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Old 04-23-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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Cheapest way to get a couple of inches more clearance?

I'm not a big off-roader, but I do occasionally do some trail riding in my 2011 JK Sport 2dr. The past weekend, I bottomed out on a trail and was wishing I had a couple more inches of clearance. The only thing I have non-stock related to offroading is 32s (Kenda Klever MTs... love them, btw). I'm on a tight budget right now which I won't get into, so what would be the cheapest, easiest way to get another couple of inches of clearance? Any thoughts/suggestions are much appreciated!

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Old 04-23-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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Cheapest way is a budget boost kit. It includes coil spacers, shock extension brackets and brake line extenders.

Something like this - http://www.northridge4x4.com/shop/te...-boost-1355200

And until the end of the month North Ridge 4x4 is offering us a 10% discount using code "WranglerForum" at checkout.

Just make sure you do your research and shop around.

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Old 04-23-2014, 01:28 PM   #3
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The Teraflex Leveling kit adds 2" to the front and 1" in the back, comes with longer sway bar links and does not require any extensions. Run about $150. Basically a coil spacer budget boost. I installed it in my driveway in 3.5 hours by myself, using just a 3 ton floor jack and two 6 ton jack stands from harbor freight and standard tools. I run 32" BFG mudterrains.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:46 PM   #4
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Keep in mind, only bigger wheels will give you more clearance at the axles.

For the rest, another option would be factory take-off springs with higher numbers than yours can also give you a lift and are usually sold cheap on craigslist.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:52 PM   #5
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That's my path for now until I can afford a spring lift. It will get ride of the factory rake, raise the Jeep a bit and make me not feel so stock *gasp*

The Northridge4x4 code is only for orders over $250. But I wanted some spacers for my stock Rubi wheels because they look stupid all tucked up under the fenders. It's like a frickin' mail Jeep . Should get me by for a while. With the code the spacers and leveling kit are only $279 with free shipping.

Glad I read this thread.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:55 PM   #6
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I was impatient and did the same thing. Bought a budget boost lift kit. Now I'm regretting it because I hate it and have to replace everything and do it all over again... Now I'm picking ordering everything individually. Springs, shocks, bump stops, track bars and control arms.
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http://www.rubitrux.com/jeep-wrangle...gs-shocks.html it says up to an inch but i went from 15/54 to 18/59 and got 1.5 to 2 inches, and you could try to find 19/60 takeoffs.
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If you just do the 19/60 takeoffs, do you have to replace the shocks as well?
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:46 PM   #9
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I'm guessing no because springs are not Rubicon specific (except 10a?) and therefore the 19/60s can come on a stock Jeep with stock shocks.

However, an expert can jump in here.

Also, what springs do you have now? If you have 18/59s or something near it the lift will be less of course. There should be labels on your springs and the last two numeric digits are what we are referring to.
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Trim you flares and put on a set of 35's. Budget boost all day if you want, but without bigger tires, you are not gaining an inch of ground clearance.

This is an informative read.
Ten Ways to Fit 35s on Your Jeep Wrangler JK - Jp Magazine
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:27 PM   #11
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Yep, you're right. I had to go out and inspect my Jeep. The axle is the lowest point of the undercarriage, so I'm not getting any more clearance between axle and ground without bigger tires. Oh well. That's not happening for at least a couple more years. I just bought these MTs about a year ago. I'll just have to deal with what I've got for now. Thanks for all of the great suggestions guys!
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I have 17/59 factory springs currently. Would the TF Performance Leveling kit be worth it, or am I not going to see much since my stock springs seem to be on the higher end of the number scale?
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The spacers are added to the springs so you still should get the lift out of it. You do have good springs though and may be close to being able to run 35s already with some small changes.
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The performance leveling kit is actually springs rather than the spacers. Here's the description from Teraflex:
This leveling kit includes a 2" front spring, and a 1" rear spring with longer front swaybar links. this kit is perfect for leveling your JK, an adding just a touch of lift to compensate for aftermarket bumpers or full size spare. the performance enhancements of the coil springs will allow for increased off road handling and articulation. Fits 4door JK Wrangler Unlimited including Rubicon.
With the info in this thread, I'm wondering what they base the lift value on. Maybe I should just do the normal leveling kit (spacers) instead. It's cheaper, but I was reading some older threads and some people noted that they wore out after a couple of years. I figured the springs would last longer.
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I thought you were referencing the performance boost linked earlier, which is spacers.

You are correct, the final net lift is dependent on the starting point. So your net lift would be less than someone starting with 14/56s. I would contact Teraflex with your spring numbers and ask them what kind of results you should see.

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