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03Leo 09-12-2006 09:14 PM

More questions on affordable 2" lifts
 
Hi
I am still doing research on lifting my Wrangler and have been getting all sorts of different opinions. I wanted to do a 2" just for looks (no serious off-road use, only sand and snow), somewhat affordable and have been advised not to use spacers but rather buy longer new springs and new shocks (part of a 2" pro-comp lift kit). Has anyone had experience with just the space lifts (keeping stock shocks and springs) or maybe the pro-comp kit?
Any ideas on this?
I've heard I should avoid any related ride/comfort highway/center of gravity issues.
Thanks so much!
:D

khenderson 09-12-2006 09:36 PM

there are a ridiculous number of people that run the spacer lift(aka. BB's). i am one of those. there's no reason why you shouldn't run this lift if you're just looking for an inexpensive way to get a couple of inches. there aren't any big problems that arise with a BB either, expect the possibility for slight vibes. you don't really have to worry about overcompressing your springs if you aren't gonna be hard wheeling(and most kits have bumpstop extensions anyway). ride quality is affected by your springs. i run a REBB(rubicon express BB) and it's a bit stiff for my tastes. i could run softer springs but i'm just lazy. hope this helps a bit.

mrbigjeep 09-12-2006 10:28 PM

no reason not to run a BB spacer lift...i've heard a few good and bad things about the pro comp kit...most of the bad things were that it rides rough but that can be solved with new shocks...but why not just go with the spacer lift? its cheaper!
4wd hardware also makes a 2" kit with new springs if thats what you want...the RE BB is pretty popular and i've read some good reviews about it...only bad thing i've heard of it is once again that the shocks (don't know which ones) made the ride really bouncy...but you can get different shocks

4Jeepn 09-12-2006 10:28 PM

No issue with bb's and I run one on top of 4.5 springs. easy to install, another vote for RE as I just would feel wrong about having procomp stuff on my jeep..LOL

upinar 09-12-2006 10:33 PM

i run with 2 inch spacer lift and there is no problem with them. very cheap and easy installation. I say thats your best option.

mrbigjeep 09-12-2006 10:34 PM

better than a BL...only negative things is that you could get a few vibes...but they would be very slight and would easily go away with just a transfer case drop kit (spacers)

03Leo 09-13-2006 01:09 AM

Thanks so much!
You guys are great!

Scout 09-13-2006 08:02 AM

I've run a 2" BB and never had a problem. Now I run a 1.25" BB on top of a 4" lift and still have no problems with the spacers. A BB is the best way to go - period.

1BLKJP 09-13-2006 02:14 PM

Just curious, but what reasoning did others have for you to not run spacers?

I would however caution you to not buy a spacer lift setup that doesn't include new shocks with it. Stock shocks don't have a whole lot of travel in them already and if you expand them out another 1.75 or 2 inches then it could cause you some discomfort in your ride.

Scout 09-13-2006 02:24 PM

"Just curious, but what reasoning did others have for you to not run spacers?"

Keep in mind that there are a million different Jeep Forums out there. Be sure to join and participate in a forum that best suits your needs. Posting a BB question over at JU is only going to get you talked out of something practical and into something you don't really need.

Example: Jump over to Pirate 4x4 and ask them about BB's. You'll get my drift then.

If you're looking for good solid advice for the non "hard core offroader" this is the best place to post.

1BLKJP 09-13-2006 03:05 PM

Scout, I agree with you I'm on a lot of other forums too. But I am one that follows function over form. There is no logical reason that a Spacer lift won't work for half of all people that want to lift their jeeps. Does mine have one? No. However when I did my build I did it once and started with 35's.

Scout 09-13-2006 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1BLKJP
Scout, I agree with you I'm on a lot of other forums too. But I am one that follows function over form. There is no logical reason that a Spacer lift won't work for half of all people that want to lift their jeeps. Does mine have one? No. However when I did my build I did it once and started with 35's.


Well put 1BLKJP. :)

mrbigjeep 09-13-2006 04:08 PM

i decided to check out some other forums the past couple of days just to see what kind of forums there were and i found one and all they did was flame and tell the newbies to go look it up and search and then they would cuss and them and call em retards

Scout 09-13-2006 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigjeep
i decided to check out some other forums the past couple of days just to see what kind of forums there were and i found one and all they did was flame and tell the newbies to go look it up and search and then they would cuss and them and call em retards


That's exactly what I'm getting at. ;)

1BLKJP 09-13-2006 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigjeep
i decided to check out some other forums the past couple of days just to see what kind of forums there were and i found one and all they did was flame and tell the newbies to go look it up and search and then they would cuss and them and call em retards

HA, welcome to Pirate 4x4. Excellent place to get information on anything you might think of building. But not if you have thin skin. :D

03Leo 09-13-2006 05:57 PM

Hey
So the reason why I posted this is because I was ready to buy the skyjacker kit from Quadratec (even though their shipping is very expensive, but customer service is great). Then I saw a posting on ebay for the spacers only and sent an email to a seller (Fortec Jeep in Florida) whom I've gotten accessories from before and asked if they had spacers. They sent me an email back with all the cons of getting spacers and I guess they wanted to get me to buy a more expensive kit with new coil springs, shocks and all. After reading all of the comments from the wonderful and helpful Jeepers here I think I may go ahead and get the skyjacker with new shocks: (http://www.quadratec.com/products/16117_108.htm) and have a local shop install them for me.
I really appreciate all the comments from everyone.
Thanks so much!

1BLKJP 09-13-2006 06:48 PM

I don't see anything wrong with that kit. Never used it myself, but looks pretty standard for a spacer lift. Only other thing I would mention in getting would be longer sway bar links. I can't remember if you said you were going to be wheeling or not, but it wouldn't hurt to have them. I know Rock Krawlers 2" kit comes with shocks and sway bar disconnects.

mrbigjeep 09-13-2006 08:27 PM

i don't think you'll need them if your not wheeling...but it would be great if you like to disconnect them off road for more flex

03Leo 09-13-2006 08:39 PM

Thanks again. I don't think I'll need them. The only off-roading I do is on the sand in Florida maybe once a year and I love to drive out for fun during and after snow storms in the Northeast.
Thanks again! I'm shopping at Quadratec later tonight.

Scout 09-14-2006 08:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 03Leo
Hey
So the reason why I posted this is because I was ready to buy the skyjacker kit from Quadratec (even though their shipping is very expensive, but customer service is great). Then I saw a posting on ebay for the spacers only and sent an email to a seller (Fortec Jeep in Florida) whom I've gotten accessories from before and asked if they had spacers. They sent me an email back with all the cons of getting spacers and I guess they wanted to get me to buy a more expensive kit with new coil springs, shocks and all. After reading all of the comments from the wonderful and helpful Jeepers here I think I may go ahead and get the skyjacker with new shocks: (http://www.quadratec.com/products/16117_108.htm) and have a local shop install them for me.
I really appreciate all the comments from everyone.
Thanks so much!


That's the kit I had. You won't be dissappointed...;)

03Leo 09-26-2006 07:39 PM

Great advice thanks!
 
Thanks everyone! The 2"lift is installed and looks great! I put about 800 miles on it since and feels perfect.
Thanks again!

mrbigjeep 09-26-2006 07:41 PM

looks great...have fun with it!

Scout 09-26-2006 09:24 PM

Alright you did it! Feels better now huh? Congratulations on the new lift. I know you'll enjoy it.

Scott

03Leo 09-30-2006 10:51 PM

Thank you, thank you! Now I want bigger tires! 31's or 32's, I gotta start reading the threads to see what I can fit.
Anyway, thanks so much. More pics once the fenders are painted.

tjway 10-02-2006 08:01 AM

I run the rocky road 2" BB that came with shock extenders (so I could keep my 0" lift Rancho shocks). I also did a 1" body lift and a 1" motor mount lift.. no problems...

Blwndr83 10-02-2006 07:24 PM

Jeep looks really good. I'm deciding on a 2" or 3" for my 2000 TJ...

tiger22 10-03-2006 12:06 AM

tire size
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 03Leo
Thank you, thank you! Now I want bigger tires! 31's or 32's, I gotta start reading the threads to see what I can fit.
Anyway, thanks so much. More pics once the fenders are painted.


just go with which one you think would work best for you. as far as my opinion, i think the bigger the tire the more your lift dissapears. you get the lift to gain clearance for obsticles and bigger tires (and looks). when you try and fit the biggest tire possible under your fenders you take away from the amount of flex, loose gas milage, and the tires make things look crowded. i just think that everything would look cleaner with 31X10.50's under a 2 inch lift. however if you are wondering if you could fit the 32's the answer is yes. the only way that you might have rubbing is if you kept your factory wheels (because of the off-set). hope this helped. and remember in the end you are the one who drives and looks at it everyday so get what you think would be best.

FuzzyDolly 10-03-2006 07:07 AM

You have no idea how helpful this thread is. I've been toying with the idea of getting that same exact kit. Guess I might as well just order it now.

03Leo 10-03-2006 05:27 PM

Pics of 2" skyjacker lift
 
Hi
It is thanks to advice from wonderful people in this forum that I got the lift I wanted. I know I could have probably bought it cheaper on ebay but I ordered it from Quadratec and had a local mechanic install it.
You are right, 31's will do fine. I just have to explore options on brands and types of tires based on recommendations from the forum as well. I want an aggresive looking set but good enough for highway/rain/snow driving. Here's a pic of the new lift (on a slope).
Thanks so much!

Scout 10-03-2006 06:17 PM

Slope? Heck that's offroading where I come from!

Looks great! CONGRATS!


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