'Best for the money'... You spend $500 on a name brand lift and your getting just that, a cheap lift.
Want something better? Break out the wallet. There's a saying that goes 'you get what you pay for' , and zj lifts fit right in with that
If your asking our suggestion on steps to take when building a rig, if you want something in between stock and long arms, I'd just put 2" spacers on. Anything more is a waste as you'll be selling it a year down the road.
And speaking from experience here, if there's something that you want down the road (ex: long arms) don't get half way there, decide to be cheap/impatient and half *** it (ie: adj. short arms in my example) as you'll just be reselling them in a few months budgeting for what you originally wanted
98 ZJ: Built 44/88, long arm'd, locked, 35s, armour, blah blah blah
Build Thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/green-zj-aka-jolly-green-giant-1386118/