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Old 12-29-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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I hope to God this will be my last "Advice" post. I found a 3" budget boost lift with shock extensions so I can use my stock shocks.

So. Yes or no? Pull the trigger or keep looking? I also found a 3" BB with all new shocks.

I know nothing about any of this, and can't find a similar thread

Thanks in advance you guys,
I hope this is my last "help me!, help me" thread

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Ok, disregard

2"BB with a 1" BL -or- 3" BB with appropriate shocks?

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When you say BB you mean spacers? If so 2" BB with 1" BL and buy the appropriate shocks separate.
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Most folks are not going to recommend doing a budget boost of 3 inches simply because it doesn't do much more than give you clearance for larger tires. If that's all you are going for, then this is your cheapest route.

If your going to do anything as far as rock crawling, etc... save your money for the right parts. Do a real 3 inch lift with the right shocks and springs.
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Well, I don't do much wheeling, except light, light trails. And money is a huge factor and these two are the same price (+/-)
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2" BB with 1.25" BL gets my vote. If your Jeep is a daily driver, I would definitely recommend spending money on decent shocks. Improves your ride quite a bit. We went with a 2" BB and Bilstein 5100's. The Bilsteins make a massive difference in the quality of our ride both off the road and on. Another good shock option, from feedback I've heard, is the Rancho RS5000 (I believe that's the correct number for the TJ?), which cost a bit less but are pretty much on par with the Bilstein's.

On an additional note, I believe it's the springs from a Grand Cherokee that help lift a TJ about 3", so they're a good replacement for your stock springs if you're doing a 3" lift. The ZJ's springs are built to hold a heavy V8, so they lift the lighter TJ. You might want to look into that. =)
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Why do you want to lift your jeep?
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:41 PM   #8
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I did the 3" BB with JK factory shocks. I like it for what all i have in it (120). If the price it right get it. Use it for awhile. If you don't like it or wanna upgrade later sumone in your shoes will buy it and try. Good luck
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:29 PM   #9
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Looking to go with a lift from these guys. This is a stressful process. So many options from so many places
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You didn't answer my question.
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You didn't answer my question.
Whoops, didn't even see it

I want to lift it for light trails and a more aggressive look. I know stock jeeps are plenty capable and i really don't wheel all that often but a 2-3" couldn't hurt, right?
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Looking to go with a lift from these guys. This is a stressful process. So many options from so many places
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I dunno. Any site telling you bump stops are not necessary is not exactly trustworthy to me.

$115 for a 2" BB is not too bad, plus they give you the shock extensions. But, they dont give you the bump stop extensions. Rustys has a 2" BB extension for $99 (with bump stops) but no shock extension. As what others stated on here, replace your shocks when you do this lift.

Why are you getting stressed over this? Mods should be fun and educational.

2" is the max I would recommend for a BB.

The reason we make our suggestions is because we dont want to see you waste money on a cheap mod now, and then hate it down the road and wish you made the mods we provided. Learn from the experienced crew on here. Save your money and do it the right way.
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Whoops, didn't even see it

I want to lift it for light trails and a more aggressive look. I know stock jeeps are plenty capable and i really don't wheel all that often but a 2-3" couldn't hurt, right?
Actually it could. Lifts can add suspenion drivability problems. Usually not but it can. You are raising your center of gravity, that changes handling in corners and makes them a little tippier. Again not a major issue but it's there. Higher sail area for cross winds, higher to get into and out of, especialy for shorter people (wife/girl friend).

You don't need it for light trails. If you want it for looks, go for it, just do it right.
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What size tires are you running now? Are you planning to go any bigger in the future?
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What size tires are you running now? Are you planning to go any bigger in the future?
Sitting on p245/70/r16
which I think translates to like 29 inches +/-?
Looking to up it to 31"s or 32"s when I have the money
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In that case, I would agree with Moabrubi and look for a 2 inch Budget Boost that includes coil spring spacers, extended bumpstops, and longer shocks. You can even buy those parts separately in order to get better shocks. That will give you enough clearance for 31s, and possibly 32s. If you do end up putting 32s on and want more clearance, you can always add a one inch body lift.
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In that case, I would agree with Moabrubi and look for a 2 inch Budget Boost that includes coil spring spacers, extended bumpstops, and longer shocks. You can even buy those parts separately in order to get better shocks. That will give you enough clearance for 31s, and possibly 32s. If you do end up putting 32s on and want more clearance, you can always add a one inch body lift.

In your opinion. would a 2" BB look goofy with my 29.5" tires? Would it look totally out of place?
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In your opinion. would a 2" BB look goofy with my 29.5" tires? Would it look totally out of place?
It wont look too bad, I was running 27.5s with a 3.25lift before I got my 33s.
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That's really not all that bad. I saw a picture of an LJ this morning sitting on 27s with a 4"...it kinda made me cringe But, honestly, to me stock LJ's aren't my thing. But I digress
2" on 29's would be decent.....
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Ok, so here is my [tentative] plan
2" BB with bump stops and shock extensions.
I THINK I can hold out for new tires and upgraded shocks until June, when I'll come into some more funds.

Am I crazy for thinking this will work?
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Ok, so here is my [tentative] plan
2" BB with bump stops and shock extensions.
I THINK I can hold out for new tires and upgraded shocks until June, when I'll come into some more funds.

Am I crazy for thinking this will work?
Not crazy, just remember if you have driveline vibes you can add a mml and bl
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I don't think I've seen the shock extensions you referenced. Can you post a picture or a link?
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... Another good shock option, from feedback I've heard, is the Rancho RS5000 (I believe that's the correct number for the TJ?), which cost a bit less but are pretty much on par with the Bilstein's.
I will NEVER get the rs5000's again. I had them on my ranger(2" lift with 31's) and they were THE STIFFEST shocks I have ever had. Absolutely terribly for a daily driver. They did handle marginally well off road (I.E. big mud hole, and muddy trails) but not worth the Benjamins in my book, save and get some Billie's..
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I don't think I've seen the shock extensions you referenced. Can you post a picture or a link?
I'll find you the link asap.
actually, I think I've already posted it. Its a few posts up, and has this little guy in the post.
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I will NEVER get the rs5000's again. I had them on my ranger(2" lift with 31's) and they were THE STIFFEST shocks I have ever had. Absolutely terribly for a daily driver. They did handle marginally well off road (I.E. big mud hole, and muddy trails) but not worth the Benjamins in my book, save and get some Billie's..
I couldn't agree with you more. I used RS5000s on my Early Bronco many years ago and they were horrible. I will never use those again. I've heard great things from friends about the adjustable RS9000s, though.

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I'll find you the link asap.
actually, I think I've already posted it. Its a few posts up, and has this little guy in the post.
They didn't have a picture of those extensions on that website. I would pass on those and just go with longer quality shocks.
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I couldn't agree with you more. I used RS5000s on my Early Bronco many years ago and they were horrible. I will never use those again. I've heard great things from friends about the adjustable RS9000s, though.



They didn't have a picture of those extensions on that website. I would pass on those and just go with longer quality shocks.

So maybe ----> http://4x4.fatbobsgarage.com/jeep-wr...006-p7504.aspx
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Im running his bb without the shocks, shipping was fast and Im satisfied with the product
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Im running his bb without the shocks, shipping was fast and Im satisfied with the product
w/o shocks so are you running stock shocks?
Also, is there a size difference between front and rear spacers? Some sites have huge rear spacers and "normal" size front.
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I've heard great things from friends about the adjustable RS9000s, though.
Ah-ha! Those are the ones I was thinking of before. Not the RS5000's.

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