Cheap Lift kits - help

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  1. Carter S.

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    I have a 2003 jeep kj stock suspension and I would really love to get a lift but I do not have the money for the fancy frankenlifts or skyjackers. What is the best possible bang for your buck on a lift kit for my jeep? (preferably not a spacer set)
     
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    OME 927 and 948 springs , bilstein shocks , teraflex front bumpstops etc
    But you will have 750-800 bucks into it
    Skyjacker do not use, nor Rocky Road

    It cost a few bucks to do a lift, no cheap alternatives to do it right
     
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    What do you think of the Rough Country 3in lift kit?
     
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    Junk, not a real lift
    but if you like to waste money, go for it, will look good for a couple of months

    ONLY ONE worth doing now is the OME, period

    Not trying to be a jerk, but have removed almost every brand of spacer lift out there, including RC, would not give you a nickle for a whole truck load.

    I've done 60 or more Liberty lifts 98% of them have been OME with either Bistein or OME shocks , rest of the lifts were jeepinbyal adjustable coilover lifts or other brands customers talked me into installing like Rustys etc that had to be removed.
    I've personally ran an OME lift for 100,000 miles before switching over , they ride and handle better than new stock.
    My 04 I bought brand new, had a OME lift on it before it had 20,000 miles on it due to terrible ride and handling
     
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    Follow tommudd's advice and you will be happy.
    The wife and I each have a lifted KJ, they look better and ride better than they did prior to lifting.
    And welcome to the forum.
     
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    That is good to know, because it is not a typical high schooler's liberty, I use this as a utility vehicle for work around the area, a daily, and a fun off-roader.
    What would you suggest is the best OME lift I can get for a lower price than dropping 1000? And it can has to be as tough as it gets.
     
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    How much lift do you want?
    inch, two inches, 2.5 inches, 3 inches ?????
     
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    What would you recommend for highway driving? I will be taking this jeep to college but the drive to that college is three hours across the Flint Hills to WSU. I know I definitely want a lift, more than one inch.
     
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    I think 2.5” is fine for highway driving. It definitely sets your Jeep apart from others like it. I have a 4” lift but JBA isn’t making them anymore. There are a lot more components you would need to go higher than 2.5” that make that extra inch and a half a lot more expensive. I think a 2.5” lift (using OME shocks and springs or OME springs and bilstein shocks) is just about perfect with a 30.5” A/T tire like a 245/75R16.
     
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    2.5 works good over all, I have a 2.5 on my 03,
    but have also DD'd my 04 for years with 4 inches of lift, but can not go that high anymore
    So 2.5 like mentioned above wil give you good ride and handling
    will lose some power and mileage with 245-75-16s but overall good
     
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    Where can I get I get a proper lift that's 2.5in like that?
     
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    OME springs advertise at 1.5, but actually give 2.5
     
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    OME 927 front and 948 rear springs with either Bilstein or OME shocks
    can give numbers of shocks when you know which way you are going
     
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    OME 925s ( rated at 350 lb ) give about an inch
    OME 926s ( rated at 375 lb ) around two inches
    OME 927s ( rated at 400 lb ) 2.5 inches
     
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    Funny , at the very start of this post it lists everything , reading is very important
     
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    Just one last question, Will I still be able to tow 5000 lb, that is the most important factor of me getting a lift.
     
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    Both our KJ's are lifted and both have been used to pull trailers. I feel that both handle better and tow better lifted than they did stock. I used lift springs, Bilstein shocks and went with 245/75/16 tires. The springs are stiffer and shocks are better than stock. The larger tires I chose have more load carrying capacity than the stock tires.
    What are you towing?
     
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    I likely wont be towing a lot in the future with it. I have towed some trailers with it before and it did perfect, I had to install the tow package myself. But I would like to have the ability to tow as much as possible at any time.
     
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    I want to do OME 927 front springs, with Bilstein shocks and 948 rear springs, Where is the best place to buy theses, and do I need special rear bump stops (I do plan on replacing the rear bump stops regardless of a lift or not because they are not in good condition)
     
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    Rear bumpstops are 2 hockey pucks per side bolted down to the lower spring perch. Drill hole n center of spring perch before installing new springs, install the spring then reach through and install the hockey pucks. This is addition to the stock bumpstops, front use Teraflex bumpstops