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Old 03-03-2009, 05:18 PM   #1
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What is the deal with Rough Country Lifts?

These seem like economical lifts, but I seem to find poor reviews on them. Does this only apply to those who do some rather serious off roading? I want to do a 2.5 suspension lift and this brand fits my budget. I am not going to be doing anything too crazy, but do plan to use my Jeep. Am I crazy for wanting to get a Rough Country set up? Ebay has these kits for $300. What is the deal. Give me all the good and bad.

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Old 03-03-2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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I Have to say I am curious about that myself??!!

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Old 03-03-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
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It's usually known as a rough & crappy ride. The same could probably be said for Sky Crapper (SkyJacker).

It's the idea that you get what you pay for... Your much better off going thru a 4x4 vendor vs. ebay or even better use one of the support foum vendors, thats why they are here.

Based on what your loking for and if your looking to get 33's I would say look at the the following:

RE 2" BB / JKS BL / JKS MML
OME 2" Spring lift
Teraflex 2" lift

And I recommend using the OME Shocks on the corners
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:32 PM   #4
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Depends on what lift and parts. In general they are a lower end kit. I did run their springs on my ZJ and they where fine. I know they did retool control arms design so maybe things are improving.
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:04 PM   #5
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Sorry for asking this, but what is JKS?
Please don't kick me out..........
Also the Rubicon Express BB, is that a coil spacer lift? Are these going to offer a decent ride?
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Sorry for asking this, but what is JKS?
Please don't kick me out..........
Also the Rubicon Express BB, is that a coil spacer lift? Are these going to offer a decent ride?
JKS is a brand of lift kits. very nice product, but $$.

The RE (rubicon express) BB is a spacer lift 2" as I recall.. Just a rubber spacer that sits on top of the spring.. Ride for the most part is close to stock.. You can keep your stock shocks or get longer ones..
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:27 PM   #7
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So in reality I could piece this together myself. Get some spacers from RE and shocks from Teraflex, etc. just as an example? Spacer lifts will hold up to some various Jeepin'?
Trying to make a lift, tires, and a soft top all fit into my budget RIGHT NOW! It's too hard waiting.
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Sorry for asking this, but what is JKS?
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don't worry we are not like that here. we are very newb friendly. you will never be yelled at or kicked out for asking a question. we love to help.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:18 PM   #9
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I wouldnt bother with the BB since your most likely to end up buying another lift later.
R/C is a lift. It gets you up higher. Thats it. i dont think they take into account the ride comfort when making them.

I put a OME kit on after i took my BB off and WOW.. lovin jeep life again....lol
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I had a 4" RC kit. It was the $499 kit. It is and was crap, and applies to that kit. That being said, I know from what I've read RC is trying very hard to shed the bad rap it received over their kits. It looks as though they have redesigned all of them. I have no opinion on their new kits as I have not used them. Be cautious of which RC kit you buy there are still some of the older kits still out there being sold.
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If you are looking for a good lift... You might look at BDS suspension... The new Rough Country lifts seem to be better than their old kits, they have new shocks 2.2 that are more valved for jeeps... And the price is right for a 2.5" lift... I have a 3.5" Rubicon lift and it rides great, flexs good...
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my brother got the 4 inch for his cj and it has done well. easy install and rides nice on and off road.
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I wouldnt bother with the BB since your most likely to end up buying another lift later.
R/C is a lift. It gets you up higher. Thats it. i dont think they take into account the ride comfort when making them.

I put a OME kit on after i took my BB off and WOW.. lovin jeep life again....lol
Kelly is absolutely right on the money!!

Here is my $.02

I currently have a Pro Comp Stage I 4" lift kit and have done a ton of research as to why people like some lifts as opposed to others.... [Drum roll please]

It basically amounts to personal preference and what you plan to do with your rig.. Like Kelly said; do not go cheap to get yourself in the air, because you will definitely find yourself removing the lift in favor of something more functional later..

In my case; I think a Jeep should ride somewhat like a log-wagon.. These vehicles are utilitarian by nature and I just enjoy a little feedback... If you want the ride of a cadillac, you are in the wrong vehicle..

ok, let me see if I can substantiate this a little further.. Again, I am running the PC Stage I which is basically for those who want to look big, but don't do a whole lot of "wheeling." Great right? NO! I just added the ARBs, Gears, Axles, etc, and I am ready to see what she can do (Obviously WAY MORE THAN ME).. The stage I will work right?? Probably, but will my jeep be as effective as it is capable of?? NO!

Anyway, your lift should be purchased for your application.. Rubicon Express lifts are great for one reason.. Their kits usually come with many more parts than that of lets say a Stage I PC or other popular brands.. Here is an "apples to apples" comparison between my PC Stage I and a RE Superflex 3.5.

1.)The ride height will be about the same.
2.) The ride quality will be completely different.. RE uses rebuildable rubber bushings with their Lower Control arms as compared to the poly inferior ones that the Stage I PC has. - Advantage RE
3.) The RE kit will provide you with Quick Disconnects where the PC Stage I does not.. - Advantage RE, but most people do not like their discos.. Buy JKS and don't argue about it!
4.) Springs: this is where it really comes down to preference.. If you want a softer ride, you will want the RE kit because their springs are just not quite as stiff (if that is your MO). I prefer the Stiffer ride, so the PC Springs and ES3000 Shocks are perfect for me.. - Advantage whichever one is shinier..

Here is where things get a little tricky.. for my Wheeling adventures, I am going to have to create somewhat of a hybrid.. I do mainly rock climbing (not competitive), hill climbing, and General trail riding.. She is not going to be trashed, I will just use her to have fun.. Here is my dilemma:

I recently found my Achilles Heel and that lies in the control arms.. My Stage I will "bind" alot due to those fixed lower Control arms with the Cheap Poly bushings and I still have the stock upper control arms in place. I do not want to place undue stress on the control arm mounts, so I will have to find a solution.. I picked up the phone and called our friends at Rubicon Express.. The guy basically validated everything I have written about hear and then advised me to install his Fixed Lower control arms with Adjustable Uppers. I will get the flex I need and the ride I require. He wasn't a fan of the ES3000 shocks at which point he was invited to "bite-me."

Whatever you do, make sure that you research every component which comes with each lift. For instance; the RE 4.5" Superflex comes with EVERYTHING.. Rebuildable Control Arms (Fixed Lowers and adjustable Uppers), Adjustable track bar, etc.. If my Jeep wasn't already lifted, I would purchase the RE 4.5" Superflex and promptly throw away the discos in favor of JKS Quicker Disconnects. End of story!! Also, RE Kits are going to be very comparable to lets say Pro Comp, but you will have to spend the extra RE$$$ to get shocks..

Sorry so long winded here guys, this is a topic I have spent a lot of time on!

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