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Old 01-23-2014, 09:44 PM   #1
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Help with Leveling Kit

I do not know much about lift kits and do not really have any plans to add one (at this time anyway) but I have been thinking about one of the leveling kits and was looking for suggestions. I have a 2014 Unlimited Sport with the S package, 3.21 gears and stock wheels. I plan to upgrade the wheels, prefer the black rims to the stock ones and maybe 32 inch tires.

Would a leveling kit improve off road handling at all or is it really just for looks? Any recommendations?

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Doesn't really do anything for handling. Typically provides small lift and removes the factory rake. Mostly cosmetic or can allow for up to 33" tires without issue.

Various types of leveling kits available. Some use spacers (pucks) and others use springs or combination of springs & spacers.

Some do feel that improved springs give some improved handling, but that becomes significantly more noticeable as the size of lift increases.

I put the Teraflex leveling kit (about $150) which has 2" spacers for front and 1" spacer for rear, so you get that lift on each end providing a slightly lifted Jeep with more level stance.

I've been very pleased with the kit. I have pretty much the same setup as your Jeep.

Also, a quick and cheap way to get the black wheels you want now is to plastidip your stock wheels. Costs about $6/can and would take 5 cans to do all 5 wheels. Very easy if you're not familiar with it and you can always peel the dip off if you don't like it or want to go back to silver wheels.

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Nuke83 - I really appreciate the information. I will check that kit out.

I did purchase a can of PlastiDip and tried it out on my antenna and a chrome hitch plug I have. Covered pretty well. I am not sure I am ready to try and paint the wheels yet but maybe when it warms up a bit.

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A leveling can make it possible to add slightly larger tires which usually improves your off road capabilities. Raising your Jeep will impact handling and not by improving it.

The leveling kit is a mild modification so you should notice any major handling changes unless you are a stickler for understeer/oversteer bias.
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How much were installation costs for the TF leveling kit?
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:45 AM   #6
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How much were installation costs for the TF leveling kit?
A buddy of mine is doing it for 200. Called around all the places I know before him and all said 450-480. Not including the alignment after.
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How much were installation costs for the TF leveling kit?
I did it myself in my garage. Took a few hours, but I really took my time and had a couple of interruptions along the way. Not difficult to do if you have a few tools and read up in advance.

A shop with experience and a lift should be able to do front and rear in 2 hours tops.
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Get your hands dirty!!! If you are going to own a Jeep the best thing you can do is get under there and learn. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, go to several local Jeep events and tell someone you will buy them pizza and beer if they come help. Most Jeepers love to get underneath them and do work like that. Most Jeepers also like helping folks learn about their vehicle. A spacer kit isn't that hard and is a great kit to DIY.
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A buddy of mine is doing it for 200. Called around all the places I know before him and all said 450-480. Not including the alignment after.
I can't believe a friend is charging you. Friends help friends...atleast they should. Pizza and beer should be the payment.
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I do not know much about lift kits and do not really have any plans to add one (at this time anyway) but I have been thinking about one of the leveling kits and was looking for suggestions. I have a 2014 Unlimited Sport with the S package, 3.21 gears and stock wheels. I plan to upgrade the wheels, prefer the black rims to the stock ones and maybe 32 inch tires.

Would a leveling kit improve off road handling at all or is it really just for looks? Any recommendations?

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If you put the leveling kit on I'd go with 33" tires. Teraflex performance leveling kit runs about $389 on quadratec. I know you can find it cheaper other places if you search. This is a coil leveling kit and not the pucks and you will probably see a little bit of improvement off road with this type of leveling kit.
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I just installed the teraflex leveling kit on my 14 Unlimited Sport. I had a friend that owns a local repair shop install it. He had one of his new mechanics do the install as it was a simple job. He charged me two hours labor for the install. I am very pleased with the look of the kit. The Jeep feels a little bit taller but the change is not noticed by anybody except me and the guy that installed it. It has decreased my fuel economy by 1-2mpg. Here is a crappy cell phone photo of the look you will get.



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Old 01-31-2014, 08:48 AM   #13
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I can't believe a friend is charging you. Friends help friends...atleast they should. Pizza and beer should be the payment.
He's more of a buddy than a friend. He works at DT and I purchased wheels and tires from them and he's a fellow jeeper so he wanted to give me a better deal on installments than other places.. Which he did!
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I just installed the teraflex leveling kit on my 14 Unlimited Sport. I had a friend that owns a local repair shop install it. He had one of his new mechanics do the install as it was a simple job. He charged me two hours labor for the install. I am very pleased with the look of the kit. The Jeep feels a little bit taller but the change is not noticed by anybody except me and the guy that installed it. It has decreased my fuel economy by 1-2mpg. Here is a crappy cell phone photo of the look you will get.



I can't believe that the leveling kit alone would drop the MPG by 1-2. Did you add tires or anything else? I've lifted mine and added a lot of heavy stuff including wheels and tires and have only lost around 2 MPG.
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I can't believe that the leveling kit alone would drop the MPG by 1-2. Did you add tires or anything else? I've lifted mine and added a lot of heavy stuff including wheels and tires and have only lost around 2 MPG.

I added the Rubicon wheels and tires at the same time.
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I added the Rubicon wheels and tires at the same time.
The tires ate your mileage. I still have the Stock Bridgestones on mine that I'll replace when their bare. My TF Leveling Kit didn't affect my mileage at all.

You went from an AT to an MT.
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The tires ate your mileage. I still have the Stock Bridgestones on mine that I'll replace when their bare. My TF Leveling Kit didn't affect my mileage at all.

You went from an AT to an MT.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:11 PM   #18
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Just FYI some of us have had good results using the 10A springs and shocks as a leveling kit. If you look at the 10A jeeps they sit more level than others and have unique spring part numbers. I put these on my 13 Unlimited Sport S and got the mild lift I was after. Springs and shocks only cost me $150 from local Craigslist ad.

You can find more info here:
10A spring discussion

Best of luck and I hope you end up turning some wrenches on your Jeep! These things are very easy and rewarding to work on compared with other suspension work I've done.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:32 PM   #19
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Great information all. I really appreciate the feedback.

Tripcopeland - I have the same Anvil Jeep that you have minus the leveling kit and Rubi Wheels - looks great!

I have seen the 10A kits for sale on craigslist but had not thought of that - I will check into it.

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Just ordered my first jeep.
I'm considering lifting after a few years once I get used to it.
Getting conflicting accounts from friends about a 'leaviling kit'
Could someone explain what I have to gain by having it done?

Ordered: Rubi - 2 dr - manual

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Just ordered my first jeep.
I'm considering lifting after a few years once I get used to it.
Getting conflicting accounts from friends about a 'leaviling kit'
Could someone explain what I have to gain by having it done?

Ordered: Rubi - 2 dr - manual

Thanks in advance for any help.
Allows for larger tires 33's and gets rid of the ugly factory rake.

You can go with 33's on the JK without any lifting at all and it'll be fine on pavement, but if you go off road you are likely to get fender rubbing with any wheel articulation.
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