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post #1 of 28 Old 08-12-2012, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Lift Advice- can't sort through it all

I need help finding the right lift. I'm having trouble wading through the torrents of information about lifts. My Jeep has 160,000 miles on the stock suspension. It's well overdue for a replacement and I want to add some height at the same time.

Here are my assumptions
- 3'' is about right since anymore requires some drive train upgrades
- Since I plan to upgrade the springs and shocks anyway, no need for a BB spacer solution
- Short arm is cheaper (than LA), bolts on and is more than adequate since I've a very light off roader
-It's possible to get something decent for a 80% onroad 20% off road jeep for ~$600

So, here's where I need your help. The best place for me to throw this on my jeep myself is a few hours away. I need a decent quality kit that has everything I need so I can hammer everything out in a weekend. I feel I can throw the lift on, do a 1'' body lift and be good to go.

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post #2 of 28 Old 08-12-2012, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Brand advice is another area I'm no sure about. For instance, would this be a good kit with everything I need to be good to go?

http://www.xtremeterrain.com/3suspen...neoffroad.aspx
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there are hundreds of threads just like this

brands seem to go Savvy>OME>Bds\Zone>all the rest

best budget lift is usually the zone 3" or 4.25" combo.

I dont see any reason why you would want to go long arm

most all kits can be done by anyone in a few hours. do yourself a favor and do some research. take your time. know where you want your jeep to end before you start building. there is a lot more to a lift than springs and shocks. then that rolls into what size tires, which rolls into gears. it can get pretty expensive if you start buying parts twice
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post #4 of 28 Old 08-12-2012, 03:52 PM
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Seriously consider the OME 2.5" which will net you 3". Known for the best ride bar-none.
As said then BDS, Savvy etc. Get a good lift with good shocks.
Look here at the OME lifts:
http://dpgoffroad.com/?field_1=11&fi...it=Search+Site

You can add a 1" body lift if needed for clearance
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dont even waste your time looking at Savvy or OME, stick to RC, BDS, and Zone.
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dont even waste your time looking at Savvy or OME, stick to RC, BDS, and Zone.
What's wrong with savvy?

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dont even waste your time looking at Savvy or OME, stick to RC...
Yep, go crappy or go home.

Zone & BDS are good budget suspensions. Stay away from RC, skyjacker, FT, others sold through 4WP dealers.

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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ru...thread-792423/
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What's wrong with savvy?
Nothing at all.


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-It's possible to get something decent for a 80% onroad 20% off road jeep for ~$600
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What's wrong with savvy?
Nothing. He's a hater.

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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ru...thread-792423/
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Nothing. He's a hater.
LMAO ! ! ! ! oh yeah, I'm a hater I hate people who have one answer for every question.

I'm sorry OP, you should look at only Savvy and OME, you should be able to get 2 shocks and maybe even a spring for your $600.

Instead of "go crappy or go home" maybe you should have said "spend more than you can afford or park your POS"
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post #11 of 28 Old 08-13-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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dont even waste your time looking at Savvy or OME, stick to RC, BDS, and Zone.
Thanks.

How do you feel about the 3 inch Zone that I posted?

I don't see the point in throwing a lot of money at this jeep. It's got 160k on the clock, it's a 2.5L, it's a commuter when I don't feel like riding the bike (4-5 times a month). Had a guy slash my windows (doors were unlocked as always), and realized I really just wanted a little extra pride in ownership. Add some height while fixing the worn out suspension, flush mount the rear lights and do some other minor things.

The most off roading it gets is getting to my favorite kayak launch points and she does it pretty well with my worn out stock suspension. However, it can get hung up a bit on some of the trails I go on with friends and snow in the winter.
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Zone is a very popular choice, they are a good economical lift from all I have read, I havent had one myself but havent seen anything negative about the cost or the product. At 3", you should have a simple install, nothing tricky and nothing to modify to make it work properly, its a good hieght to start with and at a good price.

The only suggestion I would make is try it first without the transfer case drop, when I had my 3.25" I ran it without the drop, if you have vibrations you can always install it, but mine didnt need it. Also you could consider a 1.25" body lift and 1" motor mount lift, also a great option to loose vibrations and not clearance.
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Yea put some springs on there and especially make sure you get some real cheap shocks on there. You'll love the ride.
If you want a good ride invest some cash, if you don't care go cheap.
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Yea put some springs on there and especially make sure you get some real cheap shocks on there. You'll love the ride.
If you want a good ride invest some cash, if you don't care go cheap.
Jim
All the reviews I've found say the Zone rides really nice. Do you not agree with that?
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Its more than you want to pay , and does not account for all the wore out bushings in your control arms but it will ride exceptionally better than what you have now.

4-OME Shocks, 4-OME Coil Springs, OME Rear Trackbar Bracket, rear bumpstop extensions and Steering Stabilizer. $794.23

http://dpgoffroad.com/products/old-m...-wrangler-kit/

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