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3" lift for stock FJ?

Hi, I am considering adding some lift to the FJ for aesthetic reasons. Earlier this year, I added steel front and rear bumpers as well as a 9,000lbs winch to this particular "Mall Crawler". Why? well... #1-I have a Jeep YJ that does the off roading and it is more "economical" to modify than the FJ. #2- I use the FJ as a "I am having a mid-life crisis, would you please look at me?" vehicle. I am not proud...

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With all said added weight, the FJ has dropped a little, specially up front. I was thinking of either doing a RC 3" lift; it comes with a spacer for front and new shocks/springs for the back OR the Pro Comp 3" lift with all 4 shocks and coils. Which one should I go for in this budget quest that would deliver some lift and leveling? is there something else I should consider?

Thank you in advance for the advice.
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Re: 3" lift for stock FJ?

I did a Toytec lift. Buy once, cry once.
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Re: 3" lift for stock FJ?

Toytec BOSS 60K miles on mine, no problems. Adjustable coil overs for all that added weight up front. The only spacer you want is one in the drivers side rear to level it side to side. They all have that "lean".

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Re: 3" lift for stock FJ?

OME 3" complete lift, with TC UCA. I have about 279K miles on this lift, and the shocks and springs are still doing their thing. I figured I would replace them @ 200K miles, but they were doing fine - I took my front coils apart for nothing...LOL

If you are a mall crawler - I have ridden in several other lifted FJ's, but IMO the OME has a superior ride overall.

Others please note I said IMO...
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Others please note I said IMO...
so it looks like you have done this internet thing before.



I have OME with Heavy Springs on mine and am very happy, though some might say the ride is a little rougher than stock, but it doesn't bother me one bit.
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Hi, I am considering adding some lift to the FJ for aesthetic reasons. Earlier this year, I added steel front and rear bumpers as well as a 9,000lbs winch to this particular "Mall Crawler". Why? well... #1-I have a Jeep YJ that does the off roading and it is more "economical" to modify than the FJ. #2- I use the FJ as a "I am having a mid-life crisis, would you please look at me?" vehicle. I am not proud...

I digress...

With all said added weight, the FJ has dropped a little, specially up front. I was thinking of either doing a RC 3" lift; it comes with a spacer for front and new shocks/springs for the back OR the Pro Comp 3" lift with all 4 shocks and coils. Which one should I go for in this budget quest that would deliver some lift and leveling? is there something else I should consider?

Thank you in advance for the advice.
I tried the RC Spacer lift once for a few months, but it pushed my UCAs up so high it was hard to get the alignment right. I didn't like the way it stressed the ball joint at a funny angle either. I was able to sell the kit for a little less than what I bought it for, but I would definitely recommend a suspension lift, even if you don't off road this vehicle. Your front end will appreciate it. And a decent suspension lift will set you back about $1000, whereas a spacer is about $300? So to me the little extra for a quality lift is worth it.
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Of the 2 you mention, RC or Procomp..............I'd go with the Procomp
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Re: 3" lift for stock FJ?

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This, exactly.

I just did the same, and there's plenty of crying both out of the wallet, and from your own sweat, blood, and tears (in that order) if you install it yourself too, but I'm hoping to have her a long time so its worth it. Do UCA's at the same time (I went with JBA), and just get 'er done.

You do NOT want to have to do your suspension over and over because you wanted to go cheap at first. I almost did that myself with a "Franken-kit" as the Toytec guy called it, by ordering Eibach Pro-Lift shocks and Toytec springs to go on it. Once I learned that BOSS 2.0 shocks are Eibach as well the springs, that sorta sealed the deal for me (I like that smoooooth Eibach valving from other vehicles I've run suspension upgrades in.)

Buy once, cry once. And at least it feels a little like your truck is having a birthday or Christmas party or something when parts start rolling in. Edit: does good to call them and remind them you're a member here, as they gave me a discount that felt pretty nice, especially in this niche market of high margin goods and expensive shipping.

2012 Cavalry Blue - 3" Toytec BOSS 2.0 lift, JBA Control arms, Fuel Anza 17x8.5, Patagonia M/T 285/70-17, roof wrapped in Avery satin black vinyl, all work DIY for better or worse
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