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Supercharged99TJ 07-22-2005 03:04 PM

2" Budget Boost......Which One?
Which one is the preferred brand? I know they are all basically the same. I guess it just comes down to which one comes with the best shocks??? :confused:

C2U5H 07-22-2005 03:11 PM

I love my Rubicon Express BB...came with their twin-tube shocks...a little stiffer than stock, but I think they're better than the DT3000s. Got mine for under $200 shipped from


mud n rox 07-22-2005 03:58 PM

x2......Rubicon Express BB!!!!


Kingfisher0624 07-22-2005 04:36 PM

x3 RE BB all the way!

SuperWade2 07-22-2005 04:38 PM

x4 - RE BB works great for me! Even a "dolt" like me was able to do the install myself...

powerstroke01 07-22-2005 04:40 PM

Rustys has a nice kit.

bobhaverford 07-22-2005 04:47 PM

Rubicon Express Install
How long does the Rubicon Express install take and is there a noticable difference in the appearance and performance? Thanks.

SuperWade2 07-22-2005 05:02 PM


Originally Posted by bobhaverford
How long does the Rubicon Express install take and is there a noticable difference in the appearance and performance? Thanks.

The day we did mine, it took 4-5 hours (with Shock Install) , BUT I did a few other things at the same time. I also did my QuickDisco's, Steering Box Skid, Diff Skids, and Front and Rear Tow hooks.

I AM an absolute novice with car repair stuff, and had nothing but the basics toolwise and just a couple old guys (with very little car knowledge between them) to basically "supervise". There are 2 or 3 VERY good write-ups that I followed more or less step for step.

I have some before and after shots, but they are quite poor and really don't show much (as they were taken in the garage with horrible lighting). BUT, I do think it made a substantial differance in the apperance of the Jeep, especially when I went from 30" to 31" tires fairly shortly afterwards. Performance-wise... I don't know how much difference just the 2" BB provides... Disco's, YES, new Tires, YES... but it's all kind of works together I guess and really preferr my Jeep this way...


lupinsea 07-24-2005 12:59 AM

Let's see, um, x5 on the RE BB?

You'll notice a little visual difference if you ONLY do the BB. The bigger difference is when you start upgrading to the bigger tires you can now fit.

Off road the extra little bit of clearance will be nice, but again you may not "notice it" unless you've been wheel'n with your Jeep already and have scraped your skid plate. One of the guys I've wheeled with has said he's amazed at the difference the $200 BB makes. He doesn't scrape much at all any more where as he was constantly "using" his skid plate. Where as I had my BB on within a month after I got my TJ and before I had really taken it on any serious off-road trails.

Now I have the 32x11.50's, BB, 1" BL, and a belly-up skid plate that gained me another 3" of ground clearance. Coupled with the Anti-rock I find this setup works really well for a good trail rig. PM me if there are any questions you have.

This is the TJ with the BB and and 31x10.50's:

This is with JUST a BB and 32x11.50's (and Spidertrax wheel spacers so I could use the Canyon rims).

And this is with a 1" BL installed.

davenjeip 07-24-2005 10:32 AM

I went with the RE because I wanted their shocks. Mine came with the RE twin tubes and, so far, I'm very happy with them. IMO, it is a definate improvement over stock.

Mine took me about 4 hours to install by myself. I took frequent breaks to avoid getting mad (I have anger issues :laugh: ) and wasted a lot of time trying to get the bar pins installed in the shocks without a vice. It wasn't hard and was a rewarding way to spend a Saturday.

I added a 1 1/4" BL and some 32x10.5 Swampers. I've flexed it until I hit the bumpstops and am far from rubbing anything.

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