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Old 07-13-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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3.25 lift on with stock wheels and tires

I'm about to order the rc 3.25 lift.. I'm jw if it's going to look stupid with my stock wheels and tires.. Or should I get fender flares or something first.. Thanks

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In my opinion, it will look silly. Fender flares will only add to it. You need taller/fatter tires to fill the openings.

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In my opinion, it will look silly. Fender flares will only add to it. You need taller/fatter tires to fill the openings.
Would a 2.5 lift look better
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are you going for looks here
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or are you going to add to it in the future? Mr Sinister is right. It will look dumb it you put flares on it, they only open up the wheel well to allow for even bigger tires. If you are just going for looks then think about a leveling kit or maybe spacers.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:15 PM   #6
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2.5" lift is plenty on a JK. Over 3" you start running into issues.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:43 PM   #7
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2.5" lift is plenty on a JK. Over 3" you start running into issues.
What lift do you suggest
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Ehhhh, even 2.5 is going to look "off". I'd save the lift for when you have the money to do wheels/tires. I mean you don't need to lift with the stock stuff anyway.
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Like it or hate it, I did it as I wanted extra ground clearance. Mine now sits 2.75in from stock front and 3.38in from stock rear on stock wheels and tyres. This is what it looks like:

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Like it or hate it, I did it as I wanted extra ground clearance. Mine now sits 2.75in from stock front and 3.38in from stock rear on stock wheels and tyres. This is what it looks like:

What size are those wheels? Are those the 16" ?
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Looks like it. Im about to slap on a 4" lift with 30" tires/15" rims.

Here's to looking dumb until I get new tires!
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Looks like it. Im about to slap on a 4" lift with 30" tires/15" rims.

Here's to looking dumb until I get new tires!
Wow lol
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Doesn't look bad. I have a 5" lift sitting in my garage waiting on bigger tires. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about putting that lift on without the bigger tires. Good job
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What size are those wheels? Are those the 16" ?
Those are clearly the 17's. So they are going to be 32" tires.
I have a 2.5" lift on mine with stock wheels/tires and this is how it should have looked when it left the factory.




Looks good with a 2.5"
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What size are those wheels? Are those the 16" ?
Mine is a 2010 with the stock 245/75 17 tires (31.5in) - we cant fit 16in rims due to the larger 13in front discs on ours.

Unfortunately its very strict down here and I am stretching the limits with this lift (2 in max) but the factory specs show I should have been 2in higher in the rear from stock (54mm to be exact), so the rear should be fine, the front will drop a little more once I get a winch on there so should come back pretty close to OK. For some reason we seem to have a nose up rake rather than nose down from the showroom floor, though the specs show nose down.

Tyres we are only allowed 15mm (1/2 in) bigger diameter than stock fitment - not the largest fitted to this model, but the ones fitted to this vehicle - so goes by the tyre placard

Best I can do will be 275/70 17's (32in) in the near future if I can get them, otherwise will be 265/70 's.
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A 3 inch lift with stock tires will look like a roller skate.... I just did a Rock Krawler 2.5 high clearence kit for a friend and even it looked a bit strange, but was quickly fixed with a set of 35's.
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1st pic is without the 35s. It looks pitiful.
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1st pic is without the 35s. It looks pitiful.
What gears you running
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Like it or hate it, I did it as I wanted extra ground clearance. Mine now sits 2.75in from stock front and 3.38in from stock rear on stock wheels and tyres. This is what it looks like:

I hate to break this to you, but your ground clearance at your differentials is exactly the saem as it was before the lift.
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Looks like it. Im about to slap on a 4" lift with 30" tires/15" rims.

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Doesn't look bad. I have a 5" lift sitting in my garage waiting on bigger tires. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about putting that lift on without the bigger tires. Good job
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I hate to break this to you, but your ground clearance at your differentials is exactly the saem as it was before the lift.
Daggo has it right. The only thing that actually increases ground clearance is bigger tires. For instance, I switched from 29 to 33 inch tires, therefore, I raised the jeep two inches.
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Daggo has it right. The only thing that actually increases ground clearance is bigger tires. For instance, I switched from 29 to 33 inch tires, therefore, I raised the jeep two inches.
I think he meant ground clearance on his body and undercarriage. Your tires are attached to your Axles so when you are going over stuff the axle goes up too but when you come down off of a rock or log your body is now over the log/rock and is lower so the ground clearance will help there. Skid plates are nice but I'd rather not use them
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Like it or hate it, I did it as I wanted extra ground clearance. Mine now sits 2.75in from stock front and 3.38in from stock rear on stock wheels and tyres. This is what it looks like:
What was your mpg change when you added the lift but not changing tires? Did it affect it at all?
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Bigger Tires!

A lift with stock tires and wheels would not be the best look. You need bigger tires if you wanna get a lift. Don't just get the lift unless you will be adding tires in the near future. Not a good look. This is Tigger with a starter 2.5 lift and 33" Mickey's. Plenty of room almost too much. The upgrade happening shortly will be 3" teraflex with 35" Mickey's. Def get bigger tires if you are going with a lift.
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1st pic is without the 35s. It looks pitiful.

Cajun your Jeep is SWEET. Can't wait for my 35's. Black too. Wow this is awesome. Wheels, tires, the whole thing. Rock on.
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I hate to break this to you, but your ground clearance at your differentials is exactly the saem as it was before the lift.
Yes, but what about undercarriage? Better breakover angle.
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Not a JK but its a funny pic none the less. 4" lift with stocks and 35's lmao
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I am so tired of people lifting their rigs without a plan. The only reason for a lift is to accommodate larger tires so you can get greater ground clearance. You don't lift over 3" with stock tires. It makes no sense. Know what you are trying to accomplish before you start wasting money on needless or incorrect upgrades. Furthermore, never lift a vehicle just for looks. With stock tires your vehicle will ride better (lower center of gravity) than when lifted. With a lift over 3" comes many other modifications that you need to be aware of before you just jump into changing your suspension geometry.
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Yes, but what about undercarriage? Better breakover angle.
Undercarriage? Your axles are still the lowest point. Vehicle ground clearance is always measured at the lowest point. You're not going to have a better breakover angle if your differential is in the dirt. The purpose of a lift is to fit larger tires.
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