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Old 04-12-2009, 11:43 PM   #1
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Lift advice

Hey, just joined the forum and bought an 09 2door jk about a month ago. Looking to put on 33's and some good advice on which direction to go as far as lifting it. Full suspension or just a Body lift? and the benifits of either. It's my daily driver and prob. wont see as much trails, just goin for that bad a** beefy look
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For 33's, you really only need an inch or two, if even that, to get that under a JK. You may only need a set of spacers, depending on what wheels and tires you run. JK's are pretty stuffable from the factory- Mark W.

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Which 33's on which wheels with how much backspacing on what kind of JK?
Huh?

There are quite a few 33's that you can run totally stock without any lift or spacers. Then again, there are 33's that will rub hard parts or fenders...
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:45 AM   #4
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For 33's, you really only need an inch or two, if even that, to get that under a JK. You may only need a set of spacers, depending on what wheels and tires you run. JK's are pretty stuffable from the factory- Mark W.
yea thats what ive heard, just wanted to double check, pretty new to all this and wunna make sure im goin the right direction...thanks for the feedback!
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Which 33's on which wheels with how much backspacing on what kind of JK?
Huh?

There are quite a few 33's that you can run totally stock without any lift or spacers. Then again, there are 33's that will rub hard parts or fenders...
I was looking at the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II's for tires..33x12.50R 15LT, and prob. some pro comp 15x8 soft eights with either a 3.75" or 4" backspace. It's a 2dr wrangler x
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I was looking at the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II's for tires..33x12.50R 15LT, and prob. some pro comp 15x8 soft eights with either a 3.75" or 4" backspace. It's a 2dr wrangler x
That will stick out pretty far and rub your fenders if you articulate the axles a bit.
Careful with 15's clearing your brake calipers too; not all will.

I have 285/75-16 Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlars mounted on wheels with 4.5" of backspacing and they rub the fenders at full-stuff; I'm going to need at least another inch.
If I had stuck with 5" of backspacing, I would've likely made it.

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Old 04-13-2009, 11:04 AM   #7
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Right on, good points. What kind of lift and how many inches you got going on as of now?
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Bad a$$ beefy is a cool look, but don't forget to get her dirty every now & then........
I think they get homesick every once in a while....... :P
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Bad a$$ beefy is a cool look, but don't forget to get her dirty every now & then........
I think they get homesick every once in a while....... :P
haha def. wont forget to get her dirty, not many places around where i live, but i got some family out west virginia ways that has plenty of places that'll get the job done
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Right on, good points. What kind of lift and how many inches you got going on as of now?
I'm not lifted yet; that's why I'm rubbin...

I'll likely go with OME 2" or Rubicon Express 2" --- either/both with an eye toward adding bumpers later.

If you pick something with bigger backspacing (like 4.75-5"), you can get away with 3/4" poly spacers or a 1" body lift and not have to futz with more elaborate modifications. Safe and mild.
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I am going to throw you a big time heads-up before putting on wheels smaller than OEM- don't! You MAY be able to clear your calipers, but there is no good reason on earth to go smaller, especially if you're running big tires. Stick with 16X8's and be happy- Mark W.
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cool, thanks a lot to Hilldweller and thaduke2003, lots of good advice from you guys, i appreciate it!
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I am so not a gear head can someone explaine to me what Backspacer are and do u need to buy them or would a tire shop have them??

Sorry if i just jacked the thread.
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Here is an explanation about rims and backspacing which I believe is what is called offset on the link.
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cool, thanks a lot to Hilldweller and thaduke2003, lots of good advice from you guys, i appreciate it!
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