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post #1 of 58 Old 02-09-2014, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Best/Cheapest lift

So I'm looking into lifts right now for my new ride ('05 X) and I have a few beginner questions. I want to go the route of 1-2" blocks and 2" suspension lift to get 3-4" of overall lift and eventually get some 33's. What do I need to get to properly lift my jeep? I've seen some kits with just 4 blocks and others have a lot more replacement parts. Keeping in mind I'm still a beginner, what are some setups that you have known work well and wont break the bank? Thanks for any input!

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post #2 of 58 Old 02-09-2014, 08:27 PM
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So I'm looking into lifts right now for my new ride ('05 X) and I have a few beginner questions. I want to go the route of 1-2" blocks and 2" suspension lift to get 3-4" of overall lift and eventually get some 33's. What do I need to get to properly lift my jeep? I've seen some kits with just 4 blocks and others have a lot more replacement parts. Keeping in mind I'm still a beginner, what are some setups that you have known work well and wont break the bank? Thanks for any input!
Might as well state your budget, or this is an exercise in futility.
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well for just the body lift and suspension lift i could spend around 500, is that reasonable?
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well for just the body lift and suspension lift i could spend around 500, is that reasonable?
Not for a 4" lift. For that budget, stick to 2".

By blocks, did you mean coil spacers?

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Not for a 4" lift. For that budget, stick to 2".

By blocks, did you mean coil spacers?
Yea coil spacers are what I've been looking at, how do those mix with 2" lifts?
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Zone 4.25" combo kit. Cant go wrong for the price. I think its around 600.

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Zone 4.25" combo kit. Cant go wrong for the price. I think its around 600.
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Yea coil spacers are what I've been looking at, how do those mix with 2" lifts?
Why would you buy a coil spacer and a lift spring? That would be a mistake for many reasons. One being it doesn't cost any more money to buy a 4" spring than it does to buy a 2" spring. Another is you would still need everything required to do a 3.5" spring lift.

Your best option has already been stated. A combination lift like the zone 4.25". The 4.25" is a 1.25" body lift and 3" spring lift. If you have a light rig the 3.75" rough country combination lift would be a good option as well.
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Keep the suspension around 2-3 inches, add tube fenders or a bodylift for extra clearance to fit 33's. Above 3 inches you may need extra parts to get rid of vibes and with your budget I'd stay below 3.

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Theres also no need to run more than 3" SL because you can easily make 37's work with 3" and 1" BL. Just some modifications. I know guys that flex the hell out of that setup.

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Theres also no need to run more than 3" SL because you can easily make 37's work with 3" and 1" BL. Just some modifications. I know guys that flex the hell out of that setup.
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post #12 of 58 Old 02-10-2014, 08:13 AM
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cheap and good rarely go together. When you go cheap is almost always costs more later. That is because the cheap parts break or cause issues and have to be replaced with what you should of bought in the first place, thus costing more. Save your money and do it right the first time, it might take longer but it will be cheaper in the long run.
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cheap and good rarely go together. When you go cheap is almost always costs more later. That is because the cheap parts break or cause issues and have to be replaced with what you should of bought in the first place, thus costing more. Save your money and do it right the first time, it might take longer but it will be cheaper in the long run.
But good planning and research can save you money.

OP, if you are looking to run 33s you can get away with it on a decent budget. Either some coils or spacers for the 2 inches. Coils should perform better. If you go much further that 2 inch susp you can open yourself up to other issue, primarily drive line issues. Get a one inch body lift and the right bump stops. If you have the Wrangler X you probably8 have the Dana 35 in the rear. That axle can break running 33s. I would pass on the higher dollar suspension stuff and get a winch and don’t get stupid with the skinny pedal.

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But good planning and research can save you money.

OP, if you are looking to run 33s you can get away with it on a decent budget. Either some coils or spacers for the 2 inches. Coils should perform better. If you go much further that 2 inch susp you can open yourself up to other issue, primarily drive line issues. Get a one inch body lift and the right bump stops. If you have the Wrangler X you probably8 have the Dana 35 in the rear. That axle can break running 33s. I would pass on the higher dollar suspension stuff and get a winch and donít get stupid with the skinny pedal.
a good winch can cost you more then a complete lift kit.

I do agree that research is key. However with all things jeep staying in a budget and doing it right is not as easily done as it is said. You never know what issue you might run into and need to fix along the way. Its better to take it slow and do LOTS AND LOTS of research. Its better to spend more and cry once then it is to go cheap and cry twice having to fix it later.
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post #15 of 58 Old 02-10-2014, 08:55 AM
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I have a 4in skyjacker sport lift. I added a rubicon express track. Total price was about $600(price went up now it's about $650). I am running the tcase drop and don't have any driveline vibes at all.

It's not a bad lift buts its not a geat lift. People tent to complain about skyjacker on here, but I haven't had any. It is missing a few piece, you can always add them later.
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