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Old 02-11-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Need Budget/Economy suspension lift kit under $300 for best DD ride plz help asap!!

Hey, I have a 98 Jeep TJ, 2.5l on 31inch BFG, 15 inch stock rims and stock height. my budget is under $300 as i am a student - for a basic lift. i will add on slowly. how high do i want to lift it? 2 inches would be nice but doesnt matter. I just dont want to have to regear, put a SYE or anything else. this is my first lift btw, and im looking to get a smoother ride on the road than stock. i heard OME is good but seems very expensive. i dont off road much. i might hop the occasional curb or take it through some mud/snow loll..

If anyone can recommend different brands id really appreciate it. I just done want something that will sag or screw up where i have to spend more money on it..


This is my first jeep btw and im head over heels! even though i just spent $1250 on the rear diff a few days ago :s...however, I want to pass this on to my kids

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Old 02-11-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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Rc 2.5 would be your best bet for $300.

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do you have a link by any chance? would really help thank you
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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Teraflex 2"bb will run you $130 and you can run your stock shocks . I have this very kit and run it with stock shock and wheel it too.

I have a detailed thread of the install but On my iPhone right now and can't link it
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On my current jeep, I have the RC 2.5(rough country) and I don't really care for the shocks, pretty stiff/rough ride. New shocks will be something I do next. My last jeep, I had a 2 inch skyjacker spacer lift. I loved it. Gave me enough clearance for 32's and had a smooth ride on and off trails.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:16 AM   #7
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Here is the link I mentioned above...

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

Pretty straight forward...

With 31's and this lift and disconnects.... ( and stock shocks ) I am pleased with on and offroad performance...



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save more money. do it right the first time. otherwise you're wasting $300.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:14 AM   #9
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One brand I found to be a really good price and bots high marks. Zone lifts. I 'm putting in a 3in suspension lift at the end of the month. Im having someone else put it in so its going to cost me a bit more but you can get the kit at a good price of you go with I think his name is allen. You van find him in the gender section. Can't remember the business name though. But that's around $450
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save more money. do it right the first time. otherwise you're wasting $300.

I hate it when people say that. There's nothing "wrong" with going with a BB or a cheap susp lift like the RC 2.5... It all depends on what you're looking for. It's just like anything else, different strokes for different folks..

As long as you've got the right stuff (bumpstops, MML or TC drop, TB relo bracket etc. as needed) then you'll be fine with whatever you choose..
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I hate it when people say that. There's nothing "wrong" with going with a BB or a cheap susp lift like the RC 2.5... It all depends on what you're looking for. It's just like anything else, different strokes for different folks..

As long as you've got the right stuff (bumpstops, MML or TC drop, TB relo bracket etc. as needed) then you'll be fine with whatever you choose..
I agree. Do your research and find what will work best for you. I was going to get the 3in RC but found so many people that had problems with it. Then saw that there are hardly any one that complains about zone. Plus knowing that zone is made by dbs which I understand makes great lifts. Zone just doesn't have the lifetime warranty.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:15 PM   #12
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save more money. do it right the first time. otherwise you're wasting $300.
You do have a point... but when you have a budget.... you gotta do what you gotta do. You can still 'do it right' with a budget boost... proper bumpstops and shocks. You can also get some disconnects for the front... or mod the stockers like I did. Either way... its budget that drives most into what they have... if they can't wait any longer... they go for it.

I have been collecting parts now for 6 months for my 4" lift... if I didn't have my 2" BB to get me by, I would have taken MANY shortcuts that I have avoided in my collection and would have ended up redoing a lot more in the long run because I WANTED A LIFT....I wanted it NOW.

If you can get a $130 BB for a lift.... and $100 in 31's off Craigslist... you have a good stance and something worthy of looks and good performance offroad. This is EXACTLY what I did and my first pic above is it. I am much more content driving it like this than stock, on 215's and dragging junk under my bellypan.
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There is nothing wrong with cheap lifts. Rc 2.5 is good just he shocks are a little stiff.
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save more money. do it right the first time. otherwise you're wasting $300.
x2, been there once, wish I had that money back.
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What's wrong with rc 2.5 ?
How much should a 2 - 3 inch spring lift cost ?
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How much should a 2 - 3 inch spring lift cost ?
You couldn't have asked a more open-ended question.
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He said its a waste of 300$
Just curious .
I didn't wanna start a new thread on why a rc 2.5 was a waste of 300 $
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What's wrong with rc 2.5 ?
How much should a 2 - 3 inch spring lift cost ?
Mainly the shocks that come with it

And its incomplete so you'll have to add more stuff to it
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My RC 3.25 came with everything I needed to get the job done. I had to redo the toe-in and center the steering wheel but I have no vibes and it drives and rides as good or better than stock in some aspects...

The RC products fit my needs.. It's all up to what you're doing with your jeep.. Mine cost $350 shipped..
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My RC 3.25 came with everything I needed to get the job done. I had to redo the toe-in and center the steering wheel but I have no vibes and it drives and rides as good or better than stock in some aspects...

The RC products fit my needs.. It's all up to what you're doing with your jeep.. Mine cost $350 shipped..
Did it include bumpstops, lengthened sway bars, and a track bar relocation bracket?
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2.25" Skyjacker BBL with Hydro shocks for $229 from 4wheelcustoms.com Fabtech, skyjacker, rubicon express, bestop, truck tires, pro comp wheels I'm very pleased with the hight and ride/handling, and it was easy to install. I thrashed on the the shocks pretty hard this weekend and they worked very well.
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This: Jeep TJ Suspension Lift

Will look like this when done. It also rides much smoother than before. Keep in mind mine has 32's.







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With a low $ budget in mind you should really just do the budget boost if you don't want to sacrifice ride quality or handling. Cheap and good ride don't really go together.



And yes there is something very wrong with a cheap lift...they are cheap...in more ways than one.
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For that price I would do a 1 or 1.25 inch body lift, and a motor mount lift. That way no vibs, no problems. Plus you will not throw anything away when you do later mods.
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Did it include bumpstops, lengthened sway bars, and a track bar relocation bracket?

Extended links, TB Relo bracket, and the vendor included stop extensions. The shocks have stops on them to keep them from bottoming out but I wouldn't trust those.
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Extended links, TB Relo bracket, and the vendor included stop extensions. The shocks have stops on them to keep them from bottoming out but I wouldn't trust those.
Hmm not terrible then. I agree I wouldn't trust those to stop >4000lbs of jeep from over compressing the shocks.

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