Re: What is the favorite TJ lift kit and height?
I'm VERY happy with my Rubicon Express Long Arm on my Rubicon. The RE is a bit pricey though compared to some of the others. Good quality, strong!
It street handles well, corners flat, and off road it's awesome!
I opted for the 4.5" lift - because it still fits in my garage - barely if you tilt the door after I modified the door - barely. But the 5.5" kit is the same thing, just slightly longer springs. You can always upgrade the springs.
I run 35x12.5 MTR's, the rears just barely touch on a twisted up jounce - they touch the outside of the frame, not the body. Front's clear fine. No body lift.
What I did that isn't stock for it, but since it was apart -
- I gussetted the places where the arms attach to the belly pan, probably strong enough like it is, but I wanted it even stronger.
Strengthened the "ears" where the arms attach to the axles - and covered them with skid plates.
- I used Rancho adjustable 9000 shocks instead of theirs.
- Limit straps on the axles -- the arms will allow the axle to droop as far as it wants - way beyond where the spring can fall loose. Normally the shock stops the travel, but that's hard on shocks - so the strap takes the brunt of it.
- I turned the rear shock mounts up so they are flat, not hanging down like stock.
- Welded rather than bolted the axle Track bar extensions.
- Moved the air compressors for the lockers up under the hood - out of harm's way.
The only complaints I have about it is the Hiem ends are noisy sometimes -- sometimes sounds like something's broken.
- And since the Trackbar in the rear is not horizontal - the extension isn't long enough, it tends to windsteer - wanders in a wind. The lift is 4.5", yet they extend the axle end of the trackbar only 2 1/2". When I get to it - I'll drop the other end - frame end - another 2". That should put the TB angle back to stock. That should help.
It's not really a weekend project unless you have lots of help.
If I was to do it again, I'd do it again.