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Old 06-05-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Educated Opinions Between These Two Lift Kits

I need a little help deciding between these two lifts. Here's what I'm struggling with...

2007 - 2013 Jeep JK Wrangler 3.25" Suspension
Pros
A little more height than the 2.5, but do I need it?
Comes with track bar bracket, sway-bar links, brake line brackets.
Cons
It's over the 3" cap that many say pushes the line on causing drive shaft problems.

2007 - 2013 Jeep JK Wrangler 2.5" Suspension
Pros
Even cheaper than the 3.25.
Shouldn't cause any issues with the drive shaft.
Cons
Doesn't give me quite as much room for 35's as the other.
Doesn't come with sway bar links, track bar brackets. or brake line brackets.

My thinking is that it's probably worth it to go ahead with the 3.25 since I'll get a little extra height that still shouldn't cause me much trouble with the drive shaft and I get all the extra brackets with it. Thoughts?

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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Get the 3.25 inch lift. My buddy had a 4 inch on his JK with 35's and it rode very well and had a mean stance to it. no vibes or driveshaft issues, so 3.25 would be fine.

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:54 PM   #3
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If you are dead set between those two particular kits, I'd agree on the 3.25, just for the simple fact it comes w/ brake line and trackbar bracket, etc. Shouldn't have any driveshaft issues, esp if you have a 4door.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:03 PM   #4
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Don't forget with a 2013 you will need exhaust spacers such as | TeraFlex Suspensions
Which we recommend on 2.5" kits and higher. Also if you only want to run 35's a 2.5" kit is more than enough room. You can get brake line drop brackets to help with brake line issues. | TeraFlex Suspensions , front lines are plenty long enough for a 2.5" kit. Then you just need track bar brackets and sway bar links. I see you are trying to stay in a budget so might I suggest our 2.5" kit with shock adapters. It retails for $511.99 but it will come with everything you need. | TeraFlex Suspensions

But as Mistasparkl said if you would liek to stay with those lifts get the 3.25" as it will give you more of the items you need. On a 4 door you will be fine if you add the exhaust spacers. On a 2door you will want new shafts. Also at 3" plus you really need to look at drive flange correction options like arms.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #5
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I'm running the TF 2.5 with billsteins and bushwackwer flatties. Did this in preparation for 35s. Ill have plenty of room with this setup.

Very happy with the setup.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:32 PM   #6
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Just get 1" spacers and be done with it.
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What type of wheeling are you looking to do? There is a lot of other options out there with different pros and cons. If we get a little more of a idea on where you were wanting to go with this, we could help point you in the right direction. There is a lot to picking out a good lift that will last you for the life of your JK.

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Old 06-05-2013, 02:36 PM   #8
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I've really been torn with all of the mixed reviews I've heard on the RC coils and the 2.2 shocks both. Incredibly, as luck would have it, a local Jeeper has offered to sell me her four teraflex shocks and brackets. 2 have never been put on the Jeep and the other two were just put on in mid April. I'm now thinking it might be worth the extra money to get the peace of mind that comes along with doing a full teraflex kit and get the 2.5. I've heard nothing but stellar reviews on that kit.

I do mostly trail riding which is a mix of rock crawling and traversing muddy pits through the trails. I don't really plan to do any extreme crawling or anything like that, but the trails I've done with the stock rubicon have really amazed me. I'm just beating the under body up pretty good in the process.

I do plan to keep my full size fender flares and will plan on getting some wheel spacers and running 35's on the stock 17" rims down the road.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:06 PM   #9
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If you already have shocks you can actually get our basic 2.5 kit with no shocks which retails for $504.99. The 2.5 kit will be at home in the rocks or mud and drives nicely on the road. It's actually the kit that I'll be putting on my personal rig.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:47 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input everyone!
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:10 PM   #11
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We run the Teraflex 2,5" BB on our 2012 auto Rubicon with the shock extenders for a year now in preparation to installing 35" tires. Got the 35" KM2 tires a month ago and have NO rubbing at all. I just trimmed the pinch seam and Rubi rails for peace of mind.

All depends on the length of your shocks if you are going to need the exhaust spacer or not. With the stock Rubi shocks and shock extenders, at full flex, we have 0.50" of clearance between the drive shaft and the exhaust.

Now all we need to do is to save up money and get the full 3" Teraflex coil lift with all 8 control arms.
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Now all we need to do is to save up money and get the full 3" Teraflex coil lift with all 8 control arms.
We can help with that! We can get you taken care of my friend...

As for the exhaust spacers, yes we have heard this as well. We look at it like it is cheap insurance. Yeah, you MAY not have to have it but, if you do and don't have it, it will cost more to fix it! So, for the just a few bucks, you can add it when doing a 2.5" or higher lift and not have to worry about it.

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