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Old 02-18-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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2.5 inch lift on stock tires? silly?

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.

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:09 PM   #2
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Not at all. I ran that way with Rubicon take offs for a while.

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:27 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:36 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:59 PM   #5
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I had my Jeep on stock wheels/tires and a 2.5" lift for while. I'd do it again. I save for parts and buy them one at a time.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:15 PM   #6
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Sorry, I missed some of the info in the op. My answer means nothing.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:49 AM   #7
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I ran with the stock tires on a 2.5" lift for quite a while before picking up 35s. Didn't look bad.

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Old 02-19-2014, 07:52 AM   #8
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I had my Jeep on stock wheels/tires and a 2.5" lift for while. I'd do it again. I save for parts and buy them one at a time.
Looks good. What lift did you put on?
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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!
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:16 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:16 AM   #11
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Seriously, It looks BADASS. I have a 2.5 with stock tires. It looks really good.
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I'll let you know. I've had my Teraflex 2.5 coil/Bilstein kit in since Thanksgiving, but we're waiting for a warm spell (remember those?) to do the install.
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:24 PM   #13
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I plan on doing the TF 2.5 lift and keeping the stock tires until they wear out.
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This is a pic with AEV 2.5 and full bumper in rear and front w/winch on stock rubicon tires/wheels


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Old 02-19-2014, 07:56 PM   #15
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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...
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:20 PM   #16
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Yes, the RK 2.5 is really about 3.5-4......here is a pic of my wife's Jeep with RK 2.5 and 35s to give you an idea:



That said, the OE tires will be fine until you get 35s.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:30 PM   #17
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Here are the pics. RK 2.5" Flex on 2014JKU with factory wheels/tires. They look a little small

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Old 02-20-2014, 06:55 PM   #18
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Looks good. What lift did you put on?
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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