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Old 11-29-2015, 02:23 PM
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New 2016 JKU- ready to build

I want to stick under $2000 for a suspension including labor that will nicely hold 35" shoes. My driving between my wife and I will be 95% on road and will see light Michigan trails from time to time- including the sand dunes.

I've been looking at Teraflex and Rock Krawlers 2.5", 3" and 3.5". I do like the look of a taller JKU and I do plan on putting on Poison Spyder bumpers with the tire carrier. Now my questions are with this additional weight in mind:

1. What will be great safe setup on the road for my budget on the suspension of $2k.

2. At what height will I be risking my driveline components? What is a safe height to not need to modify any drivetrain parts?

I appreciate the help and it's nice owning a jeep again. I had a 99 TJ that I sold back in 07 that I had during high school and college. I had a 4" Full traction setup on 33's.

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Old 11-29-2015, 07:12 PM   #2
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If you want to stay away from possibly wanting control arms, steering bits, track bars etc. etc., then simply get some flat fenders and throw the 35's on it.
If you really want to lift on a budget, then do a budget boost (spacers and extensions) because if you really want it to drive proper, even at 2.5" lift you will be doing control arms, drive shafts, and track bars... and with $2k to spend, for your intended use, all the stuff no one mentions will go further for you than the extra 2" of flex (when disconnected).

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Old 11-29-2015, 07:19 PM   #3
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For a sub $2000 packaged, install it and forget it lift, I really like the Mopar lifts. They use quality components and are more complete then most.

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Interesting, I thought $2k would put me up in the best 2.5" systems. I don't want any cheap spacer kits
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I've got over $3000 into my suspension and I'm just getting started. My shocks alone were $900 and they are upper middle class quality. High end shocks are over $1000 each.

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Old 11-29-2015, 10:06 PM   #6
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@BillyJKU 2.5 RK Max travel with bilsteins from Northridge4x4.
It comes with triple rate coils, new Krawler joints, and pro flex joints. All recently released.
Front LCA for caster, front trackbar, rear tb bracket, and rear LCA to center wheelbase. It's perfect for a 4dr.
Grab some grade 8 bolts, and an exhaust spacer and your still under 2k.

Cheaper? the new RE 2.5 kit (revised coils) and rebranded/retuned bilstein shocks. Add a geometry bracket, grade 8 bolts, exhaust spacer, and rear brake line extension (the fronts are ok). All for about 1k.
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Thanks for this! This kind of package is what I was really referring to- not a cheapy budget boost that the others were mentioning above and Spending $1k on one shock is way over board for my kind of driving lol.

Is this the kit you were referring to?

http://www.northridge4x4.com/suspens...r-jk15mt-4kit?
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If you are open, I have been researching extensively and the two that comes to mind is the Mopar 2" lift (which nets closer to 2.5-3") and the JKS JSpec 2.5 lift...

They are almost similar, but by no means complete.

The Mopar kit needs at least a new track bar for the front and caster correction.

The JKS kit needs something to correct Drive Shaft / Exhaust clearance, which is addressed by a new DS for the Mopar Kit. The JKS kit needs new rear sway links which is no big deal, they are cheap. The JKS kit also needs caster correction.

The caster correction for the front is done by fixed lower control arms for a 2.5 lift or geometry correction brackets by many vendors, one of the most popular ones to use is the AEV ones...
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So much for 2.5" lift. Just get 2.5" lift kit from most reputable companies like Teraflex, Rock Krawler, Rubicon Express and etc. You don't need to do anyth with drivetrain. No need for new driveshafts, no control arms, no track bars. Then install 35" tires. Finally use AEV Procal to adjust speedo and see if you need to regear down the road. You can always do it later. For suspension, you will be fine under $1,000. Use another thousand for regear if you ever decide you want one.

Sure its nice to center axles with adj trackbars and caster with control arms, but that really requires on lifts above 3.5"-4".
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Correct me if im wrong, im no expert by any means but from the sounds of how you will be driving your jeep, whats wrong with a spacer lift? Your not doing any extreme rock crawling or anything and the spacer kit will get you the lift look that you want. I just picked up a rough country 2.5" spacer lift kit for $80.. Keep in mind too from 2012 to 2016 you will need to install exhaust spacers when you do your lift or your drive train will hit your exhaust. From my research, this kit i picked up wont require any additional adjustments, yes i should get new track bars, eventually i will but its not 100% necessary. Why not save money and get a cheap budget boost spacer lift. Maybe even upgrade your shocks, buy an adjustable track bar and your golden all for under $1k. Use that left over money in wheels and tires or some nice after market bumpers and a winch? (If thats what you like). This isnt my build, not anyone elses build, this is YOUR build, if you dont want a spacer lift then thats your personal preference my man, you can easily get a good lift with all necessary parts to make it 100%. Best of luck to ya. Let us see what ya do.
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^^^ I think these are good points.
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^^^ I think these are good points.
Those are good points. However- I think I'd like to having something that is capable of more just in case. Plus- the looks of aftermarket shocks, lower arms, etc look appealing and more tougher to the eye. I just sold my 2015 600HP Camaro for the jeep so I have a bit of play money to throw into it. I could do a lot to my jeep but I'm just throwing $2k for a budget to start of with as a starting point. I will be taking my cars and probably my jeep to local car shows and stuff I'd like to show off goo flexing poses.

Don't be a hater but I'll be doing 20" rockstars with my 35"s. I'm the type that likes looks than getting dirty lol
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I personally have no experience with Rough Country but everywhere I've been seeing says they sag after a short time. I don't think I want to chance that when I have plans for heavier bumpers.
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Am I seeing it right that they are combining Rock Krawler with Teraflex???
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Am I seeing it right that they are combining Rock Krawler with Teraflex???
Yes, many kits need a few additional items to be done right. This is common with RK lifts.

Here is another set up that I would take a hard look at based on what you described:

Teraflex 1151200 - TeraFlex 3" Lift Kit without Shocks for 07-16 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Add caster correction:

AEV Conversions NTH20410AD - AEV Geometry Correction Front Control Arm Brackets for 07-16 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

A front track bar to center the axle:

Superlift Suspension 5770 - Superlift Re-Flex Adjustable Front Track Bar for 07-16 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with 2-6" Lift - Quadratec

And shocks:

Rancho RS55329
Rancho RS55330

3" lift which is excellent for 35's and premium parts. Geometry correction makes for a fantastic driver... Around $1400 in parts.
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Am I seeing it right that they are combining Rock Krawler with Teraflex???
You really dont need rear lowers. The RK flex kit will save you some money.
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This was actually my initial thought to buy and then add Fox 2.0 shocks. With this kits and the fox 2.0 shocks should I be set to go or would there be anything else I need to make it driveable?
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I think if you are really looking for a well sorted rig for daily driving and shows, you need to pony up a bunch more of that Z28 money.
I would also caution you against running "solid" joint control arms.
Also, If you really like the look of 3.5" (which I agree looks awesome on a 4dr) then you are into upper arms, drivshafts and steering linkage bits.

I mean, you are already talked into spending nearly all of that $2k, and still have to shell out for labor. Since you have the coin, do it once and do it right.

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