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Old 03-19-2016, 06:17 PM
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Fist lift kit

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going to buy my first lift and I've read enough threads to understand that you have to put some decent money into the lift if you really want something of good quality. that being said ive allocated about $1000 towards my lift. However I know that's not a huge amount of money in the world of lift kits. I maybe wheel a dozen times a year and will be on beginner to intermediate trails with this lift. It's my DD and since I don't have a lot of $ throughout the year for repairs I don't go crazy on the trail but I do like some challenges out there. So I'm hopping what I've set aside for $ will be enough for a quality mid grade kit for weekend wheeling. I'm leaning towards rubicon express although they are on the high side of my budget and I am going to need things like sye and cv. I think from what I've read they are a pretty solid choice. Looking to go 3.5-4" I'm trying to stay away from skyjacker and the lower end kits. I'm on BFG 31x10.5 A/T's right now plan on going up to 33's when it's time for new tires. Thanks

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... I'm leaning towards rubicon express although they are on the high side of my budget and I am going to need things like sye and cv. I think from what I've read they are a pretty solid choice. Looking to go 3.5-4" I'm trying to stay away from skyjacker and the lower end kits. I'm on BFG 31x10.5 A/T's right now plan on going up to 33's when it's time for new tires. Thanks

Zone combo lift.

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Zone combo lift.
X2, buy a Zone 4.25 Combo lift and a Metalcloak adjustable front track bar and you will have a nice lift, no need for an sye, and will get change back from your $1000.
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:08 PM
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That's what I originally wanted but was having second thoughts about it for some reason. Any way I guess this clinches it. I'll go with the zone. Thanks and thanks for the tip on the track bar.
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2003 Sahara 4.0. Autu going to buy my first lift and I've read enough threads to understand that you have to put some decent money into the lift if you really want something of good quality. that being said ive allocated about $1000 towards my lift. However I know that's not a huge amount of money in the world of lift kits. I maybe wheel a dozen times a year and will be on beginner to intermediate trails with this lift. It's my DD and since I don't have a lot of $ throughout the year for repairs I don't go crazy on the trail but I do like some challenges out there. So I'm hopping what I've set aside for $ will be enough for a quality mid grade kit for weekend wheeling. I'm leaning towards rubicon express although they are on the high side of my budget and I am going to need things like sye and cv. I think from what I've read they are a pretty solid choice. Looking to go 3.5-4" I'm trying to stay away from skyjacker and the lower end kits. I'm on BFG 31x10.5 A/T's right now plan on going up to 33's when it's time for new tires. Thanks
I would disagree on the zone lift. I would say a budget boost lift, track bar relocation brackets, and a 1" body lift will be better for you. It wil keep a close to stock ride and allow you to run 33's for way cheaper than a zone lift and new tires and track bar.
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I would disagree on the zone lift. I would say a budget boost lift, track bar relocation brackets, and a 1" body lift will be better for you. It wil keep a close to stock ride and allow you to run 33's for way cheaper than a zone lift and new tires and track bar.
Personally, I would prefer the function of a true spring lift over spacers. Even on a daily driver, as mine is. The OP wants to wheel, so even more reason to go a little further than spacers.
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I would disagree on the zone lift. I would say a budget boost lift, track bar relocation brackets, and a 1" body lift will be better for you. It wil keep a close to stock ride and allow you to run 33's for way cheaper than a zone lift and new tires and track bar.
3" of lift is not ideal for 33's (without fender mods) if you run off road disconnected unless you use extra bumpstop to eliminate some up travel.
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What attracts you about the Rubicon Express? I thought that RE was a low end lift?

I do not understand lift kits, I mean, does it include a SYE and a CV drive shaft? Bump stops? Adjustable control arms? Gears? If not then the "kit" only has enough to convert your Jeep into a foul, unstable and difficult to live with beast.

You really cannot low end a 4 inch suspension lift and 3 inches is really not enough to take advantage of 33 inch tires so why bother with 33s? You could actually end up with a less capable Jeep because you would have to limit the suspension travel aggressively.

I guess I do not understand lifting to just shove big tires under it when to actually make use of the larger tires, all of that important stuff, the actual important stuff, goes undone.
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3" of lift is not ideal for 33's (without fender mods) if you run off road disconnected unless you use extra bumpstop to eliminate some up travel.
That's why I was originally thinking about a 3.5-4" RE but wanted to avoid the extra cost of SYE/CV right now. Also won't the 1.25 BL from the combo help with clearance issues a little more with the 33's.
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avoid the extra cost of SYE/CV right now
that upgrade also requires rear adj control arms.

one reason the zone 4.25" combo is so highly rated
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that upgrade also requires rear adj control arms.

one reason the zone 4.25" combo is so highly rated
Keeping in mind that there is nothing magical about the Zone kit. It is nothing more than 3" coils with a small body lift and MML. Zone is a smarter beginner's kit than most others, but anyone can piece together something similar and potentially better with a little effort.
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Keeping in mind that there is nothing magical about the Zone kit. It is nothing more than 3" coils with a body lift and MML. Zone is a smarter beginner's kit than most others, but anyone can piece together something similar with a little effort.
I agree with this, which is why I suggested a 2 in with a 1 in body lift. Wranglers are extremely capable stock, and this would enable a little more capability while retaining stock riding with minimal effort. If it is more of a daily driver, I would want to retain the ride and comfort with the option to go off-road. Also, this would save a lot of money, you can piece what you want together and upgrade later.

Personally, I'm doing a 2 in spacer with a JK shock mod. This is my daily driver and I wanted to keep ride quality.
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whos going to put it on if you have someone install it budget that money also
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I agree with this, which is why I suggested a 2 in with a 1 in body lift. Wranglers are extremely capable stock, and this would enable a little more capability while retaining stock riding with minimal effort. If it is more of a daily driver, I would want to retain the ride and comfort with the option to go off-road. Also, this would save a lot of money, you can piece what you want together and upgrade later.

Personally, I'm doing a 2 in spacer with a JK shock mod. This is my daily driver and I wanted to keep ride quality.
You suggested a budget boost which is different than a coil lift. I daily drive with 33's on OME coils, shocks and a small body lift. The ride is better than stock.

The OP said he has $1000 to spend. The logical upgrade from a BB is a proper coil lift like Zone. He is just skipping over BB.
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Another vote for the Zone Combo lift. I have the BB 2" Zone and I'm very happy with the Shocks and how they ride. (I stayed with the standard Hydro instead of the firmer Nitro) my next upgrade eventually will be 2" taller springs in the front and taking out the hockey pucks. I'm not going past a 31" tire however.

If you are more willing to "piece out" a kit and wanted a more level apperance you could do a 2" spacer in the rear, a 3" taller spring in the front, replace the shocks, and definitely stick with the Metal cloak track bar. You do lose a little flex in the back but you save some green and can invest that back into what you're doing.

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