Originally Posted by KellyK
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!