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Old 12-29-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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looking for a budget lift

Ive been looking at a rough country 2 inch body lift as well as a 2 inch spacer suspension lift by rough country. is this a good idea because the whole thing will cost around $225. Im not looking to do any extreme off-roading just light trail riding. Is rough country a legitimate company and is this a good way to get 4 inches of lift.

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Old 12-29-2011, 05:01 PM   #2
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Don't do a 2" bodylift if you want 4"... 3" +1" BL (max).... The bigger you go... the more you will spend....

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$130 for what I did...

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tera...urs-99763.html


Add some 31's ( if you don't have them already)... done...


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Old 12-29-2011, 06:28 PM   #3
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4wheelcustoms has a 2.25" Skyjacker budget boost lift with the hydro shocks for $229, then if you add a 1.25" body lift, that would give you 3.5 inches.

Back in Sept I installed the 2.25" Skyjacker BBL with hydro shocks, I'm very pleased with the Hydro shocks, I also added the .75" Isolator pads in the front, that gave me alittle more hight in front. The 33x12.50x15 GoodYear Duratracs that I got actually measured 32x11.50x15, I went with Dick Cepek DC2 wheels with a backspacing of 3-5/8", so I don't have any problems rubbing control arms or spring perches, there's pics on my profile
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:28 PM   #4
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Don't do a 2" bodylift if you want 4"... 3" +1" BL (max).... The bigger you go... the more you will spend....

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$130 for what I did...

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tera...urs-99763.html


Add some 31's ( if you don't have them already)... done...

so u only have a 2 inch lift total on you jeep because i really like the height on yours
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:05 PM   #5
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I have the Rough Country 2.5'' suspension lift. 2 years and not one problem. Alittle rust on the shocks, but only surface stuff. Not a bad setup for under $300.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:20 AM   #6
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im thinking about saying screw it and getting the 4 inch skyjacker kit for $540
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:12 AM   #7
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so u only have a 2 inch lift total on you jeep because i really like the height on yours
Thanks....

Yes... Just a 2" Teraflex BB kit that I paid $130 from Summit Racing. I did get driveline vibes with this install.. every Jeep is different, some do... some don't. Easy fix was a t-case drop and later swapped it out for a 1" MML.

I got the 31" A/T tires of Craigslist for $100... they came with rims that didn't fit my Jeep ( didn't want them anyway) and sold the rims for $100 a week later.

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im thinking about saying screw it and getting the 4 inch skyjacker kit for $540
Now that you are thinking 4" of suspension lift, you need to realize that more money will have to be put into it than just a 4" lift.

At 4", you need to start thinking SYE (Slip Yoke Eliminator) kit and new CV (actually a Double Cardin) shaft. This combination is in the $400-$500 range which is the recommended setup for a 4" suspension lift and larger. Some get away with just a t-case drop or a 1" MML... but don't count on that.

Running a SYE with new CV shaft also requires you to adjust your driveline angle to operate vibe-free.... you CANNOT do this without adjustable upper control arms.... that is another $200-$300.

Now a 4" lift will easily clear 33's... gonna purchase new meat now...hmmm

furthermore....your gearing may not work for this very well... and that depends on manual or auto trans at that point as a contributing factor. This could run around $1000 or better for a regear.

It's all coming together now... the more you do... the more you do....

Just getting your 'budget' lift into perspective for you....
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:01 AM   #8
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Yea, it might be simpler to go with a good 2" or 3" suspension lift (springs and shocks) like OME, BDS, or Savvy and a 1.25" BL/MML.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:37 PM   #9
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I appreciate the break down I'm prob just gonna do the 2" teraflex lift like yours. I was just curios because I'm new to all this lift stuff and didn't realize how expensive it actually is.
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:34 PM   #10
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no problem... research and read a lot.... get your head full of knowledge to help make wise decisions to anything you approach for your Jeep. It's better to wait and learn then jump in and do things twice and three times over until its right. I've learned in the past the hard way. Patience is tough when the money is even tougher to come by...
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:13 PM   #11
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Welcome! Getting started with a lift is really something that needs to be research thoroughly, because there is a lot involved that you don't actually think about until the process gets underway. 4" of lift is a lot more then you might think.



That's a Zone 4" suspension lift on 35s, gaining about 4.5". That kit alone was $500 and it was fairly complete. But once I've gotten started, I'm well over a few thousand invested. I've also done a SYE/CV kit ($500), Tom Wood front driveshaft ($275), adjustable rear uppers ($250), Ford 8.8 axle ($1000), JKS front trackbar ($200). The tires were $1200 and my front fenders were $160 It's not that I'm trying to plug my Jeep, but a lot of this stuff came after I planned on getting a 4" lift. Budget kits will include transfer case drops and MML lifts, but those are band-aids for problems that you're going to encounter later on. Some of these things (trackbar and driveshaft) only came after I put the lift on and suffered from vibrations I didn't have the proper ability to address. Budget kits come with rear trackbar reposition bracket, and may have you redrilling the front trackbar bracket - which I, as many others, have found to be trouble as the bolt loosens up the hole.

Lifting a Jeep really does cost a lot of money, and I love the way mine rides, looks, and performs off-road. But it wasn't cheap and I've put a ton of hours to get it the way I want. The stock Dana 35 axle isn't up to the task of oversize tires, and I blew my pinion gear running simply on 31s on the highway. Let me know any questions you may have, regardless of what you're looking to do because I want to make sure that your happy in the long run with your equipment regardless if it's a mud-hog or a street queen.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:09 AM   #13
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