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Unread 03-07-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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Basic RC 4.5 lift?

Ordering my RC basic 4.5 lift with the AAl. yes I know I have heard "don't go the AAl" but you can't beat the price. So should I just go ahead and lift the rear with some old man emu 2" leaf packs and my skyjacker 2.5 shackles or just go the RC? Thanks

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Unread 03-07-2012, 09:30 PM   #2
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save up a little more and get the x series. youre almost there
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Unread 03-07-2012, 11:50 PM   #3
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save up a little more and get the x series. youre almost there
But why spend that much more?
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just look at the parts difference
Lifted coil springs, lower tubular control arms, solid tubular transfer case drop kit, sway-bar links and brake line relocation brackets.

Rear: Add-a-leaf springs and lifted shackles.
Option: Also available with new rear leaf springs. +$221

Shocks: Includes (4) RC N2.0 series shocks.

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Front: Lifted coil springs, upper and lower adjustable X-Flex control arms, transfer case drop kit, adjustable track bar, stainless steel brake lines, and sway-bar disconnects.

Rear: Lifted leaf springs, u-bolts, and stainless steel brake line.

Shocks: Kit includes (4) N2.0 series shocks.

upper and lower control arms will be very important at this height. disco's vs links. add a leaf vs full packs. new brakelines vs relocation brackets. adjustable track bar will be very important at that height
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Unread 03-08-2012, 12:24 AM   #5
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just look at the parts difference
Lifted coil springs, lower tubular control arms, solid tubular transfer case drop kit, sway-bar links and brake line relocation brackets.

Rear: Add-a-leaf springs and lifted shackles.
Option: Also available with new rear leaf springs. +$221

Shocks: Includes (4) RC N2.0 series shocks.

vs

Front: Lifted coil springs, upper and lower adjustable X-Flex control arms, transfer case drop kit, adjustable track bar, stainless steel brake lines, and sway-bar disconnects.

Rear: Lifted leaf springs, u-bolts, and stainless steel brake line.

Shocks: Kit includes (4) N2.0 series shocks.

upper and lower control arms will be very important at this height. disco's vs links. add a leaf vs full packs. new brakelines vs relocation brackets. adjustable track bar will be very important at that height
It's a nice size price jump so I'm just making sure it's all worth it
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you talk about how your current setup is already sagging. throwing ANOTHER aal is not gonna help that situation at all. if you had brand new packs, i'd say go for it
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you talk about how your current setup is already sagging. throwing ANOTHER aal is not gonna help that situation at all. if you had brand new packs, i'd say go for it
Durt_Driver is correct. If you start piecing it together later on it will cost you more. Might as well spend now instead of having a headache trying to remedy things later.
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But why spend that much more?
Dude, your in the wrong hobby. lol
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But why spend that much more?
Because in a year you will be replacing sagging rear leafs again. Full leaf packs are the way to go. Check CL and the classifieds here on the forum. You can piece together a full lift for a great price. I found my rear leafs on CL for $100 full packs 4.5. The guy ran them for less than 3 months before he upgraded to 6.5. I needed them to replace the sagging aal the PO installed barely a year before.

Going with a 4.5 you will need to extend your rear break lines, you can use one from a 92 or later YJ (advanced auto for less than 20). You may also need to look into an SYE kit and new ds (can use one from the front of an XJ)
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It's a nice size price jump so I'm just making sure it's all worth it
IMO the price difference is worth it for the adjustable uppers and lowers alone. The full leafs are practically free.

And you want full leafs. Last time I bought an addaleaf, if I had two passengers I had to tell the person in the back seat to sit in the middle so the Jeep wouldnt lean so bad. XJ's are notorious for broken leafs anyway, buying add-a-leafs is just a gamble.

I know a lot of people will always give the more expensive option when someone is asking about two products, and they will tell you just to do it because it is worth the extra money. That happens a lot on the forums...

... but if nothing else, THIS IS NOT A DRILL. If your stock pack is anything short of brand new, the add-a-leaf wont yield the results you want and will be a ticking time bomb.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 06:14 PM   #11
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you talk about how your current setup is already sagging. throwing ANOTHER aal is not gonna help that situation at all. if you had brand new packs, i'd say go for it
Well I have new stock leaf backs from a guy on this forum 50 bucks for them 60k on them. I'm on here for help so if you guys are saying it's worth it then I'll save more, pretty much I have a part time job and jut want to get her to 4.5 and 33s asap. Boss man told me he wants to give me more hours = more jeep money. Almost every dime I get or earn goes in to the jeep
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there is no need to purchase a kit new. follow these guys are giving, save some money in the process. buy/ sell etc. I bought my rear packs (full set) for $100 and sold mine. bought my 33in km2s from cl for 800 (less than 300 miles on them) but sold my 32s for 300. do that and save $$
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there is no need to purchase a kit new. follow these guys are giving, save some money in the process. buy/ sell etc. I bought my rear packs (full set) for $100 and sold mine. bought my 33in km2s from cl for 800 (less than 300 miles on them) but sold my 32s for 300. do that and save $$
Well Not much in CL in my area but im searching the classifieds on here now
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there is no need to purchase a kit new. follow these guys are giving, save some money in the process. buy/ sell etc. I bought my rear packs (full set) for $100 and sold mine. bought my 33in km2s from cl for 800 (less than 300 miles on them) but sold my 32s for 300. do that and save $$
too bad things like that almost never happen. if you could find deals like that every day, then no one would buy new
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lol I scored a better deal on the 2nd set of 33 12.50s than the first. paid $750 and sold the tires off our YJ for $500. Got to be willing to go outside your immediate cl too. We look under about 50-75 miles away depending on the cost of what we are searching for.

Scored:

brand new bw flares for $300
brand new sye kit (advanced adapters) $140
tires $500 (after the sale of mine)
used acm (airbad light on) $40
clockspring $60
4.5in full leaf packs (less than 3 months on) $100
dpg greasable shackles (new) $50

It really all comes down to where you are willing to look, patience and taking the time to look. My second set of KMs (for our YJ) came from the discount tire direct outlet on ebay. Knowing what parts are interchangeable from different vehicles will help too.
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