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Old 01-04-2017, 11:54 AM
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Newbie lift/tire questions

Hey everyone. I'm new to the whole Jeep world and could use some help.
I've had my '16 JKU 75A for about 6 months now. I'm looking to lift it and get some bigger tires but I have know idea what I'm doing and don't want to just walk into a shop and have them sell me stuff I don't need.

I want to put some 35" KO2's on my 17" wheels. Figured I would need a 3" lift to do this. (Haven't gone off road yet but plan to)

I spoke to 2 different dealerships and 1 said I need to get a 3.5" lift kit, change out the Track Bar, get some wheel spacers and a hi-lift jack.

The other dealership said just to get a 4" lift kit since it's about the same price as anything over 2.5", and that i'll need to get a reinforced tire carrier that attaches to the bumper to help hold the new tire.

So I guess my question is do I need a 3", 3.5" or 4" lift kit. And if I raise it that high do I need to change the Track bar and anything else? Will I need to get wheel spacers?

I do plan on getting the Smittybilt SRC Gen 2 Tire Carrier in the future and possibly the hi-lift jack.

I appreciate any help yall can give. Thanks.

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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

Hey FWIW, my dealer is putting the mopar 2" lift and 35" x12.50 tires this week on my new 2016 anniversary wrangler. ( new 18 wheels though)
They had one in the showroom with the same set up. 2" and 35s
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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

Interesting. And they didn't say anything about rubbing or offroading with it?
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Interesting. And they didn't say anything about rubbing or offroading with it?
No, they didn't
From reading in here that combination seems to be pretty common.
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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

Here's a link to a fairly complete, albeit rather expensive kit.

https://www.offroadevolution.com/pro...prings-jk-jku/

I'm not suggesting that you should get this kit, but it does come with most of the components necessary (doesn't come with shocks) to lift 3". If you read it carefully you'll notice they recommend new wheels or spacers and getting a new front drive shaft.

I would not lift higher than 3" if you're just going to 35" tires.

If your main goal is to fit 35s for the looks and light off-roading I would look at a leveling kit, trimming the fenders and wheel spacers. That would be the most inexpensive option and if you decide in the future that you'd like a larger lift you haven't spent too much money.

Hopefully that is some help! There's tons of information out there and everyone has an opinion, just start googling and reading.
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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

Thanks guys. If I can get away with 2.5 " I'd like to stay with that. My wife is only 5' whereas I'm 6'5", so I need it low enough for her to still get in lol. If 2.5-3 will work with 35s then I'm happy with that.
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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

On my 2014 JKURX I ran the Rock Krawler Max Travel 2.5 with 35's and it was great. Good lifts will give you more height than advertised. On my 17 JKUR I am running the AEV 3.5 with 35's and love the extra height, but 2.5 is in all reality all you need. Good luck and post pictures.


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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

Hi,
You can also earn some height by changing the original wheel fenders
That way 2" or 2.5" would work for you.
Except for myself, I would always recommend the lower lift the better!
(I'm like a child on this subject and just can't help it and be logical about my lift ;-))
Enjoy!!!
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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

The options are overwhelming that is for sure! You can really go down a rabbit hole quick with these things. That's why 2-4" lifts range from $200 all the way to $5000. You run into exhaust modification, driveshaft modification, pinion angle issues, wheel back spacing issues, steering issues, etc.

The dealer telling you to get a high lift is a prime example of unintended consequences. Once you put 35"s on your Jeep, your factory jack may not lift it off the ground high enough to change the tire. So unless your plan is to just call AAA when you have a flat, you need something to jack up the Jeep. They make boosters for the factory jack to give your jack extra height to accommodate the new tires.

The second factor is the difference between fitting 35's on the street and fitting 35's on the trail. There are a lot of people claiming to fit 35's with no lift. Sure this may be possible with an unloaded Jeep on pavement, but fully flex it off road while loaded with a cooler, wife, kids, dog, recovery gear, etc. and pretty soon your tearing sheet metal up and tires.

The third factor is performance. Physically fitting the tires on the Jeep without rubbing at full flex is first, but how does it ride and drive now? Cheap lifts ride and steer like garbage and often end up with vibrations and bump steer. With a good lift kit, your Jeep will ride and drive better than new.

So I would ask myself a question and be honest with the answer. Why am I lifting this Jeep? If the answer is to look cool, then slap some spacers and shock extensions on it for $200 bucks, and call it a day. If you actually want to use the Jeep as intended, then I would start down a totally different path.
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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

I was talking to some guys in my Jeep club last night and with talking to them this is what I'm thinking.


2.5" lift, 35" tires, 1.5" spacers
I'm already planning to upgrade to the hurricane fenders.


Now I just need to figure out a good yet relatively inexpensive lift. And which one, with shocks, without shocks. Time to hit he books for more research. Thanks everyone.
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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

Tires is the only thing that gives you ground clearance on a straight axle vehicle. The only reason to lift is to gain ground clearance with larger tires. The more you lift, the more physics works against you in terms of durability.
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Tires is the only thing that gives you ground clearance on a straight axle vehicle. The only reason to lift is to gain ground clearance with larger tires. The more you lift, the more physics works against you in terms of durability.
You might want to consider going on Rusty's 4WD website, he's from Alabama too. You'll find a whole lot of information on lifts that might change your mind.
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