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Old 01-10-2008, 04:25 PM
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Opinion on lifts

Nothing new here, just looking for opinions.
Here's the background:

I've got a buddy who just recently got himself an '06 Rubicon Unlimited. It was nicely set up, but no lift. He's been looking at the Rubicon Express set-up, but when it got to price for a long arm kit, cv shaft, etc. he was looking at $5,000 + and it was overboard/over budget.
It's a daily driver & he wants to keep it that way, so street drivability is important. He would like to have it able to go 35's, but is planning on 33's. He's going to keep the stock 31's for a while after the lift, & save up.
What's your recommendation for a lift that'll clear 33's easily, possibly 35's, good street manners, and will stay in the $4,000 or less price range. He asked me my opinion, and I really don't know. I don't have the money, so I haven't any experience with this type of knowlege.
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
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the rubicon already has a CV driveshaft.

i would install about 4" lift and a 1"-2" BL. that´s ok for 35s with trimmed bumpstops.

my "runicon" has a 2.5" OME suspension with 2" spacers on top and a 2" BL and 35s. everything works fine. i decided to install the OME lift with spacers and no 4" spring lift because i love the ride of the OME springs/shocks. a friends 3.5" RE lift and another friends skyjacker is rougher/stiffer and not that comfortable on the road.

with 35s he should regear to 4.56 or 4.88. that would be more expensive than the lift...

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Old 01-10-2008, 04:43 PM   #3
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Here ya go MOG:


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i would go with about a skyjacker 4in lift. That is what my buddy has on his rubicon and he runs 35in mtz.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:21 PM   #5
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Do a 4" Lift, and just throw on some Coil spacers when he wants to run 35's. Coil spacers are like $20-30 per pair on ebay these days.
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after seeing my buddies FT setup sag a ton after wheeling i wouldnt recomend them. Ive been runing re 3.5 super flex short arm with 33s. a small body lift and i can run 35s. rides better then stock and flex's great
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There are a million great options to clear 35's for 4000 dollars or less. There are many ways to do it right for that kinda money with wheels and tires included. I would say you could go long arm and still get tires with 4 grand. I did it for less than 600 without wheel spacers and tires!! I added everything up, and keep in mind I shopped around and most parts were used but I had 520 bucks in it all!!

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I will tell you exactly what I did. I bought a 2 in BB first, wanted to go higher. I then got a 1 in BL and MML to fix my vibes from the BB. I then bought some shocks for a 4 in lift. Next I bought some 2 in tera flex springs. I put these in with the BB. I had some vibration. I lowered the TC 3 washers and this left me with very little vibration, which I can probably fix with 1 more washer. Next I installed extended rear swaybar links and front disconnects. You have to at least have extended links, it rode like crap with the stockers in there with 4 in of lift. Then I installed an adjustable front trackbar and a rear drop bracket. I pieced everything together used and actually came away very reasonable and am very happy with what I ended up with. Hope this helps. Mine does not ride as good as stock but it is not bad at all, and much better than some lifted vehicles that I have driven. This is my latest pic!


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