Hey guys Im ready to pull the trigger on the rock kralwer 2.5 inch flex lift. The guys at KrawlOff-Road.com have been holding my hand though this. I highly suggest doing business with those guys, specially if you are a newbie, they have been more than helpful answering my questions.
Im wondering if anyone has that or a similar lift on the stock tires 255/75s. I just want to confirm it won't look goofy! Once I have more fun money I will buy some 35s. Less I like it otherwise.
With the RK lift I do think it will look a little strange. Rock Krawler lifts are notorious for netting more lift than advertised. I got just under 4" of lift on my 2 door. I do know 4 doors don't gain as much lift because of the added weight, but you will be higher than 2.5" if you don't have any added weight.
For what it's worth, I have a steel stubby front bumper and an ACE Pro Series rear with a full spare.
'13 Blacked Out JK- 2.5" Rock Krawler Flex System w/ Bilstein 5100s- 15" MB TKOs w/Chaos Center Caps- 35x12.5x15 GY MTR Kevlars- Smittybilt SRC Side Armor- Poison Spyder Brawler Lite w/Brawler Bar- Ace Pro Series Rear Bumper w/Tire Carrier
Of course you are asking for opinions but I would say its up to you really. I would put the lift on and bolt the tires on and then you are committed. You will either really think its goofy and call Discount tires immediately to order your 35's or you will tolerate it until you get the bucks. Now you can always buy the 35's first and bolt them on as long as you dont get silly and wheel until you get the lift.
I did the lift and tires at once. I had to wait until my tires came in but I had all my lift parts for a month before the tires came. Yes its a big investment but man its a different vehicle with the lift and tires. BTW Krawl is awesome. Jason is a great guy and you are on the right track with him. Good Luck and let us know what you do.
2013 2 door Commando Green Sport, 2.5 Teraflex lift, Rancho 9000XL shocks, Teraflex Monster Track Bar, Teraflex Exhaust Spacers, Rancho Drop brackets, Northridge bolt kit, JKS Quicker Discos, 315-70R-17 Duratracs on Level 8 Strike 5's. ACE rock sliders, Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper w/storage ends and RR synthetic line winch.
We helped a friend install an RK 2.5" lift (with FOX shocks) on his JKU this weekend. Even with a Rampage bumper (90 lbs) on the front and JCR sliders he got 4" of lift, both front and back.
Make sure you find the crow's foot wrenches for the jam nuts before you start the install. We couldn't find them ANYWHERE!
Said jku is getting an allignment as I type. If you are going to install the flex be aware you may (probably will) need to fab or buy drop brackets for your rear brake lines (or extended lines) and you will need longer rear sway bar links. Those should really be included to round out the kit. The crow foot wrenches star is talking about are a 1 1/2" and a 1 5/16". Those are the only way you are going to be able to torque the jam nuts to spec. I'll try to get a pic of the Jeep up this evening.
I ran stock wheels for a few weeks; pictures on thread. I did put spacers on though. My 3" Teraflex gave me 4 1/2 in the front. Most companies quote the amount of lift factoring new bumpers, winch, sliders, etc...
I just put on a Tereflex 2.5" BB with Tereflex shocks and JKS discos. If I had a redo, I'd go with a coil lift for more travel and better ride. Also would buy Rancho 9000 shocks. But so far the BB has been good on easy to moderate trails.
You know how it goes. I' ll just stick to easy trails and fire roads. Then you hit your first couple of trails and your hooked. My original plan for my jeep is toast! Lol
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