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.
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.
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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