Ok guys and the couple of ladies, Jeep noob when it comes to lifts and options. My head is swimming with all the options when it comes to lifts. My Jeep will see more pavement than wilderness but will still be taken on trails and out into the woods down here in the south. I'm becoming a huge camping advocate since it gets me out of the office and way from work. No realy rocky areas I have ever seen, just mud, ruts, sometimes a tree on the trail etc.
One day I'd like to go out west and wheel with some of you guys in Moab but don't see that happening in the next 4 years so looking to build for my purposes now and if I need to lift more in a couple years I will. This being said I'd like to do enough now to where it might last me forever but if in 4 or so years I decide to lift again, it wouldn't hurt my feelings.
I'm not looking to spend a ton and would like to keep the suspension lifting $1000 or less (even less if I don't go with a kit to order).
So now to the fun, was hoping to give you guys a feel of what the Jeep will be doing.
Going to be doing a 1.25" JKS body lift. Might only do a 1" but planning for 1.25 right now.
JKS quicker disconnects for the front sway bar. These are a definate as my sway bar connector bushings are shot. These are not purchased yet but will be.
Already have put a Currie HD steering setup in the Jeep as the tie rod ends were shot and I want to run 33" tires when I get lifted some (already on 31s). Decided to go ahead and do it since I had some extra cash last month. And you can't go wrong with beefier steering.
I'm unsure what I want to do for lifting the suspension. Part of me says to go with a 2" BB. I assume with a 2" BB I wouldn't have to worry about anything else other than shocks correct?
The other part of me says to go for a 3" BDS (or similar, not set on one brand) lift with new springs. I'd like to avoid a t-case drop or SYE at the moment. If I go this route would a 1" MML be fine to get the drive line angles correct? With 3" would I need to worry about the length of the track bars also?
Another option I thought of was just lifting 2" with some different more heavy duty springs (due to the addition of bumpers etc) and putting new shocks on.
As for ride quality I'm looking for something a little softer than my Jeep rides now (Yea I know that no one on here knows how my Jeep rides). I think the shocks are shot though as there isn't much bounce, large potholes or bumps are very jarring. It isn't like the bump stops are being hit but it isn't a soft feeling or a bounce either.
I will sometime this year or the beginning of next have a larger beefer bumper on the front of the Jeep and a winch. So that adds weight up there. I'll hopefully be ordering my Jeeperman rear bumper this week.
I know everyone has a different build. I've read through tons of posts on what people have done but was hoping to get a couple questions answered. Make sure I am seeing things correctly, and get some of your opinions. I know I'm only talking about 1" difference in lift here, but 1" can mean a lot sometimes. It definitely does in price
. Plus BB compared to new springs etc. means difference.