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post #1 of 19 Old 10-28-2013, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Gonna Lift my KJ, any Suggestions?

Gonna lift my KJ, thinking about the 3'' Rough Country for price, also considering the Rocky Road Rockfather II, better components and all, but I'm hearing their shipping and customer service is well below par. Any feedback will be helpful...Thanks

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post #2 of 19 Old 10-28-2013, 05:30 PM
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Check out jeepinbyal. Rough Country kit isn't all that great, especially for the price. Also search the forums, a lot of info on lifts for Kjs on here.
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post #3 of 19 Old 10-28-2013, 06:16 PM
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Would recommend skipping the two you have listed, times a million on the second one. AllJ's or Jeepin by Al would be your best bets. Old Man Emu (or just OME) stuff works really well with our rigs.

Do just a little searching on the KJ Forum, there is a wealth of knowledge already posted here. What will work & what won't.

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Jeepinbyal is the way to go....the only way to go. Liberty's are not to be trifled with or you WILL be doing front end work perpetually. Get the Frankenlift. Trust me.

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post #5 of 19 Old 10-28-2013, 07:26 PM
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Tommudd is around here, as well as a few others with a lot of experience with lifting these. I have ironman springs ordered for my lift, they are said to ride a little better than OME. Jeepinbyal is the source for them. Right now my lift just got put on hold due to "performing my civic duty". Yeah I won the freaking lottery,lol.
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post #6 of 19 Old 10-28-2013, 07:46 PM
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Rocky Road and Rough Country
Well you picked the worst first at least
Also remove Skyjacker and Rusty's from your search, both have stock rated springs and sag quickly.
Other than that OME/ Ironman both are good , better ride, handling etc

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post #7 of 19 Old 10-29-2013, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Still a little confused, The Rockfather II 2.5 lift from Rocky Road is Old Man Emu Parts:
New Old Man Emu front custom springs.
Under-the-Top® strut cap and spacers for 3" leveling lift in front.
Old Man Emu front strut shocks.
Custom full height rear springs. Full height! Not small springs with a spacer included.
Rocky Road engineered rear shocks
Still cheaper than Jeepin By Al, but if its the quality, then I'll go with Jeepin By Al, or is it the bad customer service i'm hearing about with Rocky Road.
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post #8 of 19 Old 10-29-2013, 06:13 AM
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Still a little confused, The Rockfather II 2.5 lift from Rocky Road is Old Man Emu Parts:
New Old Man Emu front custom springs.
Under-the-Top® strut cap and spacers for 3" leveling lift in front.
Old Man Emu front strut shocks.
Custom full height rear springs. Full height! Not small springs with a spacer included.
Rocky Road engineered rear shocks
Still cheaper than Jeepin By Al, but if its the quality, then I'll go with Jeepin By Al, or is it the bad customer service i'm hearing about with Rocky Road.
Their shocks are not that good, you'll be replacing them sooner than what you would others.
rear springs that are of their design do not hold up well either and their famous top strut cap is not a good way to lift. Plus OME are full height springs as well. Its just when you want to go higher than 3 inches that you add other things
Their UCAs do not fit well and people have had issues with no only fitment but also getting a good alignment . We don't tell you no just cause we don't like them, we do from several years of hearing and seeing issues with their products.
Quality and customer service is both better at JBA. Personally have done or helped with over 30 KJ lifts, not a lot but have a good idea of what works and what doesn't. Also have ran two different OME setup on my own DD plus tested the very first Ironman suspension setup when they came to the US. So know how each rides, how they handle, what exactly to use to get you 2-2.5-3 or 4 inches of lift

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Their shocks are not that good, you'll be replacing them sooner than what you would others.
rear springs that are of their design do not hold up well either and their famous top strut cap is not a good way to lift. Plus OME are full height springs as well. Its just when you want to go higher than 3 inches that you add other things
Their UCAs do not fit well and people have had issues with no only fitment but also getting a good alignment . We don't tell you no just cause we don't like them, we do from several years of hearing and seeing issues with their products.
Quality and customer service is both better at JBA. Personally have done or helped with over 30 KJ lifts, not a lot but have a good idea of what works and what doesn't. Also have ran two different OME setup on my own DD plus tested the very first Ironman suspension setup when they came to the US. So know how each rides, how they handle, what exactly to use to get you 2-2.5-3 or 4 inches of lift
How about the 3.5 econo lift at JBA?
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post #10 of 19 Old 10-29-2013, 02:05 PM
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The owner of JeepinByAl and I came up with a list of parts that not only work well together but also includes everything you need to do a lift the right way. ( upper control arms etc included)
The ride is good with the combination or parts and handles real well. Those that have bought the kit report back with good results.
I don't make a dime from it, but was just a way to have a list of whats needed for the many people who kept asking for the best way but also the economical

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Thanks tommudd......Do I need anything else, such as brake lines or anything?
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post #12 of 19 Old 10-29-2013, 02:59 PM
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Not a problem glad to help!
Order some Teraflex front bumpstops as well
Brake lines are OK

What year do you have ?
later model years you need a small 2 inch long bracket to drop down the rear brake line

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Not a problem glad to help!
Order some Teraflex front bumpstops as well
Brake lines are OK

What year do you have ?
later model years you need a small 2 inch long bracket to drop down the rear brake line
I have a 2003, so I guess I'm good on the brake lines. Yes, I will order the bumpstops....Thanks, you've been a lot of help...
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I'm looking at the JBA 4'' Silver package coilover, but it seems when I part it out separately, it comes out about 5-6 hundred cheaper....Am I missing some parts included with the package? I've added front struts, arms, 4'' rear Bilstein shocks, 4'' springs, y link bumpstops and brake lines.
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I'm looking at the JBA 4'' Silver package coilover, but it seems when I part it out separately, it comes out about 5-6 hundred cheaper....Am I missing some parts included with the package? I've added front struts, arms, 4'' rear Bilstein shocks, 4'' springs, y link bumpstops and brake lines.
list out what parts you've found and prices so we can see what exactly you are looking at ( parts wise)

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