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Old 05-17-2012, 05:58 PM
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New lift suggestions.

I Am in the market for a new lift. I have a 2.5" skyjacker (springs & shocks, thats it) and im tired of the horrible ride.

Looking at the RC 4" X series. Any one running this on a 2 door?

Its looks great, has good reviews and the price is awesome!

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If a great ride is what you're looking for, I think you're going to have to move past Skyjacker and Rough Country. I'm not convinced either is as bad as their reputation suggests, but I've never heard anybody claim they're high performance/comfort suspensions--they're "bargain" products, and I would expect them to perform accordingly.

The cheapest thing you could try to improve your ride would probably be just swapping out your Skyjacker shocks for better ones. Old Man Emu, Bilstein, and Fox all review very well.

But if you want more height AND superior handling/comfort, you my friend are going to have to loosen up the purse strings. Rock Krawler, TeraFlex, Clayton, Full Traction, AEV, etc.

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Tire PSI is what I would ask myself first.

What are you running in your tires?

Next step. As MTH said, either ask yourself to spend a grand on a quality lift or think about replacing your current shocks.
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Clayton, Synergy, Rock Krawler- my top choices. AEV- for a great pavement ride but not as tough as the others for a lot of off-roading.
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Metalcloak. Check out their geometry! Go with OME shocks unless you have flat fenders.
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Metalcloak. Check out their geometry! Go with OME shocks unless you have flat fenders.
? Why is that?
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? Why is that?
I can't read JC's mind, but my guess would be that he's suggesting OMEs because they're a overland shock that doesn't allow for quite as much flex. The Metalcloak set up is big on flex, so he's recommending OME shocks to cut down on some of the flex unless you want to rub your fender flares.
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Rock Krawler 2.5" with Bilstein shocks. The progressive rate front springs along with the shocks will give a great street ride and will flex great on the trail.
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Don't go from Skyjacker to Rough Country. You'll go from crap to crap and be sorely disappointed. Look at Synergy, Rock Krawler or Teraflex first off. Also you sure you want a 4"? You'll need to upgrade driveshafts, control arms etc. And IMO will be over kill for 35's

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I can't read JC's mind, but my guess would be that he's suggesting OMEs because they're a overland shock that doesn't allow for quite as much flex. The Metalcloak set up is big on flex, so he's recommending OME shocks to cut down on some of the flex unless you want to rub your fender flares.
This is absolutely correct. The Metalcloak 6 pak shocks have a huge amount of travel, and a huge price 500 A PIECE! You don't want to buy them unless you can take full advantage, then by all means, go for it! But you will need flat fenders. Talk to these guys, they are forum sponsers. I just ordered my Metlacloak suspension and OME shocks (at their suggestion!!!) I can always add their shocks late as a simple bolt in, after I change my fenders.
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Don't go from Skyjacker to Rough Country. You'll go from crap to crap and be sorely disappointed. Look at Synergy, Rock Krawler or Teraflex first off. Also you sure you want a 4"? You'll need to upgrade driveshafts, control arms etc. And IMO will be over kill for 35's

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What is IMO?

I already replaced my rear drive shaft and would like adj control arms or long arms.
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I just put a 2.5" RC on my 2d JK, I got the one with the coil springs and LOVE it. Rides better than it did stock or maybe I just enjoy the ride better now, either way it was a pretty good deal for the funds I had although I've read a lot of mixed reviews on the RC I had no problems and it shipped quick. Let me know how awesome the 4" is compared to the 2.5"
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What is IMO?

I already replaced my rear drive shaft and would like adj control arms or long arms.
A 4" lift will make 35's look small if that is the tire you are wanting to run or are already running. If you are already planning on getting arms, then you are already ahead of the curve. Just my opinion though that the 35's will look out of place.

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I just put a 2.5" RC on my 2d JK, I got the one with the coil springs and LOVE it. Rides better than it did stock or maybe I just enjoy the ride better now, either way it was a pretty good deal for the funds I had although I've read a lot of mixed reviews on the RC I had no problems and it shipped quick. Let me know how awesome the 4" is compared to the 2.5"
Add some weight with aftermarket bumpers, tire carriers and armor, it'll be about a 1.5" lift in about a year or less.

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A 4" lift will make 35's look small if that is the tire you are wanting to run or are already running. If you are already planning on getting arms, then you are already ahead of the curve. Just my opinion though that the 35's will look out of place.

Add some weight with aftermarket bumpers, tire carriers and armor, it'll be about a 1.5" lift in about a year or less.

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I currently run 35's. My original plan was to get a long arm upgrade and new shocks. Which would run me roughly $2,500 (RK & bilsteen's) The RC 4" x series comes with all that (minus the long arms, it comes with adj arms) and 2 more inches of lift for $1200.

I know you "get what you pay for" but dam! Thats a hard decision. Im not on a super tight budget, i want to get a good product and still not spend a lot of my money though. I have other mods i want.

Why didn't i get a PT cruiser like my mom wanted me too?!?? Haha. Fuk that!!
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if you end up getting the rough country kit for 1200 you will probably end up taking that off as well and buying the long arm or other quality kits.

do it right the first time. it will save time and money.
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Are RC lifts that crappy?
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Are RC lifts that crappy?
I doubt they're as bad as their reputation would have you believe, but you said:

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I Am in the market for a new lift. I have a 2.5" skyjacker (springs & shocks, thats it) and im tired of the horrible ride.
If you are so dissatisfied with the ride of your 2.5" Skyjacker that you're willing to rip it out and put in a new lift, I'd be stunned if you're happy with the ride of a 4" Rough Country. It'll be taller, but I would not expect it to be a better ride.
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I have heard a lot of recommendations for the Rancho lifts, they have a shock and awe rebate of up to 500 if you do a lift and a shocks. They aren't as nice as rock krawler, but it still is a quality lift. A lot of the recommendations are for people who don't want to spend too much. I would look into it if I were you.
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I have heard a lot of recommendations for the Rancho lifts, they have a shock and awe rebate of up to 500 if you do a lift and a shocks. They aren't as nice as rock krawler, but it still is a quality lift. A lot of the recommendations are for people who don't want to spend too much. I would look into it if I were you.
Rancho is one i was looking at too. But so far RC is the cheapest with the most product. But again, thats kinda scary being so cheap. But with the $500 off that could be worth it. Im in no rush, but i want it meow!!! Too anxious.
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I am a fan of RC I have the lift your looking at and I have no complaints about it looks good rides great. IMO I would get it again.
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... Look at Synergy, Rock Krawler or Teraflex first off ...
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Clayton, Synergy, Rock Krawler- my top choices. ....
+3 on Synergy. I almost completely finished swapping out my original lift with synergy parts. Next Thursday, the last ProComp components (other than the adjustable UCAs and the springs and bump-stops) will hgave been replaced by the Synergy stuff. The synergy components (LCAs, draglinks, tie rods, and track bars) are adjustable, and you do not have to remove them to adjust them. Thus, I could buy 37s tomorrow, swap the springs out, and simply adjust all the Synergy components without taking them off and go up another 2-inches in lift (to 6-inches) and stilll keep the components on and maintain the ideal geometry.

I'm not saying anything bad about the lift kits or components from Clayton, Teraflex, Rock Krawler, which apparently are good and may be as good as, or somehow better than, the Synergy stuff. But, so far, I am so happy with the Synergy stuff that I can't see myself looking elswhere at this point.

All the components are adjustable, so someone who really knows what they're doing (I don't) can really optimally dial in the allignment.
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If you are even debating longarms and Rock Krawler and budget isn't an issue, go with the RK longarm...hands down! Which were you looking at 3.5" LA? Also note you will probably gain more than 3.5" of lift.

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Iv already re geared. Would i have to do it again with a bigger lift? Im staying w/ 35's. I dont wana do all the axel mods to it
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I'm running 3.73 with my 35s and its fine for me... just don't expect to be flying by people on the highway. but thats not what a jeep is for =)
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Iv already re geared. Would i have to do it again with a bigger lift? Im staying w/ 35's. I dont wana do all the axel mods to it
No you don't have to regear again

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No you don't have to regear again

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