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post #1 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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2" lift decision making?????

ok so i just bought my first jeep. its an 07 wk. i've done some research on here for hours now and i was wondering what the cheepist hassel free budget system would be. i do very little off roading and am just looking for a better stance and light off road capabilities. i first looked at the daystar kit and called a shop when i saw the strut disassembly and there telling me about $350-$400 for install + 4wheel allignment. i then looked at the RR kit and figured i could do it myself, but then read all the problems people were having with shipping and customer service . i want whatever will have the least amount of wear on factory parts and i'd like to keep the ride quality. also if there are any recomendations on other upgrades i should think about with either kit i'd like to hear them.

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post #2 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 03:51 PM
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OME MD or HD...just do it.

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post #3 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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ok so what is the difference in parts for MD & HD? and complete OME full suspension or budgit?
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Hd md is the spring stiffness hd is stiffer and apparently it lifts a little higher then the md. It is a budget lift and they call it a 2 inch lift but it's more like a 3 inch lift
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ok so since i want to keep the ride comfort i'd go with the md lift. now is that kit hard to install? it says it comes with the spring and the Front & rear springs and the rear shocks so i'd still have to disassemble the strut? or get new struts and have them put in the spring by a shop?
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post #7 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 05:13 PM
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go with the rough country lift.... that's what i have it cost me 150 for the lift the rear went in perfectly i did it my self the fronts had to go to a shop all together it cost me 150 for the shop and 150 for the lift and that's it shes done. rides like stock rides mint and look great just look at my avatar thats with the kit done

Its a 2 inch spacer you don't need new springs or struts its the bbest bang for your bucks IMO

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post #8 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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ok. i just looked at the RC. it didn't look to bad. does anyone have any info on the daystar kit????
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post #9 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 06:28 PM
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I've never heard of the OME referred to as a budget boost/lift. It is a proper suspension lift, which would be overkill if you only want it for stance and a little more ground clearance.

Rough Country you don't need strut compressors. They help to get them back in, but are not necessary. Daystar you do need the strut compressors, or take your struts to a shop and have them do it for a smaller charge than having them do the whole job.

If your struts need to be replaced do them when you do the lift. The little bit of extra $$ now will save you many hours later. I wish I would have had mine changed when the lift was installed. Rear shocks can be done any time in <20 minutes.


Side note, the Rough Country is a leveling lift. I think the Jeep as a whole looks better level, but the front and rear wheel wells are different sizes. When it's level, it looks like it's sagging a little to me. I didn't notice it until someone pointed it out on the forums, and then I couldn't get past it. It can be fixed with some load leveling rear shocks, but just figured I'd throw it out there before you decide.

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I too am looking at the rocky road kit w the adjustable shocks. Installation seems easy enough. Ill let you know how it goes. Remember auto zone will rent you any tools you need for 10 bucks. Not sure if the kit requires a spring compressor or not.
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post #11 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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thanks t3kmitch!!! yeah i was just reading a thread about the monroe load levelers. definately gonna do that eventually! now just trying to decide on RC or daystar kit. the only thing i did'nt like about the RC kit is the metal on metal contact. how's your ride with that kit???
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and what size spacers do i need for 265/70/R17????
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After a much needed alignment it rides like stock. Now that I have the stiffer load levelers in the rear it rides a little stiffer but not bad at all.

I don't know if anyone has experienced the daystar's poly spacers breaking down, but I know that turns some people away from that kit. The RC is bullet proof (literally).

I'm running 265 70 17 Revo 2's without any spacers. I trimmed the upper ball joint bolt/stud (tire shop refused to install without trimming, I think it would have had just enough clearance if it were aligned when they were test fitting). I get a slight rub at full lock on the sway bar and rub slightly on the bottom of the wheel well (bent slightly with a hammer so it just rubs and doesn't slice into the tire). The Revo 2's have a pretty narrow tread, so these rubs may be a little more severe with a more aggressive tire.

I'm blaming the lift on my creaking coming from the front sway bar bushings. They're cheap and easy to fix, but another added cost. Since the sway bar's resting position slightly changed it creaks (sounds like a scraping noise) over big bumps/dips. It's been silenced for almost a week now by just a soaking in some silicon spray until I get the time and courage to replace them out in the cold. There's still a squeaking coming from my rear that I have to pinpoint, but I haven't tried very hard with the end of the semester and finals now here.

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i know a few people on here have experience with daystars and most of them wish they went rough country after they found how reliable and easy rc is ..

i love my rc lift and yeah t3kmitch your right i do have a creaking sound from the front ... but just like with any kit, the whole front end is basically at an angle it was not intended to be at

i did alot of research and it took me a good 3 months before i choose rough country i HAVE NOT heard anything bad about rc at ALL

and your also right .... finals are killing me !

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post #15 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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ok thanks for the help!!! i'm planning on getting 265/70 firestone destination a/t's. plan on also putting on 1.25-1.50 spacers. what are you talking about when you say that the poly spacers are breaking down???
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