My wife and i just purchased our 2009 4 door 4wd wrangler and want to start putting it in the air. We have been leaning toward a 4 inch suspension lift with 35s. Ill more than likely have to change gears(its an auto) not sure what gears to get. we dont drive the highway much, but we also dont rock climb or dig in the mud,more or less we want it for looks first and function second. I dont need the works but i also dont want to spend the time and money on a piece of crap. I actually live 2 miles away from the skyjacker home office and my wife goes to church with the owners,although im not opposed to using a different brand if its cheaper!! So what do you guys think i should get?
i got the RE 3.5 (Rubicon Express). It was about 539. It retails I believe at 599, but if you use the forum vendor section you can price compete with vendors and online stores. You'd be surprised how low they'll go. . If you read one of the stickys http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/g...speed-1075016/ it will help you decide what gears you need. I like the rubicon express. I havent had any trouble with it so far. A lot of guys say you might need to swap out you drive shafts because of the angle of the lift. Thats what I hear. My drive shafes are 7k on the lift and still going strong. I have only been off-roading with it a few times but nothing hardcore. So since you won't be doing any off roading I think they lift will hold up fine, but with the 35s I dont know from experince. I've also read you should get C gussets to help support the 35s and possible sleeves for the axles. This is just some of the many things that come up when you research 35s on this forum. I'm sure there will be more input.
Most 2.5" suspension lifts will work fine with 35 inch tires. Depending on how you off road you might have rubbing issues with the tires. Typically this is addressed with a small body lift.
There are a multitude of different ways you can go with lifts. Many cheaper 2.5" lifts are not considered technically complete, but there are many people running these type of lifts with no issues. I am running the Rough Country 2.5" coil lift. No problems with it so far. If I had the cash though, I'd be running a more complete 3 or 3.5" lift from someone like AEV.
The real question is, how much do you want to spend?
How much do i wanna spend good question! Well like i said i dont offroad much at all so i wouyldnt think i needed a 1200 dollar lift i was thinking more a long the lines of 600 dollars or so. What does everyone think about this?
AEV rocks. I've had 3 different rides with three different lifts, all 4". But for me the AEV is the closest to the stock ride. Very happy.
07 JK 4dr. Steel Blue, Auto, 3.5" AEV lift, 35 x 12.5 x 17 Nitto Trail Grapplers on matte black Raptors 17 x 9
SOLD! 05 Unlimited, Silver, 4.0 Auto, 4"Skyjacker lift, 1" TC drop, 33 x 11.5 x 16 Nitto Mud Terrains on ARE Victor 16 x 8s
I installed a Rusty's 2 inch coil lift on our 07 2dr last month and have been pleased. I know people have mixed thoughts on Rusty's, but I think it was a good kit for the $$$. It's been offroad a couple of times with no problem and the road ride is just a little stiffer than stock (I personally like it better). I got 'round 3-3.5 inches on a 2dr so you would get a little less with a 4dr. I figured it was a nice entry level kit and can always be upgraded later. Good luck and you won't regret lifting!!
The word economy doesn't go well with a 4-5" lift. I don't understand why one would lift for looks. You will be much happier with a 2.5-3" lift.
Well i mostly will be lifting for looks because my wife will be driving it. and when it goes off road i will be using it. But for the majoprity of the time she will have it so mainly it will be for looks. I dont understand what this lift doesnt have that some of the others do have? Ive always had muscle cars,lifting a vehicle is new to me,im just trying to learn.