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Hpaulett
04-24-2013, 09:41 PM
Just wanting to get people's different opinions on a good but not too costly 3 inch lift kit for a JKU sport

wayoflife
04-24-2013, 09:44 PM
Just wanting to get people's different opinions on a good but not too costly 3 inch lift kit for a JKU sport

What would you consider to be too costly?

Hpaulett
04-24-2013, 09:46 PM
Looking not to go over 1500 or so

wayoflife
04-24-2013, 09:50 PM
Looking not to go over 1500 or so

Would that be including wheels and tires or just the lift kit? If it's the later, I personally would recommend that you look into an EVO Enforcer kit, with drag link flip but but run it with Rancho 7000MT shocks or maybe even with Bilstein 5100's. That'll get you in around your budget.

TexasJC
04-24-2013, 09:51 PM
Just personal preference, and mostly road use so far, I've been happy with the 3.5 rubicon express standard kit. Pretty nice ride, and a decent price for just a standard kit

Hpaulett
04-24-2013, 09:53 PM
Yes just the lift, thanks for the help by the way

Philip *AZ*
04-24-2013, 11:14 PM
Here is a couple more options by Rock Krawler. Either of these kits would be awesome. Then get a set of Bilstein 5100's or your favorite shock. I am running the 3.5" Mid Arm. Great kit! These two are at Northridge4x4.com.
Northridge offers tons of kits, quite a few EVO options as well.


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Philip *AZ*
04-24-2013, 11:15 PM
Oops! Guess the picture would help..lmao!!
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Hpaulett
04-25-2013, 01:07 AM
Thanks man, would you happen to have a picture of your jeep?

wayoflife
04-25-2013, 01:09 AM
Another thing you should take into consideration is, what kind of wheeling do you do? Will you be using your Jeep more on road or off? Do you prefer a soft or firm ride? Do you mind greasing your joints on a regular basis to keep them quiet?

10frank9
04-25-2013, 01:34 AM
Definitely EVO enforcer. You can pair them with Rancho Shocks as Way of Life mentioned. I am doing just that. If you are looking to spend less you can always go with the Rancho 3" lift but you won't get the adjustable control arms with Johnny joints. Which is why I'm choosing the EVO enforcer. Just my opinion.

Brankz
04-25-2013, 01:48 AM
Just personal preference, and mostly road use so far, I've been happy with the 3.5 rubicon express standard kit. Pretty nice ride, and a decent price for just a standard kit

How is the rubicon express springs? Are they better then tf?


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wayoflife
04-25-2013, 01:51 AM
How is the rubicon express springs? Are they better then tf?


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They are softer than TF. What I don't like about the RE kit is that their basic kit doesn't come with control arms and their upgraded kit comes with fixed length lower arms. For that kind of money, I personally would prefer adjustable arms but, that's just me.

Philip *AZ*
04-25-2013, 01:55 AM
Thanks man, would you happen to have a picture of your jeep?

Mine? Sure I have a couple.
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Philip *AZ*
04-25-2013, 02:01 AM
I love my lift. Great on/off road ride. Pretty good flex when I need it. Doesnt sit too tall or too low. The RK springs are a little stiff on sudden bumps, but not bad. Overall, Im happy I went with this lift. Its Medium to low maintenance. You will probably need a front drive shaft. I just did both so I didnt have to worry about it.


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Philip *AZ*
04-25-2013, 02:08 AM
I was lookin at those pics of the lifts, Im running the Max Travel lift. It came with 8 control arms instead of just the 4. I imagine you would be fine with just the 4 though. The lower two are to help recenter the axle if I remember from other posts.


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Skirmish
04-25-2013, 11:51 AM
I ran the Rancho Trail 3", great lift for the price but squeaky. I have since swapped to Synergy and love it. Great quality, great customer service. You can start cheap and build the suspension as you go. I'm running a 3" with all adjustable CA's, draglink flip and braces for everything. Solid rig and a great ride.

xflstl
04-25-2013, 12:47 PM
Just wanting to get people's different opinions on a good but not too costly 3 inch lift kit for a JKU sport

If you want cheap just order some spring's with either a 2 or 3" rating over what you got, same with shocks.. And a 1" body lift to it if you want, get the cheap little brake line relocation brackets, and a set of 3 to 5" quick disco front swaybar links, and move your old front swaybar links to the rear. Use the rest of the money you were going to spend on an higher dollar lift for tires or other upgrades... Just did this exact thing to my GF's 2011 JKU, and threw on some 35" MTR's and still drives exactly like stock.

wayoflife
04-25-2013, 01:57 PM
If you want cheap just order some spring's with either a 2 or 3" rating over what you got, same with shocks.. And a 1" body lift to it if you want, get the cheap little brake line relocation brackets, and a set of 3 to 5" quick disco front swaybar links, and move your old front swaybar links to the rear. Use the rest of the money you were going to spend on an higher dollar lift for tires or other upgrades... Just did this exact thing to my GF's 2011 JKU, and threw on some 35" MTR's and still drives exactly like stock.

While I would be the first to say that "best" is 100% subjective, I'm pretty sure that the OP was asking for opinions on that and not "cheap". Doing this will work but, for his budge and what he's wanting, I personally wouldn't recommend going this route.

Regarding MTR's, I love the way they look and so wanted to love the sit I had but try as I had, they ended up being the worst set of tires I have ever run and wouldn't recommend them to anyone. They are tough to balance, had poor road manners, unpredictable on the rocks and have very weak sidewalls compared to something like a Nitto Trail Grappler or Toyo MT.

I have installed and tested a myriad of lifts on my JK's and would still stand by my original suggestion, an EVO Enforcer kit. By far one of the most comfortable rides you can get bar none.

paychex.308
04-25-2013, 04:02 PM
Well to use the word "BEST" may not be fair, but I will say this, my ENFORCER lift is/was worth every penny!!! and I am 100% sure that everyone who has it will say the exact same thing. So while it may be on the top of your budget, you will only have to buy it ONCE!!!

You can easily run the Enforcer with the Bilsteins or Rancho shocks and work your way up to a KING or FOX res. shock. While I do love my 2.5s, they are pricey and make the total cost of said lift a tad bit more....

kyle521
04-25-2013, 09:19 PM
Look at rock krawler. I have the 2.5 stock mod but you could go with a 3.5 inch lift also. Mine was $800 with bilsteins but that was without control arms.
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Hpaulett
04-25-2013, 09:44 PM
Nice looking jeep man. Damn 2.5 might be the way to go

Philip *AZ*
04-25-2013, 10:30 PM
I like the 2.5" & the 3" lifts on 35's. the tire fills the wheel wells a bit better. My 3.5" on 35's kinda makes the tires look small. 2.5" will be a less expensive lift too.


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bob-o12jk
04-25-2013, 10:55 PM
I have a tf/rk 2.5" lift. Originally started with the tf but ditched the front coils for RK ones, no sag, netted over 3" and flexes like crazy with my bilsteins for a 4" lift and 37's

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jeeeep
04-25-2013, 11:59 PM
I'm a fan of Clayton, I run the premium 3.5" on my 2010 with Bilstein 5100's. great ride and handling. When I was searching, I think their budget lift is around $1500 with Bilstein 5100's

sacax
04-26-2013, 01:20 PM
For a 2.5 lift I would go with RK stock mod + EVO lowers + drag link flip (if really necessary which I dont think for the 2.5" but good to have if you decide to switch to higher lift in the future) and 5100 bilsteins... This would be around 1600 $ and avoiding extra issues and cost with drive shaft and still getting the flex from the RK...

Maybe I am wrong...

Hpaulett
07-18-2013, 12:23 AM
Found the rock krawler 2.5 stock mod on 4ws.com that comes with skyjacker H7000 shocks. For 599$. Anyone have any experience with 4ws.com or the H7000 shocks?

xflstl
07-18-2013, 12:41 AM
Found the rock krawler 2.5 stock mod on 4ws.com that comes with skyjacker H7000 shocks. For 599$. Anyone have any experience with 4ws.com or the H7000 shocks?

I cannot speak to the lift, but the skyjacker h7000 shocks are nothing special. They are not junk, but nothing to brag about either, there ride is a bit firm. I went thru 2 sets and had no complaints, but when I went to a slightly higher $ shock I knew within the 1st 5 miles I would never go back.

Hpaulett
07-18-2013, 12:43 AM
Thanks that's what I figured

nacho
07-18-2013, 02:26 AM
While I would be the first to say that "best" is 100% subjective, I'm pretty sure that the OP was asking for opinions on that and not "cheap". Doing this will work but, for his budge and what he's wanting, I personally wouldn't recommend going this route.

Regarding MTR's, I love the way they look and so wanted to love the sit I had but try as I had, they ended up being the worst set of tires I have ever run and wouldn't recommend them to anyone. They are tough to balance, had poor road manners, unpredictable on the rocks and have very weak sidewalls compared to something like a Nitto Trail Grappler or Toyo MT.

I have installed and tested a myriad of lifts on my JK's and would still stand by my original suggestion, an EVO Enforcer kit. By far one of the most comfortable rides you can get bar none.

funny, I had the same experience with MTRs. I run pitbull rockers now and they actually track better. Maybe I got a bad set of MTRs.

RamP
07-18-2013, 09:26 AM
Another vote for Clayton here. If you could go a little above the $1500 budget they're kit comes with all 8 adjustable control arms as well as brake lines and TB relocation bracket. And the arms have a lifetime warranty against bending or breaking.

Hpaulett
08-01-2013, 10:50 PM
So finally talked my fiancÚ into letting me lift the jeep. Decided on the rock krawler 2.5 stock mod with bilsteins. I was wondering if I should get the 4-5inch bilsteins or 2.5-3inch? Thanks for any advice

Hpaulett
08-02-2013, 12:49 AM
Just ordered the rk kit from rivercityoffroad! Can't wait to get this kit on my jk

ponyrt
08-02-2013, 08:12 PM
Congratulations on the recent purchase. I run the RK 2.5 max travel with 4.5 lift bilsteins 5100's on my 2012 JKU. The longer shock was recommended by both RK and Northridge 4x4. Wanted to originally run RK shocks but got a good deal on a package. Longer bumps stops were also recommended. Might be food for thought. I don't think you'll be disappointed in any way with your choice.
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bob-o12jk
08-02-2013, 08:25 PM
2.5" RK, bilsteins for 4" lift front, 2" rear, front lower spring retainers,EVO rock stars, factory control arms, trimmed fenders,.pinch seam, cut 2" off rubi rails, factory wheels with 1.5" spidertrax spacers, 37" km2's, and 3 washers in each steering stop.
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Hpaulett
08-03-2013, 01:49 AM
Thanks for the great photos and input guys! Can't wait till I get the kit on and can start building my rig

BBrown626
08-05-2013, 03:20 AM
I have a tf/rk 2.5" lift. Originally started with the tf but ditched the front coils for RK ones, no sag, netted over 3" and flexes like crazy with my bilsteins for a 4" lift and 37's

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Your spring is unseated. What good does it do to let the system flex to the point the spring is unloaded?

bob-o12jk
08-05-2013, 03:48 AM
Your spring is unseated. What good does it do to let the system flex to the point the spring is unloaded?

Yes I kno the front springs unseat but I haven't had any problems on any trails so far with 1 spring unseated. Thats why I posted up in this thread cuz it seems to work just fine for me. If it didn't work and I had problems on any trails where I didn't get enough traction from the unseated coil, I wouldn't have posted it up in this thread. Plus im just running the recommended length shocks that are list on Rk's site.

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Hpaulett
08-16-2013, 01:37 AM
Got my rk 2.5 stock mod on today, should I take it to dealership for alignment or will a local tire shop be fine

Snsrubicon
08-16-2013, 04:17 AM
Just wanting to get people's different opinions on a good but not too costly 3 inch lift kit for a JKU sport

Check out the aev system. I cold not be happier with mine. Jeep handles like a sports car,