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Old 04-01-2014, 04:14 PM
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Price of lifts

Why is there such a difference in lift prices?? What's the difference between a 500 and a 1500 dollar lift

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Quality, different types, components included. Taller lifts need more parts, Parts not always included in some kits.

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Old 04-01-2014, 04:22 PM
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If I want a lift just for looks (for now) would a "pro comp suspension 4 inch stage 1 lift kit with es9000 shocks" be a good lift?
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No way .... For "looks" all you really need is a budget boost or spacer lift. Avoid all the headaches a taller lift--which you don't need--can cause. I would rate Procomp at the bottom right next to Skyjacker. Just my opinion

Read through this thread. Hopefully will give you a good idea what you're up against.
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/ne...jk-298665.html

Then take a look in the "common questions" sticky thread above the tech area. Look through the lift threads,


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If you have a low budget go with 1-2" spacer lift not a coil lift. The cheap coil lifts that come with dozens of parts are a poor choice.
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Why is there such a difference in lift prices?? What's the difference between a 500 and a 1500 dollar lift
Why that's easy-----$1000 dollars silly!

Its been said above. sorry for the smart reply. I couldn't resist.
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Thanks for all the replies! It's not that I'm on a budget I was just wondering if there was how big of a difference the performance was in these lifts
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Just remember you get what you pay for in this world. Its a good fact for life. I am building my new Jeep for manly looks seeming how its my wife's daily driver I am hoping in a few years after she gets something else and its paid off I can slap some lockers in it and wheel it. But I think I am going to go with the Teraflex 3 inch lift. From what I've found is Teraflex coils ride better than a lot of cheaper brands. I've been told to do the budget bost where its a DD but I don't like spacer lifts. Went with the 3" over the 2.5" kit because 3 is bigger !! lol and I don't want tire rubbing issues and like I stated its for looks as well I want it to sit that extra half inch taller and not look like I am stuffing a tire in a fender well.
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What lift kit should I get that has everything I need? I want to know if there even is such a lift kit that I could buy where everything is included, (longer driveshaft, tracbar, etc.)
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What lift kit should I get that has everything I need? I want to know if there even is such a lift kit that I could buy where everything is included, (longer driveshaft, tracbar, etc.)
I would go for Rock Krawler stock mod with there triple rate springs (about $550) In addition you will need bump stops (maybe teraflex) and brake line relocation kit. And ($100) done
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I would go for Rock Krawler stock mod with there triple rate springs (about $550) In addition you will need bump stops (maybe teraflex) and brake line relocation kit. And ($100) done
I forgot you will need shocks..... In that case the next rock Krawler package up has bilstien's that come with the package..... And that's all for $999
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I would go for Rock Krawler stock mod with there triple rate springs (about $550) In addition you will need bump stops (maybe teraflex) and brake line relocation kit. And ($100) done
I just ordered one from Northridge yesterday. The kit was $599 and I added bump stops, rear coil wedges and spring retainers for the front and rear, that was another $130. Don't forget you get 10% off with the code wranglerforum and free shipping.

I already bought some Rancho 9000's for it from 4WD.com
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I just ordered one from Northridge yesterday. The kit was $599 and I added bump stops, rear coil wedges and spring retainers for the front and rear, that was another $130. Don't forget you get 10% off with the code wranglerforum and free shipping. I already bought some Rancho 9000's for it from 4WD.com
Can u tell me about coil wedges? And also spring retainers? Why did u need them?
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I just ordered one from Northridge yesterday. The kit was $599 and I added bump stops, rear coil wedges and spring retainers for the front and rear, that was another $130. Don't forget you get 10% off with the code wranglerforum and free shipping. I already bought some Rancho 9000's for it from 4WD.com
Can you tell me about coil wedges and spring retainers? What do they do??
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The coil wedges keep the springs from bowing and rubbing the rear trackbar.
The spring retainers keep the bottom of the coil from popping out under full articulation.
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The coil wedges keep the springs from bowing and rubbing the rear trackbar. The spring retainers keep the bottom of the coil from popping out under full articulation.
Thanks I didn't know that
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The coil wedges keep the springs from bowing and rubbing the rear trackbar. The spring retainers keep the bottom of the coil from popping out under full articulation.
What bump stops did u get?
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RK list bumpstop recommendations on their site. Look on top above the description on any lift kit.

OP... You won't need all that extra stuff with a budget boost. Coils are designed for weight. Yea you'll get better performance from them, but a good shock/bb will do that too. I'm talking on road. A simple TF bb with shock extensions or better yet ... New shocks.

There's a caster link in the lift thread.
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/je...ng-502001.html
This will mostly be on lift height. Again ... Bb shouldn't need caster correction (control arms/drop brackets)
Track bars won't be necessary either.

The Jk can fit a 33" without any lift at all. I know it looks good, but a full kit is not always the best choice.
The choice is totally up to you though. RK, TF, MC, Synergy, Currie, AEV, even RC is making strides. Many choices ... Choose wisely
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What lift kit should I get that has everything I need? I want to know if there even is such a lift kit that I could buy where everything is included, (longer driveshaft, tracbar, etc.)

I would take a couple months and read everything you can read on lifts, types, sizes, components, etc. Learn about all the different components and understand what each component does. Springs versus spacers, size of lift (lifts above 3" will require other changes such as new driveshafts, geometry correction, etc.) sway bar links, brake line brackets or extenders, shock extenders versus new shocks, which brand new shock, geometry correct brackets or adjustable control arms, adjustable front/rear track bars, rear track bar brackets, etc.

It will seem like a lot and overwhelming at first, but the more you research the more you'll understand and you'll be glad you did. Some lifts will provide the look, but ride terribly and kill the enjoyment of driving your Jeep. Choosing some components might prevent you from going with other components in the future. The more you learn before you make your purchase decision the happier you will be in the long run. I spent 12 months researching lifts and parts before I decided on my 2.5" TeraFlex lift, new shocks and an adjustable front track bar. Then five months later I added AEV geometry correction brackets to improve handling and ride.

Good luck, take your time, do your homework, and enjoy the mod bug / process.
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I am in the same boat as you Gecko. I have had my 14JK for about 3 weeks and I have been reading on all the lifts and what to get what not to get. And like you I am wanting at least a 3" and I want 35" tires. I have been looking at the RubiconExpress 3". I drive a police Tahoe as my daily driver and my JK is mostly for trips and where I live not many trails so it will spend more time on the highway then on the trail. I want the taller more aggressive look but not wearing out drive shafts bearings etc. I have heard 2.5-3" is the limit before having to change out drive shafts and a few other components. I am still researching.
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I spent 12 months researching lifts and parts before I decided on my 2.5" TeraFlex lift, new shocks and an adjustable front track bar. Then five months later I added AEV geometry correction brackets to improve handling and ride.

Not to steal the thread, but how do you like your AEV brackets with your Teraflex lift? I've been thinking about getting one with my lift and am debaiting on the AEV or the Ranch brackets.
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Not to steal the thread, but how do you like your AEV brackets with your Teraflex lift? I've been thinking about getting one with my lift and am debaiting on the AEV or the Ranch brackets.
I like them a lot. My handling and ride improved considerably once they were installed. One of the best modifications I've made so far. They make driving on the road much more enjoyable. So much so that I notice they are there each time I drive my Jeep.

I've never installed the Rancho brackets so I can't compare them, but from what I've read they provide similar ride and handling improvements. kjeeper10 has installed both so he could probably give you his impression of each. I like the design of the Rancho brackets better (more solid), but wasn't sure about the one size fits all aspect of the Rancho brackets when I bought the AEV. So far the AEV have worked well for me.
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The Rancho brackets are just more stout. No I have not out them through the ringer. Nor the AEV brackets. The design/welding is just awesome with the Rancho's. Install is a little easier. Drivability .. Not much of a difference. Caster angle was a little more with the AEV's (for me @ 3.5)
FYI the Rancho's do have only 1 hole. It's set around where the AEV 3.5" is.
With 2.5" of lift caster angle is a little more with the Rancho's (good thing) With my 3.5" coils caster is less (good thing because of driveshaft angle)

The lowest cost I've seen on the Rancho's is $127 well worth it IMO
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