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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Need Lift Kit recommendations...

Hi All,

I am installing a 4" lift kit on my sons '95 YJ.

I am thinking of buying one of these two kits which are within my budget...
4-Inch Lift Kit With Shocks 1987-1995 Jeep YJ Wrangler By Rugged Ridge

1987 - 1996 YJ Wrangler w/Power Steering 4" Suspension by Rough Country
Can anyone comment on either of these lift kits in terms of quality, etc?

Or are there any other suggested 4" lift kits for under $550?

Thanks for you comments and suggestions!

-Chris

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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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Save your Money and do it right. OME, RE, BDS...

Check out "Zone" sister co of BDS is the rumor...decent reviews..
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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #4
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I'd stay away from em, yes they will lift your rig, but you can invest your money in alot better equipment and give your son a much more reliable rig.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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The guys above summed it up. OME, BDS, and RE are the big three companies that make YJ lift springs that are worth a darn.

I tested out some Fabtech springs as well not too long ago and was pleasantly suprised at their quality compared to the BDS I had, roughly comparable but they don't carry the same no questions asked warranty.

IIRC Fabtech springs were roughly 80 bucks apiece, BDS run about 115/spring.

Avoid kits, piece together what you need (which isn't much on a YJ):
Springs, Shocks, bushings, and t-case drop if you're on a budget.

Notes (what to do to negate all the extra garbage thats in a kit that isn't needed):
1. Kill the track bars, they are 100% not necessary on a leaf sprung vehicle.
2. Sway bars are more of a personal opinion, you may choose to keep it depeding on your comfort level with your son's driving.
3. Extended brakelines aren't necessary, you can mod the stock ones to compensate for the lift

You can get into a BDS setup for roughly (it'll be a little more) what youre looking at if you do what I detailed above and have a set of the best springs on the market for a YJ and not have to worry about having springs that are going to sag out in a couple years.

Probably not the advice you were hoping for, but there is a reason the other companies equipment is so cheap.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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Go with bds!! Make a great product and the best warranty. The other thing that is nice about them is that they make it easy to order only components instead of the whole kit. Some companies do not let you do that.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #7
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Thanks, I really appreciate the responses!

Unfortunately there is no way I can go higher than $550 and I need to get a kit on the YJ now because we're down a car.

The jeep is down because my son trashed the old leafs. He snapped the 2" lift shackle on the drivers side. And one the front, passenger side he bent the longest, top leaf 90 degrees at the rear mount. The current leafs were total garbage and ancient.

@dillonjm The YJ developed nasty death wobble after my son decided to buy some used 35" tires and put them on the jeep. I ripped out all the steering components and installed all new parts. When I did that I removed the track bar but left the sway bar. It turned out the tie rod was bent and every ball joint was shot among other issues. The death wobble is solved and now I need to replace the suspension.

I got him a 3" body lift kit for Christmas to help with wheel clearance.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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Thanks, I really appreciate the responses!

Unfortunately there is no way I can go higher than $550 and I need to get a kit on the YJ now because we're down a car.

The jeep is down because my son trashed the old leafs. He snapped the 2" lift shackle on the drivers side. And one the front, passenger side he bent the longest, top leaf 90 degrees at the rear mount. The current leafs were total garbage and ancient.

@dillonjm The YJ developed nasty death wobble after my son decided to buy some used 35" tires and put them on the jeep. I ripped out all the steering components and installed all new parts. When I did that I removed the track bar but left the sway bar. It turned out the tie rod was bent and every ball joint was shot among other issues. The death wobble is solved and now I need to replace the suspension.

I got him a 3" body lift kit for Christmas to help with wheel clearance.
Sounds like you've got all the background stuff done and just need some springs/shocks/t-case drop then.

I priced some stuff out, maybe it will help you:

Fabtech Springs (2x: FTS44005 + 2x: FTS44006) through Amazon : $295.72
BDS shocks (2x: 55950 + 2x: 55955) through BDS-suspension.com: $189.28
T-case Drop: $31.95
Daystar Spring Bushings (2x KJ02007BK) through Amazon: $61.52

Total: $578.47

Doesn't account for shipping, but you can get free through Amazon and if you have a BDS dealer nearby they will ship free to them as well. You may also be able to put in cheaper shock as well, but honestly the BDS ones are reasonably priced and ride nice.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:34 PM   #9
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Superlift springs are another way to go. I run them and they flex well as well as ride better than stock. They are $60 on four wheel parts. I did my entire lift for under $350. Superlift springs, ford truck shocks via autozone, and a t-case drop. That's it. Your son will love it. If you want more info you can PM me, or just check out my build thread. \/
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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #10
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I cant speack on rugged ridge, but RC blows. I ran their stuff and yeah rough riding and springs sagged fast. BDS,Ome, RE have great reputations on here. This is just me but yeah check out stuff by Zone, I run their 4" springs they ride smooth, flex great after installaton.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 07:40 AM   #11
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...I priced some stuff out, maybe it will help you:
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@dillonjm wow... thank you for that!

The Jeep world is new to me so I am still trying to figure out the best places to buy parts and also the brands that have the best reputation.

Your post was an awesome help!

If I go this route, won't I need to a dropped pitman arm too?
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Superlift springs are another way to go... If you want more info you can PM me, or just check out my build thread. \/
@Carlos14 thanks for the ideas. I will check out your build thread.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 08:17 AM   #13
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@dillonjm wow... thank you for that!

The Jeep world is new to me so I am still trying to figure out the best places to buy parts and also the brands that have the best reputation.

Your post was an awesome help!

If I go this route, won't I need to a dropped pitman arm too?
Maybe, maybe not. Its not required but would probably help with bumpsteer
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