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Hope it's ok I'm starting a new thread - I didn't see any specifically comparing these two options.

I'm trying to decide between the Traxda and the Journey lift for a 2017 AWD LE with 30k miles. Does anyone have thoughts about the below, or things to add to the list?
  • Traxda
    • Pro: Less expensive (both for the kit and the installation)
    • Con: Less clearance (2")
    • Con: More people seem to feel the need to change out springs, add air bags, etc. (adds cost/complexity)
  • Journey
    • Pro: More clearance (3.5")
    • Con: More expensive
    • Con: More potential issues with CV joints and other parts?
 

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For what it is worth, I'm in the midst of the following build:
Rear: Custom Coil Spring Specialist rear springs ($330 shipped) to add +1.5" height, +415lb carrying capacity
Front: Custom Traxda Spacer 1-1.25" ($130) depending on how front CV joints look while towing with new rear springs.

I used the rear air bags with 400lb tongue weight and was still dragging, so I opted for the custom springs. I'll post results once I get it all squared away.
 

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First I would ask, what is your intended purpose for this?
I whitewater kayak and camp most weekends in the warmer months and I want to make a micro RV and river access vehicle that will also replace my 4Runner as a daily driver. So, mostly on-road driving with the ability to make it down and up poorly maintained dirt roads. I'm not expecting it to be as capable as the 4Runner, but I think a bit of ground clearance and AWD should be sufficient for my needs.
 

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There's no reason the traxda necessitates more in the way of upgraded springs etc than the Journey kit. The Journey kit works on the same general principle as the Traxda, but also includes additional parts.

Here's the Journey parts -- and what the Traxda includes
  • Two (2) Strut Extensions Traxda includes
  • Two (2) Sway Bar Links
  • Two (2) Camber Adjustment Bolts
  • Two (2) Rear Axle Drop Brackets
  • Two (2) Rear Coil Spring Spacers Traxda includes
  • Two (2) Rear Bump Stop/Shock Extensions
  • Two (2) Extended Rear Brake Lines
  • Exhaust Offset W/ Clamps (certain models require simple tail pipe modification)
The Traxda basically works on the assumption that the 1-2" gain doesn't require the additional items (new sway bars, camber bolts, axle drop brackets, bump stop extensions).

In either case, if you're going to be loading it down with gear for camping/adventures, finding a way to eliminate rear sag will likely be necessary. If you're always loaded up with gear, then custom springs make sense. If you want to be able to maintain the same ride quality loaded or unloaded, then air bags make sense.

I went with the Journey kit after talking with a few mechanics and because I had good experience with their kits on Astros. My use case is similar and I have thus far (about 5k mi lifted) not been disappointed.
 
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