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Old 01-21-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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im looking to do a lift on my 11 jk unlimited 4dr and i dont wanna go to big but was wondering what is a good suspension lift for my jk and i dont really want to regear

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Re-gear pertains to tire size not lift size. However, a bigger tire goes hand in hand with a bigger lift. What size tire do you want to run? For not a big lift, check out the Rock Krawler 2.5" Stock Mod and get some Bilstein 5100 and some nice 33's and call it done.

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im looking to do a lift on my 11 jk unlimited 4dr and i dont wanna go to big but was wondering what is a good suspension lift for my jk and i dont really want to regear
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Re-gear pertains to tire size not lift size. However, a bigger tire goes hand in hand with a bigger lift. What size tire do you want to run? For not a big lift, check out the Rock Krawler 2.5" Stock Mod and get some Bilstein 5100 and some nice 33's and call it done.

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There's a few different options, but I definitely agree with what Dan said! First we have to determine what your goals are for your Jeep. Are you going to be hitting the Trails Hard? Grocery Getter? Show Jeep? etc..

Once we determine that, I can definitely throw some suggestions at you. A 2.5" lift or stock mod is definitely a great option!

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There's a few different options, but I definitely agree with what Dan said! First we have to determine what your goals are for your Jeep. Are you going to be hitting the Trails Hard? Grocery Getter? Show Jeep? etc..

Once we determine that, I can definitely throw some suggestions at you. A 2.5" lift or stock mod is definitely a great option!

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This. Be honest when you decide on what you ACTUALLY plan to do with the Jeep off-road, if anything...
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im looking to do a lift on my 11 jk unlimited 4dr and i dont wanna go to big but was wondering what is a good suspension lift for my jk and i dont really want to regear
you have to ask yourself what you're lifting your rig for. function, looks, a little of both. and as Dan said the king of all questions... what size tire do you want to run.

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be sure and PM AOR here on the forum, he got me a really good deal on a 3.5 RK midarm. im not going to say how good of a deal, but his shipped price is lower than everyone else's before shipping price.
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i want to run 35" tires so a 3" lift is what im looking at but i have no clue what one to go with i like the rock kralwer one but there so many diffferent ones out there that its hard to make a choice
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i want to run 35" tires so a 3" lift is what im looking at but i have no clue what one to go with i like the rock kralwer one but there so many diffferent ones out there that its hard to make a choice
Don't rush your decision. Spend some time on this forum. If you have not seen it already, RK is one of the more favored lifts here.

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I've been checking the el lifts out and I think I may do the 2.5 flex system
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TF's video is great a choosing a lift. There is a lot of great options out there including TF for a lift option. They main thing is to figure out what you want to do with your JK and what size tire you want to run. Then, go from there. The last thing you want to do is have to redo everything because you didnt do it right the first time. It will ALWAYS cost you more in the long run.

We deal with a TON of different lifts. Feel free to PM, email, or call us with any questions you may have about choosing a lift. We woudl be more than happy to answer them for you.

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i want to run 35" tires so a 3" lift is what im looking at but i have no clue what one to go with i like the rock kralwer one but there so many diffferent ones out there that its hard to make a choice
You can fit 35's under a 2.5" lift. No need for 3". Trim the pinch seam and be good. Rock Krawler is one of the best. Road manners and offroad. You would not regret the choice.

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What's your guys opinion on the Rubicon express 2.5 lift
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What's your guys opinion on the Rubicon express 2.5 lift
Simply put, I'm not a fan. Their products simply don't stack up these days...
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So I'm dead set on the rock krawler stock mod with bilstien 5100 shocks with 35 " tires my last question is will I have to regear my jk has 3.73 gears now
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So I'm dead set on the rock krawler stock mod with bilstien 5100 shocks with 35 " tires my last question is will I have to regear my jk has 3.73 gears now
After 5 months of research this is the setup I will be going for this year hopefully. Tires will only be 34" inch though, I want to stick with the stock Altitude Wheels and the tallest tires I can find to fit the 18" stock wheels are Nitto Trail Grappler 295's.
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so with the 2.5 rk lift what would be a good wheel / tire combo?
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so with the 2.5 rk lift what would be a good wheel / tire combo?
Anything you want that has the proper back-spacing! You looking for AT or MT tires?
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Well as far as I've heard my are a little softer than at so I guess , mainly because it will be a weekend toy , I never got an answer but will I have to regear with the bigger tires
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Well as far as I've heard my are a little softer than at so I guess , mainly because it will be a weekend toy , I never got an answer but will I have to regear with the bigger tires
With the 3.73 gears, you probably won't have re-gear; but after you run it a while, you may want to! It comes down to what you like, and what you want to do with your rig. I got by for a while with 4.10's and 37's; but for me that was way too high geared. But it kind of depends on what you expect and what you want to do with your JEEP
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With the 3.73 gears, you probably won't have re-gear; but after you run it a while, you may want to! It comes down to what you like, and what you want to do with your rig. I got by for a while with 4.10's and 37's; but for me that was way too high geared. But it kind of depends on what you expect and what you want to do with your JEEP
well said. i've gotten by with 35s and a 3.73 for about a year now... and i'm ready for a bit taller of a gear (4.56). hoping my tax return is decent... i need driveshafts more than gears though. if i'm lucky i can put a dent in both of those areas...
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With the 3.73 gears, you probably won't have re-gear; but after you run it a while, you may want to! It comes down to what you like, and what you want to do with your rig. I got by for a while with 4.10's and 37's; but for me that was way too high geared. But it kind of depends on what you expect and what you want to do with your JEEP
Don nailed it right there. There is a LOT of talk on the forums about regearing. If it is not a dead set "you need to regear" (3.21's on 37's type deal) I say give it a shot first. Most can live with not regearing at least for a while! I know our 2dr has been running 35's on 4:10's for a few years now without the need or cost of a regear.

For a combo, ideally on a JK you would want a 17" wheel with 4.5"Backspacing or less. The tire size would be a 35x1250x17.

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So I'm dead set on the rock krawler stock mod with bilstien 5100 shocks with 35 " tires my last question is will I have to regear my jk has 3.73 gears now
Now, back to the lift for a second. I HIGHLY recommend stepping up to the Flex System. It adds in the front lower adjustable control arms and longer stainless steel brake lines in the front.
Rock Krawler JK 2.5 Flex System

The LCA (Lower Control Arms) will REALLY help with the on road feel and handling of this kit by fixing the castor that will be all out of wack. Without them, your JK will feel flighty and wonder on the road. Then, without the stainless steel brake lines in the front, you will need to do a brake relocation kit in the front to get you the length you need with the Stock Mod.

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Don't mean to hijack the OP's thread, just figured there were already plenty of threads concerning lift kits. I'm interested in some assistance/comments on my plans.

Current Setup (Information I Assume Is Pertinent)
2013 JKUS - Auto - 3.21 gears

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Daily driver for living/working in Chicago suburbs
Off-Roading at the family farm downstate

In all honesty, my miles will probably end up being 80%/20% (Pavement/Off-Road)...if that...

Lift
I've spent a few hours navigating the lift kit posts on this board. I'm pretty firm on a 2.5" kit. However, does my situation warrant a full shock/spring kit, or can I get away with a 2.5 budget boost without compromising any quality I've experienced in the stock suspension.

I see there are a lot of fans of TeraFlex's set-up. Anyone have another suggestion for someone in my situation?

Tires
I actually don't mind the stock wheels, but the price difference between tires for 18" vs 16" is enough to warrant a change in rims over purchasing spacers. Since I'm mostly pavement I've been looking at A/T tires. From what I can tell GY Duratracs and BFG A/T's are the cream of the crop? Any other suggestions? I plan on going with a 33" or 35" which brings me to my next question...

Gearing
Will I need to re-gear with 33"s or 35"s. I'm really not much of a lead foot so subtle acceleration loss wouldn't bother me. What change in gas mileage should I expect without re-gearing? What gears are ideal for a DD with an auto transmission and 33 or 35" tires?

Anything other modifications I should consider to make this lift reasonable? I'm trying not to get into to big of a hurry getting this accomplished, although the pictures on this message board do not help in the least. I'm actually a little concerned in doing any work before I've had this guy for at least a year. Currently only 2,000 miles, and I would like to make sure it doesn't have any bugs before jeopardizing my warranty with modifications.

Thanks for your help and suggestions.

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as far as choosing a lift, it doesn't really matter what percentage of time you spend off-road. It's much more important to decide the TYPE of wheeling you want to do, and then build accordingly.
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as far as choosing a lift, it doesn't really matter what percentage of time you spend off-road. It's much more important to decide the TYPE of wheeling you want to do, and then build accordingly.
Barring a rare trip out of state, it'll probably be mudding and trail riding on pasture and timber land. Not sure if you've ever been through Illinois, but the state lacks a little when it comes to changes in elevation or mounds of rock. For me, the landscapes in some of the members' pictures are both amazing and completely foreign at the same time.
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Barring a rare trip out of state, it'll probably be mudding and trail riding on pasture and timber land. Not sure if you've ever been through Illinois, but the state lacks a little when it comes to changes in elevation or mounds of rock. For me, the landscapes in some of the members' pictures are both amazing and completely foreign at the same time.
In that case, with your planned usage, my 2.5" recommendation is always the AEV 2.5" Dualsport XT with the optional AEV Geometry Correction Brackets. You'll clear up to 35's while maintaining awesome on-road performance. At the same time, while you'll never be able to do any real rock crawling, it will still handle the mud, easy trails, and pastures without any problems whatsoever.

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