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Old 12-15-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Smile Just another tire/wheel & lift thread...

Hey Gang,

Just wanted to share a couple of before & after pics: today, my 315/70R17 Duratracs and 17"x9" Rugged Ridge wheels went on!

My Teraflex 2.5" coil lift isn't going on until tomorrow, so things are pretty tight underneath those fenders: rubbing the air dam in tight turns, and making contact with the Rubi rails when hitting bumps! Definitely not a long-term solution. I've gained about 1 3/8" in height with the new tire/wheel combo.









About half an inch of space left!


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More pics to follow when the lift is on. Very happy with my upgrades so far!

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Nice. Look forward to seeing the pics with the lift. Would those be a 33" tire?

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Nice. Look forward to seeing the pics with the lift. Would those be a 33" tire?
That's a 35
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Yeah, it's 34.4"x12.4", to be exact. Some call the Duratrac 315s 35"s...
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Thanks! Nope, 34.4" to be exact. And yes, some call the Duratrac 315s 35"s...
Didn't know we were giving exact decimals and alot call them 35s instead of saying "34.4"
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Didn't know we were giving exact decimals and alot call them 35s instead of saying "34.4"
Yeah, I know. I think many of the 35"x12.5"s are really just 34" and change, too. Sorry, you caught me in the middle of an edit...
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Yeah, I know. I think many of the 35"x12.5"s are really just 34" and change, too.
They are
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And the 2.5" TF coil lift kit is on! We also did Artec C-gussets and TF exhaust spacers; long day...







I'm very happy with the outcome, although there's still less than 1" of space between rear tires and Rubi rails; I also had to trim the air dam to keep the front tires from rubbing. The ride is pretty much like stock, even though I'm currently running the tires at 35 psi (just experimenting.)

Strange thing is, my speedometer is within 0.5 mph of the GPS measurement, even with the new tires! I'm also not getting any low tire pressure warnings. So, should I just return the AEV ProCal I bought, or does it serve any other purpose?
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Looking great Lars!

Looks like a pinch seam and Rubi rail project is in your near future. lol

Keep up the nice work.
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Looking great Lars!

Looks like a pinch seam and Rubi rail project is in your near future. lol

Keep up the nice work.
Thanks, Kramer!

Here's another observation: I've measured the distance from the ground to the top of my bumpers (inside the garage, which is more level than the driveway), and found that the TF lift indeed added 2.5" up front, but only about 1 1/4" in the back! But, looking at the photos, it seems like there's a couple more inches of space between rear tires and fenders as well, so I'm not sure what might've caused that anomaly. My tank was almost empty when I took the first measurements, and nearly full when I took the latter; would that make much of a difference? When including the new tires - and still measuring from ground to top of bumpers - my JKUR gained about 3 3/4" front and 2 1/2" rear this weekend. I expected a little more, but am still pleased with how it looks.
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Looks great! You're probably going to want to lower the psi to 32 or 30, though.
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Looks great! You're probably going to want to lower the psi to 32 or 30, though.
Thanks! Yeah, I'll mess around with the tire pressure until I find the sweet spot. Funny thing is, even at 35+ psi the ride feels perfectly comfortable. Then again, my previous daily driver was a VW GTI with super low profile tires, so the JKUR rides like a caddy in comparison!

So, do you guys think I got an honest 2.5" of lift out of this kit? I'm wondering if (a) I should've measured before & after differently (e.g., from axle to bottom of fenders); and (b) if the TF springs just aren't that much taller than the stock Rubi springs, hence the less noticeable difference in measured height?

Also, is there any reason for me to keep my (unopened) ProCal if the speedo is pretty much spot-on?

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Thanks! Yeah, I'll mess around with the tire pressure until I find the sweet spot. Funny thing is, even at 35+ psi the ride feels perfectly comfortable. Then again, my previous daily driver was a VW GTI with super low profile tires, so the JKUR rides like a caddy in comparison!

So, do you guys think I got an honest 2.5" of lift out of this kit? I'm wondering if (a) I should've measured before & after differently (e.g., from axle to bottom of fenders); and (b) if the TF springs just aren't that much taller than the stock Rubi springs, hence the less noticeable difference in measured height?

Also, is there any reason for me to keep my (unopened) ProCal if the speedo is pretty much spot-on?

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Did you transfer the tpms? If so, you're going to need the Procal to lower the sensor settings once you lower the psi to the recommended settings...
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Did you transfer the tpms? If so, you're going to need the Procal to lower the sensor settings once you lower the psi to the recommended settings...
Yeah, the guys at DT transferred the stock TPMS sensors to my new wheels. I'm guessing the low pressure warning might come on once I lower the pressure to 30 psi (which seems to be where most are running their 315s.) In that case, the ProCal could come in handy.
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Hi, looks real good, i have a 2.5" lift and the same rims sitting in my garage waiting to go on my jeep. Did you need to do anything specific to mount the tire and rim to the sparetire carrier or did it bolt up ok? Im just wondering if I will need longer bumpstops on the tailgate untill i can get a new carrier.

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Hi, looks real good, i have a 2.5" lift and the same rims sitting in my garage waiting to go on my jeep. Did you need to do anything specific to mount the tire and rim to the sparetire carrier or did it bolt up ok? Im just wondering if I will need longer bumpstops on the tailgate untill i can get a new carrier.
Thanks! The new wheel/tire bolted right up on the stock carrier. I bought the Daystar bump stops to replace the shorter stock ones, but am not impressed with them: they're too soft/squishy (foam-like, as opposed to rubber), and don't seem to be doing much at all. I had to cut off one "link" to make 'em fit.

The bottom of the tire rests on the cut-out in the rear bumper, and there are zero rattles. Still, this combo weighs a bit more than the stock one and puts added stress on the tailgate, so this won't be a long-term solution for me.
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Hi Lars,

I just wanted to comment on your front/rear post lift measurements. Most lift kits will lift the front more than the rear to account for the factory ~1" rake [rear is ~1" higher than the front]. So your measurements are going to be pretty accurate since you are measuring 2.5" of lift at the rear with your 2.5" springs. As long as it's sitting level, I'd say you got all the lift they advertised. Looks great!

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Hi Lars,

I just wanted to comment on your front/rear post lift measurements. Most lift kits will lift the front more than the rear to account for the factory ~1" rake [rear is ~1" higher than the front]. So your measurements are going to be pretty accurate since you are measuring 2.5" of lift at the rear with your 2.5" springs. As long as it's sitting level, I'd say you got all the lift they advertised. Looks great!

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Hi Lars,

I just wanted to comment on your front/rear post lift measurements. Most lift kits will lift the front more than the rear to account for the factory ~1" rake [rear is ~1" higher than the front]. So your measurements are going to be pretty accurate since you are measuring 2.5" of lift at the rear with your 2.5" springs. As long as it's sitting level, I'd say you got all the lift they advertised. Looks great!

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Hey Mike,

Thanks for chiming in. Yeah, when I compare my JKUR with pics of other JKUs with 2.5" lifts on this Forum, it doesn't look like I was short-changed in any way. I'm very happy with the way everything turned out, and the ride quality really is as good as -or maybe better than- stock!

I just sent another Forum member your way; hope you'll get some more business, and that you'll be a regular contributor on WF as well!

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Hey Mike,

Thanks for chiming in. Yeah, when I compare my JKUR with pics of other JKUs with 2.5" lifts on this Forum, it doesn't look like I was short-changed in any way. I'm very happy with the way everything turned out, and the ride quality really is as good as -or maybe better than- stock!

I just sent another Forum member your way; hope you'll get some more business, and that you'll be a regular contributor on WF as well!

Cheers,

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Awesome, glad to hear it! I have been in touch with Jeff. Thanks! I'll try to post around here, I am on several other forums and spend too much time of Jeep sites as it is!

Are you heading to the TexasJK meeting this evening at Love & War in Grapevine?

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I like those wheels!

Did your spare mount up on the stock carrier? Or did you have to add a spacer bracket?
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Awesome, glad to hear it! I have been in touch with Jeff. Thanks! I'll try to post around here, I am on several other forums and spend too much time of Jeep sites as it is!

Are you heading to the TexasJK meeting this evening at Love & War in Grapevine?

-Mike
Hmm, I should've paid attention to the calendar; don't think I'll be able to make it out on such short notice. I'll make a note of it for next month, though.
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I like those wheels!

Did your spare mount up on the stock carrier? Or did you have to add a spacer bracket?
Thanks! Yep, the spare bolted right up on the stock carrier; didn't need to add anything. Bottom of the tire rests on top of the bumper (inside the tire cut-out.) As mentioned above, I swapped out the stock bump stops with the longer Daystar ones, but they seem fairly useless. I'll be fortifying things back there in the near future, either with a Teraflex hinged carrier or a whole new bumper/tire carrier.

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