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Old 12-11-2010, 01:00 PM   #1
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Smile a push in the right direction is needed

my fellow wrangler lovers,
I have an 08 wrangler and i want to lift it. I figured i would come and ask people for their opinion while i conduct my own research. I went to a place and they quoted me 2,400 dollars for a 4" lift. I don't know if that would be too much or if that would be too little. I am not sure what a good size lift it but i know that i def want bigger tires and want my car to have a lift.. any suggestions on size and a good brand. Offcourse like anyone else (especially in this economy) i am trying to get the biggest bank for my buck.

Any suggestions will be greatly apprechiated.
thank you in advance.
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A lot of what you will want from a lift depends on what you plan to use it for. Do you want to explore trails off the beaten path or do you want to rock crawl? Do you plan on hitting a lot of mud or maybe fast desert running?

The 2400 that was quoted, does that include the cost of the kit plus install? What size tires do you wish to have?

If you are just looking to put larger tires and not much off-road, I would recommend a spacer lift which is very budget friendly. From there you can go to a suspension lift that can range from basic bolt on to ones that require cutting and welding.

If you let us know what your intentions are, we can help you reach your goal better. Good luck and post up some pics of your ride.


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$2,400 is about what you'd expect to pay for a 4" lift for a JK, considering it should come with 4 shocks and all 8 control arms. The kit may or may not include trackbars, which you can do without but really should get if you want to do it right. And that won't include driveshafts, which you'll eventually be needing after your boots tear (and they will). You should be able to fit 37" tires under a 4" lift*, and more with a little trimming here and there. And you'll probably want to get those bigger tires at the same time or shortly after getting your 4" lift because the stock tires will look awkwardly small under that size of a lift. Also with those bigger wider heavier tires it's advisable to reinforce your front axle with gussets on the C's and sleeves in the housing. You'll probably also want to regear to gain back your lost performance. Oh and you'll need a new tire carrier for your spare too. The $2,400 is only the beginning, which is why most people do it gradually.

4" is a lot of lift for a 2-door JK, and some might find it an unnecessary increase in your center of mass. With a 3" lift you can fit 35" tires*, or maybe 37's with some trimming. If you want to start off with something much less expensive, consider a 2.5" lift. You can fit 35" tires* most likely without any trimming (depending on the actual lift and tires), and you can get by for quite some time without needing trackbars, control arms and driveshafts, although many would prefer to get at least a front trackbar and front lower control arms for proper alignment and better handling.

(* = with proper wheel backspacing)
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Thank you all for the info... To sum it up, everywhere I go, most everyone is suggesting a 4 " lift. This is going to be my daily car I use to go to work and maybe once or twice, go off road through steep mountains, some creek crossing, and muddy areas... It's not going to be for climbing rocks but I want to get something that is cost efficient but I feel comfortable possibly putting a little pressure on my jeep... I also do not want to make my car extremely uncomfortable...I do want to get an exhaust to make the car sound a bit tougher and some nice big tires..

Now any suggestions ?
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Two suggestions, if I may:

Don't skimp on a lift. It changes your vehicle's suspension, handling, braking, etc. This is not a good place to save a few bucks.

"People" are always suggesting that jeeps need to be lifted. You will be AMAZED at how well a stock JK can handle really tough trails. I'd really recommend hitting some trails with just oversized/knobby tires first, and then, if you want to keep going, and hit the really gnarly trails, go back and get the lift.

(this is assuming you're talking about needs. If you just like the way it looks, then you WANT a lift. Nothing wrong with that)
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:14 PM   #6
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Geoff's suggestion to wheel it as is for now is right on the $$$ and that couldn't be a better suggestion for you at this point. Once you get a feel for you Jeep's capabilities and have more offroading experience so you'll know what you want, suspension-wise, then it's time to start building it. During the time you wheel it stock you'll see a ton of rigs on the trail and you can see how others built their rigs... some good, some bad... before you decide how you want to build yours. That way you'll get it built right the first time instead of taking someone else's perhaps misguided advice and then having to redo part or even all of what was done.

I also made a suggestion to the moderators to move your thread into the JK Technical forum which is a better forum for these types of questions.
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For what you will be doing a 2 inch lift may serve you well. It will give you a nice agressive look, you can add bigger tires, but it wont affect your geometry and you can save money. BDS makes a nice 2". I have one on my 2007.
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There are a couple of important questions that no one has asked you yet. First what size tires are you considering? Do you have a 2 door or a 4 door. What gear ratio do you have?

If you have a 2 door and go with a 4" lift you need to plan on a new drive shaft in the near future.

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He did say car though! LOL!
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Originally Posted by dandan072184
I am not sure what a good size lift it but i know that i def want bigger tires and want my car to have a lift.
I only saw one person observe that your driveshafts will need to be changed. Please note that is true, and will be another expense down the line.

Also, I assume your tire size will be increased. If so, you're likely to want to regear--you're going to lose a lot of power with 35s or 37s on there. Again, that's another expense you should plan on.

Finally, for the love of all that's good and holy, please don't call it a "car". It's a "Jeep" or a "vehicle," but never a "car"!
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Before you decide on a lift, you should know what size tires you want. Is it 2 door or 4 door? Standard or automatic?

I have a 2010 JKU in need of a lift, and have been looking, and speaking with others.

There are a couple lifts I like. The Full Traction Premium Plus if you add shocks is very complete. The kit should set you back around $1,500

What I am going with is a Rock Krawler Mid Flex Arm kit, with JE Reel 1350 front and rear driveshafts. The whole thing will set me back around $2800 including installation.

There are a lot of kits around, buy one that is complete. Do it once, do it right. If you have a two door really consider changing out both axles. If you have a 4 door, really think about doing the front one. Went out with the jeep club the weekend, and one of the guys just did a lift and cut the boot on his driveshaft the first trail.

What kits are you looking at? There are so many

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