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Old 02-15-2014, 03:52 PM   #1
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Brand new, need advice on a lift

Hello everyone, I just joined WF, this is my 1st post. I have spent a lot of time reading the net and trying to figure out what to do, but to be honest I don't know much and I read a lot of conflicting stuff.
I have a Crush 2013 4 dr sport. I am wanting to have it look a little sweeter, so I am thinking about a lift and tires. I am worried about extra parts, and what all I would need. I just use it for daily drive, not doing and climbing or anything. I am wondering if I did a 2.5 lift and put 35s on in, would I only need to buy the kit, tires, and wheels? I don't want to start the project then find out I need a lot of extra parts and cost. I also imagine that a regear is expensive and I don't want hidden costs. I know 35 tires may put me around 1300 or so, if you could share kits, parts, etc on what you recommend and the pricing of your suggestions? I am not limited to 1500 bucks, but I don't want to spend 5 grand.
Would it be better to get a lift, 33s, and wheel spacers?
I have also heard that unless I get Jeep to get the parts and do the work themselves they will void my warranty, is that true?
What do you suggest, or what could I do to have it raised and wider tires to give it more of that cool look? I am a newb so please forgive me if I sound dumb, I am just looking for your knowledge to enlighten me. Thanks everyone.

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Hello everyone, I just joined WF, this is my 1st post. I have spent a lot of time reading the net and trying to figure out what to do, but to be honest I don't know much and I read a lot of conflicting stuff.
I have a Crush 2013 4 dr sport. I am wanting to have it look a little sweeter, so I am thinking about a lift and tires. I am worried about extra parts, and what all I would need. I just use it for daily drive, not doing and climbing or anything. I am wondering if I did a 2.5 lift and put 35s on in, would I only need to buy the kit, tires, and wheels? I don't want to start the project then find out I need a lot of extra parts and cost. I also imagine that a regear is expensive and I don't want hidden costs. I know 35 tires may put me around 1300 or so, if you could share kits, parts, etc on what you recommend and the pricing of your suggestions? I am not limited to 1500 bucks, but I don't want to spend 5 grand.
Would it be better to get a lift, 33s, and wheel spacers?
I have also heard that unless I get Jeep to get the parts and do the work themselves they will void my warranty, is that true?
What do you suggest, or what could I do to have it raised and wider tires to give it more of that cool look? I am a newb so please forgive me if I sound dumb, I am just looking for your knowledge to enlighten me. Thanks everyone.
with 35's you'll probably want at least 4.10's possibly will be ok with 3.73's but you will definitely notice a big power loss and fuel mileage will drop significantly unless you regear to 4.56 or 4.88.

Are you planning on reusing oem wheels? 5 wheels, 35" tires and a 2.5" lift is not gonna happen with $1300... double or triple your budget then maybe

35's will also be pushing a stock sport dana 30 diff and should really be adding an aftermarket tire carrier to support the added weight of the bigger spare tire

Most of the higher end lifts come as complete kits not requiring any additional parts, however not all kits are this way

A leveling kit and 33's would be a much cheaper route

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Thanks for the reply. I definitely don't want to regear, so it sounds like 35s are out. I am not looking to get any other parts or change anything other that the kit. As far as wheels, I may get some new ones, I haven't fully decided. So the leveling kit would come full with everything I need, then put some 33s on there, and should I add wheel spacers? Do you have recommendations for a leveling kit brand?
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The teraflex levelling kit is very popular on here but there are other good kits available too, They generally just come with either new springs and sway bar links, or puck spacers and sway bar links. You can replace your shocks but it not necessary. Wheel spacers will depend on what size tires you go with and if you go with aftermarket wheels or not, 15" aftermarket wheels with 33" tires, will likely be cheaper than doing 33" tires on stock 17" wheels and wheel spacers
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Thanks Marslim. Another stupid question, is there a difference in a leveling kit and lift kit? As in, I am considering Falken Rocky Mountain ATS 33s, I will look at wheels to decide which looks the coolest. So then the only other thing I would need to get would be this?

Amazon.com: Teraflex 1355200 Budget Boost-Suspension Lift Kit: Automotive

The budget boost suspension lift is all I need, with some 33s?
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Thanks Marslim. Another stupid question, is there a difference in a leveling kit and lift kit? As in, I am considering Falken Rocky Mountain ATS 33s, I will look at wheels to decide which looks the coolest. So then the only other thing I would need to get would be this?

Amazon.com: Teraflex 1355200 Budget Boost-Suspension Lift Kit: Automotive

The budget boost suspension lift is all I need, with some 33s?
Essentially yes they are the same thing, Generally "leveling kits" will give around 1.5-2" front and 1" in the rear to eliminate the factory rake and give you a bit more clearance. "lift kits" usually refer to over 2" of lift, just different terminology.

The link you posted is the 2.5" lift which is a bit much for what you really need, the leveling kit #1155200 is cheaper and retains closer to factory suspension geometry. You could do the 2.5" but it will change your driveline angles more and you should look at getting longer shocks with that kit as well. with the leveling kit it includes all you need, If you search teraflex leveling kit you will find alot of info and pictures of it installed.

Matt from Discount tire direct can help you out with wheel sizes and pricing, theyre great to deal with and have great prices
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I read your replies and based on what you say, i think all you need is a leveling kit and 33" tires.
This will be safe and no other unnessesary cost that could go along with 2.5" lift kits and 35" tires. Although, i have 2.5" teraflex lift kit and 17" wheels with 35" duratrack tires. Also, some may argue, but i run 3:21 axles on my 2013 jku with auto tran and its ok, not a big loss in power, but i will eventually regear down the road.


See, you need to think if this is all you need. If you think you may continue with mods later, then you will regret not going with lift kits and bigger tires.

If you go with leveling kit and 33" with aftermarket wheels- expect $2000-2500

If 2.5" lift kit and 35" - $4000-5000.
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I read your replies and based on what you say, i think all you need is a leveling kit and 33" tires.
This will be safe and no other unnessesary cost that could go along with 2.5" lift kits and 35" tires. Although, i have 2.5" teraflex lift kit and 17" wheels with 35" duratrack tires. Also, some may argue, but i run 3:21 axles on my 2013 jku with auto tran and its ok, not a big loss in power, but i will eventually regear down the road.


See, you need to think if this is all you need. If you think you may continue with mods later, then you will regret not going with lift kits and bigger tires.

If you go with leveling kit and 33" with aftermarket wheels- expect $2000-2500

If 2.5" lift kit and 35" - $4000-5000.
From what the OP has said, sounds like this is basically for looks with no real offroading...
the gearing is always a matter of opinion and driving style/conditions. some people are ok with 3.21's or 3.73's and 35's however most desperately want a regear
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From what the OP has said, sounds like this is basically for looks with no real offroading... the gearing is always a matter of opinion and driving style/conditions. some people are ok with 3.21's or 3.73's and 35's however most desperately want a regear
Yeap agree, im hooked with rock crawlind or any other off road adventures, so in the future im gonna need a lower gear ratio to double the fun

Only thing for OP. When i got my first jeep 8 months ago, i did it for mostly for looks too, after my first light trail experience i said: "thats it" lol
Since then, i enjoy crusing it in the city, and love week end trail hours and rock crawlings.

If your not sure, take your time. Do couple off roading trips and see what you want with it next. This might save you money and time.
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thanks for the info guys. I am doing it mostly for looks, I have a 17 month old so not a lot of free time for trails and offroading right now. I have heard mods are like tattoos once you start it is hard to stop, but I am going for looks and hopefully that is all. Sounds like I need the leveling kit (I will probably go with TF) and some 33s with after market wheels. Wheels and tires will definitely be from discount tire, they have great customer service and you can't beat their prices from prior experience. I appreciate the help, and thanks for not calling me a stupid newb! I have a lot to learn and I didn't want to make any mistakes to hurt my wallet.

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