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Unread 07-30-2003, 12:19 AM   #1
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3.5" or 4.5" lift?

i'm currently considering the r.e. 4.5" kit but its $1500 compared to the 3.5" kit which is only $770...can an inch be so important that there is that much difference in the price? i mean somebody
please correct me if i'm wrong but its only an inch!!!!
so in turn im now considering the 3.5" kit (which is said to be similar to the 4.5" kit w/ that one little exception... you guessed it
an inch!!!!!!ahhhhhh!!!! stop the madness!!!)w/ 2" spacers so you see i'll get 5.5" for less then the price of the 4.5" kit i mean im goin to be realistic im dont have a rock garden in my back yard or have to travel a mini-rubicon to get to work so i dont care about flex i want to fit 33" tires for daily drivin w/ occasional towing so i know the lift is suffeceint i just need to know bout them spacers!!!

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Unread 07-30-2003, 07:14 AM   #2
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Go to the RE web site and check the parts list. That will tell you why the price difference.

Here is what I found

RE8003
COIL SPRINGS ZJ 3" FRONT 1
COIL SPRINGS ZJ 3" REAR 1
BUMP STOPS 2" ZJ REAR 1
BUMP STOP 2" FRT XJ/ZJ/TJ 1
BRAKE LINES SS FT XJ/MJ/ZJ/C 1
CONTROL ARM SF2 LOWER FIXED 1
CONTROL ARM SF2 LOWER ADJ 1
SWAY BAR DISC SET W/ 4" CENT 1
SWAY BAR DISCONNECT ADAPTER BRACKET TJ-ZJ 96+ 1
SWAY BAR END LINKS REAR ZJ 1
TRACK BAR BRACKET ZJ REAR 1

The RE8000
T-CASE LOWERING KIT XJ/ZJ 1
TRACK BAR XJ/MJ/ZJ/TJ 3"+ 1
COIL SPRINGS ZJ 4.5" FRONT 1
COIL SPRINGS ZJ 4.5" REAR 1
BUMP STOPS 2" ZJ REAR 1
BUMP STOP 2" FRT XJ/ZJ/TJ 1
BRAKE LINES SS FT XJ/MJ/ZJ/C 1
CONTROL ARM SF2 LOWER FIXED 1
CONTROL ARM SF2 LOWER ADJ 1
CONTROL ARM SR2 UPPER FT FIX 1
CONTROL ARM SF2 UPPER RR ADJ 1
SWAY BAR DISC SET W/ 6" CENT 1
SWAY BAR DISCONNECT ADAPTER BRACKET XJ-ZJ 1
SWAY BAR DISCONNECT ADAPTER BRACKET TJ-ZJ 96+ 1
SWAY BAR END LINKS REAR ZJ 1
TRACK BAR BRACKET ZJ REAR 1


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Unread 07-30-2003, 01:33 PM   #3
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The added expense is from the tracbar and the uppercontrol arms. RE's lifts are usually taller than advertised due to the spring rates being set to handle heavy duty after market bumpers, spare tires, tools, winches, etc. Once you get to the 4.5" point, upper control arms are very important for caster in the front and pinion angle in the rear. Sure you could go cheap and get the spacers, but your steering will suck, and you will probably have vibes. The adjustable trackbar for the front is also very important to realign your front axle, because it will shift as you raise the vehicle, and needs too much adjustment to safely drill a new hole for the trackbar axle mount.
If you don't have any of the heavy stuff, you will probably end up around 4-5" alone just with the 3.5" kit. You really might want to consider the 4.5" however, since it is more complete, and addresses a lot of those problem I mentioned, that you will probably end up with even with the 3.5" kit. It's just cheaper to do it right the first time.
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Unread 07-30-2003, 02:25 PM   #4
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Crazy,

you have some valid points yet, the 4.5 kit is a much better kit.

You really do pay for what you get. Sure, you can get the 3.5 kit and get spacers. You won't have the 4.5 kit though.

What size tires are you desiring to run? I hope you aren't planning on running 33s on the 3.5 without some serious trimming of fenders, regearing, and new wheels.

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Unread 07-30-2003, 04:26 PM   #5
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I have the 3.5" kit and wish I would have got the 4.5" kit. I also needed to buy a new front track bar $135.00 that didn't come with the 3.5" kit because my old one was worn out. I personally would just save up and spend the extra money and get the better kit!
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Unread 07-30-2003, 10:02 PM   #6
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thanx everybody

thank you for your info i'm planning on 33"goodyear mtr on custom rims still deciding if i should go to 16" rims but i am going to have an arb front & a t.r. rear w/ tire carrier so i'll proably will need the extra height to deal w/ the weight and as i learned from my wrangler days it is better to do it right the first time(also cheaper)so instead im gonna concentrate on the rest of the jeep for now then get the r.e. 4.5" kit hey guys what do you think of a 2" budget boost just for now to get around on some 31"at?
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Unread 07-31-2003, 04:09 PM   #7
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The 2bb sounds great.

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Unread 08-01-2003, 02:59 AM   #8
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nice!

tex i'm salavating over your zj everybody else i'm also considering the arb front and maybe the t.r. rear but the t.r. rear seems a bit much any suggestions for another t/c
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Unread 08-01-2003, 07:07 AM   #9
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Hey,

check out www.kevinsjeepparts.com for his rearbumper and tire carrier. If the pictures don't load. Just email him and he'll send them to you.


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