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Old 03-08-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Mild Lift? Please let me hear from you.

After spending WAY too much time looking at all of your pix, I'm starting to think I'd like to lift my 2006 Unlimited. Nothing major so I can keep stock suspension. I realize I'll need to be replacing tires and shocks soon (I have about 45K miles on the Jeep). I've read many threads re: Budget Boost (BB?), but with all the acronyms and abbreviations, have to be honest, I'm handy, but not a mechanic. So please feel free to offer up ideas. I was thinking a 1" or 2" lift using spacers, possibly to run 31's, as this Jeep sees very mild duty - commute to work, light trails on the weekends at the lake house, etc. I have no issue keeping stock size tires (30X9.5/15), but thought some 31" BFG A/T's on a set of ion 171's 15X8 would look pretty awesome. Jeep is silver, BTW, 4.0, 6 speed, currently has the hardtop on. Looking forward to swapping tops when I can. Thanks in advance!!

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Old 03-08-2012, 10:22 PM   #2
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I have 31x10.50s on my 97 wrangler with no lift. Only had rubbing problems. It it was corrected with spacers but I will put on a 2" bb lift real soon for a little more clearance.

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I'm running a 2" bb lift on my 2004 rubicon with 265/75r16 trxus mt tires. The jeep looks amazing and is fully functional off road, not just looks the part. I hate the idea of just having a bigger tire without actually being able to use it.
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I'm having a 2" BDS kit installed today. Its just coils and shocks. 12 year old TJ - I decided to go with new springs rather than a BB. Kind of like getting a reset on the suspension (I hope) with a bonus of 2" lift. I put on 31x10.5R15s (Duratracs) 1-1/2 years ago, just get some rub at full lock, hoping the lift will take care of this. The duratracs look so much better than the 30s I had on before.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:56 AM   #5
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I just had a BDS installed. Rides very nice. Let me know what you think.

I had to re center my rear especially with wider tires.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:03 AM   #6
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Thanks for the quick replies! Any recommendations on the Budget Boost, spacers, etc? Also, any adverse effects on gas mileage with the 31's and lift? Sounds like handling and capability are improved...
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:05 AM   #7
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And sorry, what is BDS? I've had the Jeep for about 4.5 years and done almost nothing to it but drive it. I'm unfamiliar with many of the acronyms and abbreviations. And FYI, I can't seem to enlarge any of your photos to see your Jeeps.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:44 AM   #8
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BDS suspension is a company. I also have their 2" spring lift. BDS is very recommended by many.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:48 AM   #9
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I went slightly above a budget boost and did the 3" Zone lift. My 31's look small, so 33's are in the future, but for the price, the lift is pretty nice.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:40 AM   #10
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I went slightly above a budget boost and did the 3" Zone lift. My 31's look small, so 33's are in the future, but for the price, the lift is pretty nice.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:11 AM   #11
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lift it with a suspension lift. Do it right, do it once. This is not coming from personal experiance but I've done my research and heard too many negatives for budget boosts (you'll probably replace it in a year or two) and body lifts are really only good for 1 inch. I'm saving up for an OME lift from DPG Offroad. Dirk is the owner of the site/shop. They sell a nice kit that comes with everything and he'll give you what you personally want. If you want to fit 31's talk with him they have a kit for 800 bucks. From what i hear it rides better on road and it'll last longer than the jeep haha. At least longer than a crappy budget boost. Just my 2 cents from what I've read
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I really like Old Man Emu and BDS. Both are great companies. Just depends one what you wanna spend. Id like into either one
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Here she is in the parking lot:

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Here she is in the parking lot:

Thanks dude. That helped me alot. I have the same vehicle, but black. I can see your point about being small, but I'd be ok with that. My duratracs have a much meaner stance, and should look fine. I'm ordering the Zone right now.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:29 PM   #15
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Yeah, the BF Goodies I have aren't the best but they work for now. They actually do look smaller than other 31's I have seen.
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Those are what I used to have, but this is what is looks like now with new tires. The zone 3" should be fine for me. Was it easy to install? Ride ok?
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Here is the 3" Zone.. And Zone is made by BDS, just doesnt carry the lifetime warrenty. You can get a 3" lift for like $450 give or take. I had someone else install it for me since I suck at all and everything mechanically.

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Yeah, you can get the Zone lift for around $405 from Allen at AOR (search for him on the board here). It was a fairly easy install- took me about 10 hours with mistakes and lack of experience factored in. I added the front adjustable track bar so I didn't have to drill the hole. The ride is good but I am currently working through some slight vibes at around 30mph.....even with the TC drop installed.
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Greatly appreciate EVERYONE's 2 cents!! Called 4Wheel Parts (local store here in GA), and they offered a couple alternatives, mainly spacers, but also spacer/shocks, and spacer/shocks/springs. Not sure which way I may go. I really don't want to get into suspension mods and a lot of money, but I also don't want to do it more than once. . DEcisions, Decisions... BTW, everyone's Jeeps look great. I don't think the BFGs look too small, the Goodyears are probably a bit aggressive for what I need, and yes, the Zone (whatever that means) looks pretty awesome. Just wanna keep it simple, though, although I'll probably have someone else install, since time is a commodity I do NOT have. Thanks again, have a great weekend and stay in touch.
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I initially considered a BB before going to with the BDS kit. My main concern was that my jeep has 12 year old springs and the ride could really benefit from both new springs and shocks. So given the option of replacing both with OEM parts, the lift was really only a couple hundred dollars more. In my case a BB would probably overcompress tired old springs. If you have a good stock suspension the BB should preserve the stock ride. But compared to a coil lift, you won't get the larger range of articulation, and it is possible to unseat the stock length spring. So BB would be ok if you just want the lifted look for a road jeep, but if your plan on doing a lot of off-roading you will probably prefer the performance longer springs give you.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:55 PM   #21
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Dude if your in Ga, not sure where at look up Allsouth Motorsports and call and speak toons of the guys there if your going to buy locally and you will not be disappointed. they are in Buford if that is not to far away from where you live.
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I just had a BDS installed. Rides very nice. Let me know what you think.

I had to re center my rear especially with wider tires.
Jeep is still in the shop. I decided not to try this install myself due to the rust. Good thing, turns out both front backing plates (I believe the brake calipers attach to these) were half rusted away, and both steering U-joints needed replacing. And 6 bolts (3 on each side) that go into the steering knuckles were too rusted to be re-used. So I really expect a much better ride, as the U-joints and shocks were shot and the springs were old. I'm also getting a new steering stabilizer. If not for the rust, would have the jeep back now, will get it back on Monday. I stopped by the shop, looks like the jeep is spending the weekend on a lift. But the lift components look good installed, even with the axles drooping on the lift.
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@TechGuy, I'm on the NW side of Atlanta, so Buford is NE and about a 50 mile trip one way. I will definitely look them up/call/discuss. Very familiar with Gwinnett Co (grew up there), and my former band used to play gigs in the area, so I don't consider the distance an obstacle, just the time that I don't have, haha. Thanks for the heads up!! At 6 years old and only 45K miles on the Jeep, I'm really hoping not to find further problems if I decide to pursue this!!
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Green Bay TJ, If you can, please let me know how it goes once you get your Jeep back, especially if you can post pictures.
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Green Bay TJ, If you can, please let me know how it goes once you get your Jeep back, especially if you can post pictures.
x2 Green Bay TJ, This kit was recommended to me as well because of spring age, so your pics would be great and if you don't mind, a rough pricing for that?? THANKS.
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When I was looking into lifting my jeep I was seriously considering a budget boost. I ended up getting the Rough Country 2.5" suspension lift and I haven't looked back since, just forward to bigger lift and tires lol. I'm not advocating RC lifts or downing them for that matter, but I am saying that you would probably be better off with a real suspension lift seeing as I've never heard of anyone having a budget boost for more than about two years (give or take). I have no personal experience with BDS, OME, or Zone but I've heard NOTHING but good reviews. I knew a guy with a 3" BDS lift and he and his friends gave that jeep absolute hell. The suspension held up very well especially considering what they put it through. Everything looked level and it apparently rode the same long after he had it installed. If I ever do replace my lift I'll probably look into BDS or Zone.
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When I was looking into lifting my jeep I was seriously considering a budget boost. I ended up getting the Rough Country 2.5" suspension lift and I haven't looked back since, just forward to bigger lift and tires lol. I'm not advocating RC lifts or downing them for that matter, but I am saying that you would probably be better off with a real suspension lift seeing as I've never heard of anyone having a budget boost for more than about two years (give or take). I have no personal experience with BDS, OME, or Zone but I've heard NOTHING but good reviews. I knew a guy with a 3" BDS lift and he and his friends gave that jeep absolute hell. The suspension held up very well especially considering what they put it through. Everything looked level and it apparently rode the same long after he had it installed. If I ever do replace my lift I'll probably look into BDS or Zone.
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x2 Green Bay TJ, This kit was recommended to me as well because of spring age, so your pics would be great and if you don't mind, a rough pricing for that?? THANKS.
@JimN and dabolt55 - will post pics when I get a chance to take some (and can find which photo server I've used that works with WF).

I'm having the work done at my local 5-star Jeep service department. This is the kit that is available online for about $420 - it includes 4 springs and 4 shocks. I was quoted $1134 installed. We'll see what they really charge for this, since I noticed a new steering stabilizer on the Jeep when I saw it on the lift the other day - thats not part of the base BDS kit, but design looks similar to the shocks. They also include a lifetime warranty to the original owner on lift kits they install - I break it, they will replace for free (parts and labor). Of course, I don't expect shocks to be covered, so just the 4 springs, not sure what you can do to break a coil spring. I think I was cut a discount on the install since I've been a customer there forever (close to 20 years over 4 jeeps). Plus I had some other work done at the same time. I'm pretty sure BDS includes a lifetime warranty on parts, but covering labor is big.
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@ Green Bay - a Jeep dealership is installing your lift? That's a pleasant surprise!!

I called Allsouth Autosports today, they quoted $600 installed on a Rough Country 2.5" Suspension Lift - includes coils and shocks. Anyone have any experience with Rough Country? Also have my local Good Year shop offering up a quote, but don't think they have much experience. And of course, the local 4wheel parts shop seems to really push Pro Comp, but have other stuff too.

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