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    Quote Originally Posted by Four Flusher View Post
    Actually i have two. I've watched both of your excellent lift install videos. In the Rancho video you only used one floor jack under the front diff, is that because you weren't replacing the control arms? Also in the Rancho video, you showed unplugging the same plugs, but was there no need to use a trim tool to pop the cables off?

    Ps thanks for mentioning all the required tools, and torque specs
    Yes, 2 floor jacks is only helpful to have if you're replacing control arms. Also, if you work on your track bar, sway bar link and shock bolts with the full weight of your Jeep on the ground, it'll make life a lot easier for a first time install. This is what I had done on the EVO lift and I would probably follow it as it's more thorough for that.

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    VIDEO : JL JOURNAL - BETTER BOOST for Your BUDGET - RANCHO JL WRANGLER Sport Lift Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    The 2.5" coil spacers only yielded maybe 1.5" of lift up front after we installed our heavy steel front bumper and winch. Completely unloaded in the back, we only got about 2" of lift in the rear after installing our heavy 37" spare tire mounted on a heavy beadlock wheel. Loaded up, we only had about 1/2" of lift in the rear.

    These new Rancho coils are doing better to hold up the front end and while we didn't see a big difference up front, it is more than what we had before and in the rear, completely unloaded, we're actually sitting at just over 3" of lift. Completely loaded, we are still sitting at over 2" of lift and that makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE off road.

    Are things starting to become a bit more clear for you now?



    Thank you and couldn't agree more. For the price and for what all you get, it's definitely what I would consider to be a better budget boost.
    Yea I see , thanks for the clarity lol

    I get the whole your reviewing rancho , evo , dynatrac the forums vendors. Its cool and it looks good and all. How about ICON 2.5 full kits or rock krawler 2.5, 3.5 Kits. Have you thought about trying them out on your rig?

    Hoping for your feedback on these lifts obviously for me ,Im wanting to clear 38s the whole 2 lifts wont work.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex4LO View Post
    Yea I see , thanks for the clarity lol

    I get the whole your reviewing rancho , evo , dynatrac the forums vendors. Its cool and it looks good and all. How about ICON 2.5 full kits or rock krawler 2.5, 3.5 Kits. Have you thought about trying them out on your rig?

    Hoping for your feedback on these lifts obviously for me ,Im wanting to clear 38s the whole 2 lifts wont work.



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    Oh, he could get more than those companies as forum vendors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex4LO View Post
    Yea I see , thanks for the clarity lol

    I get the whole your reviewing rancho , evo , dynatrac the forums vendors. Its cool and it looks good and all. How about ICON 2.5 full kits or rock krawler 2.5, 3.5 Kits. Have you thought about trying them out on your rig?

    Hoping for your feedback on these lifts obviously for me ,Im wanting to clear 38s the whole 2 lifts wont work.



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    Oh, he could get more than those companies as forum vendors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex4LO View Post
    I get the whole your reviewing rancho , evo , dynatrac the forums vendors. Its cool and it looks good and all. How about ICON 2.5 full kits or rock krawler 2.5, 3.5 Kits. Have you thought about trying them out on your rig?
    We like testing out Rancho products because they're affordable and typically, pretty nice for how much they cost. We have always found EVO to make some of the BEST products bar none but of course, they come at a price. Dynatrac is new to the world of suspension but have a long history of making quality products and that is a big part of why we were so eager to test out their kit. While we wouldn't be opposed to testing out ICON or Rock Krawler products and have done so with the later in the past, it'd be nice to have a specific reason to test out their JL stuff other than your interest in their brand. In spite of what you seem to think, it takes a lot of our time and effort and money to install and test products and of course, to produce videos like this. How about you send their kits to me, I'll consider it.

    Hoping for your feedback on these lifts obviously for me ,Im wanting to clear 38s the whole 2 lifts wont work.
    38's are kind of an odd size and not something I'd prefer to run but, to each their own. Is there something specific about these kits that have drawn you to them? Past experience maybe or are you just sold on the brand names? Of course, there's nothing wrong with that - just curious.

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    I agree. The rancho 2" kit is a great price. After seeing your video I'm sure they ride nice. I have had Icon in the past. On both of my Tacomas full coilover kits for my 2nd gen and 3rd gen taco. Since I am new to the jeep world and I traded my tacoma for the new JL. I am just curious and eager to learn which option to go with and which is the best. Since they are a lot of options for the jeep. I guess what I am trying to get at is making sure I get the best lift for the best price. I was just looking for your input on the other kits as well. Since I never heard of them. In the tacoma world ICONS and KINGS is all you hear is the best.

    38's I like because I found some milestar patagonias MT's for a great price and load range C. Looking for a quiet soft ride. All the 37's are mostly load range E and pretty expensive for the thread lol. I guess this also goes back to running load range c 33s on my tacoma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex4LO View Post
    I agree. The rancho 2" kit is a great price. After seeing your video I'm sure they ride nice. I have had Icon in the past. On both of my Tacomas full coilover kits for my 2nd gen and 3rd gen taco. Since I am new to the jeep world and I traded my tacoma for the new JL. I am just curious and eager to learn which option to go with and which is the best. Since they are a lot of options for the jeep. I guess what I am trying to get at is making sure I get the best lift for the best price. I was just looking for your input on the other kits as well. Since I never heard of them. In the tacoma world ICONS and KINGS is all you hear is the best.

    38's I like because I found some milestar patagonias MT's for a great price and load range C. Looking for a quiet soft ride. All the 37's are mostly load range E and pretty expensive for the thread lol. I guess this also goes back to running load range c 33s on my tacoma.
    Ah, that makes sense now. I know that ICON is big in the Taco scene. They make quality products for sure and if that's what you're most familiar with, I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed with their JL products.

    Regarding tires, load range C tires will offer a more comfortable ride at a higher street pressure but they will also have weaker sidewalls. That's the biggest benefit to a load range E tire - sidewall strength. You just need to run them at about 28 psi for them to feel nice and give them a good footprint. Also, the benefit to getting a more common size tire like a 37 is that you can find them anywhere and for less money. This can be helpful especially if you're unlucky enough to get 2 flats and are in need of bumming a spare. You're also more likely to find a replacement with greater ease in the next town you come into. Just some food for thought and based on personal experiences.

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    Install Time

    Thanks for the great video!

    Approximately how long would it take to install the full kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Ah, that makes sense now. I know that ICON is big in the Taco scene. They make quality products for sure and if that's what you're most familiar with, I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed with their JL products.

    Regarding tires, load range C tires will offer a more comfortable ride at a higher street pressure but they will also have weaker sidewalls. That's the biggest benefit to a load range E tire - sidewall strength. You just need to run them at about 28 psi for them to feel nice and give them a good footprint. Also, the benefit to getting a more common size tire like a 37 is that you can find them anywhere and for less money. This can be helpful especially if you're unlucky enough to get 2 flats and are in need of bumming a spare. You're also more likely to find a replacement with greater ease in the next town you come into. Just some food for thought and based on personal experiences.
    Great feedback! I will consider that. I watched the video again and it makes more sense to ride the rancho kit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RLsJL View Post
    Thanks for the great video!

    Approximately how long would it take to install the full kit?
    Depends on who's doing the install I suppose. Someone who's really familiar with installing lifts could easily do it in about 4 hours or less. Someone new to it might be a weekend job.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex4LO View Post
    Great feedback! I will consider that. I watched the video again and it makes more sense to ride the rancho kit.
    Well, in terms of cost, yeah, I'd say so. However, if you can afford to spend more, there are better kits available.

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