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Old 06-06-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Lifting my jeep?

Call me a noob, but i just got my first jeep a couple months ago, and am thinking about lifting it 2-4 inches. however, when looking at other posts about this, they are filled with a bunch of language that i have no idea what they mean.

Could someone explain all the things i need to buy (which tires with different lifts, anything else i need to buy/take into consideration when lifting) in a more dumbed down way? I have a 2012 Sport, thats completely stock

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Old 06-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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The first thing I would ask myself is: "Why do I want a lift in the first place?"

If you can clarify your reasons for lifting, and the type of driving you will be doing, it will help folks point you in the right direction.

Speaking for myself, I'm going to go up in tire size, and will be doing everything I can to AVOID lifting my Jeep.

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Old 06-06-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
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I wanna lift because i want it to be more off road capable. i use it for driving a lot during the week, but also have taken it on the trails many times. would bigger and better tires be better than lifting?
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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Be careful and lift with your legs not your back to avoid injury!

Sorry I just couldn't help it.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:43 AM   #5
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I wanna lift because i want it to be more off road capable.
A lift alone will not necessarily make a rig more offroad capable than an unlifted one. A properly selected lift can improve articulation/wheel travel, but not all methods of lifting will do that. As far as the effect of the lift on the undercarriage, your differentials will still be the same distance from the ground as before, and will still effectively be one of the lowest points on the vehicle (assuming no change in tires). And, a lift will raise your center of gravity, thus becoming one detriment to offroad capability (however minor that is). It's a trade-off.

A lift will allow you to stuff larger tires under the rig, which WILL increase ground clearance to the differentials. But, one can go up to 37" tires on the JK without a lift whatsoever!!! (The caveat is that some other things must be changed to accommodate 37" tires without lifting, and there may be some minor rubs). 35's would be fairly easy without a lift (only fender changes and cutting the pinch seam).

There is no doubt that a good lift can improve certain offroad attributes, but at a cost to other attributes. I guess my original question in this thread still needs to be answered: what exactly do you want to accomplish by lifting? Your answer will allow folks to point you in the right direction.

I'm a fan of low-center-of-gravity builds, and I plan to improve my Jeep's offroad capabilities while trying to avoid lifting unless absolutely necessary; and then only as much lift as I really need, and no more.

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Old 06-07-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the imput. and i guess i thought that lifting was one of the best ways to make it more off road capable, so i guess i wanted to accomplish me being able to do better on the trails. however, based on your last post, i think i will be looking into bigger tires first, as it seems easier and less risky
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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Here's some reading. JP Magazine actually opted to take the lift OFF of their JK: Less Is More: Jeep Wrangler JK Suspension - Jp Magazine

Another article about stuffing 35's under a JK, some methods without lifting: Ten Ways to Fit 35s on Your Jeep Wrangler JK - Jp Magazine

I'm not badmouthing lifts at all; they have their place and their advantages. I'm simply stating that for my purposes, a lift really accomplishes nothing of great value to me. "Low-center-of-gravity" builds are a bit of a rage right now. But it's not simply a fad; it has its advantages.

I'm concentrating on undercarriage and body protection, and relying on larger tires to increase my clearance.

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