Thoughts about this lift?? Skyjacker 4" Economy Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks
I have a 97 tj with 2" BL. Would like to add 33's. I want the best look and ride possible without spending $1000's. Should I remove BL and add SL or keep BL and add smaller SL? Also, thoughts on the 4" Skyjacker Economy Lift with Hydro from Quadratec??
I wouldn't buy it - that kit doesn't come with nearly enough parts for a 4" lift kit. You'll definitely need adjustable track bars, and you'll need adjustable control arms if you ever decide to get rid of the t-case drop. The Hydros are cheap shocks and won't be a very smooth ride either. Ultimately you won't save any money by going this route.
If you're just looking to fit 33's on a budget and look okay, do a 2" BB in addition to your BL. You'll keep your stock coils, get upgraded shocks (maybe) and won't have to deal with a t-case drop. And you'll only spend $300 and have it installed in a day.
There are really too many things wrong with the parts that come with this lift kit. First off you don't need the DPA, doesn't come with an adjustable trackbar. For the money I wouldn't waste my time. The shocks are decent for the price they are nice riding hydros if you are looking for a soft ride. If budget is the issue I would go with the Zone offroad 3" lift kit . This lift kit you could always add an adj. trackbar or just redrill the axle side mounting hole. And if you want gas charged shocks they are upgradable for only $21.
As said above: ditch the tall body lift and get a 1" or 1.25" kit from a decent/reputable manufacturer. I would do a motor mount lift at the same time, to prevent drilling your fan shroud. You can get a 2" budget boost/coil spacer, but that doesn't address your shocks at all. For the price of the BB, you could get decent shocks, and the springs aren't that much more.
Check DPG...they have good stuff from OME. JKS makes MML blocks, or you can spend $100 on the Brown Dog versions. Savvy, Daystar, etc. make good BL kits. Or, if you want to do it all at once:
I agree with the above posts - the skjacker economy rides like crap - my friends GF's TJ had one when she bought it and within the week we replaced the entire kit even though it was like new! The poly arms and t case drop just did not cut it... I would actually prefer my RC 2.5 with a 1.75 spacer over the SJ 4 inch coils and the RC coils are notorious for being stiff... I think the rock ready coils have a softer rate but do not quote me on that.
Same as mentioned above. It was my understanding that the shifters/linkages and steering column could start to pose issues at anything over 1" or 1.25"...I hate the way it looks, too, but my commentary was based on physical issues.
If I'm wrong on that, PLEASE correct me.
Edit: also, the fan shroud and motor mounts...although I think I've seen 2" raised motor mounts at Brown Dog...but that's a lot of drivline angle change.
If it's worth doing, then it's worth overdoing.
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