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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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Re: Newbie lift/tire questions

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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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