Reviews for Quadratec Maximum Duty 3.5" Coil Spring Suspension Lift Kit with Shocks for 97-06 Wrangler TJ & Unlimited
Installed this lift on my 98 TJ. Overall I am happy with the lift. I also added double quick disconnects, and an adjustable front track bar. The lift was easy to install, and seems to be great quality. I went with the Fox 2.0 shocks and I'm very happy with them. Like most have stated, the 4wd shift linkage was a bit of an issue. On my first outing I found that I had lost 4Lo. However, I did find an easy solution that did not require purchasing more parts. Remove the factory linkage. It can be popped off using a large flat head screwdriver. Its basically a rod with a square metal block that slides on the rod, with a bolt to hold it onto the rod. Clean any rust or crust off the rod, and slide the block back on but don't tighten it all the way. "Pop" it back onto the shift lever and the T-case. Have someone hold the lever all the way down in 2wd, and tighten the bolt on the block. Problem solved. The other issue was the transmission shifter popping out of 2nd, 4th, and reverse. This is caused from lowering the transmission/transfer case. There are 2 accordion style shift boots. 1 inside, and 1 on the transmission. When its cold outside they "stack" but lose flexibility. I replaced the boot inside the cab with a leather boot, eliminating half of the accordion stack. No issues shifting anymore.
The lift did give me more than the advertised 3.5 inches of lift however. After measuring the coils, it is actually 5 inches of lift. It would easily accommodate 35" tires. I've had the lift on for a few years now and I'm still happy with it. Its been off-road, 80 mph down the highway, driven halfway across the country with no problems. I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone.
Nice kit for the price.
This was the perfect lift for what I was looking for. It gave my ‘05 TJ the perfect stance for 33x12.50 tires. I was able to install myself in just over a day. I would have rated it 5 stars, but the transfer case linkage is a pain to get on. Also, once it is on, I lost the capability for 4 low. My fix was to weld the new drop bracket to the factory linkage bracket, removed the bolts, and was able to get into 4low. Other than that, this is a great lift if you are not wanting to go too extreme.
nice kit, good price....impressed w/ on road feel and off road capability....I did buy an adjustable trackbar to go with the kit.
took it off road on some "moderate" trails at Prentice Cooper state park went really well
Excellent lift for the price if you just use the parts in it. In hind sight I'd have gone with a complete lift kit, I ended up not lowering the t-case and adding a SYE and procomp DS instead. Also a jks HD steering kit, extended brake lines, adjustable front and year track bars, and adjustable upper rear control arms. Save your money and get a full kit, it WILL be cheaper in the long run
This is a very high Quality lift for the money! I only needed a 2nd hand getting the supplied front springs back in. The only thing that took some time and patience was installing the transfer case linkage bracket. Im very pleased with the finished product!
The hard part....removing the old. Even soaking the bolts a week before the install, I had to cut most of the OEM stuff out with a saws-all from this 03 TJ...from swaybar, control arms, and trackbar mounts. The 3.5" kit however, installed easy and made the TJ look great and serve a greater purpose. Recommend purchasing a good front track-bar to complete this kit and Hydro-shock option if its your daily driver...the Nitros (gas-charged) ride like a covered wagon, as expected. I added 3/4" poly spacers to the rear to keep the TJ from sitting down once I load it with gear. Highly recommended kit for 33s, add a 1-1/2" body lift and its good for 35s.
My nephews and I put this on my 2005 TJ (admittedly they did most of the work) and it has made a world of difference in how my Jeep rides. I purchased a JKS Adjustable Track Bar and OMIX-ADA Adjustable Upper Control Arms to go with the lift kit and I opted for the Hydro 7.0 shocks. The ride is smooth, there is no more death wobble and the 33x12.5 tires on Pro-Comp 7069 wheels look awesome. I did have to cut a piece out of the shifter boot frame to allow me to get into Reverse but other than that it all went together great. Pay attention to the recommendations in the other reviews particularly about not tightening the rear track bar bolts until you have it full in place and make sure you are using the correct bolts for your model year on the the transfer case skid plate when you lower the transfer case. This is a great mod for a stock Jeep.
good lift kit. got about 4 1/2" out of it. only issue was the 4wd drive shifter linkage. no matter how i did it i could not make it work. maybe because i have a 2006 unlimited lj. without the linkage kit i can get 2wd and 4wd high so that will have to do until i can go another route.
If you are on a budget, this is the best bang for your buck. I upgraded from a simple 2 inch shock and spring lift from Rough Country, and I have no words to describe how much of an improvement it has been all around. The springs alone were twice the thickness of the RC springs. It took two days to install this lift, as this is my daily driver, and I was pressed on time and had about 5 hours to work on the jeep each day.
The shocks do not come with the bushing pre-mounted. I do not have a table vise, and had to jimmy the bushings in with a few sockets, a jack, and the frame of my jeep.
The shifter linkage is a PITA to replace, as a matter of fact I couldn't get the original dismantled so I have not replaced it yet (lift has been installed for about 6 months now and I have had no issues)