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Looking For A Decent Lift Kit

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    I was thinking about going with the daystar 2in lift but was talking to my dad hes lifted most of his trucks and worked in shops all his life and said I should just spend more and get a complete suspension lift. I have been looking through threads here and on a couple other pages and reviews on a couple of skyjacker lifts but not sure what i should do I know if i get a lift bigger then 2in I need new A arms. Im not going to be major offroading mainly trails but a couple I ride down are pretty rough.
     
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    You can find my thoughts on budget lifts here. I think it is a good read and will give you some things to ponder.
    See JBA (Jeepin-By-Al) products.
    If you are on a tight budget and want the next best thing to an Adjust-A-Strut lift (what I currently have), I'd go with the OME from JBA. It is very similar to the prototype lift I had before I upgraded the front. It says 1.5" because it is made in Australia where they have a 1.5" limit, but you will get more from it.
    Springs 2731 rear and 2927 front will net you 2+".
    Skyjacker springs are lower rated and will sag much faster.
     
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    Is there a a diffrent brand of control arms i can buy? Was looking around online and saw some cheaper but not by much and as far as springs there's 2 diffrent options for both front and rear
     
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    The springs you want are the #'s I posted above for Max lift, gas.(3.7 and 4.0 use the same ones.)
    Only difference would be the long travel shocks for the rear.(Recommend)
    I would not use any other A-arms.
    My rig was used as the prototype rig for the arms. Which did not work well first time around (lots of pocket contact). But the current version is perfection! They are built to last, allow Max travel, with greaseable, replaceable quality ball joints.

    If you go OME springs, I highly recommend you have a shop put the front assembly together with a press for you. Those springs are VERY strong! They can maim or kill if not done with the right equipment, and done correctly.
    Check out the How-to section for my write ups on the install. Also read the "things I would do differently" part.
     
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    look for cheap lift and have a budget.. go with the Rough Country 2.5-2" lift made for the Liberty KK...exact fit for the Nitro as well but not listed. their level lift kit levels and lifts the liberty but for the nitro, the leveling will be off a hair. not bad for $120 (i purchased this lift, just waiting for shocks, struts, and tires. i'm also running JBA UCA's)
    next cheap lift is Daystar...ehh
    BEST quality lift but most expensive is JBA lift kits. but you get what you pay for. -> my opinion
     
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    so i am thinking about lifting my nitro and i have heard JBA is the best way too go if you got the money was wondering if any one had done the platinum 2.5 lift its is expensive but like pat said you get what you pay for
     
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    Not that I know of. But I helped another member here on the forum install his gold lift. But honestly, the silver is = to what I have(+ A-arms) and it is great!

    EDIT:
    Unless you are going with the 4" you really don't need longer brake lines.
     
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    thanks scar i did not no it came with the brake lines guess i need some glasses lol but i was really looking at it cause it came with fox shocks which i have not seen a nitro with and give my two cents if they are worth the money or not
     
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    so guys im sorry to say im not doing the platinum package from jba but still trying to lift the nitro i dont want to spend a whole lot one it can anyone give me some ideas on what would be best thanks
     
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    Check out the OME kit JBA sells. With the right spring selection you will net 2+" of lift. Post 2 in this thread.
     
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    okay i see it thanks again scar0
     
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    You're welcome.
    FYI I would have a shop compress the front springs if you do not purchase assembled ones. Those things are dangerous to DIY.
    If you want a little more lift you can add an extra spring isolator to the top of each rear spring and either do a clevis or top plate to the front.
    On the rear it is 1/1; 1/2" = 1/2" lift.
    On the front it is 2/1; 1/4" = 1/2" lift.
    But remember the higher you go, the more likely you will have UCA/spring contact on drop in the front. More so If you opt to not get JBAs "A" arms.
    And on the rear the tires will be kicked more out to the right.
    On the front, if you bend down the brake line holder tab a little you will have more then enough brake line for full drop flex.
     
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    That is why i wanted to go with the jba lift with everthing attach i had my fare share of compressing springs even with the compressor it can be dangerous but i think one last time can hurt....lol well at least i hope not but i think we will be fine its always sketchy no matter how many times you do it but thanks for the tip but its go big or go home in my book i will be getting the jba upper control arm i dont want to have to replace my ball joints every 6 months i cant wait to have it in the air i went mudding last weekend and most holes i can hear the front scrape luckily i took off the front lower air dam off or it would be screwed up also the deegan 38 mickey thompson a/t are the bees knees i dont even need to throw it in 4wd where i use too :cool:
     
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    I totally wasted a new set of compressors when I did my first lift and then remove it to upgrade to the Adjust-A-Strut.
    The OME springs are higher rated then the springs I was using.
    I would not even attempt to compress those without a press. Just sayin...
     
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    i see your point thanks for the info
     

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