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Question Soft-riding (2.5") lift kit???

I just bought a 2010 Unlimited Rubicon as a DD and love it. That said, I plan to lift it soon (probably 2.5") and go with 35's. I'd like to end up with a softer/smoother ride than the OEM. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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OME is known for a soft ride and they offer a 2.5" kit.
Skyjacker Hydros i have heard are very soft cushy shocks as well.....

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The lift I am going to use is a teraflex 2.5 lift ( full lift, no spacers or anything. New shocks and springs) and what from I have read and heard their lift is as almost as smooth as OEM.
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I would recommend if you are going with the Teraflex lift to go with at least the 3" instead of the 2.5" lift....the 3" lift actually measures out to almost 4" of lift. I knew someone who did a 2.5" lift and still didn't have enough clearance on the unlimited to go to through the same off-road areas as other unlimiteds with the 3-4" lifts. I had a 2 door with a Teraflex 2.5" spring/shock lift and sat higher than an unlimited with the Teraflex 2.5" lift and another unlimited with a Rubicon Express 3.5" lift.

Just my .02 worth.....I have the 3" Teraflex on my Rubi Unlimited and love it! No issues with clearing the same rigorous trails I went through with my 2 door....see BLUERUBI photo album to see some of the 2 door pictures and photo album under this name to see the 4 door pictures.

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Thanks guys. Good info.
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My advice is this: stay the HELL away from Rough Country- pure garbage.

That said, the shocks are going to be the biggest factor in ride comfort. Most of the springs will be around the same rate. Teraflex has rather smooth riding, softer shocks. I have had nothing but good dealings with them, and Carl is a big supporter on here, and will hook you up- Mark W.

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^ And by that, he means RC sucks Mark W.

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Here is a picture of our old 2 Door JK Rubi with a 2.5" Teraflex Coil/Shock lift next to a 4 DR Unlimited X with 3.5" Jeep Installed Mopar Lift (Rubicon Express stickers still on it). The 2 Door is the one on the right....4 door is the one on the left. As you can see you will be better off with a Teraflex 3-4" lift on the 4 door in order to get the same clearance as guys with the 2 Dr running less lift.

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Zone Offroad's 3" lift is a pretty soft 2.5" lift.

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one other thing is to cosider the load range on your tires.

The higher the load range, the stronger the sidewall, but it will cause rougher ride as a dd.

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I appreciate the guidance guys. I'll post some pix once I get it all installed. Thanks.
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one other thing is to cosider the load range on your tires.

The higher the load range, the stronger the sidewall, but it will cause rougher ride as a dd.

This is a very good point- higher load rating tires have more carcass plies, which adds weight, which will generally make a tire ride rougher. C range is fine for a JK, D at the most- E is for the big boys Mark W.

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He's right, get the 3" kit. But make sure you get Bilstien 5100 series shocks. Best ride I've heard of. Also make sure you get an adjustable Trackbar for the front and the drop down trackbar bracket in the rear.

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I have an 07 Rubicon, mostly stock, and want a 2.5 inch lift as well. How much lift will a 2.5 Teraflex lift give me? (approximately.) Is there a quality lift that stays in the 2.5 to 3 inch. Metal cloak and Rock Krawler lift a light 2 door to at least 3 inches up to 3.5. Thanks for any help!
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I'm really happy with my Teraflex 2.5" on my 2 Dr 2012 Rubi. Maybe it was my imagination but after I had it installed, I swear it both rode AND handled better. I figured those would be mutually exclusive. Must have the spring rates really dialed in or something.


EDIT:I didn't measure before & after so I'm not sure exactly what how far it lifted... Sorry.


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Why not look at Metalcloak? Sure they are a little more expansive than the competition but the end result is worth it. Research this company and don't look back.

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Bart, next time, run a search, and try not to piggyback on a thread that has been dead for over three and a half years, mate Mark W.

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Sorry about piggy backing on a dead thread, I didn't look at the date. This is my first time on a form and I did a search and this thread came up...
As far as Metalcloak, I'm running their lower front control arms and love them. My problem with their 2.5 lift is it will set my JK 3 - 3.5. I'm trying to stay lower.
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Here's our 2" Lift. It will net you between 2 and 3" depending on whether you have aftermarket bumpers, winch, full size spare, etc.
http://www.synergymfg.com/Synergy-Je...m-p-24296.html

This is keeping it simple. We also have a Stage 1 and Stage 1.5 if you are looking for a little more performance.

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Check out the Old Man Emu lifts- I've heard good things about their height ratings being pretty close to right on for a stockish JK- Mark W.

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I like OME and have had their kits on my YJ and Land Rover Disco. My problem is that the kits aren't cheap and don't include much.
I checked on the Synergy kit too. (Thanks Chris)
Thanks for all the help guys!!! I want to do this right the first time... It's hard enough talking my wife in to buying Jeep stuff, let alone buying it twice.
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Understood. Is your goal with keeping it ~2-3" to keep the center of gravity low?

Either way, I'm a huge fan of Rock Krawler. Their 2.5" kit with Bilstein shocks rides and handles far better than stock, and their abuse-proof warranty is where it's at. They also offer TONS of upgrades. They're great guys, besides, and will help you build EXACTLY what you're looking for- Mark W.

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Yeah, I want to keep it low and go with 34 to 35 inch tires. Also I'm keeping it as light as possible. I bought Nemesis aluminum sliders and want aluminum bumpers (money permitting). I'll look closer at Rock Krawler's stuff.
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i bought a set of OME coils used off of someone here.

ride is as good as (actually i think a tad better) than stock.

at 2.5", you dont NEED much more than coils to start with. if you're thinking a LCG lift and concentrating on flex... unless you're spending a ton of money on an all inclusive LCG kit, then you're gonna piece it together anyway. the OME coils are premium. personally, you can't beat the ride. (you get what you pay for)

then you can blow money on shocks and stuff.


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