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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey all. Im struggling with what type of lift kit to go with and seek advice. I live in Maryville TN and usually ride royal blue/windrock/brimstone trails. Needless to say the stock clearance doesnt get it done where I ride. Should i go the 2-3 inch bracket lift route.....high clearance a arm route.....long travel route.......or 6 inch lift route. any insight/advice/opinions are greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 12:52 PM
 
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I have a 2019 T4 LE and just put on a 2" lift from Brute performance. Going down to Ride Royal Blue in a few weeks, I will let you know how it does.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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That would be great bud thank you. I looked at the brute force also and liked it because it seemed to be one of the easier ones to install. how much clearance do you have now after installation?
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 04:36 PM
 
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I put a 2 inch perfex lift on my 2018 and its a good lift and its from Canada so ALOT cheaper for you guys from America.
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Quick (and maybe stupid) question. What's the down side to a lift kit. I'm about to click "buy" on a Prefex 2" lift for my 17' T-rex 4. All I can read is all the benefits - can't help but think if its all good the Kawasaki would have just made it 2" higher... thanks.
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I haven't experienced any downside at all i had a rzr with this lift and a Yamaha wolverine and now my 2018 teryex 4 . The reason i did the lift is mainly for more ground clearance places you scraped the underside before you wont anymore lol. 2 inches aint enough to change anything that drastically that will hurt anything. But if you tow your rex in a enclosed trailer the added height from the lift might cause you some issues or your garage door opening might not be high enough anymore .do some measurements.
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If you kept everything else stock the best capability/clearance and bang for the buck improvement will come from a 2" lift kit. This is because it raises the entire bottom of the machine up. The high clearance a-arms themselves don't provide any lift and thus don't raise the bottom of the vehicle up any. The only ground clearance advantage they have is a little bit where the a-arms angle down from the frame. This does help with getting hung up on the a-arms in some situations but it's not nearly as drastic of a difference the lift kit will make. Where the a-arms shine is they allow you run a larger tire, and thus the larger tire gives more clearance.

Huge difference in costs for the options you mention.
- 2" lift is around $150
- front and rear high clearance a-arms are $700+, and really need larger tires you get a bigger capability increase
- 6" lift is $1,800, but wouldn't recommend this for general trail riding
- long travel kits are getting into the $3,000-$5,000+ range....probably the cream of the crop in regards to suspension improvements with the main downside, to some, being the increased width

Another option that is not mentioned is a shock upgrade to either the Viking/814 or Bandit's. Both brands offer longer than stock shocks which will provide the 2" of lift and vastly improved ride quality and performance. Cost is somewhere around the $1,200+ mark. If you have the money to spend that is the direction I would recommend.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 08:05 PM
 
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I put 28s on mine and did the 814s. Gained 2.5 and it rides much smoother now. Best money I ever spent on my machine.


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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 10:29 PM
 
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Going crazy!

just jumped off the deep end and purchased the Super UTV 2" list and offset arms, of course with new bushings and ball joints. (2012 T4). and went with the bandit gen 3 high flow shocks and have 14" Tusk wheels and 30" coming!!! I currently have a 2" lift on it and 12" wheels 26" tires. all said and done i should get a minimum of 4" from stock to almost 6". And a huge improvement in ride!!! Next will be a visit with VFJohn for clutch and power upgrades!!!
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just jumped off the deep end and purchased the Super UTV 2" list and offset arms, of course with new bushings and ball joints. (2012 T4). and went with the bandit gen 3 high flow shocks and have 14" Tusk wheels and 30" coming!!! I currently have a 2" lift on it and 12" wheels 26" tires. all said and done i should get a minimum of 4" from stock to almost 6". And a huge improvement in ride!!! Next will be a visit with VFJohn for clutch and power upgrades!!!
I will be interested to see how the lift and Bandit Gen 3 shocks work together. The Gen 3 shocks are longer than stock and allow you to lift the machine without using lift kits. If you do try to use them together be careful because you will be binding the CV axles and tie rods (will be even worse adding in the offset a-arms). In the end I would probably not recommend the lift kit since you are getting the shocks.
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I am not going to add any lift with the shocks at first. Will see how much strain is on the axles and go from there. Thanks for the feed back.
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My plan is to do the SATV arched a-arms (1.5 inch offsets) first, then 30 inch tires. If I still have clearance into the garage, may look at a 2" lift. Also looking at a VFJohn ECM and clutching with the 30"ers.

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I am not going to add any lift with the shocks at first. Will see how much strain is on the axles and go from there. Thanks for the feed back.
I originally had the Highlifter 2" lift brackets on mine and then bought the longer Bandits. Out of curiosity I tried mocking up the Bandits with the brackets still on. I could not get the shocks installed without compressing them some, even with the preload backed all the way off (never went to the effort to try to compress the springs because I was planning on removing the lift anyway, but would have needed to compress them at least an inch). Basically this means that you would be over extending the axles and tie rods using the shocks with the lift brackets. You could probably make it work by installing limit straps, but with that combination you are not allowing the use of the full stroke of the shocks. With the lift brackets removed I had to raise the a-arms up about 1/4" to get the shocks started, meaning that the shocks are sized to not allow the axles and a-arms to over extend and bind up.
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So I went all in!!! Installed SATV 1.5 lif and offset A-arms, bandit shocks with extended resivors, 30" tires. Should have done this a LOOOOOONG time ago. Especially the shocks!!! Week later installed VFjohn clutch, and programmer and trinity full exhaust. Gave better acceleration but is super loud! I see an 840 BBC cam in the next year. Did I say the bandit shocks are AWESOME!!!!
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2" lift kits on average only rise frame 1-1/2" or so in my experience

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I haven't experienced any downside at all i had a rzr with this lift and a Yamaha wolverine and now my 2018 teryex 4 . The reason i did the lift is mainly for more ground clearance places you scraped the underside before you wont anymore lol. 2 inches aint enough to change anything that drastically that will hurt anything. But if you tow your rex in a enclosed trailer the added height from the lift might cause you some issues or your garage door opening might not be high enough anymore .do some measurements.
I installed a Perfex kit and I am very happy with it. It's also SS , wich i like and cost is hard to beat. Lift kits change the angle of driveshaft a little which could theoretically cause more wear but I have not experienced any negatives yet.
Also dial in your shocks, compression and rebound for the driving you do. I carry full gear, so I tightened shocks up a little and dialled rebound back which suits me fine.
In my opinion a lift kit TOGETHER with a larger diameter tire will make the all the difference. I installed 27" Blackwater Evolutions and I am happy, could kick myself however as I should have gone with 28"

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