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I just bought my first jeep. Woohoo! Naturally, I want to put a lift kit on it. I want to do it right, of course, and ensure it is functionally sound for the inherent applications for which you buy jeeps.....cliff diving, rock climbing and grocery shopping, etc. I am in between both being poor and wanting a solid investment. I'm a little interested in the ReadyLift Kit due to keeping factory suspension and being able to put on some 35's, but am wary about spacer kits. Any thoughts or ideas on the situation would be appreciated.
 

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Welcome Clayday and congrats on the new Jeep..:beer:

Well the good news is, it doesn't take a whole lot to get those 35's up under the JKs. 2 to 3 inches will get you there or even a combination of suspension and body lifts. Most of the kits in that range are also very economical and can even be installed with minimal tools and skill level.

My suggestion is to just take your time and read several of the various lift threads that can be found here at JKO and then read up on the various vendors mentioned as everyone will offer up their own opinion and favored lift. Take me, I'm a Rock Krawler or Tereflex fan. However I'm also still considering AEV/Nth Degree's lift kits as my JK is being built more for Expedition style runs vs the Rock Crawler that my TJ was, as well as it is my daily driver.

So take your time, do some reading and ask any questions you may have, we may give ya shit for the dumb ones, but that's only cause we like to haze the newbies...but in the end we love to help all Jeepers new and old, so you will eventually get the answer you are looking for on the difficult stuff.

A good way to start is to use the search feature in the upper task bar (between "New posts" and "Quick Links") and enter "lift kits". That phrase alone will pull up all kinds of info to thumb through. Then when you think you have a better idea what you want, come back and post up, we're always up for sharing an opinion...though some of us are nicer about it than others....:laughing:

Again welcome to JKO..:beer:
 

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I've got flat fenders, 35" tires going on next Wednesday. No lift. Will do a leveling kit to correct rake. The advantage of this approach is it keeps the center of gravity lower and retains the stock suspension geometry.

Disadvantages are possibly less articulation than a lift solution and less break-over clearance.
 

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I think if you are looking for a solid investment I would recommend the Poly Performance Synergy Starter system. It is $715 and will give you enough lift for 35" (37" with flat fenders and a two-door).

I like the Poly kits because you can build onto them instead of replacing the kit if you need more capability. When I get my wife to okay the 35" tire purchase I will be going with Poly.
 

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I've got flat fenders, 35" tires going on next Wednesday. No lift. Will do a leveling kit to correct rake. The advantage of this approach is it keeps the center of gravity lower and retains the stock suspension geometry.

Disadvantages are possibly less articulation than a lift solution and less break-over clearance.
I was thinking of something like this too:

http://www.quadratec.com/products/16041_0001.htm

A local 4x4 shop recommended it to like you said, keep center of gravity low and retain the stock geometry. My JK currently has the stock 16" rims and 29" Wrangler STs, my plans are to go with the Readylift spacers and 32" GY Duratrac's on black 16" steel rims (procomps or blackrocks)...Rivercity offroad has really good prices...I just need the $$$, maybe this winter.
 

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damn loki, that brought a tear to my eye.

what he said is spot on, and don't shy away from a budget boost if that is what you can afford. i have put about 29,000 miles on my TeraFlex and have also wheeled it pretty hard and it is still going strong. although i am about to upgrade it has nothing to do with the lift except that i now want more than 2.5".

oh,,,
WELCOME to jkowners
 
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