Let's face it.. there are at least a hundred different lift kits out there for your Jeep. What separates one from another? Even when we flip thru magazines, they all look the same. It is the pictures of the springs? Shocks? All the nice brackets and bits? Fancy colors? These pictures sure make those kits look nice. So how does one choose?
Underneath it all, underneath all the advertising, the flashy photos, the colorful vehicles, lies the foundation of any lift. The springs. All those lift kits you see all stacked up in the magazines and catalogs, they do have at least one thing in common... stiff riding springs.
Crummy springs are the bane of the Jeep 4x4 world..... prevalent, horrible, tough to identify. Advertising budgets and flashy colors in pictures make great camoflage for them. They'll take your dream toy and turn it into something no one wants to ride in, and you curse every day you failed to research properly and wound up on those stiff big brand name springs.
Spring manufacturing is a fine art which very few companies take the time to engineer properly. The largest names in the business are guilty of it.... mass producing cheap springs that ride brutally stiff, but sell well because of the insane markup that most 4x4 shops get on those springs.... meaning they really push those big name kits. As a general rule, the less markup on a spring there is, the less likely you are to see it on your local 4x4 shop's shelves.... which is why you rarely see Old Man Emu components. They are the best quality parts, but not the most heavily advertised. At Rocky Road... we look beyond hype and really do take a different approach to our customer's Jeeps. A better one...
The Rocky Road company Wrangler. Outfitters with the 4" Trailblazer lift, 1" body lift, 35" Dick Cepek tires on 8" wheels with 4" backspacing.
Lower 2 pics taken on the Rubicon Trail, California.
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Rocky Road soft-ride long travel shocks. We feel we have designed the best riding shock we have found on the market today for moderate weight vehicles like our Jeeps. Other shocks are designed for vehicles thousands of lbs heavier (namely, pickup trucks), our engineered shocks are right on the money for a Jeep. Superbly valved for a great ride on road without being mushy offroad. Shocks are $155 for all four with the purchase of a kit, or $46 each if purchased on their own....
OR, the ever-popular Rancho 9000XL Adjustable shocks are available as an upgrade option, which allow you to adjust and dial in your shocks for your favorite setting, or change it up depending on the driving and terrain you hit for the day. And also the option to change to the OME SPORT series long travel shocks. An increasingly popular ultra-highend shock from Old Man Emu.
Almost as bad in handling in handling on the highway as poorly engineered springs, are some of the "long arm" kits that are on the market. Many of these kits do not allow your front axle to cycle up and down in the manner it was designed for which is why they handle so spooky at highway speeds. Long-arm kits are cheap to make, easy to for a shop to make profit on, and horrible at highway speeds. But they do look super-cool parked in a picture which is why the current hype.
Long arm kits are fine for vehicles trailered to the trails. If you want to keep your vehicle and passenger's safe though, stay away from this latest fad as the rotating castor on these systems makes for screwy handling. Long arm kits make your Jeep turn like a skateboards (picture pivoting axles). Your life is worth more than an extra inch or two of suspension flex on the trail. Expert editors from various suspension magazines agree as well... Stay safe, avoid the long-arm systems.
Side View: Unlimited with 4" lift. Photo courtesy of Josh Gates.
The Trailblazer 4" lift kit is the perfect size for 33" tires which happens to be the perfect tire for TJ Wranglers. Small enough not to cause trouble with 'Johnny Law', safe enough to run on a daily driver, not overpowering to braking and steering systems, yet a great size for off-roading on all but the most extreme of bottomless mudpits or rockcrawling competitions.
Each Trailblazer kit includes:
Old Man Emu replacement front and rear coil springs with spacers for a full 4" of lift. Simply put, the best riding spring on the market available. Click here for more information on OME spring engineering. Unlimited uses a slightly different spring system, email if you have questions
RRO Engineered shocks. A great soft riding shock designed for the medium weight of the Wrangler. Rides like a dream onroad as opposed to other STIFF shocks.
Adj Front Track Bar. Anytime you go over 2" in lift, you must replace the front track bar to keep proper front axle alignment and handling. We have kits for both Left hand and Right hand drive Jeeps.
Adj Rear Track Bar. Anytime you go over 2" in lift, you want to adjust the rear track bar to keep proper rear axle position and handling.
Rear Lower shock mounts. These move the shocks away from your axle slightly which makes sure your shocks don't touch the axle even during the most extreme rear suspension flex.
Transfer Case drop kit. An unfortunate side effect of lifting TJ's over 2" is the need to also drop the transfer case. This helps keep driveline vibes at bay by reducing the ujoint angles and stress on the rear slip yoke. Not necessary or included in Unlimited and Rubicon kits.
All these items add up to the finest riding suspension on the planet. No hocus pocus parts that are unnecessary. Just the required components to make your Jeep ride better than stock, be stable on the interstate at 80mph, and offroad performance. A drop pitman arm is not required for this height lift. We do offer them as an optional item on our steering webpage for those who do wish to install one on their Jeep.
The perfect fit for 35" tires using the OME Trailblazer lift, includes a 1" body lift.
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