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Is there anyone on here running their lift kits? I'm on the fence right now on a new lift for my '14 JKU sport. I've been looking at several kits but I just wanted some feedback on theirs from someone with experience. Thanks in advance.
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Mine (3" Premium plus) has been fine and havent had any issues with it. Have heard their customer service sucks but Ive never had to deal with them.
 

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I've run their 3" Ultimate suspension kit since 2007 on my JKU. Besides having to replace the bushings, the control arms are build to take a beating. has served me well over the years. Recently installed a RK Long Arm, as it was time to make a change.
 

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I scored a great deal on a 3" premium plus kit and now I need a set of shocks to go with it.
 

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I scored a great deal on a 3" premium plus kit and now I need a set of shocks to go with it.
I use Bilstiens 5100's on mine but they are stiff if I dont have a lot of stuff in the Jeep. For the normal loadout for going camping or wheeling they are nice. When these go bad I think I might might try the Rancho adjustables.
 

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I installed their 3" premium plus in 2012. I've slowly been phasing out their stuff I wasn't happy with, and their customer service left a bad taste with me.

I had all 4 of the 3/4" heims go bad in under a year and less than 5K miles (front and rear trackbar and front upper frame joints). I chalked it up to New England winters but the replacements I put in (bought somewhere else) have had no issues.

I bent their front trackbar at the clearance bend. I bent the rear trackbar where the tube is welded to the all-thread. I've since swapped the front. Still run the rear, though probably not for much longer.

The springs rode rough on a 2 door and gave me 1.5" more lift that I really wanted. I had ridden in other jeeps that rode a lot smoother with the same shocks and different springs. The free length wasn't anything impressive, they would unseat with pretty normal shock/bumpstop combos in the rear. The front would unload like crazy on steep clmibs but, again, light 2 door. I've since swapped those as well.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. It may not be exactly what I want to hear but I'm glad to get an honest review. I've already purchased to lift and really, it was one heck of a deal. Even if I have to change joints soon, I think I'll be ahead. I'm hoping that since it's a 4 door that the springs won't seem as stiff and the jeep won't sit too high and cause problems with the drive-shaft.
 

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Does anyone know of any specials on the Rancho RS9000's or Fox or maybe even the Bilstein's? I posted in a couple of vendor forums and I've yet to hear anything yet. My lift is here and I'd like to get a set so I can install.
 

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Most of the vendors are at SEMA this week so it might take a little longer to get a response. For shocks try sending a message to some of the usual suspects here on JKO.
 

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If you wheel your jeep at all, i would advice against the 9000's. You WILL break off the adjustment knobs in the rocks. Plus you will likely never adjust them anyway; you'll just pick a setting likely somewhere in the middle and leave them. I had the for a while, but have since switched to the 7000's and am much happier.
 

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I was in Lexington yesterday and stumbled across a Smokey Mountain truck accessories store and they gave me a good deal on some shocks, so I'm set now. I should get them in next week. Thanks for all the feedback on the kit and the shocks to all who responded, I appreciate the insight.
 

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Pro Tip!
Spin the shock body 180 and have the shock mount protect the knob. :)


If you wheel your jeep at all, i would advice against the 9000's. You WILL break off the adjustment knobs in the rocks. Plus you will likely never adjust them anyway; you'll just pick a setting likely somewhere in the middle and leave them. I had the for a while, but have since switched to the 7000's and am much happier.
 
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