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Old 12-14-2014, 11:02 PM
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Raising an SRT WK2?

Hi guys, short term lurker, first time poster here.

Apparently I have unique (or stupid) taste and I can't find the answer to this question, either here or anywhere else on the web.

I'm considering a 2014/15 SRT WK2, I love the power and the relatively utilitarian design, but I hate the idea of being confined to the pavement. I don't plan on "off roading" it in the traditional Jeep sense, but I would like the ability to drive over curbs, ruts, medians and the occasional troop of hippie protestors blocking the freeways here in San Diego. Something along the lines of a "Rally capable SRT" or "urban assault vehicle", whatever that means.

I don't want to lift the whole vehicle (I've seen that thread), I just want to level it by bringing the front UP to the level of the rear, hopefully allowing room to mount some larger, more off road friendly tires on the 20" split spokes. 32's would be great, but that might be just wishful thinking.

From what I've gathered looking around the forum here, the RRO 2.5" leveling kit might work for the front as the spring system is technically the same as the other non-QL Wk2's except for the rates of the springs, but I can't find any info on anyone who's done it before. I don't mind being the guinea pig, but I'd prefer not to be if I can avoid it.

And by "off road friendly" tires, I don't mean super swampers, I'm not trying to go high end Joe Dirt here. I'm just looking for as much sidewall as I can get under there to stretch its terrain limitations and put the door sills a little further away from the curb, a relatively all terrain style tread would be good too.

I should mention I'm not afraid of taking a sawzall to a brand new $70k vehicle. When I spoke to the sales manager at the Jeep dealership last week he looked at me like he wasn't sure he wanted to sell me one if those were my intentions. I may have to find a different dealership to go to for service, lol.

I would also consider a 2014/15 WK2 Limited 5.7L (Limited is the next step down the WK2 line from SRT that doesn't have QL as standard) if I could find a way to bump up the power a little and add the SRT sway bars. Other mods on that would be RRO 2.5" with 33's and some other minor things. I think the service manager would have more issue with power adders on the WK2 motor than tire mods on the SRT, hence I'm leaning towards SRT.

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Old 12-15-2014, 05:22 PM
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Re: Raising an SRT WK2?

Spoke with RRO, they said they've never tried fitting the kit on an SRT before, but if the strut mounts are the same as the other WK2's then they should go on.

Sooo, anybody know if the strut mounts are the same on the WK2 SRT as they are on the non-QL WK2's?


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Old 12-15-2014, 06:03 PM
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Re: Raising an SRT WK2?

My hunch would be yes because a lot of the non srt guys of the srt springs on theirs.
Maybe try a set of stock wk2 springs?


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The off-road Skid Plates Bolt directly onto the SRT 0 issues.
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Re: Raising an SRT WK2?

2 inch taller and much softer springs become available. I'll bite.

I didnt get it to run at a track.

Only redlights.

I would love it ride as good as my 98 5.9 zj instead of rougher than my z roadster.
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Re: Raising an SRT WK2?

Just got back from the dealership, test drove a couple WK2's and put an order in for a 2015 SRT (Silver w/black chrome split spokes). Couldn't find one with the options I wanted (and didn't want) on any lot within 500 miles. No sun roof, no electronic nanny package. Strangely, full black leather interior isn't an option, just that odd tan color.

Was speaking with the SRT technician there about my plans for it, he mentioned that the clearance from the stock tire to the knuckle is much tighter than any of the wheel well clearances from tire to fender. No matter how high I raise it, it won't matter as the limiting factor is the knuckle, not the wheel well.

From what I could see, a possible solution might be a small spacer on the hub to keep a larger tire away from the knuckle, I'll have to check specs and tolerances before I start buying parts though. Anybody have any input on this other than the internet mantra of "spacers are ghey"?

I'm surprised that no one has done this before, the SRT is such a perfect platform for this type of build.
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Just got back from the dealership, test drove a couple WK2's and put an order in for a 2015 SRT (Silver w/black chrome split spokes). Couldn't find one with the options I wanted (and didn't want) on any lot within 500 miles. No sun roof, no electronic nanny package. Strangely, full black leather interior isn't an option, just that odd tan color.

Was speaking with the SRT technician there about my plans for it, he mentioned that the clearance from the stock tire to the knuckle is much tighter than any of the wheel well clearances from tire to fender. No matter how high I raise it, it won't matter as the limiting factor is the knuckle, not the wheel well.

From what I could see, a possible solution might be a small spacer on the hub to keep a larger tire away from the knuckle, I'll have to check specs and tolerances before I start buying parts though. Anybody have any input on this other than the internet mantra of "spacers are ghey"?

I'm surprised that no one has done this before, the SRT is such a perfect platform for this type of build.
You could swap non SRT knuckles and do 10x9 rims? Your 6 brembo's will still fit. it's been proven over and over

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Re: Raising an SRT WK2?

Hmm, that could be interesting. From what I read on the thread you provided, it appeared that the spindles were not the same and wouldn't swap, but if it's been done a lot before I must be missing something. I'll have to do a little more research.

I don't mind hacking some non-essential shit up, but I'd be hesitant to swap spindles. I'd like to keep as much of the warranty intact as possible and I think they'd probably flip if I came in rocking swapped spindles. Spacers and slightly larger tires are easier to justify to the service manager than changing out major components of the suspension geometry.

On a different but related note, anybody know if the Mopar rock rails can be mounted to the WK2 SRT?

We're getting into some sacrilegious territory here.
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Hmm, that could be interesting. From what I read on the thread you provided, it appeared that the spindles were not the same and wouldn't swap, but if it's been done a lot before I must be missing something. I'll have to do a little more research.

I don't mind hacking some non-essential shit up, but I'd be hesitant to swap spindles. I'd like to keep as much of the warranty intact as possible and I think they'd probably flip if I came in rocking swapped spindles. Spacers and slightly larger tires are easier to justify to the service manager than changing out major components of the suspension geometry.

On a different but related note, anybody know if the Mopar rock rails can be mounted to the WK2 SRT?

We're getting into some sacrilegious territory here.
I like your style i almost put duratracs on mine lol
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Re: Raising an SRT WK2?

Ha, that would be sick!

My ride should be at the dealership in 6-8 weeks, or so I'm told, I guess I'll find out the answers to these questions once it's in my hands and I can start taking some measurements.

So far it looks like I'll need the following:

1. A leveling kit for the front
2. Small spacers to help the tires clear the spindle knuckle
3. Largest tires I can fit under there that don't rub "too" much

The tires will have to be the last item after I take all the measurements and see how much room I have.

Mopar rock rails would look tough as f*ck on this, I'll have to do more digging to see if that's possible.

Thanks for all the help so far, guys
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Ha, that would be sick!

My ride should be at the dealership in 6-8 weeks, or so I'm told, I guess I'll find out the answers to these questions once it's in my hands and I can start taking some measurements.

So far it looks like I'll need the following:

1. A leveling kit for the front
2. Small spacers to help the tires clear the spindle knuckle
3. Largest tires I can fit under there that don't rub "too" much

The tires will have to be the last item after I take all the measurements and see how much room I have.

Mopar rock rails would look tough as f*ck on this, I'll have to do more digging to see if that's possible.

Thanks for all the help so far, guys
the SRT has extra Body flares compared to a standard GC.

I found a dura-trac size that would fit the SRT but any suspension flex would equal a rub...
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Re: Raising an SRT WK2?

Cool, that'd be a good place for me to start. What size Dura-Trac was it that would fit, Josh?
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