Originally Posted by drewkk
I have an 08' KK and I have a few questions about a lift since I'm still pretty new to the process. I'm definitely going with a spring lift and not a budget spacer lift. I'm trying to decide between the JBA (Jeepin-By-Al) basic 2.5" lift and the 2.5" adjust-a-strut coilover system. I'm probably going with the basic as I just don't have the money for the best that he has to offer.
1) Will I only need the adjust-a-strut if I plan to add things such as a winch and skid plates?
2) I'm not sure if anyone will know this, but is the ride for the basic kit a lot different than the adjust-a-strut system.
3) How does the basic kit ride differ from stock?
4) If I go with the basic kit, will I need the new upper control arms? Is there anything else I'll need?
5) What would be the best tire size for the lift to fill out the well without any modifications due to rubbing?
Thanks for any help!
First off good choice on going with a full spring and not a spacer lift.
1) Yes the Adjust a Strut will allow you to compensate for the added weight as you upgrade down the line with Skids, Bumpers Etc, The Skyjacker lift will not.
2)The Adjust a Strut is a high end Bilstein lift with a LifeTime Warranty, the Skyjacker is a cheaper spring lift that does not have a LifeTime Warranty and can only dream of riding as nice as the Bilstein
3)The Skyjacker setup will probably ride close to stock ride, maybe even a little stiffer. Skyjacker is known for their stiff ride
4) If you only go 2.5" of lift you will not need new Upper Control Arms but its recommended because it will cause your Upper Ball Joints to fail faster due to the extreme angle they will be subjected to. Again if only going 2.5" and your leaving your sway bars connected you wont need brake lines or a trackbar but you will need new Shocks for the rear.
5) 245/75/16 is the most common fit and is what i have.