Ok so heres my newbie question. I have a 08 JK Unlimited 4dr Sahara. I have a Teraflex leveling kit, Spydertrax 1.5" spacers that i was going to put on tomorrow. I just found a deal for 2012 rubi shocks and springs for 40$. Should i do leveling kit with stock sahara springs etc...Or can i do the leveling kit, with the rubi shocks and springs and does it matter if the rubi was a 4dr or 2dr? Thanks fellas and or ladies.
there is NO difference in springs by model (s, sahara, rubi) the Only difference is in the spring number
look for the last two digits on the tags on your springs vs. the 'new' springs; For fronts they range from 13-19 and rears from 54-60 (the higher the number the 'stiffer' the coil, and the less 'sag' when loaded-or 'lift' if the loaded weight is the same). each individual numerical increase can yield approx. 1/3 of an inch.
depending how your jeep is optioned, it is possible to have the same springs numbers/rates already.
the biggest gain most people see is going from springs from a loaded hardtop JKU w/ the towing package and installing them on a 2-door, but even then, its all about the spring numbers, NOT the model.
Why not get the Teraflex leveling springs instead? It's the same install procedure but you will actually gain lift and maintain it if you add a bumper and winch unlike stock springs which can't compare. The Rubicon springs will match well I ran this set up for awhile and was pleased with it
Well i already bought and have the leveling kit. So i figured i could snag the rubi shocks and springs for $40 and be doing alright. And it was just pointed out to me the above #'s are the shocks....im awaiting the spring #s.
I started with the same leveling kit (2" spacers front, 1" in back). It worked well, and was worth the money. You will want to use the wheel spacers with the stock wheels. I didn't and when I flexed the sway bar links in the rear removed all my wheel weights and scratched the wheels.
All that said I am now running a Teraflex 2.5" coil lift, Teraflex front Lower control arms and Teraflex front trackbar, and aftermarket wheels. You may eventually end up running something other than the leveling lift, but it is an inexpensive starting point. You will learn a lot.
Your post above says "Shocks" when I think you mean springs. If you asked him for his "shock numbers", that might be why the numbers don't make sense when compared to your spring numbers. I still believe that the Rubicon shocks are a nice upgrade over the ones that come with the sport and Sahara. Well worth $40. If they come with higher rate springs then that's a bonus.
Nice thanks for the info...Yes i meant to ask the guy for the # on the springs but i asked for the shocks and that's what he gave me. im awaiting the spring numbers. But he is going to give me both the shocks and springs off his 2dr rubi he sold.