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Old 03-01-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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2" Spacer Lift Kit

I am buying a new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport. I want to raise it a little without getting too out of hand.
I am planning on putting in a 2" spacer lift kit. I was looking on Quadratec and they have Black Diamond and Superlift Superride 2" Spacer Lift Kits. Does anyone have any advice on which brand is good, or if I should look at something different?
I am planning on putting 265/75R16 on it when I get it.
They also recommend putting on different shocks... do I need to or will factory be ok without any issues?

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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I am buying a new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport. I want to raise it a little without getting too out of hand.
I am planning on putting in a 2" spacer lift kit. I was looking on Quadratec and they have Black Diamond and Superlift Superride 2" Spacer Lift Kits. Does anyone have any advice on which brand is good, or if I should look at something different?
I am planning on putting 265/75R16 on it when I get it.
They also recommend putting on different shocks... do I need to or will factory be ok without any issues?
I don't know either of those brands, although, for a spacer lift, they're probably fine. However, I'd recommend the TeraFlex leveling kit. It'll give you 2" in front and 1" in rear, which will correct your Jeep's natural rake, and still give you room to run 33" tires (285's), if you decide you want more tire later on. It's only about $130, and easy to install.

You may be better off with a coil lift, depending on what your plans for your Jeep are. If you're gonna add a bunch of weight to it (bumpers, winch, etc), aftermarket springs will sag far less than the stockers. And if you think you might wheel fairly often, I'd recommend something like the TeraFlex 2.5" lift kit with a set of Bilstein 5100 shocks from Northridge 4x4 for ~ $750.

Again, all of that depends on what you wanna do with your rig.

Here's a link to the TeraFlex budget boost.

Teraflex 1155200 - Teraflex Leveling Kit for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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if ur going to do a spacer kit, ur going to have to essentially do the same install as a coil lift.. especially if ur throwing in a set of shocks.. i would recommend going up from a spacer boost and going with a 2.5 coil lift (teraflex) imo not too much more on the price if ur going with shocks, and its worth a lot more in the long run than a spacer kit would do for u..

heres teraflex's 2.5 budget boost with shocks.. TeraFlex 2.5" Budget Boost with Shocks for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

and heres the price of their coil lift same install, just swapping out springs

Teraflex 1251002 - TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit with Shocks for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec 2 door

Teraflex 1251000 - TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit with Shocks for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec 4 door

for the price difference i say your gaining a lot more.. not only does it ride better than the stock suspension, ur also getting that extra wheel travel, and off road comfort.. just my 2 cents..
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Ok, so I looked at the Teraflex Leveling Kit and it said that if I planned on using the stock wheels, that I may have to use a spacer.
I had planned on replacing the stock tire, 225/75R/16 with the 265/75R/16. Will I need a spacer?
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:35 PM   #6
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Ok, so I looked at the Teraflex Leveling Kit and it said that if I planned on using the stock wheels, that I may have to use a spacer.
I had planned on replacing the stock tire, 225/75R/16 with the 265/75R/16. Will I need a spacer?
That's because of the swaybar links that come with the kit. With your stock wheels, which have an atrocious 6.25" of backspace, your tires could rub.

You'll either need spacers, or new wheels with 4.5" or less backspacing. The smaller the bs, the more your wheels will stick out from your Jeep.

Here are your options as I see em, in order of flexibility for future mods:

1. Install the TF leveling kit (or a 2" lift...whatever you decide), Spidertrax wheel spacers, and the 265 tires you're looking at all at once.

2. Install the TF leveling kit, then save up your $$ and buy new tires AND wheels at the same time. You don't have to keep 16" wheels...you can go down to 15" if you want, as long as they have a bolt pattern of 5x5, and backspacing of 4.5" or less. This will give you some flexibility down the road, if you decide to go up to 33" tires.

3. Buy the new tires (the 265's you mentioned in your first post are 32", 10.5" wide tires) and rims (in whatever size you want). Then save up for either the TF leveling kit, or a 2.5" coil lift. The 2.5" coil lift will give you the option of going with larger tires down the road, up to 35", if that's what you decide to do. The new springs will also allow you to add aftermarket bumpers without worrying too much about your springs sagging.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:48 PM   #7
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I put a rough country Series II 2.5" lift on my 2010 JKU and I love it.
It give 2.5" infront and 2" in rear, comes with new sway bar lincage and cross link relocator.
I run 275/70-17 on stock rims with no back spacer and have no rubbing and looks great.


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Old 03-03-2012, 08:10 AM   #8
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I am buying a new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport. I want to raise it a little without getting too out of hand.
I am planning on putting in a 2" spacer lift kit. I was looking on Quadratec and they have Black Diamond and Superlift Superride 2" Spacer Lift Kits. Does anyone have any advice on which brand is good, or if I should look at something different?
I am planning on putting 265/75R16 on it when I get it.
They also recommend putting on different shocks... do I need to or will factory be ok without any issues?
I will have this leveling kit for sale in a few days....
Teraflex 1155200 - Teraflex Leveling Kit for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
it has worked really well for my initial build. The only reason I am swapping is because I got a sweet deal on some 35's and with 4.88 gears already these tires will be great. I have ran the TF leveling kit in Kansas and New Jersey with zeros issues and have gone anywhere I wanted. It took care of the front end rake perfectly.

If interested I would send it to you for $100. I will cover shipping. It has only been used for about 6 months. Let me know.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:07 PM   #9
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Ok Here goes.....

I first want to thank you for the offer on the lift kit, but I have credit on an exchange at Quadratec. But that is exactly what we are going to go with is the Teraflex leveling kit that you are all recommending, and we are also getting the Spider Trax 1.5 wheel spacer kit.
I can't wait to get my jeep! The dealer said they started building it this past Monday..... wonder how long it takes to build a jeep?
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Wheel Spacer?

I was talking to one of our local jeep enthusiasts, and he said that he wasn't a fan of the wheel spacers because he had seen issues with them. Has anyone else heard of issues with them? Or is he thinking more of off roading? ... and for me, it is just to keep my stock rims with bigger tires, not for off roading.
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I was thinking of adding wheel spacers but based on posts I read here it seems like too much maintenance. it seemed most people suggest checking torque every 3K miles or less. Too much maintenance for me and concerns if I don't check something could happen. I'm putting that money into saving for rims with less backspacing instead.
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I was thinking of adding wheel spacers but based on posts I read here it seems like too much maintenance. it seemed most people suggest checking torque every 3K miles or less. Too much maintenance for me and concerns if I don't check something could happen. I'm putting that money into saving for rims with less backspacing instead.
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I was thinking of adding wheel spacers but based on posts I read here it seems like too much maintenance. it seemed most people suggest checking torque every 3K miles or less. Too much maintenance for me and concerns if I don't check something could happen. I'm putting that money into saving for rims with less backspacing instead.
"too much" ?

Sorry but... Isn't that the fun part of owning a jeep?

I am only running them till I get new tires/wheels.
You set the torque wrench 10 ft lbs less and if they don't turn... Your good.

But I do agree, saving up for new wheels is the better option in the long run.

Good luck
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I was talking to one of our local jeep enthusiasts, and he said that he wasn't a fan of the wheel spacers because he had seen issues with them. Has anyone else heard of issues with them? Or is he thinking more of off roading? ... and for me, it is just to keep my stock rims with bigger tires, not for off roading.
I have not had any issues. I have been off roading a bit here in jersey and when I left kansas. Had no issues. My buddy had them on for about 25k miles with no issues. I wanted to keep stock wheels when I scored a good deal on used tires, but now I am upgrading to a bigger tire and rim package with right offset.
Just get quality spacers if you want them.

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