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Unread 08-24-2009, 09:09 AM   #1
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3" Lift Recommendation Requested

I've been searching and reading for a couple of weeks on lifts. The time is near for an order to go in, however, I am having a very difficult time deciding which manufacturer to go with.

I am going with 35"s for my build. I have researched many of the manufacturers to review what they offer and my head is spinning!

So many choices, however, who has the better product... While I am trying to stay within a respectable budget, I understand that a quality lift is going run around $1300 or so . My requirements for this lift are as follows:
  • Must fit 35s (a given)
  • Solid Parts designed to see action!
  • Ride Quality - This rig is my DD so I would like to retain a respectable on road ride quality!
  • Customer Service from the manufacturer
Most if not all of the 3" to 3.5" systems include new springs and so on. As you go down the list the upper echelon lifts include adjustable this and adjustable that. I am NOT wanting to do a budget boost, I am looking to build my rig right from the start without going to far overboard.

I pose 2 questions to the community:

What are the recommended MUST HAVE parts that I should look for in a lift or considering adding on? i.e. Adjustable Track Bars, Adjustable Control Arms vs. Cam Bolts, Steering addons, etc.

Can anyone provide feedback on the following lifts:

TeraFlex 3" Suspension System w/Full FlexArm System (Added this to the list b/c of the excellent feedback)
Full Traction - 3" "Premium" System
Rusty's Offroad 3.25" Basic Kit
AEV / Nth Degree 3.5" Premium Suspension System with Bilstein Shocks
Rubicon Express - JK 3.5" STANDARD KIT / JK 3.5" SUPER-FLEX KIT

As always, THANKS IN ADVANCE!



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Unread 08-24-2009, 09:20 AM   #2
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My opinion, based on my ride, consider the OME spring lift and shocks and add on track bars (not brackets) and adj control arms to adj caster and rear pinion angle - I have never looked back and ride is incredible on/off road. 2.5" HD kit gave me over 3" with loaded bumper. Let the opinions begin....
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Unread 08-24-2009, 09:39 AM   #3
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Rocky is right. You are going to get multiple opinions swearing by their lift. I just put on the AEV 3.5" premium lift and one of the reasons I chose this was I wanted to keep the on road ride as good as possible. I am also going to be switching to 35s soon. So far, I really like the lift and the ride on road is very good.

The RE lift is suppose to be real good too. I looked at RE, AEV and Poly Performance. My 1st choice was Poly, but I decided I didn't want to spend that much money.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 10:44 AM   #4
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I've been searching and reading for a couple of weeks on lifts. The time is near for an order to go in, however, I am having a very difficult time deciding which manufacturer to go with.

I am going with 35"s for my build. I have researched many of the manufacturers to review what they offer and my head is spinning!

So many choices, however, who has the better product... While I am trying to stay within a respectable budget, I understand that a quality lift is going run around $1300 or so . My requirements for this lift are as follows:
  • Must fit 35s (a given)
  • Solid Parts designed to see action!
  • Ride Quality - This rig is my DD so I would like to retain a respectable on road ride quality!
  • Customer Service from the manufacturer

Most if not all of the 3" to 3.5" systems include new springs and so on. As you go down the list the upper echelon lifts include adjustable this and adjustable that. I am NOT wanting to do a budget boost, I am looking to build my rig right from the start without going to far overboard.

I pose 2 questions to the community:

What are the recommended MUST HAVE parts that I should look for in a lift or considering adding on? i.e. Adjustable Track Bars, Adjustable Control Arms vs. Cam Bolts, Steering addons, etc.

Can anyone provide feedback on the following lifts:

Full Traction - 3" "Premium" System
Rusty's Offroad 3.25" Basic Kit
AEV / Nth Degree 3.5" Premium Suspension System with Bilstein Shocks
Rubicon Express - JK 3.5" STANDARD KIT / JK 3.5" SUPER-FLEX KIT

As always, THANKS IN ADVANCE!

Teraflex is a quality setup. I have this one and personally think it is great. I have heard very little good about the Rubicon Express. Make sure you are replacing control arms whichever way you are going so that you can get your steering geometry correct.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 12:34 PM   #5
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Poly Performance makes good stuff. Stay away from Black Diamond. Black Diamond is cheap for a reason. It's crap. I initially had a Black Diamond lift. It was a complete waste of money and caused me a great deal of aggravation. It also caused me unnecessary tire wear.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 12:43 PM   #6
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Teraflex is a quality setup. I have this one and personally think it is great. I have heard very little good about the Rubicon Express. Make sure you are replacing control arms whichever way you are going so that you can get your steering geometry correct.
X2 ... 3" teraflex with flex arms, as my DD the rides is very nice. although it's not on you list
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Unread 08-24-2009, 12:52 PM   #7
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X2 ... 3" teraflex with flex arms, as my DD the rides is very nice. although it's not on you list
Given all the feedback and a call to TeraFlex, this lift is quickly making it's way to #1.

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Unread 08-24-2009, 12:57 PM   #8
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bds is a great lift kit it handles nice on and offroad
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