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Unread 04-14-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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2 Inch lift vs. 2 Inch Spacers

Hi everyone... new here. I have a question I need answered pretty quickly. Tomorrow I am suppose to go and have some Nitto Terra AT's put on my 2006 WK. The guys at the place said that I do not need to do a lift kit, but to go with 2 inch spacers for the front only, and 4 skyjacker shocks.

The tire size is going to be 265/70/17. The price quote for 4 shocks and the front spacers and labor is $725. Seems really high but there is no other places to do the install.

Will the two inch spacers give me the same look/height as some of you with the RR 2.25 lift kit? Are the spacers they are talking about a lify kit? I am worried I am going t pay all this money for a minimal result. Sorry for the questions, but there are no refunds once they install.

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Unread 04-14-2008, 06:00 PM   #2
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why would you pay that much for a unknown setup! How would they get the lift in the rear with just shocks unless the ride would be horrible...the RR is a spacer setup but uses them in the front and rear. Without that I'm not sure how you would get the lift in the rear.
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Unread 04-14-2008, 06:07 PM   #3
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Well that is why I am asking. I like your setup and was not sure if there were back spacers used as well. This place does a ton of lifts. I thought I would need spacers for the back as well to make sure it's level. They told me the back is already higher then the front, and when they add the spacers to the front it will level out.
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Unread 04-14-2008, 06:17 PM   #4
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I've heard mixed reviews on leveling. I originally wanted it..then heard the Jeep would not ride correctly if you just leveled it. the RR is a lift on all 4 corners, I did mine with Bilstien shocks in the rear and am very happy with it. I could fit the 265 Revo's without spacers. you'll still maintain the front "rake" on the Jeep to keep the stock handling and ride.
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Unread 04-14-2008, 09:06 PM   #5
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#1- FIND ANOTHER INSTALLER!!! these guys sound like they don't know what they're doing and telling you thats what you have to do.

#2- You CAN'T just put 2 inch spacers in the front, it will raise the front higher than the rear and the vehicle will ride poorly. You should go with a full 2 inch kit front and rear. all 2 inch kits are spacer kits for a WK. Any brand will be good and will run you about $200

#3- You only need to replace the rear shocks, the factory front shocks work good with spacer kits. Bilstiens seem to be the popular choice for rear shocks, I don't know how much they are.
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Unread 04-14-2008, 09:36 PM   #6
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The one issue with using the stock shock with a BB or spring lift is that the shock will now be extended the length of the BB or new coil all the time. You will lose that much dampening and will top out the shocks causing premature wear on them. This is a known issue and can be something that you can live with if you don't want to replace the stock shocks for longer ones.

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Unread 04-15-2008, 08:37 AM   #7
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I recently saw this about OME, I really like their lift on my WJ.

http://www.ok4wd.com/index.php/catal...d_cherokee_wk/
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Unread 04-15-2008, 08:45 AM   #8
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I actually just talked to the place and they said the kit includes 2.5 in for the front and 2 inch for the back. They advised to change all shocks so there will not be any bottoming out.

I think the guy that I spoke with was that didn't know what was going on.

So I will have the lift and the 265/70/17 Nitto's installed today! Also getting an air intake installed.
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I actually just talked to the place and they said the kit includes 2.5 in for the front and 2 inch for the back. They advised to change all shocks so there will not be any bottoming out.

I think the guy that I spoke with was that didn't know what was going on.

So I will have the lift and the 265/70/17 Nitto's installed today! Also getting an air intake installed.
My understanding is you are talking about spacers I think RK 2.25" is also spacers so you should have the same look & ride.
The OME lift actually replace your springs. When the springs are replaced with longer ones you will have more articulation and maybe a better ride. But would also cost more to do.

Let us know how you install goes and take some photos when you get it back.
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Unread 04-15-2008, 01:02 PM   #10
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They moved me and will do the install tomorrow. They said I do not need any shocks because the newer body styles use struts.

Should I just tell them to add the shocks? I do not want to compromise the way my truck drives now.
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Unread 04-15-2008, 03:28 PM   #11
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You will still need rear shocks built for a 2 inch lift. The factory ones are too short and will top out alot resulting in a poor ride and prematurely worn out shocks.
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Unread 06-05-2008, 10:52 AM   #12
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Does anyone have a write-up on the RR 2.25in lift for a WK?

Questions:

- Does the spacer lift effect the brake lines? Do you have to relocate?
- Does the lift effect the camber in the front? Can it be adjusted back to factory specs?
- Does the jeep ride and steer like normal?
- Do you have to get re-alignment done?
- Does anyone make a decent +2 inch shock for the lift kit?
- Any driveline vibes from the front or rear shafts once lifted?
- Do you know what is included in the RR 2.25in kit?

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Does anyone have a write-up on the RR 2.25in lift for a WK?

Questions:

- Does the spacer lift effect the brake lines? Do you have to relocate?

No the spacer lift does not affect brake lines

- Does the lift effect the camber in the front? Can it be adjusted back to factory specs?

it can be adjusted with a alignment

- Does the jeep ride and steer like normal?

Yep, the Jeep drives nicely after the lift, I highly recommend the Bilstien shocks over the RR ones. The RR ones are too harsh, and the stock ones get a little mushy due to the extra extension.

- Do you have to get re-alignment done?

Yes, you have to remove the front struts and put them back, a alignment is recommended in the manual.

- Does anyone make a decent +2 inch shock for the lift kit?

Most of us have put Bilstien shocks in the rear after the lift

- Any driveline vibes from the front or rear shafts once lifted?

After lift you wouldn't know it was lifted unless you were a "Jeeper", many who ride in my Jeep have no idea.

- Do you know what is included in the RR 2.25in kit?

metal plate spacers in front with bolts for top of strut, spacers for under springs in rear.
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see my comments in your questions..
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Unread 06-05-2008, 01:27 PM   #14
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Thanks!!!

3 more....

- Do you have a part number for the rear shocks?

- Does Bilstein make a front strut for the GC?

- How long did the lift install take?

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Unread 06-05-2008, 07:05 PM   #15
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Thanks!!!

3 more....

- Do you have a part number for the rear shocks?

Part number is: BS-F4-BE5-2964-H0 but double-check me when you order should be right around $100 for the set

- Does Bilstein make a front strut for the GC?

Yes, not sure on the part here and no experience installing. If you're going that route do it with the lift, you already have it torn apart.

- How long did the lift install take?

Took me and my Dad who know enough to be dangerous when it comes to working with cars about 8hrs. Biggest challege was getting the bolts out of the top of the strut, I ended up taking it to a shop to have it compressed and the bolts removed, this was about 2hrs of our 8. We were also more "gentle" than we needed to be stuff was stuck and and you don't want to be afraid to hit it hard or really wrench on it to break bolts loose. Directions suck on the lift install, so read them a couple of times and look around the Jeep before you actually start. There are no pictures so you might want to pickup a service manual if you want more help. I found you can purchase them online for like $25

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see above - NP - glad to help out! Make sure you have some jack stands, a nice floor jack and blocks to steady the Jeep. we ended up using 2 floor jacks which made things a little easier. And you will need two people in most cases, cannot imagine doing it alone.
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