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post #1 of 35 Old 12-14-2010, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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best 2-2.5in suspension lift

i have been looking to buy a small lift for my 2002 wrangler sport and would like input on which ones are awesome and which ones are bad
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What do you want to do with the Jeep?

Offroad?

DD?

What type of on-road ride quality do you expect?

How long do you plan to keep it?

Will you ever want more lift?

How much do you expect to spend?

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Stay away from the RC 2.5.

The best 2-2.5 inch lifts are either the OME 2.5 or the BDS 2 inch. I have the BDS and love it, rides great. The OME is nice too.
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OME, RCD, BDS. in that order.
What's RCD again? I always forget.
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What's RCD again? I always forget.
RCD lift kits for Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Toyota

i keep thinking i was going to get the RC 2.5, but it seems like everyone on JF is split about that setup..

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The best 2-2.5 inch lifts are either the OME 2.5 or the BDS 2 inch. I have the BDS and love it, rides great. The OME is nice too.
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I'd throw a 2" RE budget boost on and be done with it. No need to get fancy at that height.

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I'd throw a 2" RE budget boost on and be done with it. No need to get fancy at that height.
I disagree:

1) The OEM springs sag rapidly with the spacer lift especially in the front because they overcompress because RE doesn't provide front bump stop extensions. By 40K miles my springs were sacked out.
2) The RE budget boost shocks suck the big one. As in, washboard roads make the back end of your Jeep dance all around, and your fillings vibrate out. You'll end up replacing them with BD or OME shocks (which handle washboard *much* better), so why not just go with the BD or OME lift in the first place?

The budget boost is better than nothing if you're not sure how much lift you're going to eventually put on and are intending to put on a real lift within the next 20,000 miles or so, but if you're sure you're going to stop at 2.5 and 33" tires (because, say, it's a daily driver, or because you don't want to mess up the extended warranty, or because you don't want a high-COG Jeep), I say go ahead and go with the OME or BD.
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Stay away from the RC 2.5.

The best 2-2.5 inch lifts are either the OME 2.5 or the BDS 2 inch. I have the BDS and love it, rides great. The OME is nice too.

What's wrong with the Rough country 2.5 lift?. i just purchased their 2.5 long arm kit and have heard good things about their product. Was recommended to me by a freind who is a avid offroader and builder
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What's wrong with the Rough country 2.5 lift?. i just purchased their 2.5 long arm kit and have heard good things about their product. Was recommended to me by a freind who is a avid offroader and builder
2.5 inch lift on long arms? Have fun with that in the rocks.
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I dont see anything wrong with the RC 2.5. But the 2.2 shocks are a bit on the stiff side.
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RCD lift kits for Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Toyota

i keep thinking i was going to get the RC 2.5, but it seems like everyone on JF is split about that setup..
As one who purchased (and then spent more to make it right) the RC 2.5" kit, I would choose another kit if I had it to do all over again.

The 2.2 shocks are way too stiff for a lightweight TJ. Swaybar disconnects are not included in the kit, so you will not get the amount of flex advertised in the kit unless you spend more to add them. A rear trackbar bracket isn't included, and is required if you want proper handling, bushing wear, and your axle centered under the Jeep. A front adjustable trackbar isn't included, and is required for the same reason as the rear trackbar bracket. The tcase drop included with the kit is the height of those intended for a 4" suspension lift, so you'll more than likely have just as many vibes after you add it as you did before if you don't cut the plastic pucks in half. A handful of washers 2-4 per skid bolt is the most common solution to eliminate vibes.
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As one who purchased (and then spent more to make it right) the RC 2.5" kit, I would choose another kit if I had it to do all over again.

The 2.2 shocks are way too stiff for a lightweight TJ. Swaybar disconnects are not included in the kit, so you will not get the amount of flex advertised in the kit unless you spend more to add them. A rear trackbar bracket isn't included, and is required if you want proper handling, bushing wear, and your axle centered under the Jeep. A front adjustable trackbar isn't included, and is required for the same reason as the rear trackbar bracket. The tcase drop included with the kit is the height of those intended for a 4" suspension lift, so you'll more than likely have just as many vibes after you add it as you did before if you don't cut the plastic pucks in half. A handful of washers 2-4 per skid bolt is the most common solution to eliminate vibes.

are you talking about the basic 2.5 kit or the long arm kit? and why would would it be a bad on the rocks? it doesn't take the arms much further past the stock locations. the long arm kit comes complete.
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