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Old 12-11-2011, 10:01 PM   #1
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3.5-4.5 lift with 2012 rubi wheels? PICS

hey guys, planning out my lift and new wheel set up and i couldnt be more excited. heres my question that search isnt helping me with.

Can I still rock the stock rubicon wheels with a 3.5 - 4.5 lift on my 2012 unlimited? If so, will it look stupid and out of proportion? does anyone have a picture of this set up? I will eventually do 35' but im too inpatient to wait to get the funds together for both at the same time

while i have your attention, what lift kit do you suggest? the rubi will rarely see anything serious beyond some bad winter storms and mild off roading. possibly a plow down the line and a medium sized trailer. Can i get away with a body lift & suspension lift? Im going for the monster truck look while still being able to drive the thing on the highway.

Thanks for all the great help, you guys are turning out to be one of the better forums i have been apart of!


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Old 12-11-2011, 10:04 PM   #2
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thats a lot of lift for a jk, gonna look very wierd with those wheels and tires..you can fit 35s with a 2.5" lift, 4.5" 38s easy so id prob wait on the lift until you can get tires or go with a smaller lift

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Yeah a 3.5-4.5in lift will look like a dollar bill on dimes... Id wait for funds to get the right tire size!
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thanks wrangler06, I have heard that anything bigger than 35's will require new gearing, even with the 4.10's that are on it stock, is this true? are there other modifications needed with a lift that big? trying to weight out my options here just for the sake of the truck looking more badass and better in the snow lol

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Old 12-11-2011, 10:17 PM   #5
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thanks wrangler06, I have heard that anything bigger than 35's will require new gearing, even with the 4.10's that are on it stock, is this true? are there other modifications needed with a lift that big? trying to weight out my options here just for the sake of the truck looking more badass and better in the snow lol

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35s with the 2012 engine and rubi with 4.10s prob would be bad, bigger than 35s im sure youll want to regear..im not familiar with what all needs to change on a JK with bigger lifts, id say front and rear driveshafts atleast need to be swapped..of coarse with bigger tires like that you want to upgrade your steering components and brakes..big lifts like that you want extended brake lines, longer sway bar links front and rear..gotta pay to play
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:25 PM   #6
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Can I still rock the stock rubicon wheels with a 3.5 - 4.5 lift on my 2012 unlimited? If so, will it look stupid and out of proportion? does anyone have a picture of this set up? I will eventually do 35' but im too inpatient to wait to get the funds together for both at the same time

while i have your attention, what lift kit do you suggest? the rubi will rarely see anything serious beyond some bad winter storms and mild off roading. possibly a plow down the line and a medium sized trailer. Can i get away with a body lift & suspension lift? Im going for the monster truck look while still being able to drive the thing on the highway.
The reason you couldn't find any info after a search is that very few people put huge lifts on their Jeeps, then run stock tires. There's a term for Jeeps like that...pizza cutters.

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thanks wrangler06, I have heard that anything bigger than 35's will require new gearing, even with the 4.10's that are on it stock, is this true? are there other modifications needed with a lift that big? trying to weight out my options here just for the sake of the truck looking more badass and better in the snow lol
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A 2.5" or 3" lift is plenty for 35's, and as big as I, personally, would wanna go on a Jeep that is gonna see a lot of road driving.

Beyond 3" lift your going to spend THOUSANDS. Here's a quick, unscientific breakdown:

Say you decide to run 37's. Tire costs alone will be ridiculous, depending on brand. For 5, you're gonna be close to $2K.
For lifts over 3" – other than the cost of the lift itself, you'll need to regear, buy new front & rear driveshafts, sleeve and gusset (@ minimum) your front axle. You'll need new brakelines. You're mileage will like take a serious nosedive. All the added stress on your Jeep will wear out parts (both replaced and stock) at a faster rate...

I'm sure there are things I'm leaving out, but you get the picture.

If you're loaded and just wanna go crazy, then I say go for it.
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this is exactly the guidance i was looking for. you guys are great thanks for taking the time out for the new guy. I will stick to a 3' lift with 35's, it sounds like the best set up and most cost effective.

should i go with a kit or will one of those shock spacers do the trick? i want to stick to a budget but are willing to pay more for a better value and quality. any suggestions?

(im sure this thread is helping out alot of new 2012 guys new to the forum as well)
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this is exactly the guidance i was looking for. you guys are great thanks for taking the time out for the new guy. I will stick to a 3' lift with 35's, it sounds like the best set up and most cost effective.

should i go with a kit or will one of those shock spacers do the trick? i want to stick to a budget but are willing to pay more for a better value and quality. any suggestions?

(im sure this thread is helping out alot of new 2012 guys new to the forum as well)
dont go with spacers, get taller springs and longer shocks
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ok, any kits to recommend? the rep from quadratec suggested the AEV 3.5 dual sport SC suspension system, theres just too many to choose from for the inexperienced eye
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I've got a 4.5 inch long arm lift with 35's and stock wheels with1.5 inch spacer. I went this way becuase eventually I will go 37's , going to regear and lockers this winter
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looks great! so does the 1.5 inch spacer make the total lift 6'? what else was needed to get that set up to work? driveshafts ext.? thats the height i would ultimately want if it doesnt break the bank
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The 1.5 spacers are wheel spacers becuase I used stock wheels. Drive shafts are needed as well on a lift this size.

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