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Gruf 11-09-2010 08:11 AM

Coil lift VS coil spacers
 
Alright, I have a 2door sport. I have been running stock for this summer. My original plan was to run my stock tires until they were done, but I just cant wait that long. So come spring I want to upgrade my tires to 33 downgrade my rims to 15 and get some good off-road tires. If I am doing this I want to get a small lift. Something like 2 3. I know this is a while away, but I want to start thinking now. I have been going back and forth between getting a 2 coil spacer lift, or getting a 2.5 lift w/ new coils.

This is my daily driver, but I do wheel with it. I like the idea of the 2.5 lift due to the extra flex potential.

I am coming here to ask your thoughts. Which would you suggest, and advantages and disadvantages of both.

InfernoGirl 11-09-2010 08:41 AM

Springs are preferred over pucks. They allow more flexibility, and a smoother ride. Spacers are ok, but you'll likely want to upgrade down the road, and rather than spend the money twice, it's better (more frugal) to do it right the first time.

ncossey 11-09-2010 09:11 AM

I have spacers, and i wish i would have spent the extra change and bought a real lift.

yomondo 11-09-2010 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Gruf (Post 866853)
My original plan was to run my stock tires until they were done, but I just cant wait that long.

I know what you mean. That was my plan too, but it's been over a year and a half and there's still plenty of tread left on my stockers, and I'm getting really impatient.

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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl (Post 866898)
Spacers are ok, but you'll likely want to upgrade down the road, and rather than spend the money twice, it's better (more frugal) to do it right the first time.

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Originally Posted by ncossey (Post 866936)
I have spacers, and i wish i would have spent the extra change and bought a real lift.

I agree with both of these comments. I started out with the spacers and a few months later upgraded to the coil lift.

Currently I have a 2.5" coil lift, and often I wonder if I should have gone with the 3". Something else to think about.

moscoeb 11-09-2010 10:19 AM

Spacers are cheap, great for instant gratification! Easy to put on and look decent However, you do get what you pay for. Less flex, not quite as high a lift.
The new coils are more expensive, bit you can choose different stiffness to fit your specific needs. They usually come with quick discos, you can get better shocks, and just overall better quality.

Depends on your wants and needs. I chose the spacers so I could put my money towards other things such as belly armor, tires, winch, etc. Now down the road, I will eventually upgrade to a full spring lift.

ParaCAD 11-09-2010 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by yomondo (Post 867026)

Currently I have a 2.5" coil lift, and often I wonder if I should have gone with the 3". Something else to think about.


Did you go to different shocks. Or will the stock shocks work fine with the 2.5" coils?

If you did upgrade..what to?

:hijacked: <----sorry..lol

yomondo 11-09-2010 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by ParaCAD (Post 867047)
Did you go to different shocks. Or will the stock shocks work fine with the 2.5" coils?

If you did upgrade..what to?

I started out with the TeraFlex 2.5" budget boost with shock adapters. Two reasons I went with shock adapters instead of the longer TeraFlex shocks are:
  1. I heard that with the longer shocks on the 2-door auto, people have reported problems with the front driveshaft scraping on the tranny skid. I didn't want to have to hassle with cutting a notch into my tranny skid, so I went with the stock shocks with shock adapters to intentionally limit downward travel to avoid this interference.
  2. The TereFlex sales rep told me that their shocks are comparable in ride and quality to the stock Rubicon shocks, so I figured I'd save the money and stay with my stock shocks.
After hearing that the stock coils won't hold up well to the added weight of aftermarket bumpers, winch, etc., I upgraded to the TeraFlex 2.5" coils, purchased separately (not as part of a whole new kit). Now after installing a heavy rear bumper/tire carrier/trail rack/jerry can holders, and losing more height, I'm wondering if the 3" coil lift would have been a better choice in the beginning. For now I just added 1" rear coil spacers to regain the lost height from all the newly added weight in the rear (about 280 lbs).

thaduke2003 11-09-2010 10:48 AM

2.5" is more than enough to flex fully on 33's. I will never recommend spacer lifts to anyone who plans to actually off-road. While the stock springs will flex much better than most folks would believe, spacers are a half-assed measure. They will wear out the stock springs more quickly, while new coil springs are USUALLY covered under a new manufacturer's warranty.

Stock shocks will NOT work without extensions for a 2.5" lift. You'll SEVERELY limit your travel with stock shocks.

Next up, beware Rough Country stuff- I know, they're so cheap! For a damn good reason- they're junk. Get the Old Man Emu 2" spring/shock package, and you'll thank me later :) Mark W.

ChaseRedJK 11-09-2010 11:28 AM

I have spacers and shocks 2" I would recommend doing this. The reason I went with a budget boost for now is because I wanted my jeep to be lifted but only wanted 33's for gas mileage reasons.. so why pay extra for springs and shocks when I'm only doing a 2" lift. Ill save my money for my four inch when i can afford to roll around on 35s. Youll have plenty of travel.. spacers will do just fine.

JRickW 11-09-2010 01:24 PM

I have read don't do a BB if you really wheel. It seems to me that a BB will not change the total amount of suspension travel. It just shifts what travel you have down by the lift height. Right?

So, if I am happy with the articulation, are there other reasons why a budget boost is not good for wheel'n? In my case I just want a little more clearance over the rocks I tend to climb on.

ParaCAD 11-09-2010 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by yomondo (Post 867075)
I started out with the TeraFlex 2.5" budget boost with shock adapters. Two reasons I went with shock adapters instead of the longer TeraFlex shocks are:
  1. I heard that with the longer shocks on the 2-door auto, people have reported problems with the front driveshaft scraping on the tranny skid. I didn't want to have to hassle with cutting a notch into my tranny skid, so I went with the stock shocks with shock adapters to intentionally limit downward travel to avoid this interference.
  2. The TereFlex sales rep told me that their shocks are comparable in ride and quality to the stock Rubicon shocks, so I figured I'd save the money and stay with my stock shocks.
After hearing that the stock coils won't hold up well to the added weight of aftermarket bumpers, winch, etc., I upgraded to the TeraFlex 2.5" coils, purchased separately (not as part of a whole new kit). Now after installing a heavy rear bumper/tire carrier/trail rack/jerry can holders, and losing more height, I'm wondering if the 3" coil lift would have been a better choice in the beginning. For now I just added 1" rear coil spacers to regain the lost height from all the newly added weight in the rear (about 280 lbs).


Thanks for your input!:punk:

yomondo 11-09-2010 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by JRickW (Post 867306)
I have read don't do a BB if you really wheel. It seems to me that a BB will not change the total amount of suspension travel. It just shifts what travel you have down by the lift height. Right?

So, if I am happy with the articulation, are there other reasons why a budget boost is not good for wheel'n? In my case I just want a little more clearance over the rocks I tend to climb on.

A budget boost does do a lot to get your belly off the ground, which was a big deal to me initially, but if you really wheel you're likely to want something more very quickly, so might as well start with something more if you can afford it.

Gruf 11-09-2010 05:35 PM

Well as long as I got this thread open. If I do go with a 2.5" lift (which I probably will) I know that it will probably become more like 3". Now keeping in mind I will be getting 33's. Will this big of my lift look right. I don't want my tires to look to small for my jeep.

InfernoGirl 11-09-2010 06:59 PM

Should look ok. :)

yomondo 11-10-2010 12:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Gruf (Post 867679)
Well as long as I got this thread open. If I do go with a 2.5" lift (which I probably will) I know that it will probably become more like 3". Now keeping in mind I will be getting 33's. Will this big of my lift look right. I don't want my tires to look to small for my jeep.

I have the 2.5" coil lift with the stock Rubi 32" tires, and I think they look a tad small (but not bad). 33's will probably look perfect.

JIMBOX 11-10-2010 08:35 AM

:cool: Thats gonna depend entirely on the wheel/tire make !!

Some tires are nowhere near 33" and if you put that with wild wheels--looks anemic


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Originally Posted by Gruf (Post 867679)
Well as long as I got this thread open. If I do go with a 2.5" lift (which I probably will) I know that it will probably become more like 3". Now keeping in mind I will be getting 33's. Will this big of my lift look right. I don't want my tires to look to small for my jeep.

Get some aggressive looking 33" tires and the 2.5" lift is fine. mine looks pretty balanced !!

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

ChaseRedJK 11-10-2010 01:59 PM

The first day i had my 2" lift I stood back and thought wow now i need bigger tires lol but now when i look at it it looks good. I wouldnt do any more than 2" with 33s... 3" gets u 35s


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