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Unread 11-11-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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3" lift options

Ok guys, have been doing a bunch of reading on here....

I got an 06 unlimited, and use it for part time cake deliveries......yeah I know, but my Jeep addiction kept me from buying a bakery delivery van.....hey I got my priorities straight right?

I wheel about once a year, and plan on a winch and bumper up front. I have a 1.25 body lift, and am about to order 33x12.50 15 Duratracs on 15x8 rims.

So' on my JKU I put on a teraflex 2.5 kit, and it rode ok.

I read if you stay below 3" to stay with stock control arms, so my lift choices are:

OME Foundation from DPG's. $850
Coils, shocks, track bar bracket, rear bump stops, steering stbl. No sway bar extensions.

Had this on my Rover, rode great, but will kill my budget.

RCD $799
Coils, 5100 bilsteins, track bar bracket, sway bar links, bump stops very complete
I don't know enough about the RCD coils.....Help...

Teraflex 3". $592
No Shocks, but otherwise complete as the RCD kit.
No shocks so I need another $344 for bilsteins, blowing my budget.

Zone 3" $459
Coils, shocks, sway bar links, bump stops, rear track bar bracket.
I heard good things, this is BDS, right?

Skyjacker 3" $399
Coils, shocks, CAM BOLTS, bump stops, rear track bar bracket, No sway bar links.
No idea? help....


Ok, so,what do,you think to get me started? I can add adjustable track bars later as needed, just can't shell out the cash for lower control arms as some of you will suggest.....

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Unread 11-11-2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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Zone and BDS are sister companies. They are both owned by Sport Truck USA.

They may share suppliers, and in some/many cases their parts may be the same, but they won't share this info and I understand why they do not want to.

The Zone 4.25 combo kit could be a good option for you. Spend $70 more than the 3" kit and get a MML and 1.25" BL. Sell the BL for $70, get the MML for free.

I think of the options you listed, Zone is your best option. OME is nice, but not worth the premium in my opinion. No experience with RCD coils, but I do like Bilstein 5100 shocks. No experience with Teraflex springs, but their 3" kit seems too expensive for what you get. Skyjacker, I've used their Hydro shocks and they were ok. Though I'd rather have Zone shocks when considering options in that price range.
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Unread 11-11-2014, 10:32 AM   #3
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x2, out of those options, i vote zone. and stick with the hydro shocks
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Unread 11-11-2014, 12:09 PM   #4
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The Zone 4.25 combo kit could be a good option for you. Spend $70 more than the 3" kit and get a MML and 1.25" BL. Sell the BL for $70, get the MML for free.
X 2 and go with the softer hydro shocks.I've run this on my TJ's and a 4.5" on my XJ.Nice ride.
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Unread 11-11-2014, 12:27 PM   #5
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I just put the zone 3" lift on, and I like it. I went with the Nitro shocks, so the ride is a little stiff.
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Unread 11-11-2014, 03:05 PM   #6
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I vote for Old Man Emu! Excellent ride and handling, no problems with sag.

Also you have a choice of spring rates depending on how your LJ is equipped.

I've been an OME dealer for so many years I don't even want to say because it's making me feel old lol - PM me if you'd like to chat about a lift for your LJ. Happy to put something together for you
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What about Rusty kit with adjustable upper and lower control arms?
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What about Rusty kit with adjustable upper and lower control arms?
Not a good choice for a variety of reasons - poor product, poor customer service, etc.
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Unread 11-18-2014, 02:30 PM   #9
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I put a RC 3.25" lift on my 04 Lj and really like it. It is cheap and rides similar to stock. I would recommend going with a higher quality lift if you wheel heard but if it's a dd it's great. Other than an adjustable track bar it is very complete for the price. With the right wheels it can fit 33x12.5 easily. I'm running 33x10.5r15 bfg all terrain ko and they ride perfectly.
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Unread 11-18-2014, 03:08 PM   #10
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I don't have OME springs but I have running their shocks for over a decade and am very happy with them.
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Unread 11-18-2014, 05:54 PM   #11
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Any chance you saved the springs/shocks from the JKU? If so, you already have a lift - for free. Might need some 2" spacers for the front, or just buy a set of front springs.
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Unread 11-19-2014, 07:36 AM   #12
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What about Rusty kit with adjustable upper and lower control arms?
with a two inch susp lift you can use your stock arms. for the third inch add a body lift.
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I put a RC 3.25" lift on my 04 Lj and really like it. It is cheap and rides similar to stock. I would recommend going with a higher quality lift if you wheel heard but if it's a dd it's great. Other than an adjustable track bar it is very complete for the price. With the right wheels it can fit 33x12.5 easily. I'm running 33x10.5r15 bfg all terrain ko and they ride perfectly.
You can wheel hard with that lift, you don't need to break the bank to wheel hard. But you may break other parts with whatever lift you get if you wheel hard enough. The only issue I would have with that lift is the TC drop.
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You can wheel hard with that lift, you don't need to break the bank to wheel hard. But you may break other parts with whatever lift you get if you wheel hard enough. The only issue I would have with that lift is the TC drop.
That's very true but it pushes the limits of the stock control arms but since it's only about $450 including a new track bar you should have enough left over to upgrade the control arms if you feel the need to.
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Unread 11-20-2014, 02:32 PM   #15
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That's very true but it pushes the limits of the stock control arms but since it's only about $450 including a new track bar you should have enough left over to upgrade the control arms if you feel the need to.
How is that??
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