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Old 12-07-2008, 11:00 PM   #1
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I've been looking at lift kits for about a week now for my 99 Sahara. I realize they all have pros and cons and it boils down to the $$ you have to spend, not to mention how it will be used. I am currently looking at the Rubicon Express 3.5" Standard Lift Kit.I would like to also run the JKS 1.25 body lift. For tires BFG 33x10.50 M/t so I can use my stock wheels. I know I will need some shocks so the OME or RE shocks. This set up should be around my price range of $1500. The RE lifts seem to be a well recommended company. I don't think the super flex kit will be necessary for a casual offroader. Does this sound like a worthwhile set up for the coin? Any input would be helpful.

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Old 12-07-2008, 11:16 PM   #2
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the 3.5 RE will clear 33's without the body lift. If you can afford it. get the 4.5 kit and swap in the 3.5 springs.
RE's 3.5 springs will net more than 4" of lift. Have you budgeted for an SYE and drive shaft?

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Old 12-07-2008, 11:19 PM   #3
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3.5" superflex, not standard!!! Get the control arms with the kit, otherwise you will pay an arm and a leg to get them later alone.

http://www.4x4xplor.com/RE-SuperFlex.html
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:26 PM   #4
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the RE monotube shocks are a pretty nice ride.. thats the only RE product i have on my jeep.. other than a rear trackbar bracket that came on the d44 i swapped in..

i've been eying the RE longarm upgrade tho.. i like their products =D
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:34 PM   #5
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I was hoping that with the 3.5 kit I would not need the SYE and drive shaft, I might be wrong on this. Is the superflex really worth the extra coin (might be a dumb question)? I would rather do it right the first time than have any regrets 1500$ is my budget but my buddies and I are doing the work so I will spend a bit more if well worth it.
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RE's lifts are usually about an inch taller than their advertised height so that 3.5" kit will produce more like 4-4.5" of final height. It's highly recommended to go with a SYE kit and CV driveshaft once you get to 4" of suspension lift height.

I'd also save a little $$$ and go for the Performance Accessories 1" body lift over the JKS which is more $$$ than it should be. 1/4" certainly is not a reason to go for it. A body lift is a body lift and as opposed to suspension lifts, there's no reason to pay more for one body lift over another.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:23 AM   #7
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The RE "standard lift" is not a complete kit. I'd highly suggest getting some lower control arms and adjustable track bars for the front and rear, otherwise you will be looking into other issues... and yes, I'd highly suggest the SYE and CV driveshaft unless you plan on running a nice fat t-case drop spacer.

I'm currently running the RE 4.5 SuperFlex kit but have 3.5" springs. I'm running 32" tires, but there is room for 33's, unless you completely stuff the tires. I had the money at the time and didn't want to half-ass it so I got the SYE and CV driveshaft at the same time.... and very glad that I did.

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been running the RE3.5 super flex kit for almost 3 years. its been great. Rides good and flexes really well for a short arm kit. Im not running a SYE/Dshaft kit and it hasnt stopped or hurt me yet. I dropped my tcase an inch and i dont have any vibes. you dont need the body lift to run 33s. My kit also has not sagged at all.

when i bought my kit from dc4wd.com (no longer in business) I was able to get the 3.5 superflex kit, shocks, front adjustable trac bar, rear trac bar bracket for , gen2 front dsway bar disconnects and rear sway bar entensions for $850ish. id for sure shop around. check with northridge4x4.com
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:10 PM   #9
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Well I guess Im gonna go with the 3.5 superflex lift. Rompalicious seems to have the best price I've found 879.95.This lift seems to be complete minus the shocks. I guess ill use the 1in T-case drop that comes with the kit and upgrade the SYE kit and CV driveshaft if needed. Is there anything else I should need with this kit, Only thing I see might be the adj fr track bar?
Hoping to order this week just want to make sure I have all my bases covered.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:11 PM   #10
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I've seen Superflexes for 899 with free shocks and shipping, I know it will be hard but i'd recommend waiting until Christmas and see what specials pop up.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:43 PM   #11
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:45 PM   #12
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yup, for monos, thats a steal.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:56 PM   #13
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is there anything else I would really need with this kit (excluding a SYE kit and CV driveshaft) that would really be worth the extra now? Thanks for the site info that was 150$ than I found so far.This forum has been a lot of help.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:22 PM   #14
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JKS front adjustable track bar for ~200.

If you want to go w/ cye and cv you will also need adjustable upper rear control arms.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:43 PM   #15
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If you are wanting to do it right the first time and not have to go back later and add on, I would suggest the 4.5 SuperFlex with 3.5 springs. It's a much more complete kit. It includes the lower ca's, adjustable upper ca's, and adjustable front track bar. You just order it with the different springs. I'm glad I spent the coin and got this setup first instead of having to go back and do it over later. I also went with the OME shocks. Rides quite nice. You will also be able to run 33's without the body lift, and since you're going with the 10.50's stuffing should go fine when you're flexing. I'm also running a 3/4" spacer on the front springs to help level it cause of all the added weight.




I'm using the t-case drop for now, but plan on doing the sye/cv in the near future. I'm not really getting vibes, but would like to be prepared none the less. You'll be happy with the RE, but gove the upgraded kit a look before you commit.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:00 PM   #16
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well the 4.5 does sound like a better deal... does anyone know whee the beat place to find the 4.5 with shocks. The best Ive seen was right around 1400 without shocks. That was with the 3.5 in springs. Id rather do it now than Have to send more later. Sounds like Im getting closer to geting the right setup for my rig, I really like the stance on jeepers TJ.
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:35 PM   #17
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I installed the RE 3.5" SF kit + monotube shocks a year and a half ago and had zero (0) problems. However, if you install an aftermarket front bumper and a winch, I suggest JKS adjustable front coil spacers to dial it in. The kit should also come with extended S.S. brake lines and a TC drop kit. I do not have any vibration problems but I understand some people do so this will be determined after the lift.

I highly suggest the RE monotune shocks. Awesome off and on road and you don't need a kidney transplant.

Good luck and post any quaestions you have.
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I highly suggest the RE monotune shocks. Awesome off and on road and you don't need a kidney transplant.
X2. You would need that kidney transplant if you installed RE's twin-tube shocks.
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Twin Tubes are not that bad... at least to me... but I'm young.
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X2. You would need that kidney transplant if you installed RE's twin-tube shocks.
well at least you wouldnt get kidney stones like i do w/ my OMES
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I get a really nice ride with the Old Man Emu shocks.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:49 PM   #22
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well so far the best deal on a RE 4.5 Superflex with the monostubes is 1499. Not to much more than the 3.5 with the same shocks. Most places want 300+ for the shocks. Seems like a lot of lift for the money???Oh yeah its at red rock 4x4.Its a little more than I wanted to spend but would rather do it right the first time and know that I have a capable rig.

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