Opinions on 2" lift for Expedition driving
Although a "newbie," I've spent many, many hours researching on this site (and the "other") about lift kits of different types/purposes/heights. Even after all this great education, here I am, soliciting some last minute advise before I push down the road of purchasing something in the near future.
Okay, here is the deal - living here in the Middle East, I've encountered a variety of terrain - desert, sabkha (look it up) and off-road trails into the mountains. I don't rock crawl, my trips are more expedition in nature (getting to the campsite!).
So, I haul a family of five, will be packing all of our gear in a (soon to arrive) Gobi Rack (courtesy of Tail Rated and Expedition Hardware!) and have noticed that the Rubicon, while more than capable of handling 99 percent of what I throw at it (frankly, the vehicle makes the driver look good) the rear stock springs do tend to sag under the weight of all the gear we pack/load out.
Clearance isn't an issue (yet) and I am satisfied with the "puny" 32 inch stock wheels, however I do want better/stiffer front and rear springs - possibly a progressive rate spring - to deal with our extended camping loads, etc.
Okay - enough background. What would be the best, then, to give my Rubi stiffer springs with moderate lift (frankly, don't want to have to purchase a host of additional suspension items to accommodate for lift) - Poly Performance Starter Kit, Stage 1, Stage 1.5? (remember, just want 2 inches - so does Poly lift height come in as advertised?)
Or should I look at OME 2 inch, MD/HD springs and shocks (although, everything I've seen suggests OME gives you more lift than adverstised!)
Is there something else (as good/better) then the two highlighted above?
And frankly, even with 2 inches, should I look at additional suspension items just to keep the JK tip top- plenty of opinions on this as well, but hey, why not ask again?
Appreciate the assist!
Last edited by SDPlissken; 11-28-2010 at 12:38 PM.