I am looking for a relatively decent lift for my 2002 TJ. My jeep is my everyday vehicle but every now and then I take it down some trails in my area. I live in kansas so I am not going up and down mountains, more like narrow bumpy dirt roads with the occasional mud. I know that these are by no means the top of the line lifts but are they terrible quality? Would they hold up for some occasional off roading and regular driving?
I cant afford to go to much more expensive as I will also eventually buy bigger wheels and tires.
i have the same kind of conditions i just like to hit a little trail every know and then and drive on the rode. a few guys in my area have the rough country 4" lift with the n2 shocks that come with (one is an 01 like my Sahara) it is less then the two kits you listed. and the guy who installs them say you dont need a sye kit if you have an 03 or older tj. i think the kit is like 450 or 500 i cant remember but that the one i am looking at. check out there sight and take a look they have an install vid on the page with the kit. good luck
just got my fist jeep 3/3/12, we'll see how it goes
I live in KS as well. I just bought a Rubicon Express 2" BB for 05 Rubicon. I wasn't looking to do anything wild because it's my daily driver, just wanted to give it a bigger stance. Whenever I get the time or chance I mainly just do mild trails. I had a 2" BB rubicon express on my cherokee and I loved it. I put it through some pretty decent stuff and it held up great, which is why I went ahead and we with RE again this time.
An impact gun would be a wise investment so you don't break any bolts while removing em. Aero Kroil can be had off Amazon and it's amazing in releasing corroded or rusted bolts. PB Blaster has nothing on this stuff. Renting some sort of press, or ball joints press, would be wise in remove the lower sway bar press-in bolts up front. They take a t50 or t55 (can't remember) torx bit but weird thing is they don't spin, but are pressed in instead. A coil compressor can help alot in removing and installing coil springs but isn't really necessary if you are willing to unbolt more components to allow more droop.
Other than a mix of sat and metic sockets, that's all I can think of right now.
Now with the RE 3.5 lift will I need the sye and extended brake lines or will the stock stuff work?
You should extend those brake lines but it would be wise to test flex and check to see if they are long enough or not.
Best thing to do regarding the SYE, is to have a transfer case drop (or homebrew hardware) on hand during the install. Take it for a drive and if you got vibrations, install the t-case drop until you can get the SYE then remove the drop and install the sye kit. You could also just do MML with a BL if you need an extra inch of clearance. It's usually cheaper than a SYE/Shaft.
Of the two, for what you are looking to do, I would go with the rock krawler. There is no need, however, to use the included drop pitman arm. Being that you are on a budget you can just drop the transfer case using washers or a tc drop kit. That will save you $750 for the time being in sye, drive shaft and rear upper adjustable control arms. For shocks I would recommend the bilstein 5100's. I commute 150 miles a day and the ride is great. Brake lines will probably be fine stock as long as you don't disconnect your front sway bar. If you plan on running disconnected then you will need to upgrade brake lines.