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post #1 of 11 Old 04-13-2015, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Best bang for buck $400-600 budget 2-3 lift system for a JK 4 door?

Best bang for buck $400-600 budget 2-3 lift system for a JK 4 door.

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Budget: up to $600
Driving\Wheeling style on this Jeep: This will be mainly a daily driver, so street manners are a must. Camping to mild wheeling type Jeep, no major rock crawling (I have another built rig that likes an abusive relationship for that) Plans for the rig are to keep a max of 35 tires (currently on the Jeep). I also like the low COG approach.

I am pretty sure this has been discussed in the past, but wanted to verify a good lift. I am trying to keep the budget in the up to $600 for the Jeep, and must include new coils and shocks. My future plans (not short term) are to upgrade everything, you know the drill, bigger axles, tires, long arms, etc etc etc.

I am currently leaning towards Rubicon Express as I have run their stuff on several rigs in the past. I love RK and other lifts out there but that will blow budget.

Rubicon Express 2.5" Suspension Lift Kit with Monotube Shocks


Appreciate ideas and recommendations, thanks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-13-2015, 01:00 PM
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save another few dollars and go with Rock Krawler 2.5" stock mod. ~$500 via Northridge and add Rancho 5000X shocks about $120 after rebate. Pick up a set of rear stock sway bar links to throw up front for $15 or so and make some bumpstops with 4 hockey pucks about $8. better off to spend a little more and enjoy the heck out of it then save $50 and not.
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Great info thanks! Adding another option to the mix, how about this RE kit (taller 3.5"), but has some great extras for not much more with mono tube shocks? I am factoring in a slightly taller lift as I am planning to add bumpers, winch, rocker and undercarriage protection what should add to the weight and bring the Jeep down some...

http://www.4wd.com/Jeep-Lift-Kits-Je...n=R%2fERE7142T

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-13-2015, 02:31 PM
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I'll second the 2.5 Stock Mod. We offer it with Bislteins for $825 shipped, but we also have other shock options as well. Rancho RS9000s are just under $300 right now with the rebate, and as JADMT said, you can get other options even cheaper during their sale.

The Rubicon Express system is not a bad lift at all, but you really need to address control arms at 3.5" of lift. At the very least get a set of adjustable front lowers or some control arm drop brackets.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Marcus thanks and great point as well. Yep as far as max height I am trying to stay low, but wnat to accomodae a bit for the extra weight of add ons. I run about 2" of lift on my TJ with 42's so am spoiled with the low COG approach

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The RK stock mod is a great option. Also consider the TF 2.5 with out shocks plus the 9000XLs or the RE 2.5 would be my third or fourth choice.
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What is your current setup?

07' Stone White Unlimited 3" Lift on 37's
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-14-2015, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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The current setup is stock suspension (no lift) with 35's. I am leaning towards pulling the trigger on the RK setup, and possibly trimming the JK stock flares. Anyone knows off hand the compressed and extended length of a JK shock?

I took the Jeep to test out clearance with 35's and no lift (I was running a different set of 35's until this weekend):





oh oh:



sawzall it off:



mallcrawler status: READY!



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non rubicon is 14/21.9 front and 14.5/22.5 rear
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For what you are describing I would keep the stock suspension and just trim the fenders.
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Thanks, but the stock suspension is pretty sucky as is. The Jeep will be wheeled, beyond the mall, so definitely need to improve it beyond just the stance and clearing the tires. I already have a TJ that lives an abusive relationship, but sadly street manners are not her thing anymore



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