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Lifts On A Budget

Aev Jeep Wrangler Jk Spacer Lift
Sean P. Holman | Writer
Posted May 1, 2012

Get it up for less than 350 bucks

Times are tough and paychecks don’t stretch as far as they once used to. Heading out on the trail with your stock 4x4 could put you right in the crosshairs of your buddies’ short jokes and let’s face it, if you don’t have money for a lift, you probably can’t afford the damage that could come from dragging your belly on the trail. So what’s a 4x4 enthusiast to do? How can you get your 4x4 off the ground without emptying that last dollar out of your pocket? Well, Four Wheeler feels for you and we have your back. With your bank account in mind, we put together more than 20 products that can get your 4x4 lifted for less than $350. Check out your options below and see just how easy it is to get it up. Your ego and your rig will thank you.

Affordable Space
What: AEV ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK 2.0-inch Spacer Lift
About: AEV’s 2.0-inch Spacer Lift was engineered to integrate seamlessly with the Jeep Wrangler JK. This means that not only will it provide an economical lift option for JK owners, but also it will do so while preserving the JK’s excellent factory ride, handling, and durability. This is an important consideration, particularly for Wrangler owners who drive their Jeeps every day.
MSRP: $259.99
Info: American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), 248/926-0256,

Leveling Shock
What: Bilstein 5100 Height Adjustable Leveling Shocks
About: Is your truck’s nose-down attitude keeping you down? Then check out Bilstein’s 5100 Leveling Shocks. The 5100s are a proven monotube shock design that allows for suspension height increases of up to 2.75 inches on most popular trucks that use a coilover front suspension design. Multiple snap-ring grooves on the shock body allow different spring seat positions providing 0 to 2.75 inches of frontend lift, depending on application while utilizing the vehicle’s stock front coil springs. High-pressure nitrogen gas and a floating dividing piston eliminate the possibility of oil foaming and performance loss from shock fade. The 46mm working piston and self-adjusting deflective disc valving instantly reacts and adjusts to any surface changes for maximum vehicle body motion control and superior performance. Wheel travel is improved over stock without over-extension of the suspension.
MSRP: From $313.22 (per pair)
Info: Bilstein, 858/386-5900,

Pickup Pick-up
What: Summit Racing Equipment Torsion Bar Keys
About: Most people don’t like the factory stance of their four-wheel drive trucks with the front of the truck sitting two inches lower than the rear. A set of Summit Racing Torsion Bar Keys will correct this problem. These torsion bar keys are perfect for reversing frontend sag on an older IFS 4x4 truck or adding two additional inches of ground clearance to a newer one. They’re crafted from forged steel and protected with a gray powdercoat finish. Applications include popular Ford, GM, and Dodge (Ram) trucks with torsion bar front suspensions.
MSRP: From $129.95
Info: Summit Racing, 800/230-3030,

Flat F-150
What: Rough Country ’09-’12 Ford F-150 2.5-inch Lift Kit
About: Rough Country’s 2.5-inch suspension system for ’09-’12 Ford F-150 4x4s include strut extensions, a 1-inch rear block kit, and two rear Nitro 9000 shocks. This spacer is designed to fit the strut hat giving the appearance of a continuing strut and allows for a 35-inch tire. An upgrade to rear 2.2 Performance shocks is only an additional $50.
MSRP: $199.95
Info: Rocky Mountain Suspension Products, 800/742-3171,

Raptor Anti-rake
What: Daystar Ford Raptor 2-inch Leveling Kit
About: Daystar now offers a 2-inch leveling kit for the Ford Raptor, which allows enough room for a 37-inch tire. The ComfortRide coil spring spacer kit uses high-density progressive polyurethane spacers that level out the Raptor without sacrificing ride quality or load-carrying capacity. The top-mount design means that installation is a snap and no special tools are needed. Best of all, Daystar Leveling Kits come with a limited lifetime warranty and are made in the U.S.A.
MSRP: $129.00
Info: Daystar, 800/595-7659,

Jeep Booster
What: Maxtrac ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK 2.5-Inch Lift
About: Maxtrac Suspension offers an affordable 2.5-inch kit that accommodates 35-inch-tires on ’07-’12 Jeep Wranglers. Made entirely in the U.S.A., this system retains stock ride quality on both two and four door JKs. The kit includes coil spacers made from 1⁄4-inch steel, shock and sway bar extenders, bumpstop and brake line relocation brackets, and all necessary hardware.
MSRP: $349.95
Info: Maxtrac Suspension, 714/630-0363,

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