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post #1 of 11 Old 08-09-2009, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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rubicon express really the best??

I want to remove the spring over lift on my 83 CJ7. Axle wrap has always been an issue and i want to replace those worn out springs. I will be returning to spring under. Is the RE 4.5 extreame duty really worth the money. Hows the ride compared to other manufacturers kits. Anyone run other lift kits and then the RE.


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post #2 of 11 Old 08-09-2009, 07:09 PM
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I think it's completeness makes it worth the money. By the time you buy all the other things that are provided with this kit, it won't be that much more.

I also like the 2.5" front springs.

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post #3 of 11 Old 08-09-2009, 07:49 PM
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Sounds like a lot of trouble to me. Why not install a rear traction bar and eliminate the axle wrap? I have had zero problems with mine. Just my .02...

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-09-2009, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like a lot of trouble to me. Why not install a rear traction bar and eliminate the axle wrap? I have had zero problems with mine. Just my .02...
I really dont have the space under the jeep for the traction bar to fit the way i would like. I have dual flowmasters in the way and dont want to change the exhaust (vortec sounds to good). Also wanting to get rid of the worn out old springs.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-09-2009, 08:52 PM
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I generally agree with gojeepin. You get everything you need and most of what you get is above average quality in the RE kits. If you don't mind shopping around I found that a guy can get exactly the parts he wants and needs and spend considerably less than any of the quality kits. For example, I put BDS 3.5" CJ lift springs on the rear of my CJ7 and 3" Black Diamond YJ springs on the front. New plates, U-bolts, and shackles (that leveled out the difference in springs), extended brake lines, and shocks for just a little over $500. The YJ springs really softened the ride and it flexes as well as any I've seen. Most of the parts I found on sale or on clearance from the major suppliers. Just took a little time to source it all.
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I generally agree with gojeepin. You get everything you need and most of what you get is above average quality in the RE kits. If you don't mind shopping around I found that a guy can get exactly the parts he wants and needs and spend considerably less than any of the quality kits. For example, I put BDS 3.5" CJ lift springs on the rear of my CJ7 and 3" Black Diamond YJ springs on the front. New plates, U-bolts, and shackles (that leveled out the difference in springs), extended brake lines, and shocks for just a little over $500. The YJ springs really softened the ride and it flexes as well as any I've seen. Most of the parts I found on sale or on clearance from the major suppliers. Just took a little time to source it all.
Now im thinking about just buying the springs from RE since I already have most of the other parts installed with the SOA. Im just concerned with the ride quality since my CJ sees alot of street and highway use.

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post #7 of 11 Old 08-10-2009, 08:46 AM
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Now im thinking about just buying the springs from RE since I already have most of the other parts installed with the SOA. Im just concerned with the ride quality since my CJ sees alot of street and highway use.
Look into putting YJ width springs (2.5" wide) up front. It's an easy conversion and pays off in spades with ride quality. I've never met anyone who's done it that doesn't love it.
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-10-2009, 08:47 AM
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bds springs are fantastic as well.

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-10-2009, 01:32 PM
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I am running the RE 4.5" lift, the PO had installed the 2.5" kit when I bought it so I just bought the RE springs and a couple of bits. RE will sell any part in the kit as well (spring plates and shackles will probably be needed). The RE springs are built like YJ units (wider) so the ride is better than some other kits. But most of all their tech support and srvice has been great. I could not get the jeep level with the set they sent me, so after measuring the springs I found one set to be slightly more arched that tne other, I called them and they paid shipping and sent me a new set right away - no questions. I have heard similar stories about BDS. Hope this helps.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-10-2009, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Am I right that only the front springs are 2.5in wide. If so could i expect the same "good ride quality" from the rear springs.

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post #11 of 11 Old 08-10-2009, 09:28 PM
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kit comes with 2.5 front/rear i believe.
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