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Unread 05-08-2008, 07:16 AM   #1
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suspension lift

I am in the market for a 4" suspension lift kit. I noticed that the Rough Country is much cheaper than the Skyjacker or Black Diamond. My jeep is for cruising around mostly. Any reccomendations on which kit is the best value?

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Unread 05-08-2008, 07:21 AM   #2
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The less you pay for a lift kit, the harder the springs and ride will be. RE seems to be the best riding spring. Followed by BD.

If you search, you will see this is a very common question almost answered weekly.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 08:13 AM   #3
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You definetly get what you pay for. The cheaper suspensions arent made as good as the higher end suspensions. My friend had a rough country on his YJ and withing a month it was sagging. I know you said it will just be for cruising but I would look into something a litle more expensive. Dont have to get the best out there but wouldnt go bottom of the barrel.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 12:24 PM   #4
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I am also looking for a kit for my Cj. I do not like the idea of purchasing the RE for 1,300 and you don't even get shocks! I found a kit for about 650 and it came with everything needed. Even the drop pitman arm that most do not. It also came with the 2 1/2 wide leafs like the Yj springs. I would either go with rough country, or skyjacker. I hear great things about skyjacker though. I think itís different per jeep. Some say this or that sag and some say they have no problems. Bottom line is you may or may not have issues is just what I have been told point blank. If youíre still not sure, see if you have some peeps in your area with the size lift you want. On ajeep your running and see if they will take you for a quick ride. C how it feels to you. That's the best .2 I can give you. Good luck.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 12:37 PM   #5
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I had a set of those "cheap" springs, took them off after the front sagged almost 2". I now have a set of of BDS springs. They are well over 3 years old and on their second vehicle, and still going strong.
BTW: If you want a nice ride get a Cadillac!
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Unread 05-08-2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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I have rough country on mine and it is not sagging. It is stiff though but hey its a cj I was not trying to make it ride like a caddy. Anyway from the knowledge that I have obtained all over the net all most all these lift kit co's springs and shocks are all made by the same company. I'm am very happy with my kit. It came with everything you need + RC new springs are double military wrapped. I would however changer over to greasable shackles and main eyes.
By the way I'm not a cheap spender by any means I have a 2800$ lift on my F-150 but it is also my daily driver and the cj is not.

Just my 2cents
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Unread 05-08-2008, 12:41 PM   #7
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I am also looking for a kit for my Cj. I do not like the idea of purchasing the RE for 1,300 and you don't even get shocks! I found a kit for about 650 and it came with everything needed. Even the drop pitman arm that most do not. It also came with the 2 1/2 wide leafs like the Yj springs. I would either go with rough country, or skyjacker. I hear great things about skyjacker though. I think itís different per jeep. Some say this or that sag and some say they have no problems. Bottom line is you may or may not have issues is just what I have been told point blank. If youíre still not sure, see if you have some peeps in your area with the size lift you want. On ajeep your running and see if they will take you for a quick ride. C how it feels to you. That's the best .2 I can give you. Good luck.

Skyjacker, RC, and a few others are the exact same shock.

Just dont get the nitros, they are hella stiff.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 12:49 PM   #8
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that's good to know. stiff springs but soft shocks! would not have thought of that. I was going with the nitro shocks too. hey NWA, is that aviator pic of your jeep with the lift? looks great. did your kit come with everything you needed? greasable shackles are not that big of a deal to just add them even though the kits comes with new shackles. kinda lost on the main eyes part though.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 01:44 PM   #9
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for a cruiser, i'd get a 2.5 bds or old man emu.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 02:01 PM   #10
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that's good to know. stiff springs but soft shocks! would not have thought of that. I was going with the nitro shocks too. hey NWA, is that aviator pic of your jeep with the lift? looks great. did your kit come with everything you needed? greasable shackles are not that big of a deal to just add them even though the kits comes with new shackles. kinda lost on the main eyes part though.

That pick has the lift, The kit has everything, and the maineyes are the ones oppsite the shackle should just be some new bushings and a greasable bolt. I got all mine from discountjeepparts.com They are the rugged ridge ones w/ 3/8" lift and included prothane bushings. The lift I got off ebay
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Unread 05-08-2008, 02:07 PM   #11
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sweet, I'm looking @ the BDS 4" lift. I'm I okay with the stock shocks that come with the kit? also, did you correct your castor angle?
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Unread 05-08-2008, 02:27 PM   #12
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it's likely you'll need to add some shims if you're going with 4". and i'd just run the shocks that come with the kit if it were me.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 02:30 PM   #13
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great, just about what I wanted to hear...
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Unread 05-08-2008, 02:31 PM   #14
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bolt it up, check your angle, add shims if necessary...
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