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.
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
dont even waste your time looking at Savvy or OME, stick to RC, BDS, and Zone.
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.
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.