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Old 07-16-2019, 10:30 PM
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It started as a budget build...

I did a lot of reading and second guessing myself on which lift kit to buy, particularly because I was on a limited budget and there are so many opinions out there. But most of the less expensive (intentionally not saying cheap) kits seemed to require add-ons that quickly pushed the prices up. I chose the Rancho 4" Sport kit with RS9000 shocks because, well it's Rancho, and it came with braided front brake lines, the adjustable front track bar and geometry brackets. I actually ordered this kit from one vendor, but was seriously let down with shipping and availability promises. I reached out to the Rancho rep here on the forum and he pointed me to Northridge4x4. They took care of me immediately and I had the kit in about a week. It came with great instructions and quality parts. I wasn't disappointed. Everything went together without a fuss in about 5 hours at my brother's shop. His lift certainly helped, but I feel like this could have been done in my driveway if I hadn't had the option. I had one snafu with one shock that was missing it's hardware. Customer service at Northridge had the parts to me within a couple days. The only caution I suggest is to do a thorough inventory of all parts as soon as it arrives in case anything is awry. I combined it with 315/70R17 BFG KO's on the factory wheels, 1.5" Spidertrax wheel spacers, Synergy adjustable rear sway bar links and a Rancho RS7000MT steering stabilizer and I couldn't be happier. My 2013 JKU is quite literally exactly as I wanted it from the day I bought it. Of course that will only last as long as my wife's memory about the money and time I spent before the next modification is underway... Thanks Rancho and Northridge!

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Old 07-17-2019, 09:44 AM   #2
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Welcome...great start to your build! Now that you have the bug, what other plans do you have in mind?

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Old 07-17-2019, 10:20 AM
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Welcome...great start to your build! Now that you have the bug, what other plans do you have in mind?

So I cheated on one spot since I don't have plans to be off the pavement for a little bit, unfortunately. I ordered the required exhaust crossover pipe and was ready to put it in the day we did the lift. However, when I looked at the flanges that have to be disconnected in order to cut and clamp in the new part I could see that the exhaust bolts are completely rusted to the point of them being smooth. I knew that meant what had been a smooth build would become disastrous quickly. So I am working on getting her to an exhaust shop to let someone who knows what they are doing get it right for me. I'll either have them cut in the part I have or just do it custom, whichever they think. I think in order of importance to me are exhaust, then bumpers with a bumper mounted tire carrier (I am a little worried about the long term effect of the larger tire even on the upgraded tire carrier I installed). I am sure the future will include wheels and a winch too. Hence why I titled the thread "It started as a budget build..." The lift, shocks and necessary add-ons were not super expensive, but life after lifting is sure to get there eventually.
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:09 PM
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Took her to a local exhaust shop this week. I already had the Rancho crossover pipe and they did a great job fitting it in for me. I'm sure the clamps would have worked if I had been brave enough to do the work in the driveway, but I do feel a little better knowing everything is welded in and fits up well. Plus, I didn't wreck anything that costs me more to replace. Haha. Gotta figure out what's next...
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Inspection month...swapping out likely failing marker lamps and removing fog lamps since one burned out. Got some plans for replacements already in the works. Fortunately swapped out brakes before the lift so should be good there. As always, fingers crossed.
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