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Unread 05-17-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Rubicon Take -Offs vs Teraflex Leveling Kit

Rubicon Take -Offs vs Teraflex Leveling Kit

2007 Sahara 2DR

I am going to be comparing the two options in the next couple weeks. I have already had a Teraflex 1" lift kit but gave up on it too quick. Now, I have some 2010 Rubicon/Unlimited/Hardtop spring/shock take-offs coming soon.

Rubicon springs
Still oem setup for dealer
Stiffer ride than my Sahara
Less body roll
Possible 1"-1.5" lift (Turned out to be 3/4" front, 1" rear)

Teraflex Leveling Kit
Retain softer Sahara ride
Guaranted 1" lift
Dealer won't like the aftermarket parts for any issues

This will all boil down to which ride I like better. Rather, if I can put up with the increased stiffness from the Rubicon springs and shocks. I like the softnes of the Sahara a lot, but it does have a lot of body roll on turns. If I can't take the Rubicon ride, I will have to buy a Teraflex kit again, so i can keep my Sahara springs. Not changing my stock 32" tires for quite a while, they have 75% left.

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Before you install the springs take a look at the number on the tags. Rubicon springs are not necessarily stiffer than the springs on any other Jeep. The last 2 digits need to be higher than the last 2 digits on your springs. The stiffest (highest number) springs tend to be on Unlimiteds with the tow package.
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Before you install the springs take a look at the number on the tags. Rubicon springs are not necessarily stiffer than the springs on any other Jeep. The last 2 digits need to be higher than the last 2 digits on your springs. The stiffest (highest number) springs tend to be on Unlimiteds with the tow package.
ya, i should have added all that info in here too..

mine: 14/15 and 55

the new ones off Rubicon Unlimited with hardtop and tow package

18/18 and 58
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So what is the difference between the rubi shocks and the sahara shocks? Reason I ask is I have the TF leveling kit and was thinking of putting on some Rubi takeoffs.

Mine are 15 and 58 on a Sahara with the tow package. I'm thinking maybe I'll want to add some Rubi front springs then.
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So what is the difference between the rubi shocks and the sahara shocks? Reason I ask is I have the TF leveling kit and was thinking of putting on some Rubi takeoffs.

Mine are 15 and 58 on a Sahara with the tow package. I'm thinking maybe I'll want to add some Rubi front springs then.
Since you have an 07 you may benefit from 2010 springs in the rear also. I'm sure the stock springs have sagged a little. You should be able to find the 17/18's front & 58 or 59's rear pretty easily.
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So what is the difference between the rubi shocks and the sahara shocks? Reason I ask is I have the TF leveling kit and was thinking of putting on some Rubi takeoffs.
most people say Rubis are stiffer, but i also seen some threads where people say sahara and rubicon shocks are the same with different paint.
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i will probably get the springs today, i might test fit the fronts tonight. ill measure before and after of course.
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RESULTS

Job duration: 1 hour 45 mins, replaced all springs and shocks and steering stabilizer.

4 shocks + 1 steering stabilizer + 4 springs. Arrived cherry as you can see. This Rubicon was driven from the dealer to the shop directly, and these are 82 mile take-offs:



[IMG]httpwww.bellbottomblasters.com/images/rubiconliftresults2.jpg[/IMG]

2 Rubicon front springs, both 18's:



2 Rubicon rear springs, both 58's:



Comparing the front spring. Barely any taller, maybe a 1/2 coil. Looks like the same thickness to me:



Front spring installed, cakewalk. When you disconnect everything properly, the springs just fall out:



Front shock part numbers. Sahara: 52126711AD/Rubicon: 52126712AD



Same length, nothing really difference in appearance:



Another pic comparing the front springs:



CHECK OUT the difference in steering stabilizers:



The Rubicon stabilizer HAS to go in this direction. In the next pic you will see why. Notice one side of the shock body is a lot bigger:



The thin side has just enough clearance here. The thick body side would have rubbed on that bracket:



Rear shock comparo. Sahara: 52126751AC/Rubicon: 52126752AC



Comparing rear springs, again, maybe a 1/2 coil difference in height, not much:



HEIGHT RESULTS!! 3/4" lift in front, 1" lift in rear.



The lift height is just what I wanted, so I hope I like the ride. If I dont, I will take all this off, go back to my Sahara springs/shocks, and get a Teraflex leveling kit for a guaranteed 1" lift.
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nice share~~!
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I am pleasantly surprised with the first drive. Its not too rough at all. Lot better than I was expecting. I'll test a couple more days but I do think i'll be keeping these in. Can't really tell the difference in a 3/4" lift when driving of course, so thats not too exciting. I may look into the Terflex leveling next if I want just a tad more. I could go a tiny bit higher while keeping these tires.
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did the height difference settle at all after you drove it?
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did the height difference settle at all after you drove it?
no. i had already jounced it real well before measurements. the height makes sense, these were off a much heavier unlimited model.
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makes sense, just checking, thx.
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If you decide you don't want to keep the shocks/springs/stabilizer, PM me. I'll take them off your hands.
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If you decide you don't want to keep the shocks/springs/stabilizer, PM me. I'll take them off your hands.
HA. I think I'll be keeping them. No issue with harshness. And no drawbacks from gaining 3/4-1" height. Less wallow in turns and off curbs on an angle.
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