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Old 12-13-2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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I have a stock 1980 Renegade and have been researching different lift kits and it seems to be a huge difference in price to get kits that have good consumer reviews. So far the rubicon express kit comes with everything you need to complete the lift 4 1/2 but it is about $1,600 . Other less expensive kits like rough country gets feedback stating that it rides terrible, I don't need mine to handle any worse, it's white knuckle time on rough roads. Is there any advice before I take the plunge on the rubicon express. I think it's overkill for me because I'm not gonna be trail riding or rock crawling.

 

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Old 12-13-2017, 09:37 PM   #2
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For starters, the first thing I do when the trail gets rough is cut down on the tire air pressure. A good set of off-road shocks would be the next thing.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:15 AM   #3
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Old 12-14-2017, 02:43 PM   #4
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Use the softest valved shocks you can find.
Look for less spring lift and add a 1" body lift.
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:40 PM   #5
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Old 12-15-2017, 09:07 AM   #6
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Old 12-16-2017, 09:17 AM   #7
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I also went with BDS about a year ago and am happy with it. It is stiff, but smooth, if that makes sense. I opted for it over OME due to the spring perch relocation issue...the YJ springs are a much better ride from what Iíve heard.

If youíre having handling issues, Iíd strongly suggest you take a look at your steering, too. I did the tie rod flip with new components and Iíd have to say itís the single best upgrade Iíve done with regard to safety/driveability

 

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Old 12-16-2017, 02:17 PM   #8
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I haven't heard of the tie rod flip. I will see what I can find on it.

 

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Old 12-20-2017, 07:29 PM   #9
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This answer will likely go against almost all others. I highly recommend Rough Country.

I have installed a total of 8 lift kits from 2.5" to 6", mostly on CJ7s through the years. The worst I have experienced is very expensive and already recommended here. The best was a Superlift I put on a 1977 Dodge Power Wagon. The best I have put on a CJ7, and there have been six of them, was the last one ...... a 4" kit that came with a drop pitman arm an shocks. It rides good on road and handles GREAT off road at Disney and Clayton Oklahoma, mostly rock climbing with some mud.

I have found it imperative to also change out to a good set of non lift shackles and pay attention to following instructions to the letter. Especially make sure you do not over tighten the shackle bolts.

 

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Old 12-20-2017, 10:03 PM   #10
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So you recommend Rough Country or Superlift?

 

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