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06-15-2013 01:33 AM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by andrew127 View Post
Old man emu is a very good lift. I always thought they were slightly overpriced but you definitely get what you pay for
That's good to know. I have other hobbies besides my Jeep, so I have to try and budget for things such as the lift. I'm still leaning toward simply going with an OME lift in the upcoming months. It looks like a good setup. Maybe My wife will buy me one for Christmas?!?!
06-15-2013 01:31 AM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by hexarctic View Post
12' JKU rubi shocks and springs. 2-1/2" coil spacer up front.
Thanks for sharing! That's actually the amount of lift I'd like to achieve.
06-14-2013 07:14 AM
andrew127 Old man emu is a very good lift. I always thought they were slightly overpriced but you definitely get what you pay for
06-13-2013 02:33 PM
hexarctic 12' JKU rubi shocks and springs. 2-1/2" coil spacer up front.

Attachment 260990
06-09-2013 10:59 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by andrew127 View Post
If your looking at a coil and shock setup, rough country makes a good setup for your money, but your shocks will be shot really quick. I run skyjacker hydro 7000 shocks on both my TJs and am really satisfied with them
I use Skyjacker Hydrostatic on my Jeep right now. Great shocks for the money! I might just wait until next summer and go with an Old Man Emu 2" lift kit. They're around $879 through Quadratec. Have you heard anything about the quality of their products? I figure they should be pretty good since the ARB folks make their stuff.
06-09-2013 10:53 PM
Jeepfixer1 Be careful heating coil springs or any springs for that matter. I've had a few customers over the years try to lower their cars like that and they slowly seem to just keep dropping over time. I'm not saying it can't be done just do some research it before you actually do it. Just trying to help
06-09-2013 09:28 PM
andrew127 If your looking at a coil and shock setup, rough country makes a good setup for your money, but your shocks will be shot really quick. I run skyjacker hydro 7000 shocks on both my TJs and am really satisfied with them
06-09-2013 09:22 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by andrew127 View Post

Oh yeah budget boosts are perfectly fine for lifts like that
Cool. Any suggestions as to the best brands? I've been told to stay away from Rubicon Express Lifts because of the unreliability of their shocks.
06-09-2013 06:49 PM
andrew127
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Originally Posted by bowerslj View Post

If I'm only looking to add 2"-2.5" if lift, are budget boost kits alright to use?
Oh yeah budget boosts are perfectly fine for lifts like that
06-09-2013 05:12 PM
bowerslj
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I build custom lift kits for TJs and JKs so it's no biggie for me to do that sort of stuff, and a friend and I run an offroad and automotive shop so we had the stock coils and front shocks laying around. If I didn't have the ability to get those parts I would have gone with a full lift from rough country. Total for the front to level it was 2 1/4 inch spacer, and that includes the rubber isolator for the coil
If I'm only looking to add 2"-2.5" if lift, are budget boost kits alright to use?
06-09-2013 04:54 PM
andrew127 I build custom lift kits for TJs and JKs so it's no biggie for me to do that sort of stuff, and a friend and I run an offroad and automotive shop so we had the stock coils and front shocks laying around. If I didn't have the ability to get those parts I would have gone with a full lift from rough country. Total for the front to level it was 2 1/4 inch spacer, and that includes the rubber isolator for the coil
06-09-2013 04:49 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by andrew127 View Post
On the rear it was only coil that have me the lift, the front I had to build one of my custom lift spacers as we gained almost no lift at all and it had quite a severe driveline angle to the rear
What size spacer did you end up using? The more I hear about these "modifications" I'm leaning toward just saving the cash for an actual lift kit. Thoughts?
06-09-2013 04:03 PM
andrew127 On the rear it was only coil that have me the lift, the front I had to build one of my custom lift spacers as we gained almost no lift at all and it had quite a severe driveline angle to the rear
06-09-2013 03:58 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by andrew127 View Post
Yeah the bumpstop kind of acted like a clamp to press the coil in. No they are not loose at all, sitting on its on own weight the shocks are almost completely extended. Total I achieved close to 3 1/2 inches if rear lift, which was perfect for tucking the new 32s I put on it for my wife
Sweet! Did you achieve the same lift in the front with the JK springs as well? Was the 3.5 inches a combination of spacers and the JK springs?
06-09-2013 03:49 PM
andrew127 Yeah the bumpstop kind of acted like a clamp to press the coil in. No they are not loose at all, sitting on its on own weight the shocks are almost completely extended. Total I achieved close to 3 1/2 inches if rear lift, which was perfect for tucking the new 32s I put on it for my wife
06-09-2013 11:52 AM
bowerslj
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Front springs were super easy in and out. I'm not see about an aftermarket bumpstop. All I did for the rear is put the cup through the bottom of the spring before I installed it.
Once you pre-inserted the bump stop cup, did it mount back without having to heat the spring to open it up to a larger diameter? Did you achieve the desired amount of lift with the JK springs? Did the rear spring fit loosely? Someone mentioned that the rear JK springs aren't as wide at the base (portion that contacts the axle) as the TJ springs. Sorry to ask so many questions.
06-08-2013 09:59 PM
andrew127 Front springs were super easy in and out. I'm not see about an aftermarket bumpstop. All I did for the rear is put the cup through the bottom of the spring before I installed it.
06-08-2013 03:58 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by hexarctic View Post
Note: We only netted 3/4" from 12' rubi springs only in the front.
So if I'm looking for two inches of lift over the factory springs, I should Just go with a kit - correct? If I'm only netting .75" of lift from the JK springs, I don't even think it's worth the time to mess with it.
06-08-2013 03:54 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by andrew127 View Post
Yeah I don't trust heating anything that holds such severe tension like that. Any sort of heat, even when you let them air cool, will cause them to prematurely fail. I didn't have an issue installing them, just took abit of prying to get the bumpstop cup to fit inside te spring
Nice. Maybe I'll give it a try. I wonder if there's an aftermarket bump stop that would totally negate using the cup? Did the front springs go on without any issues?
06-08-2013 02:20 PM
hexarctic Note: We only netted 3/4" from 12' rubi springs only in the front.
06-08-2013 02:17 PM
hexarctic Front is extremely easy. Measurements from top of the tire to bottom of the fender flare was 3-1/2 before. Now with jk rubi springs and a rubicon express 2-1/2 spacer we're at 6-3/4. Note this is on a lj.


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Off to the rear......
06-08-2013 12:24 AM
andrew127 Yeah I don't trust heating anything that holds such severe tension like that. Any sort of heat, even when you let them air cool, will cause them to prematurely fail. I didn't have an issue installing them, just took abit of prying to get the bumpstop cup to fit inside te spring
06-07-2013 11:40 PM
bowerslj
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Originally Posted by andrew127 View Post
I just did this lift in my wifes 01 tj. Stock height was the same as yours, 12 rear 8 front.. After the install i was almost 14.5 rear but only 9 front, and that was only because of the spacers I also installed. The rear stock shocks are also maxed out with the JK springs, but all I did for the bumpstops was unbolt the cups and then reattach them after the spring was installed.
So does that mean you didn't have to bother with heating the springs?
06-07-2013 07:44 PM
andrew127 I just did this lift in my wifes 01 tj. Stock height was the same as yours, 12 rear 8 front.. After the install i was almost 14.5 rear but only 9 front, and that was only because of the spacers I also installed. The rear stock shocks are also maxed out with the JK springs, but all I did for the bumpstops was unbolt the cups and then reattach them after the spring was installed.
06-07-2013 07:36 PM
Gary2 can any one post the length of the JK springs when installed in order for us to compare to the TJ springs we have presently to determine what we will could get in the way of lift knowing stock TJ with no sag is 12" in the front and 8" in the rear .
06-07-2013 03:39 PM
Qurtyslyn
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Originally Posted by wwch99tj View Post
The only thing is, heating a spring makes it brittle...
If you quench (dunk it in water or otherwise cool it rapidly) it it will be brittle. Letting it cool slowly (open air) keeps some of the brittleness out of the metal.

The JK shocks are a bit longer than the TJ shocks, and you'll probably bottom them out if you keep them on with TJ springs.
06-07-2013 02:18 PM
PedroJr im looking to get 2" springs from a jk that a guys sale from cl but don't know if they are gona fit my 05 tj?
06-07-2013 11:00 AM
Berend Is there any reason to install only the shocks and keep the factory tj springs?
06-07-2013 06:40 AM
wwch99tj The only thing is, heating a spring makes it brittle...
06-06-2013 11:33 PM
bowerslj Interesting. Looks relatively simple. I'd probably still have to take them to a shop since I don't have those particular tools at my disposal, but it should be easy for anyone that knows what they're doing. Please post some before and after pics of your Jeep when you install the springs.
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