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post #1 of 34 Old 09-19-2013, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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spacer lift vs lift kit?

Hey guys this may be a stupid question or maybe its been gone over before but I didn't see it. I was wondering whats the difference between a spacer lift, such as like a rough country lift which I heard referred to as this, and a lift kit, such as an ome lift? Im looking to get a little lift in my 05 WK and I don't do much offroad maybe a few times a year but I love the look.

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post #2 of 34 Old 09-19-2013, 04:56 AM
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The difference is how the lift is achieved. The Rough Country lift is a spacer lift which basically is putting a 2 inch peice of metal on top of your front and rear coils to achieve the 2 inches of lift. Out of all the spacer lifts I would say the Rough Country is the best due to all metal parts instead of using poly spacers. A suspension lift on the other hand achieves the lift by using longer front/rear coils and also new shocks and struts. You will get the best ride and feel from a suspensions lift but it will cost more.

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If you are only looking to offroad a few times a year, I would go with the spacer lift. However, that is dependent on if your factory shock and struts are still in good shape. If your Jeep has more than 75k miles on it, I would suggest having them checked out. If you are needing to replace them anyways, then you might as well go with the Old Man Emu setup.
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It's pretty common for people to buy a spacer lift, love it, and then want to upgrade to the OME lift or Super lift. In my opinion, you might as well skip the spacer lift and save up for the OME lift.

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If you are only looking to offroad a few times a year, I would go with the spacer lift. However, that is dependent on if your factory shock and struts are still in good shape. If your Jeep has more than 75k miles on it, I would suggest having them checked out. If you are needing to replace them anyways, then you might as well go with the Old Man Emu setup.
I agree here. The difference in price between in a spacer type setup + new shocks/struts vs OME HD/MD is only a few hundo...
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It's pretty common for people to buy a spacer lift, love it, and then want to upgrade to the OME lift or Super lift. In my opinion, you might as well skip the spacer lift and save up for the OME lift.
I second this haha. I currently have the RC spacer lift and am now in the process of getting a 6" modified Superlift

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It's pretty common for people to buy a spacer lift, love it, and then want to upgrade to the OME lift or Super lift. In my opinion, you might as well skip the spacer lift and save up for the OME lift.
I agree.

I had experience trying a spacer lift on an XJ, solid axles.
While it doesn't totally compare with the WK,
it did cause a good deal of axle wrap and other instability.

Save for the OME kit, you'll need new springs and shocks eventually anyway.
Replace the old worn out ones with new OME lifted ones
and you'll have no regrets.

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You also get an upgrade in ride quality if you change suspension. I personally love the way my OME HD rides on and off road. Although, the HD might be a little stiff for some, so you can always get the MD.

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Just upgraded my rear leafs to OME HD, stock shackles, new bushings(derp) and sensatrac shocks(~2" over stock) and it rides like a dream and looks great too. I always have the option of bigger shackles and blocks for a few more inches.
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Just upgraded my rear leafs to OME HD, stock shackles, new bushings(derp) and sensatrac shocks(~2" over stock) and it rides like a dream and looks great too. I always have the option of bigger shackles and blocks for a few more inches.
This is the WK side. Sounds like you have an XJ (or maybe a YJ).
Different platforms and suspension components.

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It's pretty common for people to buy a spacer lift, love it, and then want to upgrade to the OME lift or Super lift. In my opinion, you might as well skip the spacer lift and save up for the OME lift.
^X2! I had the RC 2'' lift for about 2 months and right before I was planning on installing it...I already knew I wouldn't be satisfied and decided to dish out the money for the OME. I see you live up north, be prepared to also purchase new bolts and nuts for the suspension. Mine were so rusted, the shop I had it at wanted to replace the LCA's because the bolt was stuck Instead we just purchased new bolts, busings and nuts. Called it a day.

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I was all set to go OME MD but ordered the RC 2" (spacer) with all new Bilstein 5100's on sale from Kolak. My truck only has 46000 miles on it so I figured i'd keep the springs for now and with good price on the shocks and the RC saves a few hundred and put that towards new wheels and tires. Other reason is most likely will get another truck in about 2 years thats when my vehicle ADD kicks in lol.

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with the 5100's up front you will have alot of rear sag. Mine with the stock replacment bilsteins up front had some rear sag that I corrected with stacking coil isolators.

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they are adjustable 5100's up front

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post #15 of 34 Old 09-19-2013, 03:20 PM
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They are but at the lowest setting they are .75" over stock, so you are lifting the front 2.75" and 2" in the rear, I think the rear of mine only lifted 1.75" with the RC spacers

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