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Unread 07-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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Who are the top lift manufacturers these days?

Hey Guys,
When I bought my lift a few years ago, BDS and Rubicon Express.

I am thinking about re-doing my lift to go from 2.5" to 4". I also want to ditch the lift shackles (I've never been happy with altering the caster).

Are BDS and RE still the top two vendors? The RE standard duty kit looks nice, but it comes with shocks (which I don't need). Most of the BDS kits require shackles due to the military wrap.

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Unread 07-27-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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RE, OME, BDS, and Skyjacker all make an ok boxed lift.
EDIT: i forgot procomp.
however...
yj's are pretty forgiving as far as getting bigger tires under without outrageous lift.
the money you spend to upgrade your lift, added to the money essentially wasted on a lift that you will only get pennies on selling used can be avoided.
if it were me...
i would leave the lift you have on the jeep.
trim the crap out of the rear fenders and get a set of used TJ Rubicon/columbia flares.
either hiline the front with TJ flares or, drop a huge chunk on some metalcloaks.

another option is a simple spring over with no trimming necessary when you add in your 2.5" lift you will have plenty of room for flex.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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i was running 32" bfg at's with the metalcloak front arched fenders and copious trimming to the rear with TJ Rubicon/columbia flares on sagged/wrapped stock springs.

add in your 2.5" lift, maybe 1/2" shackles and a 1" prothane body mounts (not a separate puck like most body lifts) and your up on 35"s with plenty of room.

1/2" shackles... $60
used TJ Rubi/columbia flares ... i got mine for $50
prothane 1" body mounts... $150
hiline the front... essentially free aside from the cost of a few grinding disks, sawzall blades, painters tape, a marker, and some electricity to run a drill and other power tools.


front metalcloaks... $900
soa... $500 (or there abouts)


without the cloaks or doing a soa your looking at right about $300. you keep a lower cog and don't have to change your shocks.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 03:02 PM   #4
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Mike,
Thanks for all of the ideas! My main goal is to ditch the 1" shackles. My original BDS lift is 2", and the shackles add 1/2". When I bought the lift, I was thinking I would go with 31's or 32's, but then 4wd.com had a sale and I had to go 33's.

So if I ditch the shackle lift, I lose a precious 1/2", but I hate the shackles and would love to ditch them forever. They are built well, but I want the best possible caster angle.

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Unread 07-27-2013, 03:09 PM   #5
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there are a few pics of trimming the rear flares on my build thread starting here..
.http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/m...l#post14521024
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Unread 07-27-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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so keep the BDS springs you already have, cut part of the full wrap off and go back to stock shackles, then metalcloak it...you'll be sitting on 2 inches of lift with your stock steering angles but you'll have clearance for the 35's
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Unread 07-27-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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i would suggest the cloaks as well... i love mine. but i figured i would give some other options since not everyone can afford a $900 set of fenders and flares.

that's why i threw the hiline idea out there. nearly the same clearance as cloaks with nearly no investment other than time.
but... a 4" lift is going to run you $1200 by the time your done anyhow, so i suppose you as the person doing the work and ponying up the dough will be the one to make the final decision based on all our suggestions.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 04:52 PM   #8
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Thanks to all! The MetalCloaks are new since I last paid attention. I will check those out for sure. The rear is the problem of course, like most YJ's!

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Unread 07-27-2013, 05:02 PM   #9
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I like the Metalcloak idea, looks like lots of adapters and corner guard stuff is required. I'll have to drink more beer and try to figure out all the pieces that are needed.
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=i don't think you gain a lot of clearance over the tj flares with metalcloaks. i have not had any experience with the metalcloaks but i couldn't see getting any more clearance than i did. i trimmed the fenders to the top of the inner wheel well and all the way to the front of the inner wheel well.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 05:18 PM   #11
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for the rears you could do GenRights Hi-Fenders for max clearance and they match the cloak fronts pretty well
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