry G97 did not mean to hyjack your thread