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Old 09-05-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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12 Wrangler Freedom: Info on LOWERING as opposed to Lifting

Greeting! brand newbie 2012 Wrangler Freedom Edition and i want to lower it for better street/highway use. Skyracker has a kit consisting of Nitro 8000 shocks along with Lowjack lowering springs.

Has anyone done this and if so what are good/bad results? Or other suggestions appreciated.

(don't care if i sacrifice off road since i do mostly graded and some washboard)

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That's a sin!! LOL j/k, it's your jeep....

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Should be pretty easy to do though since jeeps have straight axles. When you have independent suspension it's gets more tricky, camber starts being affected a lot.
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That poor jeep......
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:48 PM   #7
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umm... the standard Jeep is about as low as it needs to be and I believe other than some fancy Oscar Mike badging and accessories, is basically a sport chassis. Lowering it isn't really going to help you much since you have all that hardware underneath that may get damaged by lowering it and then hitting something. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but lowering this edition of Jeep isn't advisable. The only way to get it a little lower would be to change out the wheels and tires to something smaller like 15 or 16" with 60 series tires. But it begs the question: Why did you buy a Jeep with an intention of lowering it when it designed to ride higher? Should have bought a family SUV and lower it with dubs or something. Not trying to knock you but you have one of 1,300 available and that just makes no sense.
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In all seriousness though, the inroads handling of a stock jeep is pretty good, changing the shocks helps too. I just don't see lowering it helping any.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:04 PM   #9
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Yea, I don't get why someone would buy a Wrangler if they want a comfortable daily cruiser? Jeep makes 4 other vehicles better suited for that purpose. To each their own.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:11 PM   #10
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Gee thanks for the + and - comments. all appreciated some more than others. i've had most every car manufactured so i know about usage and applications. Just trying to gather info on the POSSIBILITY of lowering this Sport. According to some mechs locally they suggest the coil/shock combo rather than wheel and tire mods.
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Gee thanks for the + and - comments. all appreciated some more than others. i've had most every car manufactured so i know about usage and applications. Just trying to gather info on the POSSIBILITY of lowering this Sport. According to some mechs locally they suggest the coil/shock combo rather than wheel and tire mods.
I like the way some Tj's look lowered, although I don't think they are
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How would lower give it better street/highway use?

It's a box on wheels.

Maybe put some stickier, quieter tires on.
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Eibach makes lowering coil springs for the JK Wrangler.
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Reminds me of a ghetto-fabulous jeepney in Manila, the PI.
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Thanks for your input. agree on having one of 1300 and that in itself is unique: Better fabric/vinly seats, etc also for the Freedom along with A/C, convenience/performance/sat radio standard.


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umm... the standard Jeep is about as low as it needs to be and I believe other than some fancy Oscar Mike badging and accessories, is basically a sport chassis. Lowering it isn't really going to help you much since you have all that hardware underneath that may get damaged by lowering it and then hitting something. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but lowering this edition of Jeep isn't advisable. The only way to get it a little lower would be to change out the wheels and tires to something smaller like 15 or 16" with 60 series tires. But it begs the question: Why did you buy a Jeep with an intention of lowering it when it designed to ride higher? Should have bought a family SUV and lower it with dubs or something. Not trying to knock you but you have one of 1,300 available and that just makes no sense.
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thanks for the Eibach tips
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thanks for this tip
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To each their own. But please dont do it!!!
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Did I make it on page one?

Someone cue the lowered GC.

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Glad to see this topic! i've been wondering for a while why there are NO lowered JKs! i know it's a sin and i would never do it myself, BUUUUT there are a lot of people who NEVER offroad, and lowering would greatly improve highway driving... Also, lets face it, the JK is a pretty pimp car, and done correctly and tastefully, the platform has a lot of potential. I really want to see a NICELY done street JK
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This is a joke... right?
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I ask again, how would it greatly improve highway driving?
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Glad to see this topic! i've been wondering for a while why there are NO lowered JKs! i know it's a sin and i would never do it myself, BUUUUT there are a lot of people who NEVER offroad, and lowering would greatly improve highway driving... Also, lets face it, the JK is a pretty pimp car, and done correctly and tastefully, the platform has a lot of potential. I really want to see a NICELY done street JK
Wtf? When did this turn into the Honda civic forum? Well im not telling u not to do it but please don't do that.
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No. Just no. It's like trying to make a brick aerodynamic.
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Wtf? When did this turn into the Honda civic forum? Well im not telling u not to do it but please don't do that.

all i'm saying is that is has the potential to come out well... i wouldn't do it, i like to wheel my jeep, but i wouldn't blame someone that went that route. again, it could turn out very well if done with taste
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Please go trade your jeep in instead of defacing it in such a horrible way. I'm ashamed of you!
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I ask again, how would it greatly improve highway driving?
lower center of gravity, less body roll from the usually stiffer springs, etc...
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I ask again, how would it greatly improve highway driving?
Less air under the vehicle means less drag, means better mpg. In a jeep, better means 1mpg MAYBE.

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