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post #1 of 9 Old 03-21-2014, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Leveling kit or suspension kit

I am trying to make a decision on installing a leveling kit or suspension kit on my 2014 Rubicon. I only want to go 2 to 2.5" that's all. Anyone know which would give me the better ride?

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-22-2014, 04:13 PM
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...better ride?

In what way; on road, off road, handling, cornering, ???

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i feel that spacer lifts of 2-2.5 is not a great idea. I mean you just dropped what 35K+ on this new Rubi and are now going to stuff spacers of that size?(cheep lift) a leveling kit is just that not a lift . front say 1" rear 3/4 or to me at most 1.5 front 3/4 rear. there is a reason why the front is a bit lower as well. off road you do not want the front higher than the rear, or to me even level.

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My opinion, at 2 to 2.5 inches, a good (emphasis on good) spring lift will ride better than a spacer or budget boost.

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I have been debating the same thing for the last several weeks. I ended up purchasing the OME lift with HD springs. I have not installed the kit yet, but I will most likely get close to 3 inches with the springs. You will be happier in the long run with the full kit, over the spacers in my opinion.

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Format for asking what lift you should get
1.2 Door or 4 Door?
2.Vehicle Year?
3.Do you go off roading?
What type of offroading?
-Prerunner desert racing
-Dirt roads (backroads)
4.What size tires would you like to run?
5.What size wheels would you like to run?
6.Will you be regearing?
7.Do you care about your comfort when on the road?
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Seems like a lot of misinformation here. Budget boosts do not ride bad. In fact, it will ride close to OEM, except of course the roll centers will change, but that is with any lift. You still gain ground clearance with a budget boost if you throw on bigger tires.

On the flip side, most aftermarket suspension will ride a bit more stiff than OEM as they are typically stiffer springs to accommodate more weight. Typically, most of us want a stiffer ride. Not that we want it to beat our kidneys down, but a bit more spirited. If ride comfort is truly your intention and you spend 99% on road, then the budget boost will probably ride more comfortably. The soft OEM springs will soak up bumps in the road. An actual spring lift will handle better but you will feel more bumps and what not in the road, it will also gain suspension travel and be able to support weight of steel bumpers and armor.

There are spacer leveling kits and lift kits also spring leveling kits and lift kits. It is really up to you what your end goal is.

PM me if you have any more questions and to talk about options.

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I had a 2" skyjacker bb on my JKU and loved it.

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Originally Posted by A321jr View Post
I am trying to make a decision on installing a leveling kit or suspension kit on my 2014 Rubicon. I only want to go 2 to 2.5" that's all. Anyone know which would give me the better ride?
This is my opinion, that is all.

If you want that much lift then do it with aftermarket springs. Those springs with appropriate shocks will give a better ride and handling. Why? because these springs will support the weight of aftermarket bumpers much better than stock, IMO along with the added wieght of larger tires.

All the factory stuff is designed to work with a factory stock vehicle. Stock bumper weights, stock wheel tire size and weight etc....You start changing parts and that messes up what the factory did.

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