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Old 03-16-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Lift kit question

Having a hard time pull the trigger on what kind of lift to get and how much of a lift? I've got a regular style garage so I can't go crazy but I have some room. So, here are my questions:
1. Does one of these companies have a better reputation for quality than the other: Rugged Ridge, Warrior Products Skyjacker?
2. Is there a huge difference between going with a 2" spacer lift kit verses a 2.5" coil lift kit?
3. are there any advantages to the spacer lift kit?
I've got 2003 sport. I'm looking to up grade to 32" maybe 33" tires too.

Thanks for any info - I change my mind hourly on this subject in my head.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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My TJ with 3" lift, 1.25" body lift and 35's fits threw my regular height garage door. Barely. About 2-3" to spare.

Spring lift is better than puck lift IMO. You have to remove the springs to get the pucks on anyway, so why not get new ones?

Of the lifts you mentioned, they all have about the same reviews: Not so good.

Just what I have read, and have no personal experience with any of them.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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My TJ with 3" lift, 1.25" body lift and 35's fits threw my regular height garage door. Barely. About 2-3" to spare.

Spring lift is better than puck lift IMO. You have to remove the springs to get the pucks on anyway, so why not get new ones?

Of the lifts you mentioned, they all have about the same reviews: Not so good.

Just what I have read, and have no personal experience with any of them.
What lifts are considered good (or above)? I'm lacking any experience in this area.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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There have been a couple threads on bds lifts the past week or so. Overall opinion is good. I had one installed last week.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:49 PM   #5
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What lifts are considered good (or above)? I'm lacking any experience in this area.
How much do you want to spend?

What are your plans for the Jeep? Daily Driver? Off road toy? Or a combination of both?

Many many threads on here with lot's of info and opinions.

Welcome to the Jeep world. It's addicting and can be very expensive. Tons of fun, and loving it.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:16 PM   #6
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What are you going to be doing with your jeep? That's usually the best place to start. Then you can get into tire size, lift options, price etc.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:31 PM   #7
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If I'm being honest with myself, I'm not really going to be off-road all that often. Not that I'm not interested in dipping my toe into it. So, that is why I was thinking about a smaller lift 2 to 2.5" and 32" tires. It's a daily driver. I want to change the look. I've wanted a wrangler for years and always told myself that when I got one I would put a lift and some larger tires on it. I want to put a quality product on it, but would also like to keep costs as low as possible.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:44 PM   #8
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I started in the same spot. I ran a rubicon express budget boost which retails around 230-250 and it served me very well. The kit comes with everything except front bump stop extensions which aren't very expensive. It will also allow you to run 32's with no major concerns. You may have to look at rim backspacing depending on what type of wheels you already have. From a ride quality standpoint it's about the same as stock.

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I started the same way with a budget boost and 32's. But, that just opened the door. I was hooked, and I still can't stop doing stuff to it.

My Jeeps progression......and money vaporization.
There is lots more than just the lifts to make it all work right, but here is the basics of what I went through.

2.25" Budget Boost and 32's



3" front springs, 2.25" rear budget boost, 1.25" body lift and 33's



3" springs all around, 1.25" body lift, flat fenders, and 35's.


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I started the same way with a budget boost and 32's. But, that just opened the door. I was hooked, and I still can't stop doing stuff to it.

My Jeeps progression......and money vaporization.
There is lots more than just the lifts to make it all work right, but here is the basics of what I went through.

2.25" Budget Boost and 32's

3" front springs, 2.25" rear budget boost, 1.25" body lift and 33's

3" springs all around, 1.25" body lift, flat fenders, and 35's.
what other upgrades have you done to help run the 35's?
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what other upgrades have you done to help run the 35's?
Not all was absolutely necessary, but I did all of this when I went to 35's:

Rubicon D44 rear w/35 spline chromos & ARB, 4.88 gears, SYE, Tom Wood shaft, UCF high clearance skid, Adj. track bars, Adj. Control arms, outboarded rear shock kit, 12" travel rear shocks, relocated upper rear spring perches, MCE flat fenders, Antirock. Probably more stuff I can't think of right now.
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Not all was absolutely necessary, but I did all of this when I went to 35's:

Rubicon D44 rear w/35 spline chromos & ARB, 4.88 gears, SYE, Tom Wood shaft, UCF high clearance skid, Adj. track bars, Adj. Control arms, outboarded rear shock kit, 12" travel rear shocks, relocated upper rear spring perches, MCE flat fenders, Antirock. Probably more stuff I can't think of right now.
oh ok. right now i have an adjustable front track bar, rear track bar bracket, 8 adjustable CA's, a rear dana 44 and whatever gears are standard with the 65th anniversary edition TJ
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.... Probably more stuff I can't think of right now......
.....Black Magic pads and Centric rotors, ZJ V8 steering.....

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