Four hours of work, may years of smiles. Every walk out to the Jeep puts a grin on my face. Rides great, easy to install, and looks great with 31x10.50 BF TA KO tires. Not a monster like some, but will get the job done for Southern Indiana. Worth the extra money for a 2".
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Well I think Posted in here somewhere but here is an update. This is a pretty low budget lift setup that gets the job done.
Lift: Zone 3 inch (no tcase drop), .75 pucks in front, RC MML and 1.25 BL
Shocks: Zone gas (non nitro)
Tires: 33 duratracs
Pros: Great flex, very nice ride. I beat it pretty hard and I have no issues and no sagging yet. Very good quality stuff. Lift went on well. Great great price.
Negs: The rear doesnt flex as much as I would like, but I could change that with a few tweaks. It's really not the fault of the lift, it flex's like it should. I just wish I had more droop in the rear.
Ryan - A good eye, a light foot, and a smart rig. Bolt-ons are boring
Lift: Zone 3"
Shocks: Zone Gas
Tire & Wheel : 35" BFG ATS on 15x10 Cragers
Likes: Complete Kit @ Great Price, Directions were clear & sufficent (just have to preread a time or two, rides so much better than stock (its firm without being harsh), Flexes very well - even with the sway bars connected I have reached bump stops on very rutted terrain.
Dislikes: None, but I would suggest a LJ version with slighly stiffer rear springs, and the inclusion of quick disconnects.
Recommend: Absolutely, Great Performance @ Great Price
My daily & trail driver 2006 TJ:
My review is certainly not very comprehensive but suffice to say simply that I have a 4" TrailMaster suspension lift w/SSV hydro shocks & Skyjacker steering damper(separate from the kit). It was a great & well-thought complete kit & I'm more than satisfied overall on & off road. Good Luck!
I recently got the 3.25 Rough Country lift kit for my B-Day. Took it up the T33A plane crash site trail in Colorado and it performed above and beyond my Expectations. I have a 2004 Jeep sport 2dr with a 4.0 and auto trans. The lift comes with 2.5" springs and 3/4" spacers for front and rear plus track bar relocation parts and hardware and sway bar links. Not the greatest kit I have seen but if your on a budget you can pick it up for $369.95 plus shipping and handling comes to about $420.00 bucks. I have some video of it on the trail but the camera kind of sucks so I will get some good pictures and post them soon.
I have an 06 rubi with the four inch rcd lift. Love the lift and how it performs. The only drawback and it's a big one is that after a few months, it starts to squeak bigtime. The only way to resolve this is to take apart the lower control arms and grease them. I'm thinking about replacing them with greasable arms. They just needed a grease fitting and life would be good
Front suspension: 2.5" RC coils, 12" Bilstein 5125's on Ford towers, Currie arms w/housing JJ's, Currie steering with 4130 heat treated chromolly tie rod flipped on driver's knuckle, reinforced/trimmed frame LCA mounts, Currie AR sway bar
Just had the 'ol girl pampered ! 4" ProComp Stage I/ 1" Daystar body lift. Also pulled the plug on 4 new 35x12.5/15 BFG/AT's. Using ProComp MX6 adjustable shock. Dropped Pitman arm is the only addition I had to make. No driveline vibrations at all. Since I am not doing rocks or heavy trails this is good for me. She is just a beach cruiser now, and a drive around town. Rides smoother and handles better than before. I had a 3" lift and 33's before, and decided to upgrade after almost 10 years. Does not feel top heavy at all. No body sway or goofy wandering (other than normal jeep wander) on the road.
Work was performed by 4Wheel Parts on the South Loop in Houston, TX. The only issue was re-installing my side bars. The front mount to the body was rubbing on the body mount there. A little adjusting, and a dremel took care of it !! Cost was dang reasonable by the way !!
I have an 04 rubicon
When I bought my truck it had a 2 in spacer lift on it and the ride was extremely stiff so..........
I ripped all my suspension out after a week and went to buy a rubicon express 4" lift with billstein gas shocks and skyjacker damper. Slapped on 33/12.5/r15 Micky Thompson Baja mtz rubber and voila. Ultimate fun machine
My lift: 4" Full Traction short arm kit
Shocks: Rancho RS 9000 with RS 5000 steering stabilizer
Tires: 33x12.5x17 Mickey thompson Baja MTZ on 17x8 Dale Jr. Chrome wheels.
Rear drive shaft: Rubicon Express
Hello all. I recently installed a 4" Full Traction lift and here is my review of it. Very good looking kit however I bought it because of the look of the bent and gusseted control arms they had because I liked the look of it. Kit arrived after a several week waiting period and it had straight control arms. So instructions were all wrong because nothing matched the pics in install manual. Instructions were HORRIBLE. Nothing in few pics they had in the manual even came close to helping with the install. I would have been better off to just throw them away and do it myself. Came with adjustable track bar that was not adjustable enough. With heim joint bottomed out it was still 1 inch too long to get axle centered under Jeep. Called Mfr and they said it was impossible for it to be too long because it is made in a jig, but it was. I asked how deep it was threaded so I could cut some off. Rep said it is threaded 9" into the track bar so it would not be a problem. Well the track bar makes its first bend 6 inches is to it is unlikely that he knew what he was talking about. Plenty to cut an inch off though. Would have been nice if they gave you a nut with a tab on it to bolt track bar to front axle as well. they supply a regular lock nut and there is absolutely no way to get the nut on there and get a wrench on to tighten it. So if you get this it you will have to make a nut with a tab on it. Once the nightmare of the install was done the lift was done I had it aligned to factory specs as it called for in instructions. It handled fine with my new summer wheels and 33x12.5x17 Mickey thomson Baja MTZ tires. But just put on my winter wheels and 265/75/16 snows and the DW is here so I will be doing some caster adjusting. Overall ride is good probably due to the Rancho RS9000s. Have not had it off road so I do not know how it will hold up there yet. Claims it will produce incredible ramp scores. Won't be able to until I get some longer brake hoses though which they do not include.Will update more as time goes on. Will post some pics soon.
Pros: Looks good. Supposedly very high ramp scores. Good ride
Cons: Horrible instructions. front track bar came 1 inch too long. Tech support did not know much more than I did when I called. Supply kit with a lock nut for front track bar axle mount which is in no way possible to install and tighten.
Would I recommend: NO. If I could do it over I would spend about the same money and buy a different kit from somebody else. Have seen other manufacturers install directions online and Full Traction has a long way to go to play in this league with the big boys.
Another note: Bought the necessary drive shaft kit from 4wd.com . It was Rubicon Express brand. Came drop shipped from RE. RE does not secure parts in box to prevent shifting during shipping. First shaft came and had shifted in box and punched a hole in the box and one Ujoint cap was missing. Ordered another one and it came with a hold in the box as well but luckily all parts were there.
My lift: 3.5" Rock Krawler X-factor Short Arm
Shocks: Pro Comp 9000s
Tires: 33x12.5x15 Goodyear Duratracs on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic Lock.
Rear drive shaft: Tom Wood Rubicon Shaft
1" body and MM lift
Pros : AWESOME flex for a short arm. Great instructions and the hardware is second to none. Everything was made to last.
Cons: BE PREPARED to keep tightening lock nuts for a while until everything gets settled. The rear upper control arms disorient a lot but thats par for the course when wheeling. be sure to keep a can of WD40 in the rig for those heim joints.
All in all a REALLY good lift. It can easily be upgraded to a long arm which I plan on doing sometime this coming year.
You can lock it..even put a different t/c in it..but its still not a RUBICON!
LIFT: Rubicon Express 3.5" Standard SHOCKS: Bilstein 5100 SYE/CVD: Advance Adapters HD SYE Kit & Tom Woods CV Driveshaft TIRES/WHEELS: Goodyear Duratracs 33x12.5x15 Cragar Wheels 397's black Likes: The ride is more responsive than stock, stiff but better than stock forsure. The kit itself was quite easy to install for an average diy mechanic. Here's a link to the build step by step if your thinking about the same set up. Step by step TJ build - JeepForum.com . The shocks were definitely a great buy really providing the great ride and flex a jeep should have. The height and stability are great with this setup.
The sye & TW dcds is great. It immediately cured my vibs and the install had copious amounts of resources and tutorials so it was cake.
Dis-Likes: I recommend new control arms, my cambers are all off to some ridiculous end. Also, if you have the means a new front tracing bar isnt a bad idea, I prefer that rather than drilling into the mounting brace which leaves you with a 1/4" between the two holes in the mount which seems like a bad idea to me.
Would You Recommend: YES! For anyone on a budget to get a nice set up without racking up a huge expenditure this is the way to go. I spent a good amount of money but the purchases have already proved necessary through the mud and snow, nothing can stop it!!!!!
Likes: Ride is good even for a daily driver. Looks good. Handles well.
Dislikes: the constant fear of sagging...
The reviews are not very good for this lift but I can't complain at all. I was blessed to get this to begin with being a teenager in college and so far everything has gone well. Had the DW but a new stabilizer shock fixed that. Rode around like a tin can on stock wheels for a few months and now I've upgraded to 32's. I don't look as badass as others but I have to drive up and down the highway four days a week for school and for light trail rides and some fun in the snow this is great.
Recommend: Definitely but as always do your research.
LIFT: 4" Rough Country Coils
CA's: (8) Rocky Road Outfitters, adjustable
SHOCKS: Rocky Road Outfitters
OEM front and rear trackbars
RE1602 CV Angled Rear Trackbar Bracket
SYE: Rugged Ridge
DS: Tatton CV Rear Shaft
RE Front Disconnects and RE Rear endlinks
WHEELS: Mickey Thompson Classics 15x8's w/ 3.75" BS
TIRES: GY DuraTrac 33x12.50x15's
LIKES: MAJOR improvement in ride quality over stock and 2" BB setup.
The Flex is fantastic! Disconnected and bumstops at 2.75"... I still make rubber contact the fenders
I have a couple hundred pounds of added weight from custom front and rear bumpers, Swing-Away, winch plate and 12,000 winch...so this could add to the ride improvement I feel over stock coils and shocks.
DISLIKES: It can be a bit bouncy, but I blame this on the shocks.... I will be going with 9000xl's in the future. Having Adjustable Control Arms that are adjustable at both ends would be a MAJOR plus... that way you don't have to remove them from one side to make multiple adjustments during your intial setup, but it's not that big of a deal for me.
~Todd~ 2004 X 4.0 5 speed---SOLD
4" Lift, 4.56's, 33" Duratracs on M/T Classics
RR SYE, Tatton CV, MML, BL, TT, Dynomax Exhaust
Hella Lighting: Driving, Fogs and H4 E-Codes NOPE! ... and NEVER will be...
I had a Superlift 4" short arm lift installed By B&C Off Road in pasadena TX. they did a great job everything is perfect . this lift cimes with greasable lower arms also. it did take a while to break in this set up it was real stiff but now its getting better. also bought a RE steering damper works alot better than stock . 33" Baja Claw TTC's on Eagle 10" rim's its been perfect on the dunes . its my wifes daily driver LOL
I went with the Zone 3 inch because that's all I need. Really not doing anything too hard core off road but it seems to take a beating so far so I'm happy. Not too stiff, not too bouncy, just firm I think? It's a jeep for god's sake it's not momma's lincoln town car. I'm happy with this kit for the money. Rides great. Gave me about 3 1/2 inches from what I measured. Kit came with everything needed. Had to drill a couple of holes though, one for front track bar and one in back, but not too bad considering. Some guys with this kit spent another $$ to get adjustable front track bar, so you can make that choice. Just got this lift installed though so only time will tell...
2001 wrangler sport 4.0 liter 5sp man
Zone 3 inch lift with nitro shocks and steering stab
32 inch BFG mud terrains on 15x7 rims
You are what you do when it counts
Likes: Love it! Lifts it up just enough to compensate for the winch/bumper and such, Installed the spacers and shocks in two days, took so long because 3 OF 4 shock mount bolts broke in the chassis causing mass hysteria, and I had a stupid mechanic as well. Lifts it up just as it said, shock dampening is still good if not better. Makes a cool "TSSSS, TSS" noise in potholes. They are hydro shocks btw. Tips on lift: PB blast ALL relevant bolts days before the lift is installed, multiple times. These bolts take a licking and harsh chemicals and corrosion.
Dis-Likes: Extended bumpstops with a 1.75" lift? Really Daystar? I had to install V8 ZJ springs to avoid having to cut the bumpstops, but you can real just take a hacksaw to them!
Would You Recommend: YES! For the price and performance, and completeness of the kit. Beautiful lift kit combo with shocks for only $287.00 at Morris 4x4.
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
for the average once or twice a year mall crawler, I recommend the rough country 4" lift. I have 33's on my jeep wrangler and for as often as I really wheel, it is a great lift. I've had it for 5 years and have had no trouble with it. Great value for the buck. Mind you, I wouldn't try to go through a 2' mud hole with it or climb mountains, but for an everyday driver that you can take off road occaisonally, it's the poop! I haven't had any problems with clearance and was an easy install.
This was my first attempt at a lift ( my first Wrangler a 1996 Sahara, bone stock ) on a 2000 TJ when it was new. I went with a 2" Bushing with a 1" body lift to accomodate 33x12.50R15's. That was 12 years ago with no issues whatsoever from steering geometry to ride stability. I know it's not very exotic, but it has performed flawlessly for 130,000 miles. I now run Goodyear Silent Armor Kevlars, which seem to be pretty good tires all around and quite for a semi-aggressive tread.
2000 TJ Sport... I started out with next to nothing and I still have most of it.
Pros: For 370$ before any discount its a good price and will clear a claimed 33" tires. handles well off road and on.
Cons: NOT A GOOD LIFT FOR INSTALLING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER INSTALLED A LIFT BEFORE!! the instructions were very vague at best resulting in me looking up direction on compareble lift. nor did the instructions have any torque specs. It does not include an adjustable trackbar and requires you to drill a hole in your bracket 1" over. ride quality is rough but thats expected for the price. soon after installing the lift i put on a smittybuilt XRC-8 winch and lost a good 1" to 1.25" in the front.
Overall: It's a good lift if you have no intentions of installing any additional mods. I highly recommend getting an adjustable trackbar and download instructions for installing another 2.5" lift from another compan
The Old Man Emu kit fit like a glove and installation of the new parts was a piece of cake. Took a few mins to figure out the track bar relocation bracket as the bolts are all similar sizes and are not labeled. The pic OME supplies with the bracket is informative though. All in all install was simply and easy once the old parts were out.
I ended up having to drop my transfer case. I happy I didn't get the OME transfer case drop (I originally planned to). A quick trip to Ace Hardware, $30, and 20mins later my drive-line vibes were taken care of.
My old suspension was actually in pretty good shape for being 15 years old. Shocks were still fully functional, not leaking or blown. Even still, I could immediately feel the ride quality difference with the new Old Man Emu shocks. Very nice, responsive, smooth ride. Off-road on some mild trails the suspension has be fantastic with the sway bar disconnected. Front and rear both have great flex. I haven't been on any trails that really push the kit yet though.
After pricing the cost of buying springs and shocks separately, plus a new rear track bar I decided that the Old Man Emu complete kit was the best bang for the buck to do everything at once. The price is pretty competitive compared to buying parts individually, and the quality of the product is first class. I'd certainly but this kit again
LIFT: BDS 3" with Stabilizer SHOCKS: BDS Gas Shocks TIRES/WHEELS: MT ATZ Plus 33x12.5x15" on MT Classic II's 15x10 PRICE : $2800 out the door + Labor. That includes lift, tires, wheels, mounting, balancing and alignment.
Likes: I've only had it for a couple of days and did my first interstate trip to work (25 miles) this morning. So far I love it. Ride quality on the highway feels like stock. It feels a little stiffer going over RR tracks, but not uncomfortable. Even with the bigger tires, it is comfortable enough for a DD and the height is perfect for 33's. At least for me anyway.
Dis-Likes: Non so far. I will update the post if something comes up. I need to measure the fender heights. The back appears to be a little lower than the front, but it could just be a jedi mind trick. And a good excuse to get a new front bumper and winch