For people who dont know my personal prefrence is RE because of their quality. Their kits come with nearly everything you need and mine has held up through quite a bit of torture with no fault. A decent price aswell.
Based on my experiences with many different lift kits, Old man emu tops my list Skyjacker takes 2nd and Rough Country comes in 3rd. I used to LOVE Nth Degree Mobility but they are no longer around. Their kits were simply AWESOME, maybe even better than RE's because they address EVERY single issue regarding lifting a jeep.
I can't comment on RE because i have no experience with their kits but based on forum feedback, they are hands down #1.
I only have had experience with two kits. One for my 1983 Chevy Truck, 4" lift that was about $250, I think it was Ranchero.
And now the Rough Country 4.5" lift. It too had everything needed to do the lift, plus great customer service. The only thing I don't like about it is my fault. I bought add a leaf to keep the price down. I didn't want to but I didn't have the cash to get the replacement leafs. I will be buying replacement FULL leaf packs from RC pretty soon.
I've been running the lift for little over a year now, love it.
Other than the leaf packs, I am planning on getting the upper control arms, and possibly the drop brackets, all from RC.
My buddy sends me out of his shop to buy a Rubicon Express and have him install it. He sells Rough Country, Skyjacker, etc. This really shows me something about the quality of RE's equipment. I ordered the RE and he installed it and I've been happy ever since.
It's really a baited question. I like RE springs and components, RK long arms, but LOVE bilstein shocks. BDS makes a BA set of quick disco's. I run all RE stuff on my 5.5" because I got it used and cheap and awesome quality. If I make the switch to long arms, I'm getting RK's.
I personally don't think that ONE company has it all. To get that perfect lift you have to mix and match.
Hey Tim, are you having issues with the trackbar breaking at the axle end?
My sis' bro has the bds trackbar and it snapped near the axle bushing. BDS was hosting the event we attended and they honored the lifetime warranty and gave him a brand new, but beefier, trackbar. It's alot bigger and the threaded rod part is thicker too. The frame end of the new bar seems to be the same as the old one though. What happened was he had 4" shocks on his 3" lift and this allowed him to flex too much and the axle end of the trackbar ended up hitting the bracket above it and bending. Then it eventually snapped.
But BDS kept their word and gave him a new one, no charge. Cool guys.
I have to agree with Carl. A few years ago I would've probably said that RE was the way to go with lift kits. But today, there are definitely several manufacturers out there that when combined will give you a great lift kit.
However, I will say that there are a few manufacturers today that offer very exhaustive kits where you wouldn't necessarily have to source different parts. It really all winds down to what you're looking for, how much you want to spend, and how quickly you want everything done.
RE has good leafs & shocks, other than that I feel like RC , Rusty's, and RE are the same or very close. Rusty's has had alot of bad pres in forums but I have had alot of good experiences and the bad ones they fixed.
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