Skyjacker 8" Rock Ready Lift. Good for rock crawling or not? -

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post #1 of 11 Old 08-03-2008, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Skyjacker 8" Rock Ready Lift. Good for rock crawling or not?

I am looking to sale my 99 TJ rock crawler and pick up a 2001 Cherokee rock crawler. The wife is pregnant and I need the four dours for the car seat. The jeep I am looking at has an 8" Skyjacker Rock Ready lift on it. The lift new has a msrp value of over $3,000. Is this a quality lift for rock crawling or is it expensive just because it looks cool? I am well educated with Rubicon Express and Teraflex but I know little about this rock ready lift. Does it have good flex? If you have one I would love some feed back before I buy this Cherokee.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-03-2008, 07:18 PM
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They tend to suck.The hiems they use are junk.If its the old version with the bolt on cradle that goes over the pumpkin ,it comes loose all the time.It tends to have more negative then positive .
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First of all, the "rock ready" is just what Skyjacker calls it. There is nothing about that kit that is more "rock ready" than a different lift. Most people generally avoid skyjacker since there products tend to look better than they preform, which is not at all helpful.

To run 8" of lift for a rock crawler is somewhat contradictory, since it will mostly just raise your COG. If you can do 35" tires with a 4.5 or 5.5" long arm lift, why not do that? And if you really want 8" of lift I would look for full coil over lift kits, axle swaps and all that fun stuff.
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What I want to know is a cherokee with 8" of lift more practical for the future kid than the TJ?
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-04-2008, 08:48 AM
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What I want to know is a cherokee with 8" of lift more practical for the future kid than the TJ?
Cheaper and easier to lower the XJ, than to lengthen a TJ and add a second set of doors.

Regarding that suspension lift, I completely agree with Wil Badger's post.

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I bet the wife is looking forward to climbing into that beast with 8" on it.

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Thanks for the info.

All of the info you guys provided was very helpful. I think I am going to refrain from puchasing the 01 with the skyjacker lift. The right cherokee will come along soon. I hope!
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I see what your angle is.. You tell your wife "it's more practical because it has 4 doors", but what will really happen is she won't want to climb into a vehicle that is 12" higher than stock and you'll end up taking her car!!

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8" of lift is too much unless you are from florida and play mainly in mud or you plan on running 39s or so.

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If you've got 8" money I'd say just hold onto your tj and get a stocker or mildly mod'd xj for hauling the kids... I'm sure the xj could tow the tj if you don't want to insure two cars

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