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nycdude777 12-22-2011 06:37 PM

Skyjacker Lift kits? Are they good?
 
Hi,

I just ordered a Skyjacker 4" Long Arm kit from quadratec. It was about $2,200 plus they told me I need new drive shafts for this lift, because the stock ones are too short.

This is the one I got: Skyjacker 4" Long Arm Lift Kit for 07-10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door 4WD - Quadratec

I just googled "skyjacker lift kits" and found some REALLY disturbing reviews. A lot of people say to STAY FAR away from SkyJacker. The posts were pretty old, from 2005 - 06, so I am not sure how relevant those are now.

Does anyone have any experience with SkyJacker lifts and this kit in particular? I am supposed to go to the shop tomorrow morning to have it installed, but now I am really nervous. Should I send it back and get something else instead?

I also ordered 18x9 XD Monster wheels and 325/65/18 (that's 35" by 12.8) Nitto Terra Grapplers (They are not the most aggressive looking wheels but I want good traction in snow and Ice, which I hear is bad with Mud Grapperls, plus those howl real bad on the road.)

B.T.W. I have a 2011 4dr Rubicon Black.

InvertChaos 12-22-2011 06:43 PM

I don't have any experience with them personally but my local shop installed one on a JK. They affectionally referred to it as "sky crapper" and made fun of the jeep because it had 37" tires and 3.21 gears. This kit doesn't use flex joints and apparently doesn't last long. The owner of the jeep drove it 1000mi and came back with the bushings completely shot. This is what they looked like after just that short amount of time...

http://www.imgur.com/onrn4l.jpg

In my opinion, cancel your order and spend that money on a quality kit from AEV or the like.

TBrownSTL 12-22-2011 06:50 PM

Mine has been on my jeep for 1-2 years and haven't had to fix anything. I drive a 97 TJ. I have 5 inch and 33s. Very good ride as well. Pic won't post. I'll post it soon.

nycdude777 12-22-2011 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by InvertChaos (Post 1850923)
I don't have any experience with them personally but my local shop installed one on a JK. They affectionally referred to it as "sky crapper" and made fun of the jeep because it had 37" tires and 3.21 gears. This kit doesn't use flex joints and apparently doesn't last long. The owner of the jeep drove it 1000mi and came back with the bushings completely shot. This is what they looked like after just that short amount of time...

http://www.imgur.com/onrn4l.jpg

In my opinion, cancel your order and spend that money on a quality kit from AEV or the like.


Oh my god, this is going to haunt me all night! LOL

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 06:58 PM

See InvertChaos's post.

Local 4x4 shop insisted I put Skyjacker on my Jeep, and I walked away. They have a habit of sagging and their bushings are crap. Won't last long.

Most of the time I'll tell folks that, when you buy a lift, you'll get what you pay for.

You paid way too much.

nycdude777 12-22-2011 07:00 PM

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Originally Posted by kbwwolf (Post 1850963)
See InvertChaos's post.

Local 4x4 shop insisted I put Skyjacker on my Jeep, and I walked away. They have a habit of sagging and their bushings are crap. Won't last long.

Most of the time I'll tell folks that, when you buy a lift, you'll get what you pay for.

You paid way too much.

What's the best lift to get and how much should I reasonably expect to spend?

What about Rock Krawler? Terraflex? Where does everybody order their kits from?

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by nycdude777 (Post 1850957)
Oh my god, this is going to haunt me all night! LOL

Why? Cancel payment by 7 p.m. Order new lift by 7:15. Sleep like a fawn at midnight.

Or something similar. :D

InvertChaos 12-22-2011 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by nycdude777

Oh my god, this is going to haunt me all night! LOL

Tell me about it! And these guys knew what they were doing too, no install error. He said the bushings were loose after the install even after putting them in the press to get them nice and tight. I don't think its too late to back out and for $2200 I'm confident you could probably get a super nice 2.5" AEV kit and be exceedingly happy with it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kbwwolf
See InvertChaos's post.

Local 4x4 shop insisted I put Skyjacker on my Jeep, and I walked away. They have a habit of sagging and their bushings are crap. Won't last long.

Most of the time I'll tell folks that, when you buy a lift, you'll get what you pay for.

You paid way too much.

+1!

Edit: also I don't know about the different JK lifts so I can't help ya there. I just know that AEV is highly regarded and people are happy with Teraflex as well. That's about the extent of my JK knowledge lol

nycdude777 12-22-2011 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by kbwwolf (Post 1850974)
Why? Cancel payment by 7 p.m. Order new lift by 7:15. Sleep like a fawn at midnight.

Or something similar. :D


Because I already received 7 out of 9 boxes... sitting at the shop, waiting for the morning install...

Now, I have to ship it all back...

Bigdude 12-22-2011 07:04 PM

Dude. I was going to tell you I had a Skyjacker lift on a jeep for about
45k miles and it was fine. Then I see you live in NYC. Why bother at all? Leave your nice jeep alone, it hasn't done anything wrong to you. If you stop reading this forum you will be fine with a stock Rubi. BTW, I love NYC!

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by nycdude777 (Post 1850973)
What's the best lift to get and how much should I reasonably expect to spend?

What about Rock Krawler? Terraflex? Where does everybody order their kits from?

Don't know why you'd need a 4" lift in the first place. You wanna run 40's?

You can run no lift for 33's, provided they're the right size and your wheel bs is proper. For 35's, you don't need more than a 2.5" lift, given shock length with your Jeep model.

RK and TF both make high quality lifts.

nycdude777 12-22-2011 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Bigdude (Post 1850991)
Dude. I was going to tell you I had a Skyjacker lift on a jeep for about
45k miles and it was fine. Then I see you live in NYC. Why bother at all? Leave your nice jeep alone, it hasn't done anything wrong to you. If you stop reading this forum you will be fine with a stock Rubi. BTW, I love NYC!

The whole reason I got a Jeep was because I wanted to lift it and make it look mean. I have been postponing it for about 7 months now, trying to talk myself out of doing anything... well, 2 days ago, I walk out of my building and see a black jk built up like you wouldn't believe! It had custom black matte paint, 35 inch Nittos and Smittybilt SRC bumpers with lamps. It was like a dream. I stood there for about 5 minutes smoking nervously, looking at it. Then I went back home and freagging called Quadratec. I couldn't resist the temptation. I rushed into it. I should have done some more research.

Ah well, now it will cost me more to ship it back and get a new one.

By the way, it was surprising to hear that you need to replace the stock drive shafts when you lift it higher than 3 inches, is that true??? Cuz that added $900 bucks!!!

nycdude777 12-22-2011 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by kbwwolf (Post 1850996)
Don't know why you'd need a 4" lift in the first place. You wanna run 40's?

You can run no lift for 33's, provided they're the right size and your wheel bs is proper. For 35's, you don't need more than a 2.5" lift, given shock length with your Jeep model.

RK and TF both make high quality lifts.


I really like the tall and wide stance. I love to see a lot of the inside of the wheel well on a lifted jeep.

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 07:14 PM

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Originally Posted by nycdude777 (Post 1850984)
Because I already received 7 out of 9 boxes... sitting at the shop, waiting for the morning install...

Now, I have to ship it all back...

So what?

Here are your choices:

1. Install a $2.2K product on your Jeep that's not worth the money, and will end up costing you more money down the road.

2. Burn a few calories sending it back, and get a reliable lift for the vehicle you expect to transport you safely from A to B.

Pretty much a no-brainer, IMO. :D

nycdude777 12-22-2011 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by kbwwolf (Post 1851039)
So what?

Here are your choices:

1. Install a $2.2K product on your Jeep that's not worth the money, and will end up costing you more money down the road.

2. Burn a few calories sending it back, and get a reliable lift for the vehicle you expect to transport you safely from A to B.

Pretty much a no-brainer, IMO. :D

Yup. It is painfully obvious!

Guess I am going with either AEV, RK or TF then... Depending what deal I can get on a long arm kit. I also wanted to replace ALL of the control arms. My stock ones are shot from off-roading.

kjeeper10 12-22-2011 07:22 PM

:popcorn:

Man I'm sorry :(

Return it now. That is a lot of loot for the "I want my jeep to look mean" look.

The Tera Flex kit I just bought was under $500--35's will fit no problem.

IMO that's $1500 your just throwing in the garbage.

You can send it to me :whistling:

That will pay for my 33x15 tire/wheel combo I have plans for :)

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 07:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nycdude777 (Post 1851023)
The whole reason I got a Jeep was because I wanted to lift it and make it look mean. I have been postponing it for about 7 months now, trying to talk myself out of doing anything... well, 2 days ago, I walk out of my building and see a black jk built up like you wouldn't believe! It had custom black matte paint, 35 inch Nittos and Smittybilt SRC bumpers with lamps. It was like a dream. I stood there for about 5 minutes smoking nervously, looking at it. Then I went back home and freagging called Quadratec. I couldn't resist the temptation. I rushed into it. I should have done some more research.

Ah well, now it will cost me more to ship it back and get a new one.

By the way, it was surprising to hear that you need to replace the stock drive shafts when you lift it higher than 3 inches, is that true??? Cuz that added $900 bucks!!!

The operative phrase is in bold.

Research is money. Unless you're rich, do your homework. If you do things off the hip, you'll very quickly go broke, and your Jeep experience will suck.

If you've got a '12, you'll need to buy a new front ds if you buy shocks 27.5" or over. You'll want a 1310 sized driveshaft...JE Reel, Tom Woods, or Coast...all good quality. Drive a 2-dr? You'll wanna get front and rear, though you can roll awhile with just the front.

Here's a picture of mine: 3" lift (with front ds) cost about $2K, not including tires and wheels.

Attachment 84802

gluestick 12-22-2011 07:47 PM

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Originally Posted by kbwwolf (Post 1851078)
The operative phrase is in bold.

Research is money. Unless you're rich, do your homework. If you do things off the hip, you'll very quickly go broke, and your Jeep experience will suck.

If you've got a '12, you'll need to buy a new front ds if you buy shocks 27.5" or over. You'll want a 1310 sized driveshaft...JE Reel, Tom Woods, or Coast...all good quality. Drive a 2-dr? You'll wanna get front and rear, though you can roll awhile with just the front.

Here's a picture of mine: 3" lift (with front ds) cost about $2K, not including tires and wheels.

Attachment 84802

Nice jeep and nice pic. See Ken, it's not "murdered out".

nycdude777 12-22-2011 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kbwwolf (Post 1851078)
The operative phrase is in bold.

Research is money. Unless you're rich, do your homework. If you do things off the hip, you'll very quickly go broke, and your Jeep experience will suck.

If you've got a '12, you'll need to buy a new front ds if you buy shocks 27.5" or over. You'll want a 1310 sized driveshaft...JE Reel, Tom Woods, or Coast...all good quality. Drive a 2-dr? You'll wanna get front and rear, though you can roll awhile with just the front.

Here's a picture of mine: 3" lift (with front ds) cost about $2K, not including tires and wheels.

Attachment 84802

Its very nice. I like the flat flares!!! :thumb: I want those too! The bumper is nice too, personally I like the stubby ones :rolleyes:

2012-Rubicon 12-22-2011 07:59 PM

Well if you only want it for looks you can buy any junk you want. Damn posers.

nycdude777 12-22-2011 08:03 PM

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Now now, I said I want it to look mean, but I want it to look mean when I do this!

Attachment 84811

And then I want it to look mean when I park near my building too! :wavey:

halo216 12-22-2011 08:07 PM

Yeah skyjacker lifts are not made to be off roaded. Thats what they will tell you if you have any issues with the lift. There a religious company so taking money is no stranger to them.

2012-Rubicon 12-22-2011 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by nycdude777
Now now, I said I want it to look mean, but I want it to look mean when I do this!

And then I want it to look mean when I park near my building too! :wavey:

I like my Terraflex lift 8 flex arm, 3 inch. But its only a little over a month old.....so no long term experience with it.

Georgia 12-22-2011 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by nycdude777 (Post 1851028)
I really like the tall and wide stance. I love to see a lot of the inside of the wheel well on a lifted jeep.

It might be cheaper to see a psychiatrist ...you have a fetish!:D

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by gluestick (Post 1851125)
Nice jeep and nice pic. See Ken, it's not "murdered out".

Quote:

Originally Posted by nycdude777 (Post 1851143)
Its very nice. I like the flat flares!!! :thumb: I want those too! The bumper is nice too, personally I like the stubby ones :rolleyes:

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2012-Rubicon (Post 1851171)
Well if you only want it for looks you can buy any junk you want. Damn posers.

Quote:

Originally Posted by nycdude777 (Post 1851181)
Now now, I said I want it to look mean, but I want it to look mean when I do this!

Attachment 84811

And then I want it to look mean when I park near my building too! :wavey:

You guys are missing the point, and that's my fault.

Here it is in a nutshell:

You can do more, with less.

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Georgia (Post 1851240)
It might be cheaper to see a psychiatrist ...you have a fetish!:D


This too.

kjeeper10 12-22-2011 08:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gluestick

Nice jeep and nice pic. See Ken, it's not "murdered out".

:whistling: haha

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by nycdude777 (Post 1851181)
Now now, I said I want it to look mean, but I want it to look mean when I do this!

Attachment 84811

And then I want it to look mean when I park near my building too! :wavey:

There's a word for that, IMO. And that word is moron.

Lucky for him (or her) someone was there to take the photo, and pull his dumb ass out.

kjeeper10 12-22-2011 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nycdude777
Now now, I said I want it to look mean, but I want it to look mean when I do this!

And then I want it to look mean when I park near my building too! :wavey:

And for the save :)

Actually Jeep looks stuck/abandoned :(

kbwwolf 12-22-2011 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by gluestick (Post 1851125)
Nice jeep and nice pic. See Ken, it's not "murdered out".

Troublemaker...:D


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