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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Suspension redo and small lift question

All, I have an 04 Rubi which is in dire need of new tires and suspension. So I figured I would redo it all at once and call it done. I do not want much of a lift at all, and wanted to throw 30-31's on it. My question for the suspension is this:

Since I am on a limited budget I am trying to see if there really is value in these pre-designed kits (ie from Rubicon Express or so), or should I just part out what is necessary. All I wanted was 2-3" of lift. I think all I need to replace are:

4 springs (front & rear)
4 shocks (front and rear)
front trac-bar adjustable
steering stabilizer
sway bar links

I am assuming at 2-3" I do not need a drop pitman arm, and I do not need to change any of the steering links. Am I right?

I am trying to get the parts for $500-600, is that reasonable? I have been trying to check 4wd and Quadratec, and just wanted to make sure my efforts to mash parts together wasn't a bad idea.

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I'm a leaf-spring guy with a limited knowledge of coil spring Jeeps, but I think you can get enough lift for 31s with the poly spacers between the coils. Of course the ride gets harsh, but for the price you may be willing to put up with it.

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Correction

So, I can clarify this a little further. For some reason the 4" coil's are cheaper the the 3" and definitely cheaper then the 2.5" versions over at Quadratec.

If I get the 4" coil's does this really add 4" and I would have the grab a drop pitman arm, along with possibly having the mess with the transfer case location? (I could be way off on that.) My wife is only 4'10" so I really will have issues if I truly add 4" of height to it right now.

I really have to replace the existing shocks and coils as they are originals and are worn out. I figured replacing all in one shot is probably the best.

I am very close to just ordering some coil's and shocks and just swapping out the trac bar and sway bar links.

I guess I was just concerned if it's a bad move to "Frankenstein" the coils and shocks with whatever looked reasonable and economical.


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For 31" tires, you may be able to fit them without any lift. If they rub a little, use a 1" or 2" coil spacer with longer bumpstops and you should keep your stock ride. Something like this Daystar KJ09103BK Daystar Comfort Ride Kits

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The 04 Rubi stock tires were darn near 31". I'm betting a 2" budget boost would clear 32" tires, when I need to change them.

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2 inch Spacer Lift Kit with Twin Tube Shocks

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Humm... that's exactly the kit I was looking at. I guess we should support our venders.

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Thanks all for the posts. I'm almost ready to order the parts. I recently found 4x4GroupBuy.com and found a decent 2.5" kit that contains coils and shocks. Part of my problem is my coils/shocks/steering stabilizer/front trac bar, .. and tires. All are stock, all are worn and badly in need of replacement. This wasn't a matter of just wanting more room to run 32's I have to replace a lot and figured i'd

My last question is, if I go with a 2.5" lift that is coils and shocks, throw on an adjustable front trac bar, front disconnects, and a steering stabilizer.

Do I need to automatically replace the rear trac bar? and connects?

When looking at Disconnect and the adjustable trac bars, so are 0-2", 3-6", I'm getting lost since the shock/coil kit is 2.5", since I'm also throwing on larger tires is it ok to use the 3-6" version of the trac bar?

If I'm only going for 2.5" do I need to do anything like:
Drop Pitman arm
Trac bar relocation
transfercase drop

I'm sorry if some of these questions are redundant.

Thank you all.

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I'd say, replace nothing but the shocks with the added spacers. I would use a quality product like the aforementioned RE. Please post how it works for you... prove me right or save me a mistake.

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