When we decided it was time to replace the existing 4" lift on our project JKU King Wanderer due to general wear and failing components, there was no debate as to the direction we wanted to go. The name Teraflex is synonymous with quality and they have long been a staple in the jeep community. We're fans of the brand, their products, videos and everything they're about. That said, our first responsibility is to reports our findings truthfully to you, the members of the instajeepthing community. First let's take a quick look at the lift and then we'll summarize the install and review the performance.
To our knowledge this is the most complete 4" short arm lift that Teraflex offers and seemed well suited for our needs with the jeep being daily driven as well as taken on off road adventures frequently. For the install we visited our good friends at Clevelands Garage in Brewerton NY who allow us to work with them on the jeep and don't seem to mind a camera in their face while their sweating and cursing a bit. Of course sweating and cursing is standard operating procedure when working on a jeep whether it's installing a lift or changing a tire. It seems like nothing is ever easy. That said, while the install wasn't painless, it certainly could have been worse. The only real problems we had during the process were due to factory bolts that had seized up due to age and exposure to the elements. On a couple of occasions we had to bust out the torch to convince them to move. If you're installing the lift on a brand new jeep, you won't have these issues. If you're doing almost anything to an older jeep, you know how stubborn bolts can be. When all was said and done it took us approximately 12 hours to complete the install. The next step was to take the jeep to an experienced 4WD alignment specialist, which we did. The importance of this step cannot be overstated.
Very soon after installing the new suspension system we drove the jeep on a road trip from Central New York to Philadelphia PA which is approximately a 6 hour drive each way. It was the perfect opportunity to test the Jeep's new mannerisms and on road handling. In this application it passed with flying colors! The ride was smooth yet firm. There were no vibrations at any speeds and we experienced no bump steer. We comfortably and confidently traveled at 75-80 mph for the majority of the trip. It drives and handles better now than it has since we drove it home from the dealership a year ago. Soon after returning from our trip to Philly we were anxious to take the jeep off road for some fun so we headed to the Adirondack Mountains for a day. While we didn't encounter any extreme challenges during our journey, it did give us the opportunity to test the jeep's new suspension in dirt, mud, on rocks and even sand (a rare find here in NY). I'm happy to report that once again the Teraflex lift proved itself to be both capable and comfortable!
We love this suspension system! Teraflex really covered all the bases with this one and at the risk of using yet another baseball analogy, they hit it out of the park! It's a very complete and well balanced lift that brings out the best in your jeep's on road performance as well as off road capability. Check out Teraflex.com to see the various suspension systems available for your jeep! Feel free to check out a short video of some fun we had after the install below as well as some photos from the install process itself and performance tests.