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Old 06-17-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Am I missing anything? (newb)

I've decided on the Rock Krawler 2.5" stock mod lift, Bilstein shocks, and 35" duratracs with 16" Chaos 5 wheels. I have a few questions with this...

1) Will I need anything else with this lift at this time? I don't have a lot of cash and this lift looks perfect for what I want to do. I just want to mak sure the lift/shock combo will work and I am not missing anything.

2) Will the 35's with alloy wheels be too much for the stock carrier? If no, I'm good. If yes, does anyone have a cheap suggestion to get me by without doing damage?

3) I have stock 3.21's. I know everyone hates these but will 35's really destroy the ride of the Jeep?

4) and finally; is there anything I need to be careful of or worry about with this? Any small issues I should be weary of? If the build looks good I'll be buying this week.

Thanks for the advice in advance!!!

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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you should be fine for now... but i would be thinking about a grade 8 bolt kit..

as for the wheel on the tailgate, the smittybilt oversized tire carrier, is a decent short term solution. i ran one for about a year with a similar wheel and tire combo (including wheeling..) but you're going to want something a bit more stout... it always concerned me.

3.21s are going to suck... period - but you'll get used to it. if you wheel - you'll be replacing gears sooner than you think.

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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1) Your 2.5 lift with bilstein shocks should be enough for the lift, you don't need anyth else.

2) I have 35" on my stock carrier and im fine, but you will need smittybilt tire relocation bracket-$50.

3) I have Pentastar 3.6 and auto with 3.21 and it is okay for me. I might regear it in couple of years, but for now im happy the way it is.

4) You should be good with this set up. After i put 35" with 2.5 lift jeep has turned totally different. Couldn't be any happier.

Good luck with it. You will love it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #4
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Seems to me most complaints for 35" with 3.21 come from manual trans. If you have the new engine with auto, its not that bad at all.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:31 AM   #5
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OP has the 3.8L engine... i have the 3.8L, was running 3.73s with an auto and 35s, they were terrible... but i managed for about a year and a half. then i swapped to a 4.88 and 37s and a part of me thinks i should've probably gone to a 5.13
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:39 AM   #6
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A buddy of mine has the 3.8 with 35's and the 3.73's in an auto and all he gets is 200 miles per tank all highway.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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A buddy of mine has the 3.8 with 35's and the 3.73's in an auto and all he gets is 200 miles per tank all highway.
yep... that's not very good
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:32 AM   #8
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Depending on the kit, you may need an exhaust spacer and bump stops. I was suggested to get the RK 2.5 Flex kit and I would need to add those per Jason @ Krawloff-road. Very knowledgable guy! He gives pretty good prices too
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:27 PM   #9
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You'll need to get a ProCal to adjust your speedo and shift point. About $159
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #10
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And you might want to add gussets to beef up the C's.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #11
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I just installed the 2.5" flex kit with Rancho shocks. You are probably going to need bump stops and the exhaust spacer if you have a 2012/13. Oh, and the Procal to assist with steering correction and speedometer.

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