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topsideroyal
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Joined: 07 Oct 2006

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: Best Lift Reply with quote

what would your opnion be on the best lift for my GC Laredo. i want around 3 to 4 inches of lift. i have beel lookin at the new Rubican Express 3" lift kit.
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cooperZJ
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Joined: 12 Dec 2006
Location: augusta, Ga

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:50 pm    Post subject: Do this if you are mechanically inclined in the least Reply with quote

Buy new 4" springs for the front only. The cheapest place is Discountjeepparts.com
Cost $100 including shipping.

Then move the front stock ones to the rear it will yeild a 3 1/2 lift on the rear.
Cost Free

Go to a metal fabricator and ask to look through his trash. Get about 8 inches of 1 x 2 rectangular tubing. and cut it into 4" rectangles to use for your transfer case drop.
Cost Free

Buy longer crossmember bolts at Lowes
Cost $4

Buy new shocks
Cost depends where you go about $40-50 each x 4 = $200

OR

Built 2" shock mount extensions with scrap metal from the metal fabricator place for free. Just buy longer bolts and nuts and you should be good to go for a while. (Unless you really want some extreeme articulation then you definately need longer shocks.)
Cost $4 for bolts and nuts

Then fab your own quickdisconects with bolts and nuts from Lowes.
Cost $6

For the extra lift you might want. Don't spend money on spacers, just buy 1/2" thick plastic cutting board and make doughnuts out of them. Slide them between your shocks and the top of the retainer.

Buy Trackbar relocation mounts on ebay for front and rear. I found them for $50 each.
Cost $100.

That's it!
Now you can easily mount 31" with no trimming and 33" with very minor trimming in the inner wheel well.

Total cost, low end $210 and high end with 4 new shocks $400.

Sounds better to me than paying what ever kit someone else put together for you and you get to have the pleasure of saying that you made your own lift out of a cutting board!

I am planning to put the entire plans on how to do this online in a few months when I get around to it.

Also, you can easily make your own rocksliders for about $50 where as you can't find them "pre made" for less than $300. and they will probably be stronger and better.

Plans and a write up on that when I get around to it. If your interested in doing any of these mods yourself, PM me and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.
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martini_thief
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Joined: 16 Oct 2006

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooperZJ might be the coolest guy on this forum for that post...

looking forward to the write-up on how you do this, lol 4'' cutting board lift.
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DankNesS
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Joined: 14 Oct 2006
Location: New Mexico

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds sick.. if you got a lil bit more money tho.. id go to KEVINSOFFROAD.com.. he put together a rubicon express lift kit for that involved the same front to rear swap with the shocks a 1 inch spacer for the rear 3.5inch lift coilsprings from rubicon express in front all 4 rubicon shocks jks easy sway bar dissconnests a new adjustable front track bar and new axle mount for it that he welds on a bracket for a much better then stock mount for a grand total of 850... ill setup that GETS down off road easy to install with instructions on his web site and best of all DURABLE! it is actually a TOP end lift at a budget price.. best deal in the universe if you ask me i thru on some 31x10.5 bfg all t's and am lovn life.. with tires and rims from discount the grand total was near 1600. DO IT pissed

id like to hear more about the bargain rock sliderz.... can i use a HiLift jack on them????
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Joined: 01 Jan 2004
Location: New Orleans LA.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am running most of a RE 4.5 lift.. But I customized my control arms bought adjustable track bars. and I have trimmed my fenders just the tiniest bit... (something like 8" ) I run 35's with no rubbing... Mr. Green


I tossed my rear sway bar and have RE discos on the front..
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DannyG
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Joined: 01 Oct 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:03 pm    Post subject: change size.... Reply with quote

Looking to go biger (31" to 33")... I have BDS kit (3" front and 2" back) what do I need to do??????
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1fox2go
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Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Location: Fishersville, Virginia

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

trim and or add a 2 inch spacer and adjustable control arms all the way around, possible you may need a SYE or tcase drop, longer brake lines, I read on a jeep forum somewhere that stock YJ lines are 3 inches longer than the xj/tj/zj lines and they are pretty much a bolt in job for the front,
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