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Old 02-18-2013, 07:39 PM
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New to the board. Buying a JK

Hi all
My first post.

I expect to purchase a 2013, or a 2012 JK sport holdover within the next month, if I can find what I want ( and the right deal). Me and my wife intend to hit some back roads and do a trip into the Smokey Mountains. Just sold our custom motorcycle and we need a new toy!

I've been reading here on the forum and just want to confirm a few things.

I'm looking at buying a base JK model with the steel wheels so I can put on the lift and level along with the custom wheels and tires I want. Ill probably also get the towing kit, so I can pull my retro dual sport Honda XL out to ride sometimes.

So with that said, I am looking at putting a 2" a 2.5" lift and level kit on along with some MT 33.5 tires. Ill do some back roads, but no serious off roading or rock crawling. This will be my backup vehicle, so I want to keep it in pretty good condition while still having some fun with it.

So will that lift (or less) be good for clearing the 33.5s? I don't want any rubbing, but still want a decent ride on the highway.

Also I think I want the 3:73 gears for pulling. Not too concerned about mileage, as it is primarily a second vehicle and toy.

Also with a small bike trailer, I shouldn't have any trouble towing a 300 plus pound bike over a distance,,, I hope?!

Thanks for any advice.
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Welcome!

You should no problem clearing 33" tires with the lift and level you are talking about, you could probably run 35s and be good. If I remember correctly, you should be able to clear 33s on a stock JK.

As for towing, that should be a walk in the park as well. There should be no problem towing a motorcycle with a JK, especially the new JK with the 3.6L.

Hope you find the right deal!

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:41 PM
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Re: New to the board. Buying a JK

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Welcome!

You should no problem clearing 33" tires with the lift and level you are talking about, you could probably run 35s and be good. If I remember correctly, you should be able to clear 33s on a stock JK.

As for towing, that should be a walk in the park as well. There should be no problem towing a motorcycle with a JK, especially the new JK with the 3.6L.

Hope you find the right deal!

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Interesting! If that is the case, I may be able to just install a front spring spacer to level it and retain the factory shocks for now. I like that idea and saves money!

So then what spring spacer thickness would level the JK without any alteration to the rear? And will a realignment be necessary after the spacer is installed?

Thanks a lot!
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Probably about 3/4 or 1" should do it
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Daystar makes a leveling spacer for the JKs along with TeraFlex and a handful of other reputable companies.

For 33s there is no need for any lift at all, the bumpstops and shocks will all work with in spec.

Also as you aren't changing anything but the space in the front fender wells no alignment is needed.

I pulled a custom 2k pound trailer everyday for three years with 3.73 gears and 37" tires with the 3.8L... you won't have any trouble towing a bike behind you. You could probably just get one of those hitch mount moto carriers and it would level you out and carry your bike!
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:03 AM
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Thanks a lot guys. Currently in the negotiation phase with three dealers and a couple of individuals selling some 2012s. Thanks for the advice on the suspension. It will save me a few bucks!
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Good luck on your deal!

If your looking at the 4door sport you shouldn't pay much more than 26k unless you have a bunch of options added.
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Picking up the JK tomorrow. Next stop lift and level, wheels and tires. Decided to go with the 2" budget lift. Haven't decided on wheels and tires yet.

But here's my starting point!
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:26 AM
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Ok. For whatever reason, I can't post a pic. Tried a few times. I'm on several forums using Tapatalk and never experienced this. Oh well. It is a basic black JK Sport. Basic at least until I add the lift, level, wheels and tires! Decided on the 2" lift. What the heck!
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Ok. For whatever reason, I can't post a pic. Tried a few times. I'm on several forums using Tapatalk and never experienced this. Oh well. It is a basic black JK Sport. Basic at least until I add the lift, level, wheels and tires! Decided on the 2" lift. What the heck!
Sometimes the spam filters are touchy with picts and it takes you having more posts for them to realize you're okee dokee. I approved the pict so you're good to go. I'll delete the extras. Any future problems let me know!
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Sometimes the spam filters are touchy with picts and it takes you having more posts for them to realize you're okee dokee. I approved the pict so you're good to go. I'll delete the extras. Any future problems let me know!
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