I'm fairly new to jeeps (recently bought my first, 2012) and was looking at gettin a lift kit. Probably not gonna get tires any bigger than 35's. Was looking at getting a teraflex 4'' lift. Price really isn't something I'm worried about. I was wondering if someone could inform me on the difference between the TeraFlex 4" LCG Long Arm Suspension System with SpeedBumps and the TeraFlex 4" Suspension System with Shocks. Or even make a better recommendation!
I wish you had included parts number to know which lifts you were talking about. The long arm is easy, but they have several other non long arm 4 inch lifts.
I just had Teraflex install there 4inch LCG long arm kit with bump stops (1257490) and I went with the Elka Shocks. I'm lucky as I'm about 2 hours from their office so I was able to test drive a couple of there rigs to see how I liked the feel.
I liked how the 4 in long arm kit with the Elka shocks rode. I drove it on city streets and on the freeway at speeds over 85mph.
There is not much of a price different between the long arm lift and the Med arm kit, about 500.00
JK Elite 4" Kit no shocks (4dr) SKU: 1457400 @ $2,941.99
4" JK Suspension w/Full 8 FlexArm System - no Shocks (4 door)
SKU: 1156400 $2,401.99
The bigger difference is the time and work required to install a long arm lift. The long arm requires twice as much time to install, as you have to cut off all the stock arm mounting points and weld on the new ones as well as all the other work.
If you are looking for a 4inch lift go with the long arm. The prices above are just MSRP. Both the vendors in this thread will beat those prices.
Also I'm still running the stock drive shafts on my JK. That said I'm ready to replace them if/when they need to be replaced.