Hello, sort of a newbie here. I'm a returning Jeep WJ GC owner and member of this site about three years ago, I owned a 99 WJ GC Laredo then and now I'm back with a 02 WJ GC Laredo with 4.0L. My question is what is the better 2" lift to go with, a BDS 2" which includes the taller coils and shocks for around $780.00 installed or Kevins Offroad Ultimate 2.5" Lift Kit for WJs with Rubicon Twin-Tube Shocks for $349.97 plus $260-$325 for an suspension shop to install for a total of $609.97 to $674.97. I've attacked small automotive tasks like oil changes, shocks, breaks, steering stabilizer and sway bars, but never a coil remove and replace like either of these will require.
Please keep in mind, that I will be pulling a 2500# popup camper periodically for weekend outings this summer. I don't have any plans of going any larger than 2". Is any one of these better or worse for towing? Any help is greatly appreciated.
2002 WJ Grand Cherokee Laredo
all I can say is BE CAREFUL when using a spring compressor to remove/install new coils... a bloody face and a dent in the fender and hood of a cherry, unrestored '69 cougar were the victims when the clamp snapped and spring flew into the air on my XJ 3in install. Make sure you have the right tools and extra care is given with the spings when they are compressed. luckily no lost eyes or busted noses.
If you want to replace the coils get OME HD coils which are 2.5" of lift...they'll hold up to the weight better. You can buy them through Nick (email@example.com) and same with the shocks, he'll sell both.
Otherwise get Kevins 2.5" BB it works just fine and is a hell of a lot cheaper then BDS's lift.
If you remove the shocks and disconnect the sway bar/track bar up front the axle should drop low enough to no need spring compressors.
My opinion is taller springs are better than a BB. If you have the money.
Having said that, I don't know the tounge weight of the trailer you refer to. Plus, alot depends on the spring themselves. I just finnished installing a KOR BB. I would be comfortable towing anything I would have before.
With my BB, I plan to work into a full 3-4.5" lift a few parts at a time.
sway bars (shopping)
ArloGuthroJeep, thanks for the info about Nick. I've heard his name used alot around here in a positive way. I just don't want to get to crazy with this lift as I don't want the infamous death wobble to rear it's ugly face and I need $ for other mods. My plans are for adding a larger rear sway bar (Addco), steering stabilizer, different tires, exhaust and CAI.
I saw DW on a XJ on the express way back in November and I about had to clean my britches as it scared the
%^&* out of me driving beside this guy. I can only imagine how he must have felt.
Please don't pay a shop to install your lift. If you've changed shocks before you're more than halfway there. An added bonus (besides a large amount of money staying in your pocket) is that you gain some knowledge about your Jeep.
Also, I second the OME HD advice that Arlo gave. It rides really well and looks great, too.
Hey guys just a little input...
The BDS coils are the best out there. They cover them under a lifetime warranty, if they sag, brake, or otherwise they will replace them period!! They also are heavier duty coil, and will allow you to have a larger payload capacity. Towing a camper with a Jeep full of people and gear will not be a problem. BDS gives you everything you need to lift the WJ properly, it ride and perform significantly better. Let me know if you need anything else.
These WJ's looks great BTW...