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Old 06-17-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Question Leveling out a JK, options/opinions, Shocks to add for highway comfort?

haven't bought the JK yet, but looking at a base sport, manual trans w/ Hardtop (2013)

i plan on running 33" tires on 17x9 wheels with 4.25" backspacing


went thru every page of the "JK 2 door" thread... and decided i think a leveling kit is ideal for me (most people seem to have the TF spacer leveling kit)


i'm curious what are the pro's and con's to the "leveling kits" on the market... primarily... those who use spring spacers and those who supply new longer springs... also what shocks would be ideal to give a decent ride w/ said kit... i would like to jump in the jeep for 200+ mile trips and not want to kill myself after.


for the above desired suspension, also curious what tires one would reccomend (33" preferred) to fit on 17x9 wheels w/ 4.25" backspacing.... a good street comfort tire that also has decent tread for LIGHT OFFROAD USE.

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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My 2 cents: I have the teraflex spacer leveling kit. I got it to run 33s. It rode fine until I added a front bumper and winch. Now I'm saving up for a full suspension replacement. If you plan on adding weight, just do it right the first time.

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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haven't bought the JK yet, but looking at a base sport, manual trans w/ Hardtop (2013)

i plan on running 33" tires on 17x9 wheels with 4.25" backspacing

went thru every page of the "JK 2 door" thread... and decided i think a leveling kit is ideal for me (most people seem to have the TF spacer leveling kit)

i'm curious what are the pro's and con's to the "leveling kits" on the market... primarily... those who use spring spacers and those who supply new longer springs... also what shocks would be ideal to give a decent ride w/ said kit... i would like to jump in the jeep for 200+ mile trips and not want to kill myself after.

for the above desired suspension, also curious what tires one would reccomend (33" preferred) to fit on 17x9 wheels w/ 4.25" backspacing.... a good street comfort tire that also has decent tread for LIGHT OFFROAD USE.

-riley
See my photo bc thats almost exactly what i did and see how you like it. I have 32's though. I have a 2" budget boost aka big leveling kit and stock shocks. Rides good for what it is but i will be upgrading to a 2.5" RE lift. With the spacers you have stock articulation. And Just a little bit more space for larger wheels. Thats all really. If you go with new coil springs get the RE kit as it comes with re labeled and specially tuned bilstein 5100 shocks. And you can flex much more. If the coil spacer suits you more get any of them they are basically all the same. As for tires i have nitto trail grapplers but they might be to aggressive for what your saying. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #4
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My 2 cents: I have the teraflex spacer leveling kit. I got it to run 33s. It rode fine until I added a front bumper and winch. Now I'm saving up for a full suspension replacement. If you plan on adding weight, just do it right the first time.
i dont mind spending the money, but all the full replacement kits i saw were 2.5" and up... i really want to do a very minimal lift... saw one with the 2" front, 1" rear leveling kit and looked perfect to me...

i don't plan on adding any bumpers/winches.. just stock otherwise... just wanted 33" and to get rid of that natural "rake" of the wrangler... would go less lift if possible to achieve no real issues w/ 33.

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See my photo bc thats almost exactly what i did and see how you like it. I have 32's though. I have a 2" budget boost aka big leveling kit and stock shocks. Rides good for what it is but i will be upgrading to a 2.5" RE lift. With the spacers you have stock articulation. And Just a little bit more space for larger wheels. Thats all really. If you go with new coil springs get the RE kit as it comes with re labeled and specially tuned bilstein 5100 shocks. And you can flex much more. If the coil spacer suits you more get any of them they are basically all the same. As for tires i have nitto trail grapplers but they might be to aggressive for what your saying. Hope this helps!

i assume you man this kit: Rubicon Express 2.5" Budget Boost Suspension System with Monotube Shocks for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec

i just didn't want a 2.5" lift.. wanted to make sure all drive lines were good... assumed the safest way not to get excess wear on drive line is a smaller lift?

although this is my fav JK on the forum. (2.5" lift but with 35's) he also has lots of add'ons that i'm sure make the lift much less.
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saw these two kits as well

Rancho RS66108BR5 - Rancho 2" Sport System with RS5000 Shocks for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec
Rancho RS66108BR9 - Rancho 2" Sport System with RS9000XL Shocks for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec

just too many brands out there, hence my question on here... seems like there are 10 diff brands, each make 4 different options.. just hoping someone has a comfortable leveled out jeep on 33's that they can say "this is what you need"....

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:00 PM   #6
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Yupp thats the kit. And with 2.5" you shouldnt have any driveline issues at all
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:34 PM   #7
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if your not looking for much of a lift go with teraflex performance leveling kit. i just threw this on with some shocks from fox racing and it came out great. leveled the jeep and rides better than stock.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:58 PM   #8
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I'm also interested in minimal lift/leveling, but I think I am actually going to end up going for a 2.5" (either AEV or Teraflex) with the addition of the AEV geometry correction brackets. Everything I've read about those brackets makes it sound like they significantly improve the smoothness of the ride (better than stock), and I was concerned that just adding coil spacers or whatever to level the jeep out would result in a slight detriment to the ride.

I'm going to stick with the stock tire size though- ultimate plan is to get some pintlers and BFGs (stock size) and call it a day. Now, to save up $3000+...
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:36 PM   #9
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Bilstein 5100 are great shocks.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:42 PM   #10
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You can buy individual Teraflex coil spacers in 1/2" and 1" thicknesses if you wanted minimal lift. The 4WD.com site has them.

I did the TF Leveling kit. As you know, it adds 2" to the front and 1" to the rear. I added a full-width bumper and Warn winch and only lost 1/2" in the front, so it still looks level.

One big advantage to going with at least the Leveling kit is that it raises your oil pan and tranny, and that can mean the difference between clearing on obstacle and punching a hole in something that will cost several times the $130 purchase price of the leveling kit.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:51 AM   #11
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Upgrade to Rubican or 19/60 springs, this will give you 1"-1.5" of left and it will ride better and if you put steel bumper and a winch the sag will be minimum. Thats what I am going to do in few days..
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #12
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This what I did, I checked to see what coil springs from the factory 18/59, so I went with the TeraFlex leveling kit , a set of take off Rubicon shocks and 285/70/17's 33's. I'm netting around a 3.25" lift. $130 for the lift kit, $100 for the shocks, if you have lower rate springs you can find them for sale cheap, sometimes as a Rubicon shock/sping package.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:59 AM   #13
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If you get a coil leveling kit, it will not sag as much as spacers or at all. Coils are made with a spring rate in mind above the advertised height so that it will settle to the advertised height in the event you add heavy bumpers, fenders etc.

If you get a spring coil (Teraflex performance leveling kit) it will raise the front 2" and the rear 1" even with aftermarket bumpers. If you don't add any heavy things then you will get a slightly more height than advertised with the coil kit. This is true for any BB too (2.5+ etc)
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I think you would most notice an on-road improvement over stock with upgraded shocks. So if you were using one of the quality spacer lifts out there, that may be something to consider in the "bang for the buck" department.

I used Old Man Emu in the past. With my JK, I'm on Billstien. Those two brands along with Fox are really well accepted among Jeepers (OME being more of an old-school favorite I think) Lots of threads on here about Rancho to read through too.

Most full on spring lifts are going to give more height than advertised, moreso when you're running light (as pointed out upthread). I'm on a 2.5 inch lift, rebranded and sold as a Mopar 2" lift, and I'm a good 3 inches up.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:24 AM   #15
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I wanted bang for the buck and only a slight lift so I got the Teraflex Performance Leveling kit (coil springs) and some nearly new OEM Rubicon takeoff shocks. I am super pleased with the look, clearance and on-road performance is at least as good as before.

33's are next on my list.

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I also swapped out my 13/55 springs to 18/59 springs and Rubi shocks from a 2013 JKUR. They had 7 miles on them before the owner put a whole new lift kit in. I got them for a steal.

For my 2-door I netted 1.75" up front and 1.25" in the rear and it is perfectly level. For some reason, my Jeep did not have as noticeable of a front factory rake compared to others. Not sure why.

I run 33" on 17x9 wheels and wanted just a tad taller stance. Install was fun, relatively easy and exactly what I wanted. Well worth it if you can locate a Rubi take-off package with 18/59 springs.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:41 AM   #17
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Here is a LONG thread on this system:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ran...ed-208397.html

If you do go this route. Get the 9000's. The front WILL sit just a tad higher, many companies take into account adding of a bumper/winch down the road.
We have a rebate going on until June 30th too, $100 back in a Visa gift card.
Good luck in your hunt!


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saw these two kits as well

Rancho RS66108BR5 - Rancho 2" Sport System with RS5000 Shocks for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec
Rancho RS66108BR9 - Rancho 2" Sport System with RS9000XL Shocks for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec

just too many brands out there, hence my question on here... seems like there are 10 diff brands, each make 4 different options.. just hoping someone has a comfortable leveled out jeep on 33's that they can say "this is what you need"....


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