If you start going too tall you'd want a new steering system upgrade or whatever it is I think... plus sye or tcase drop, I'm sure there is a lot of small things that they don't mention, usually the way it goes.
my SOA only needed new spring perches ,shocks, and a drop pitman arm for the steering. Do not have to go to SYE if you roll your pumpkin up to get the correct angle for the ujoints . Will also need to lenghten the rear driveshaft. I still have this to do, but callled a lace here in town, and its only $150 to lenghten and rebalance.
Inexpensive and good is relative to the final need of the jeep. Only your budget and driving needs can determine the best option for you. Mud-body lift, shackles, add-a-leaf, or rough country. Rocks-not cheap! I recommend rubicon express and teraflex revolvers. Mall-body lift or rough country. Trail-rubicon express or custom leaf packs.
SOA is a relatively inexpensive process, unless you do it properly. To properly do it, you need the new perches, brake lines, transfer case drop or sye, high steer kit, and a few miscellaneous brackets and parts. For what you will spend, you can get a good lift from rubicon express or teraflex.
I've heard plenty of people down-talk Rough Country's stuff, in past year I've joined a few local forums, (central NY), and I have only heard of 1 person destroying a leaf spring, the shocks for the 4" lift are a limitting factor and don't allow spring to fully droop, and the springs are not insanely heavy duty. If you offroad maybe once or twice a week and you don't get crazy stupid heavy on the skinny pedal I feel RC is quality enough to last through that, realize I got 6" of lift from just the suspension, but I'm sure in a month it will settle about an inch. I go through a lot with what little I've done to my jeep... If you want to rock crawl and want good flex, I will agree teraflex would be best. (I don't know much about rubicon express, I'm sure they're better than RC). But for the price of $450, Rough Country is great. Just might need new shocks for more travel down the road.
Installed a rough country lift on mine a year ago. I noticed last week i had a sagging rear spring, Not to worry though i filled out a warranty claim on the rough country website and in less than 1 hour i had a e-mail confirmation that they had shipped it out! And i got it the next day no questions asked! Cant beat lifetime warranty.
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