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Old 08-27-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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Skyjacker 4" Economy Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec is this a good lift? and would i need SYE and CV drive shaft?

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Old 08-27-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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Skyjacker 4" Economy Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec is this a good lift? and would i need SYE and CV drive shaft?
It's just my opinion, but my answer to both of these questions would have to be NO. I haven't seen any Skyjacker kit that I'd put on my Jeep and this one isn't any different. The fixed LCAs with Bushings on both sides are enough to send me running. The kit comes with a drop kit for your belly, so no you won't need a SYE and CV DS as long as you don't mind draging your belly over everything, but then again, with a kit like this, if you do much in the way of wheeling, you'll be replacing most of the components you got in this kit anyway. If you just want something to look cool at the mall, this would probably work fine.

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You may or may not need the SYE/DS with this kit, but it would be a good idea to get one to relieve drive line stress. 4"s and up is the rule. The biggest problem with that lift is does not address the front track bar correctly and the CA's are rigid. The arms need to flex with the suspension to avoid pressure on the CA brackets. Also the dropped pitman arm is not needed with this kit. As for the shocks and coils(?) I don't know how good they are. This is a bottom of the barrel type of price/kit so do not expect much.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:19 PM   #5
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My other direction is the RE 3.5" standard. I can upgrade the kit with OME for $150 or with the RE Mono tubes for $100. Rubicon Express - RE7002 3.5 Standard Kit FREE SHOCKS it is a complete kit, still has a transfer case lowering kit but thats what im going to have to roll with for the time being $$$.

Disconnects and cam bolts for the CA's are going to be purchased as well. RE is a much better kit correct? plus i can add on top of it to make a superflex kit etc.. in the future
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:36 PM   #6
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The RE is hands down a better kit.
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I agree 100% with everything said about the SkyJacker kit. Especially in regards to the control arms.

The RE seems popular are you rarely hear of any problems. Between the two I'd go with the RE kit.
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Question

not tryin to steal the thread...but i was curious what the issue was with the skyjacker control arms and bushing set-up?
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Having fixed CA's and poly bushings being more rigid than rubber make for a stiffer ride and no flex when off road. Any flex you do get will be at the sacrifice of the bushings and CA brackets. My bushings wore out after 6 months with occasional mild wheeling. The CA's with a joint of any kind on one end or both will allow flex and alleviate these stresses.
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Do u have an example of this joint on the control arm, so I can see more of what you are talking about?

And I'm assuming you can get replacement rubber bushings in place of the poly?
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These are what I switched to.
Rokmen - ROKMEN Adjustable Control Arms
Yes the bushings can be replaced, but it does not fix the flex problem.
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Thats what I thought you meant by the joint, was just making sure. Thanks for the info 4point...I will have to keep this in mind in the future
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My other direction is the RE 3.5" standard. I can upgrade the kit with OME for $150 or with the RE Mono tubes for $100. Rubicon Express - RE7002 3.5 Standard Kit FREE SHOCKS it is a complete kit, still has a transfer case lowering kit but thats what im going to have to roll with for the time being $$$.

Disconnects and cam bolts for the CA's are going to be purchased as well. RE is a much better kit correct? plus i can add on top of it to make a superflex kit etc.. in the future


RE is a better manufacturer and I've personally had good luck with them standing behind their products and providing good service. The kit you have listed might be a good place to start, but is far from complete. The cool thing about this kit is you won't be wasting a bunch of money on crap like those fixed LCAs that came with the other kit that you'll just get pissed about and end up trashing like I did my Full Craption arms that had the same basic design. The RE Springs are good quality and that's pretty much what this kit gives you along with bumpstops and the little stuff. If you don't have the dough to do it all up front, this will get you by for a little while and then you can add a quality set of Upper and Lower Arms from a company like Currie or Rokmen (I wouldn't recommend RE Arms), the SYE and CV DS, adjustable track bars, etc. You'll only end up trashing a couple of links, the TC spacer, and the TB Bracket with this kit as you upgrade.
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^ good to know, im really excited to get this RE kit. thanks for all the input! Should i go with the RE Monotubes or with the OME shocks...i wish OME werent yellow it's just an eye sore
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^ good to know, im really excited to get this RE kit. thanks for all the input! Should i go with the RE Monotubes or with the OME shocks...i wish OME werent yellow it's just an eye sore

I'm with you . . . hate the yellow!!! I think you'd be fine with the RE Monotubes . . . might be a bit stiffer making for a bumpier ride on-road than the OME, but it's a Jeep not a caddy!
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