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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 03:08 PM
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Lifts - Remedial Question


My 85 Scrambler has no lift on her at all. Sadly, she spends most of her time on pavement and that seems unlikely to change. I'm only looking at a 2.5" for a suspension lift (which might be my first mistake).

Is there any consensus on what brand offers the best product for the money (Skyjacker, Old Man Emu, 4WD house brand?) ? I really don't want to buy the cheapest, but it I also don't want to pay for extra just for a name or overbuy if I am not going to need the most rugged available. Any recommendations?

Also, I have been told that for a Scrambler I should also use an Add-A-Leaf on the rear to support the extra body weight & possibly any load placed in the bed. Is this correct?

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Re: Lifts - Remedial Question

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I should also use an Add-A-Leaf on the rear to support the extra body weight &amp; possibly any load placed in the bed. Is this correct?


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That might not be a bad idea. I have done that with my YJ because of load and age.

I used a Rough Country kit on mine and it has been on there about 10 years or better.(thats why the add a leaf in rear) This kit came with every thing I needed (except shocks) and at the time I put Deuchtech shocks on.
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Re: Lifts - Remedial Question

We put a Skyjacker 2.5" in a buddy's YJ about 3 or 4 years ago. He runs 31s, and has been happy with the lift. Doesn't appear to be any sign of sag, and he runs a hardtop and hard doors all winter.

You could put an add-a-leaf in the rear, but that may stiffen the ride some when the anticipated added weight in the bed isn't there. Do you run a hardtop on the Scrambler? Big heavy tire carrier? Lots of 'trail stuff' in back? If your answer is no to all of these, you could maybe wait on the add-a-leaf and just go with the suspension for now. If the thing is loaded to the gills a lot, then the AAL it may be a good call.

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Re: Lifts - Remedial Question

Seriously think if you are ever going to do any more serious mods, like higher lift? If so, do a SOA now. It will cost the same and you wont be kicking yourself like the rest of use who bought SUA lifts and have already or are planning a SOA.

Rancho springs are fairly stiff, not a bad road spring. To stiff for the trail. I have heard good things about BDS springs, lifetime warranty agiants sagging and inexpensize, nice flex. Sky jackers are nice, but pricey.

You could do a spring over with stock YJ springs for the same as a "lift kit" will cost. Just something to think about?

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Re: Lifts - Remedial Question

My skyjacker was only 100 more than most of the "average lifts". So I can't call it out of line. I like mine. And I would put it in and see how it sets and lasts on the scrambler. You might end up wanting a "little extra" because of the extra weight.
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