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Old 10-12-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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Best Daily Driver Lift?????

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I am in the market for a lift. My jeep is a daily driver and would only see off road a few times a year. I am looking for a lift in the 3-4.5 inch range. I will run 35s and upgrade to 37's in the future.

Please give me some input. I am new to the Jeep thing but I am loving it.

Please provide any pictures that you have for some ideas.

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If you plan on 37's... Skip the 35's.
Gusset your axle c's are mandatory to run 37's
>3, you'll want a complete kit with full control arms to reposition the axles back
>3, upgrade your driveshafts
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I daily drive my 13. I have Metalcloak 3.5" and 37's.i I have driven 26,500 miles since Feb 13 the first half in 34's, the rest on 37's with insane improvement in on road driving aftwr installing lift even with these cheaper loaner shocks. I have not done any off roading yet.
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I daily drive my 13. I have Metalcloak 3.5" and 37's.i I have driven 26,500 miles since Feb 13 the first half in 34's, the rest on 37's with insane improvement in on road driving aftwr installing lift even with these cheaper loaner shocks. I have not done any off roading yet.
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3.5 inch with 37s will require flat fender right?
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I went with a Mopar Teraflex Stage III lift with Fox shocks and bumper stops along with 35's KM2's. The ride is better than stock, and off-road it is even better.
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I went with a Mopar Teraflex Stage III lift with Fox shocks and bumper stops along with 35's KM2's. The ride is better than stock, and off-road it is even better.
Please post a picture, your set is something like I am thinking about doing.
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2013 Jeep Unlimited Sahara, automatic I am in the market for a lift. My jeep is a daily driver and would only see off road a few times a year. I am looking for a lift in the 3-4.5 inch range. I will run 35s and upgrade to 37's in the future. Please give me some input. I am new to the Jeep thing but I am loving it. Please provide any pictures that you have for some ideas. Thank you!
I'd go right to 37s on a 4 door. DD, w/o question, OME with JKS stuff
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3.5 inch with 37s will require flat fender right?
Yes.

Also, I recommend the Rubicon Express 3.5" superflex kit. It really does ride better than oem on road, and a monster off!
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If you can swing Metal Cloak that would be the best, Rock Krawler is good, I have AEV and am very happy with it. Basically you want a complete kit as said before don't go cheap or it will cost you later. I would suggest axle re enforcement as well I ran 315/70/17 on my stock D30 for about a year and just had Truss system installed appears I did have a little bending in the C on the driver side. All that being said 35s are of with 3.73 which I assume you have but 37s on 3.73 will suck. 4.88 is where it is at, not overkill for 35s and will do good with 37s which is my next step when my 35 wear out
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For my DD I chose AEV 2.5" and 33" tires for now on a JKUR. Can go to 35" if I want....not sure for a DD I want the wear/tear/mileage hit.

Got the geometry correction brackets too....less squat. Pick it up tomorrow. Per the internet (which is always right of course) this combo drives better than stock.



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AEV is geared towards on road driving, but their shocks are pretty stiff (which helps in on road dynamics.) Metalcloak also has fantastic lifts. If you are mostly doing DDing, I would consider no more than a 3.5" and flat fenders of choice (cut stocks or bushwackers.)

I also see you have a Sahara. Just want to make sure you know what's involved in running a 37" tire on a D30. If you do stick to 35s, then the AEV 2.5" is probably your best bet.
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3.5 inch with 37s will require flat fender right?
I would think not necessary, not sure tho.



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AEV is geared towards on road driving, but their shocks are pretty stiff (which helps in on road dynamics.) Metalcloak also has fantastic lifts. If you are mostly doing DDing, I would consider no more than a 3.5" and flat fenders of choice (cut stocks or bushwackers.)

I also see you have a Sahara. Just want to make sure you know what's involved in running a 37" tire on a D30. If you do stick to 35s, then the AEV 2.5" is probably your best bet.

Well said.. As said my AEV 2.5 is great and coupled with a 1" Body lift and 315/7017 I am sitting nice. Parked next to a guy that had the Currie 4" and 315/70/17 I was about 1/2 taller than him. Both 4dr JKs with steel front bumpers and winch.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:16 PM   #14
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AEV but the great on road manners are due to the drop brackets. Which can be installed along with any lift.

Higher lifts without proper geometry correction will drive poorly..... That's a fact.

Mostly ride is subjective. Based a lot on the roads in your area.
I hear the words used "drives better than stock" all the time. Our roads are terrible in CT. Even the highway is bad. It takes a lot more money and patience to get the jeep to handle well.
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AEV hands down.

A couple of pics om my Jeeps. The Black one has AEV 3.5 with 35's, and the Anvil has the AEV 3.5 with 37's. 35's are the better daily driver unless you plan on regearing.
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AEV hands down.

A couple of pics om my Jeeps. The Black one has AEV 3.5 with 35's, and the Anvil has the AEV 3.5 with 37's. 35's are the better daily driver unless you plan on regearing.
God damn the anvil is one sexy beast. Perfect.
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You wont want anything else for exceptional on-road compatibility after driving an AEV lift. The geometry correction brackets are excellent.
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You wont want anything else for exceptional on-road compatibility after driving an AEV lift. The geometry correction brackets are excellent.
in combination with the dual rate coils
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AEV hands down.

A couple of pics om my Jeeps. The Black one has AEV 3.5 with 35's, and the Anvil has the AEV 3.5 with 37's. 35's are the better daily driver unless you plan on regearing.
Very nice Jeeps!
It is looking like I will stick to 35s on my new Jeep. It is more practical for my lifestyle not to mention I have a new born.

Thanks for sharing.
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I have a Rubicon Express 2.5" lift and 35's (315/70R17 Goodyear Duratracs).

I swapped in 4.56 gears to go with the tires, along with selectable lockers front and rear. It's my daily driver and it's just right. Not so tall I have any trouble getting in. It's great for mild and moderate trails. Best of all, I didn't have to do all of the suspension mods that a 3+" kit requires. The front tires rub just a hair at full stuff.

While I was doing the axle work and swapping out the stock suspension bolts, I welded in the full Artec truss kit: Artec JK Front Axle ARMOR KIT

I also swapped in chrome molly axles front and rear. I should have no problems handling 35's and even 37's. Though for the 37's, I'll at least need flat flares if not a bigger lift.

Here's a pic right after I put the tires on:

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I have had five JKs, and five different suspension systems. I've used both short arm and long arm suspensions. The best suspension I have used, hands down, is the AEV 3.5" suspension. It works as good or better than the others off road, and is a lot better on road.
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I have had five JKs, and five different suspension systems. I've used both short arm and long arm suspensions. The best suspension I have used, hands down, is the AEV 3.5" suspension. It works as good or better than the others off road, and is a lot better on road.
I am looking for a shop to do the work on my jeep and nobody carries the AEV lifts. I live in the Dallas area. Any recommendations on where I could find somebody to install and buy a AEV lift.
Are AEV dealers the only shops that install and sale AEV lifts?
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As someone who has lived in Texas, I already know the answer...but I have to ask anyway....

If it is a daily driver that won't see much off-roading, why lift it and go to such large wheels?

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I don't know if it is the hood sticker in combination with the black flares....of if it is just that we saw 10A's in Anvil first, but for some reason, Rubi's look better in that color.
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I am looking for a shop to do the work on my jeep and nobody carries the AEV lifts. I live in the Dallas area. Any recommendations on where I could find somebody to install and buy a AEV lift.
Are AEV dealers the only shops that install and sale AEV lifts?
I would post up the Texas section and see if there are members that are willing to help (Im sure there are.) Keep the beer and pizza flowing and you don't need no stinkin shop.
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2013 Jeep Unlimited Sahara, automatic

I am in the market for a lift. My jeep is a daily driver and would only see off road a few times a year. I am looking for a lift in the 3-4.5 inch range. I will run 35s and upgrade to 37's in the future.

Please give me some input. I am new to the Jeep thing but I am loving it.

Please provide any pictures that you have for some ideas.

Thank you!
This is what I did with my last 2 Jeeps, the 1st one was a JKU so I went with the Teraflex leveling kit with 18/59 coils. My present 2013 JK I put the same leveling kit on it and I'm running 33's. I saw no need in an expensive lift for my daily drivers and they both have performed nicely. IMO, when you get into 35-37" tires it is best to regear.
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A TF 2.5" Performance BB is more then adequate for a stock DD on 35s. Later if you add heavy bumpers and winches you need only pull the factory springs and spacers then replace with lift springs. If the intent is to go with heavier bumpers right away just get a spring lift now. Factory springs usually can't handle the extra weight.
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Or Metalcloak

Those Duraflex bushings are the bee's knees.

Matter of fact, I just scored some upper arms and am going to fit with MC joints
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Or Metalcloak Those Duraflex bushings are the bee's knees. Matter of fact, I just scored some upper arms and am going to fit with MC joints
Metalcloak is BA... I planned on doing the game changer with the six pack. But when I pull out the Amex to order it my wife walked in my office and said, what are buying... Well AEV was an easier sell $$$$... for now .

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