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post #1 of 15 Old 03-31-2014, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on lift kit brands

I have a 1977 cj5 with a body lift that has to go. I want to put either a 3.5in lift or a 4in. Any opinions on brands and prices for the lift. I don't want anything crazy expensive but something with a good ride and won't start saging in a few years like I've heard about the rough country kits.

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-31-2014, 05:24 PM
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Yes, avoid rough country like the plague.

Around here, BDS and Rubicon Express have the best ratings. I run Rubicon Express personally after tossing my sagged, busted, and rusted rough country junk where it belongs (the scrap heap) and would highly recommend them. Great products and I have been very pleased with them over the years. I also know people who have had good results with Skyjacker

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I like the skyjacker lifts, but not the price. Rubicon express has some potential though. Only down side is they only have a 4.5in for the cjs and I don't want to have to get cv joints unless there is some way of getting them cheaper.
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Nothing cheaper then getting a front driveshaft from a junk yard Cherokee and having it cut down to size. That's what I did. Shaft was 20 bucks and 70 to have it cut down to size. You could also go SOA

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Would I need a cv joint if I just lifted it 4in. Could I use a slip yoke eliminator?
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-05-2014, 10:30 AM
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Would I need a cv joint if I just lifted it 4in. Could I use a slip yoke eliminator?
It's not really an either/or. They go hand in hand.
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At first I have no plan to get the skyjacker but I heard good things about it and I found a good offer at 4wo (check out their jeep suspension lift). I bought the 4inch lift and I'm satisfied with the ride quality and handling. I can't say it has the best flex but I'm sure it's better than a stock.
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post #8 of 15 Old 04-16-2014, 04:16 AM
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Would I need a cv joint if I just lifted it 4in. Could I use a slip yoke eliminator?
My '7 didn't need a CV with the 4" but I'm not sure about your '5.

There is no SYE for a CJ. All of the tcases used in them (D18, D20, D300, and even the q-trac) come with a yoke on both outputs.

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My '7 didn't need a CV with the 4" but I'm not sure about your '5.

There is no SYE for a CJ. All of the tcases used in them (D18, D20, D300, and even the q-trac) come with a yoke on both outputs.
This is an NP205 but it shows the difference between a Slip Yoke vs a Fixed Yoke.


Good news is you will only need a new DS, I am a fan of the double cardigan joints, but then again our speed limit here is 75mpg and going to 80mph later this summer.
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Oh and I have some BENT Rubicon Express "Extreme Dookie" springs that are bent into an "S" that have me looking at BDS to replace them with. Currently running Waggy fronts. My front axle springs were bent just as bad as the rear with SUA (stock) configuration and I was running MASSIVE 31" MTR's when all of this happened. RE's customer service blow goats. they knew the vendor I bought them from was going under (Swiss MTN 4x4) and jerked me around until the warranty expired. I will never run another RE product and as a matter of fact I have a SOA kit I can't seem to sell that is NIB.

Go BDS and never look back.

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Good news...I am a fan of the double cardigan...this summer.
Omg omg me too


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Damn you sepll check...

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How are the BDS kits?
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I love my BDS leaf springs.

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I love my BDS leaf springs.
How's the ride?
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