hey guys hows it going,
first off im pretty new here. this is my first post but ive read through a bunch of posts here looking for help and i love the build threads on here yalls wks are killer i love them. ANYWYAS, i have an 06 wk with the 3.7 and im looking for a lift for it. at first i was leaning toward one of the budget boosts but decided id rather spend the money and actually upgrade the suspension with the lift instead of just lifting it with spacers. so right now im leaning toward the old man emu lift and i like what ive seen so far. i dont want to do anything too tall cuz i dont want my engine to be winded trying to pull bigger tires so i think ill be ok with the 2" the ome kit gives. another option i was thinking is the 2.5" from jeepin by al it seems to be the same kit as the ome just with their brand of springs and fox shocks. my biggest question is if anyone has any comparison between the jba springs and the ome springs? ive heard the ome gives you about 3" anyways so im sure the lift height is pretty similar so i was more concerned with quality unless someone can confirm one lift is definitely higher than the other. the shocks seem to be of better quality but i know you can just order the ome springs seperately and maybe buy the fox shocks so go with it. does anyone know if thatll work? i really appreciate the help from anyone hope this one gets some bites haha
Let's see, the budget right now I've got about 5 grand to put in to it but that's also considering new wheels and tires. This is going to remain to be my daily driver with an occasional trail here and there but that doesn't mean I want to cheap out on the lift
With that kind of budget, if you do the work your self you could go full house on a Superlift. If not, you could do an OME or Bilstien 5100 series, or possibly a Kings Shock Lift too. Since you want to go off road as recreation, then maintaining reasonable CV angles along with articulation is of importance. The two threads above are a little long, but they alot of information.
ive read through a couple of build threads and havent heard of anyone running those king shocks. and a superlift seems to be a little much for me to handle myself. my biggest question was if anyone knew anything about the jeepin by al springs compared to the old man emu. the ome are way cheaper than the jba ones so unless the quality is substantially better than the ome i might just go with those. and maybe the fox shocks if i can run those in the front and the rear?
As far as I can tell, the JBA system is a true coil over with the fox piggy-back shocks and a proprietary clevis strut. I do not know if the lifts incorporate the front cradle drop and longer knuckles plus assorted or not. Something to ask JBA for sure if you are considering the lift. Since you've read the build threads here, you are also aware of the Hybrid lifts, which is something you could do with OME springs and run Fox Shocks to match the extended/compressed lengths required that commensurate with the lift. Not to mention you could upgrade to the MOOGs, rear adjustable trac-bar and front upper control arm offset at the ball joint location for the lift. Just keep in mind the golden 23" hub to fender rule as mentioned elsewhere if you do not lower the front cradle and have the longer knuckles and assorted. I have not be able to compare the two side by side up close and in person. Lots of folks here do run the OME and like it.
In a highly condensed answer, yes. I would really shoot for less than that. I show this and talk about it in the Hybrid Lift link I gave you. You only have four inches of up travel, four inches of down travel factory. Lifting the WK without dropping the front diff/cradle, longer knuckles and related take away from this = putting the CV axles at risk of tearing or popping out from the inside joint. In effect, you trade "flex" for "lift". It was and has not been an issue for me, since my activities do not require a lot of flex. Only when I first had a spacer on top of my RC lift that pushed the front hub to fender above 23" was there concern. I promptly removed that. Your use and goals will dictate what lift you need and/or what compromises you are willing to make to have said lift. That's why folks who really like to go off road a lot go and get the Superlift. With the Superlift, you get the lift AND maintain the factory up and down travel. Take a look at all the pictures I put in my Hybrid Lift thread and you will get a good idea of the trade off I speak of.