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Unread 05-05-2013, 08:09 AM   #46
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So what brand do yall prefer for the BB? Teraflex, Rough Country, something else? Can anyone send me a link...I may have been looking at the wrong lift, but I thought the Teraflex 2.5" BB is close to $900.
The complete TeraFlex 2.5" BB is around $375 without shocks. The shock extensions will suit you just fine. We've been running extensions for 5 years with no issues but we don't wheel that hard.
Like Mol has already mentioned its 3-4 hours for an experienced person, however, a shop will likely charge 4 hours and that doesn't necessarily mean it will be done properly.
My opinion is the same as his, use that money to buy the tools and do it yourself. It's not rocket science and the knowledge you will gain is irreplaceable.

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Unread 05-05-2013, 12:50 PM   #47
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With the 2.5" BB you can run 35s. If your just running 33s I would stick to just a 1" coil spacers and 1.5" wheel spacers.
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Unread 05-05-2013, 11:25 PM   #48
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Cut the fenders and skip the lift if your going to run 33. Do buy a set of decent shocks( take off rubicon shocks are great). Enjoy. Use the saved cash for a wheeling trip somewhere.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 05:28 AM   #49
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Looks good and I still like the rake, but




Get rid of the "LITTLE" spare tire, it draws all the praise away from the rest of the jeep

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Yes yes its coming off soon, I'm a poor college student who works full time and lives on his own. There are other priorities that are quite bigger than the spare
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Unread 05-06-2013, 09:26 AM   #50
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Yes yes its coming off soon, I'm a poor college student who works full time and lives on his own. There are other priorities that are quite bigger than the spare
I apologize for going into "dad mode" on you (I have 2 sons who are recent college grads, so it's easy for me to do), but you REALLY need an appropriate sized spare, even if it doesn't perfectly match.

If you are on a tight budget, check the used tire shops, in your area and know the equivalences between tire sizes (e.g., 33X10.50X17 is equivalent to 285R70/17). For my TJ, I got a great buy on some 31X10.5X15's, but there were only 4. I found a used tire (265R75/15, IIRC), $25 mounted on the spare. It didn't have a lot of tread left and didn't match the other tires, but it was more than adequate for a spare. You also may be able to find a cheap spare that's already mounted on a wheel, on Craig's List.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #51
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So what brand do yall prefer for the BB? Teraflex, Rough Country, something else? Can anyone send me a link...I may have been looking at the wrong lift, but I thought the Teraflex 2.5" BB is close to $900.
Please look back at post #3. For your needs don't go buying an expensive lift. I had mine installed ($139 for the parts) for $400 total the day I took new delivery of my Jeep last fall from the dealer. A winter and 6000 miles later I still feel this is still the best option. Comfortable around town and on the highway even at 80+mph and I had it at Rocks and Valleys Offroad Park a couple of times. The first with just 600 miles on it with the lift and 35's. I just hate to see you throw money away on an expensive lift when you are running 33's mainly on the street. Running stock springs and shocks makes sense to me.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 03:12 PM   #52
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Yours only cost $139 because it is Chinese made garbage and incomplete, even for a budget boost. Shock spacers or replacement shocks are necessary. Replacement rear sway bar links are necessary. Bump stop extensions are necessary. A rear track bar bracket is not necessary but advisable.

If running stock length shocks with a 2.5" lift makes sense to you, you should spend less time giving advice and more time finding extra sense.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 04:46 PM   #53
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Actually, the stock shocks will handle up to two inches of lift. While a BB is perfectly fine, you could also look into just getting bigger take off springs. Get under your jeep and read the tags attached to your current springs if you are at 14/55 or so you can get almost 1.5" by just going to 19/60 springs....which would allow you to use the stock shocks, it would also keep the factory ride so your service people would be happy. If you go this route, I'd also look into stock rear swaybar links, which are longer than the fronts....put those on the front to give you a little more play. ......then as money allows you can always add rubber spring spacers to give you another 1"-2", and upgrade the suspension as you get the clams.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:33 PM   #54
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If running stock length shocks with a 2.5" lift makes sense to you...
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Actually, the stock shocks will handle up to two inches of lift.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 05:52 PM   #55
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Yours only cost $139 because it is Chinese made garbage and incomplete, even for a budget boost. Shock spacers or replacement shocks are necessary. Replacement rear sway bar links are necessary. Bump stop extensions are necessary. A rear track bar bracket is not necessary but advisable.

If running stock length shocks with a 2.5" lift makes sense to you, you should spend less time giving advice and more time finding extra sense.
Oops. My mistake. I have the Series 2 kit for $179 with the shock extention brackets, track bar bracket and rear sway bar extentions.

Here is a pic of the spring spacer (above the coil spring) to explain where it goes. This is today after a Michigan salty winter.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #56
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I stand corrected...that's not a bad deal!

But It's still Chinese ****
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Unread 05-08-2013, 06:52 PM   #57
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I'd advise to choose Terraflex or BDS. Both seem to have a good rep for quality parts that last. If installing yourself, be sure anywhere with rubber bushings are tightened while on the ground or you will wear your bushings prematurely. Do not tighten them while up on jack stands.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #58
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what would you recommend for the best, most cost efficient lift?
The point was he doesnt have to go 2.5" to run 33s.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 08:23 PM   #59
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My 07 JKU has the 2.5 BB from Teraflex. Stock shocks and rides great. I have no complaints. I bought the Jeep with 35's on it but just changed out to 33's 2 days ago as I didn't want tires that big and 33's get me everywhere I need to go wheeling. I recommend it. I have also been running the Teraflex BB on my ZJ for over 3 years now with no issues.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 09:47 PM   #60
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The point was he doesnt have to go 2.5" to run 33s.
Gotcha, and agreed. Frankly, I wouldn't lift it at all for 33s. I'd grab a set of wheels and tires and be done
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