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Unread 08-23-2013, 06:25 AM   #1
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Lift kit question

Hello,
I have a 2011 Jeep jk sport. on stock Rubicon wheels and tires.
I want to put a 3.5in Lift on, and hopes in the future when money comes my way to put 35in tires on. I already have a tuner as well. my question is what all do i need.
the kit I'm looking into buying right now is the Skyjacker 3.5" Standard Lift Kit with M95 Performance Shocks and Lower Arms.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16117_1046.htm
but is that everything i will need? will i need upper control arms? or anything else?
for example skyjacker also makes this 3.5 inch value flex lift. and in the descriptions i cant really tell a difference but i see added bars in the picture. and it is about the same price only without the shocks.
all in all I'm trying to do about a 3.5 inch lift and trying not to spend to much money. I would greatly appreciate any help and advice.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 06:31 AM   #2
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Tim,

Can I ask why you want a 3.5" Lift? 3.5" lift and "trying not to spend to much money" really does not go together. Especially if your budgeting around $1100.00 for the lift. Most of the time, when you get the a 3.5" lift on a JK, you will be a least swapping out the drive shafts sooner or later if you wheel it. The stock drive shafts are not designed to run at that tall of a angle. So, right there your looking at $800ish.

If your looking to do a 35" tall tire, it would be much cheaper to stick to a 2.5" lift. It will be cheaper, you will still have plenty of room, and you wont have to worry about the drive shafts down the road.

Now, for the SkyJacker... I would stay away from that as well. For one, the arms are not adjustable. Does not allow you to dial in the suspension for your setup. Not to mention other things that I am sure others will chime in about.

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Unread 08-23-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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To be honest i just wanted more lift, I have a aftermarket bumper and a winch and it really lowers the front. I was just figuring 3.5 would perform better and look cooler, but ya i don't want to have to change more down the line. because I'm already going to have to re gear when I add the bigger tires. can you suggest a lift kit for around 1000 that would be decent? one that will include everything that i will need. I drive the jeep on a regular basis. but on the weekends i also love to offroad and do some mudding. not really any rock crawling or anything that crazy though.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 07:20 AM   #4
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I like this Teraflex lift,
http://www.krawloff-road.com/product_p/tfjk25shocks.htm
but why would i need wheel spacers to run this lift with my rubicon tires? I'm not really understanding that. what i do like about it though, is it comes with the better shocks and seems to have everything i would need. is this a good or bad route to take?
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Unread 08-23-2013, 07:32 AM   #5
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If you're not getting out on the rocks, a 2.5" coil lift would work well for you. Just make sure you get one with the rear trackbar relocation bracket on the axle side.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 07:41 AM   #6
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on that note I'm kinda leaning more towards the RK then.
Rock Krawler Stock Mod 2.5" System
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16189_2001.htm
Its a lot cheaper, doesn't say i have to include wheel spacers. and seems like it will do the job.
should i also put some new shocks in? if so can anyone point me in a starting direction on brand/size?

and Thank you guys for helping me.
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on that note I'm kinda leaning more towards the RK then.
Rock Krawler Stock Mod 2.5" System
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16189_2001.htm
Its a lot cheaper, doesn't say i have to include wheel spacers. and seems like it will do the job.
should i also put some new shocks in? if so can anyone point me in a starting direction on brand/size?

and Thank you guys for helping me.
I have the Bilstein 5100 on the jk with the RK Stock Mod, I personally think they are a little too stiff. The jk I drive has the Rancho RS9000XL adjustable shocks which I'm a fan of. If you go that route you'd want the part numbers ending in 329 for the front and 330 for the rear...which are the part# for the 2.5"-4" lift.
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I like the Teraflex 2.5" with shocks. It's 730.99 on Quadratec--I'm sure you can find it cheaper. By the time you add shocks to the Rock Krawler kit, you're more than likely going to be more expensive than the Teraflex kit. The Rock Krawler also does not include bumpstops or brake line drop brackets and the rear trackbar bracket requires welding.
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The Teraflex kit is nice too, you'd need to add a front track bar to it, and the coils aren't progressive like the RKs....but as pointed out it comes with bump stops and brake line extension brackets.
The lifts don't require wheel spacers, those are related to using the stock wheels with larger tires (the 35s you mentioned), because of back spacing.
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ya i don't really want to do any welding. I like the idea of the Teraflex one, it coming with the shocks and all. and that makes perfect sense about the spacers, i cant believe i didn't think of that lol. so I guess now it comes down to, does it need the front track bar that your talking about, and what exactly does that do? and what do you mean about the coils? I'm sorry for all the questions i just really don't want to overlook anything.
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Dude, don't be sorry....that's why we are here.
The track bar brings your front axle back into alignment (centers it), the rear is addressed by the included bracket...which also addresses a weak point with the stock bracket. When you install a lift kit it changes a lot of angles...the axles won't be centered, the angles of your driveline will change.
Read up on this
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/d...hread-1410631/
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so what I'm understanding here is it is needed, and although a front track bar bracket is cheaper and would work a front track bar would be a lot better and a adjustable one would be the best option.
right?
so how about this one? will it work?
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16189_2114.htm
its a little cheaper then the rest and it is adjustable and says for a 2-4 lift.

and now that i understand a little more about what i need, what is everyone's opinion? the terriflex that comes with the complete kit except the front track-bar. or the RK coil kit and buy the track bars front and rear separate as well as the shocks?
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That track bar will work fine.
The RK coil lift comes with the front track bar and rear bracket. The rear bracket does need to be welded before offloading, but it's literally a 10 minute job at a local shop, just a couple spot welds
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I'd go with a Metalcloak, JKS, Clayton, or Currie trackbar. Any suspension link with a poly bushing at one end should throw up a red flag. Do it right the first time so you don't have to spend money doing it twice.
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