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2018 Oscar Mike. Looking to to 33 inch tires 4.75 backspacing pro comp 69 wheels.

Looking for a lift, so many choices, I’m leaning toward a progressive sling for on road and off road ride. Teraflex seems a popular lift but non progressive spring?
Rubicon express? Rancho is only 2 inch.

Looking to stay at the $1000 mark.

Looking for solid advise and 2 door jk pictures.
 

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Rancho if you want to stay at the $1000 mark - higher lifts come with additional parts


Murchison looks interesting as well
 

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Aev 2.5 would be ideal
 
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Aev 2.5 would be ideal
Agree, AEV 2.5 would be a great choice.

I think that photo is when Jeff had the AEV 3.5 on...

Other great choices would be the Teraflex ST2 with Falcon shocks or the Mopar 2" kit.
 

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That is 2.5 but I still had stock bumpers and no back seat no skids yet so really light and right after I installed it so it looked taller. Was literally the week I got it.
 

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This is with bumpers, winch and skids.
 
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I've got a Rubicon Express 2.5" monotube lift. Added the geo brackets, brakeline relo brackets, and a terrorflex adjustable trackbar. Got it all from 4WheelParts during a superduper sale day for under a grand. They own Rubicon Express and can discount the heck out of it....

Not progressive coils but I never really liked progressives.... Some do though.
I run heavy and overland pulling a heavy teardrop. Works great for me.

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Don't toss out non-progressive spring lifts...

I have a good friend who's opinion I value highly tell me his shop always recommends TeraFlex 2.5" lift and 35s for most JK/JKU drivers/wheelers. These guys are actual wheelers and I trust their experience. Yes it is a single rate spring and that puts some people off. I used their recommendation and installed TeraFlex's 2.5" lift with their 9550 shocks. I ran them on my YJ for years and figure if I can handle that ride, they will not be bad on a JKU, and they are not. I also run a complete set of TeraFlex's Sport control arms, all 8. I found the arms on fb Market place for a great price.

You can find pros and cons to every lift on the market; you just have to find the one that 'speaks' to you at both a form and functional level; not to mention financial.

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I still like my RK 1.5, no sag in years. I think Jadmt had some sag on the 2.5
How much total lift did you get from the 1.5'?

I know the 2.5 from what i read gets 3 plus inches on 2 door.

I want to not go more that 2.5 total after install.
 

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How much lift you get really depends on the company you buy from. Many companies spec there lifts out based on fully equipped vehicles, i.e. winch, bumpers, skid, etc. You need to know what your final build is going to look like when deciding a lift height.
 

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How much total lift did you get from the 1.5'?

I know the 2.5 from what i read gets 3 plus inches on 2 door.

I want to not go more that 2.5 total after install.
Most every 2.5" lift will net you 3+ inches of lift unless you are heavy.
If you really want to keep it at 2.5" net or less, I would look at a few options.
There is the Rancho 2" progressive spring lift. It tends to net around 2.4" up front and around 1.5" in back, which levels out the Jeep. It is a basic lift, and lacks caster correction. You can add either the Rancho geometry brackets or a set of front lower arms (either fixed length like the TF Sport arms or adjustable). If you run the 2" front bump stop extensions I recommend you also add a set of 2" front shock extensions. Otherwise you loose too much travel, the front shocks in that kit are short. In my experience that kit rides great on the street, offering a nice controlled ride. But it was too stiff for my tastes off road. Others are good with the ride but for us it was too stiff off road. That may not be an issue if you upgrade to the version with the 9000 series shocks.
You could go with a TF 1.5" lift, which is basically their leveling springs with the parts required to turn it into a real lift. That lift, using the Falcon 3.1 shocks, would be really nice in my opinion. There are other brands that offer a 1.5" lift, but they are few and far between.
You can go with a spacer based lift kit. The one real advantage of a spacer lift is it lifts your Jeep the thickness of the spacer(s). So you get whatever lift you paid for, no more / no less. If you are happy with the current spring rate and would simply like it to ride higher, a spacer based lift can do that. One from TF, AEV, whomever. Most spacer based lifts are fairly budget oriented and would benefit from adding parts for caster correction and what not. We started with a spacer based lift, mainly because we did not know how high would be too high. It was a good gateway lift for us. Now we have the TF spacers sitting in a box, no longer used, as we have gone through a couple different variations of spring lift looking for the right set up. Hopefully the next lift version will be the last......
 

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Most every 2.5" lift will net you 3+ inches of lift unless you are heavy.
If you really want to keep it at 2.5" net or less, I would look at a few options.
There is the Rancho 2" progressive spring lift. It tends to net around 2.4" up front and around 1.5" in back, which levels out the Jeep. It is a basic lift, and lacks caster correction. You can add either the Rancho geometry brackets or a set of front lower arms (either fixed length like the TF Sport arms or adjustable). If you run the 2" front bump stop extensions I recommend you also add a set of 2" front shock extensions. Otherwise you loose too much travel, the front shocks in that kit are short. In my experience that kit rides great on the street, offering a nice controlled ride. But it was too stiff for my tastes off road. Others are good with the ride but for us it was too stiff off road. That may not be an issue if you upgrade to the version with the 9000 series shocks.
You could go with a TF 1.5" lift, which is basically their leveling springs with the parts required to turn it into a real lift. That lift, using the Falcon 3.1 shocks, would be really nice in my opinion. There are other brands that offer a 1.5" lift, but they are few and far between.
You can go with a spacer based lift kit. The one real advantage of a spacer lift is it lifts your Jeep the thickness of the spacer(s). So you get whatever lift you paid for, no more / no less. If you are happy with the current spring rate and would simply like it to ride higher, a spacer based lift can do that. One from TF, AEV, whomever. Most spacer based lifts are fairly budget oriented and would benefit from adding parts for caster correction and what not. We started with a spacer based lift, mainly because we did not know how high would be too high. It was a good gateway lift for us. Now we have the TF spacers sitting in a box, no longer used, as we have gone through a couple different variations of spring lift looking for the right set up. Hopefully the next lift version will be the last......
Thanks for the detail. The spacer lift is out. Want a spring lift.

What lift were you most happy with?
 

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Thanks for the detail. The spacer lift is out. Want a spring lift.

What lift were you most happy with?
Currently I am running a bit of a FrankenLift. Mopar 2" springs front and rear (which net us just over 3" up front and near 2" in back, a typical 2.5" spring), Rancho 5000 shocks (the previous OME shocks rode great with the Rancho 2" progressive springs, but I thought they were a little soft with the softer riding Mopar springs), 6 out of eight TF Alpine control arms, TF HD track bars front and rear, and the new Fusion 4x4 tie rod. I have TF brake line brackets front and rear, with stock lines. I also have a Steer Smart attenuator.
It rides well, the best yet so far. But I am going with an Evo King coil over kit next. Just waiting on them to show up. I could be happy with what I have now, but I like to tinker.
If the height is OK, the Mopar 2" lift is another great option. But like most 2.5" lifts you will get around 3 inches or more up front. If you want to keep it lower I would look at the TF ST1.5 with Falcon 3.1 shocks. But the shocks alone are just over a grand, and that might be too much to spend on a 1.5" lift. For a more budget friendly low lift I would go with the Rancho 2" with the 9000 shocks.
If you had a JKU you could go with a 2.5" lift for a JK, but if you have a JK that isn't an option.
 

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I got around 2 " up front on an unlimited, I bet the 1.5 RK would serve you well on a JK. I have steel bumpers, winch, bumper mounted swing tire carrier and rag top. You wouldn't have to worry about Falcon shocks, Ranchos will work, I got 9000s but the 5000s got good reviews
 

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I got around 2 " up front on an unlimited, I bet the 1.5 RK would serve you well on a JK. I have steel bumpers, winch, bumper mounted swing tire carrier and rag top. You wouldn't have to worry about Falcon shocks, Ranchos will work, I got 9000s but the 5000s got good reviews
Hard time finding the 1.5 RK kit
 

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I got around 2 " up front on an unlimited, I bet the 1.5 RK would serve you well on a JK. I have steel bumpers, winch, bumper mounted swing tire carrier and rag top. You wouldn't have to worry about Falcon shocks, Ranchos will work, I got 9000s but the 5000s got good reviews
Everything keeps leading back to Rancho kit for some reason.

TF will be over 2.5, RK 2.5 will be over 2.5........
 

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I'm sorry, I didn't actually buy a kit, Got the front and rear springs, then rear brake line relocation brackets, a parking brake drop bracket, wedge shims to keep rears from bowing, a Teraflex track bar relocation bracket for the axle, Rancho 9000 shocks, removed front brake line brackets and wire tie to shocks, homemade bumpstops, 1 1/4" square tubing for rear, hockey puck for front. Extended rear sway bar links by cutting in half and welding them in a 3/8 pipe to extend them, bought some discos for front. front and rear adj track bars, then some fixed lower control arms in front to help caster. You don't have to do it all at once, I really just started with springs
 
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