Originally Posted by Outdoorjeep
When I first got my jeep I was gung-ho for a 4inch lift until I started reading about all the issues you get when lifting 4 inches, some say it's like opening a can of worms with the pinion angles ect.... My question is if I go with a 2.5 inch lift with 35s will I clear fine and most importantly will I be opening that metaphorical 'can of worms'? Also will a 2.5 inch coil lift remain 2.5inches after I add aftermarket bumpers and a winch? Edit: it's a 2014 unlimited sport S automatic
With certain fenders you can fit 35's with the stock lift. I think metalcloak offers that with their over lines.
You'll be more than fine with a 2.5" lift.
As for weight of gear. Depends in the company from what I hear. I have a metal cloak 3.5" lift, and when I asked them, they said the 3.5"'s is with gear. It sat very high till I weighted it down with steel bumpers.
People with more experience can chime in though. Haha.