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Old 09-07-2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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Question Lift and wheels for 2008 JKU - looking for help and advice

Greetings everyone!

It's a great pleasure to join this forum of Wrangler experts. I have been enjoying my 2008 Unlimited for about one and a half years, and am now ready to make some long desired upgrades. In a first step, I am looking at a lift and larger wheels. I guess I also need to mention that I'm lacking complete talent in installing any of it myself, so will rely on places that offer installation...

I currently have my eyes on the below, and have received the following quote:

- Pro Comp 4" Stage II Lift Kit with ES9000 Shocks - $1,680
- Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 315/70R17 - $1,600
- Pro Comp Series 7036, 17x9 Alloy Wheels - $705

Additionally, they are charging for the following:

- Labor - $675
- Tire warranty $170 (not sure I need that)

Would be great to get your thoughts on the components above - and the cost for labor. It is pushing the limits of affordability, but if it's great quality, I guess it's worth it.

I was debating between 2.5 and 4 inch lift, but believe I'll be happier with 4" - really like the look. In terms of wheels, I was looking at 33, 35, and even 37. While 37 looks kinda cool, it gets really expensive. 35 seems like a great happy medium.

I think that's it. Looking forward to getting your advice.

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...oh and the quote I referenced is from 4 Wheel Parts

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Old Man Emu, Rock Crawler, AEV.

I've never been a fan of Pro Comp lifts, but someone out there has to like them or they wouldn't still be in business. Not being able to install anything yourself, you are at the mercy of your installer. I'd do some more looking and see what some other 4x4 shops offer.

Ultimately, the choice is yours though. Do some research. Do it right. Do it once.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #4
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thank you, jmb. I'll head to the offroad warehouse as well to get a second opinion/quote. However, I'll actually trust the forum members here more ...in the end, all of these places just want to sell you the higher margin stuff...

Did you have a bad experience with Pro Comp or just not a fan? My research so far hasn't revealed anything bad, and price seemed reasonable. Oh and I'm doing only limited offroading - not sure if that influences choice of component brands.
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Not a bad experience personally, I've never owned one. Some of the jeepers I run with have had them and they just didn't compare to my OME lift. It rode better than factory and performed great off road too.

Like I said before, it's your choice. There are people on here that swear by OME, others don't like OME but love AEV, etc. It's just a personal preference and everyone has an opinion. Kinda like asking "what oil is best"
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Why do you want to run a 4" lift? Going to run into a lot of issues and needing to spend more money. Unless you're running a larger tire or just like the look / offroad advantage in situations it's not worth it to me personally. While 2.5 lift can manage you 35s and you could save enough to afford flat fenders and some other cool stuff ! Just my opinion +_+
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Not a bad experience personally, I've never owned one. Some of the jeepers I run with have had them and they just didn't compare to my OME lift. It rode better than factory and performed great off road too.

Like I said before, it's your choice. There are people on here that swear by OME, others don't like OME but love AEV, etc. It's just a personal preference and everyone has an opinion. Kinda like asking "what oil is best"
I like your perspective. I guess I just want to make sure I'm not buying anything that is clearly bad. My Jeep dealership actually recommended AEV, so will definitely look into that. Will also compare installation fees from a couple of centers.

Thanks again for your thoughts.
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I'm no expert but I think 4 inch lift is a little overkill for 315s. I have 315s and an aev 2.5 inch lift with correction brackets and I'm very happy.
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Why do you want to run a 4" lift? Going to run into a lot of issues and needing to spend more money. Unless you're running a larger tire or just like the look / offroad advantage in situations it's not worth it to me personally. While 2.5 lift can manage you 35s and you could save enough to afford flat fenders and some other cool stuff ! Just my opinion +_+
True, there's certainly difficult trade-offs to be made. I just think that the 2.5 won't give me the look I'm going for. And as Mike said above, I want to do it right and do it once. Flares, lights, bumpers etc will have to wait a few more months...
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I'm no expert but I think 4 inch lift is a little overkill for 315s. I have 315s and an aev 2.5 inch lift with correction brackets and I'm very happy.
ok, now I'm starting question my position on the 4" ...do you guys think it'll look bad with the 35s? Would I need 37s with a 4" lift?

I just like the idea of a nice big lift, but don't want the tires to look ridiculous below...
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ok, now I'm starting question my position on the 4" ...do you guys think it'll look bad with the 35s? Would I need 37s with a 4" lift?

I just like the idea of a nice big lift, but don't want the tires to look ridiculous below...
Well I guess ridiculous is in the eye of the beholder. My personal opinion if I did a 4 or 4.5 inch lift id go 37s or bigger. If you like and dont mind a lot of gap between the wheels and tires than go for it. I look at mine sometimes with the 2.5 lift and think it still looks like a lot of space from tire to fender. I think the jk needs less lift than other models in the past. Again I'm far from an expert so these are just my views.
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let me go out and look at some real life JKs with the 2.5 or the 4 lift with 35s. Would you mind sharing a pic of yours with the 2.5?
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let me go out and look at some real life JKs with the 2.5 or the 4 lift with 35s. Would you mind sharing a pic of yours with the 2.5?
Sure I'm actually away for the weekend but when I get back I will post a few up
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Sure I'm actually away for the weekend but when I get back I will post a few up
much appreciated, thank you!
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ok, now I'm starting question my position on the 4" ...do you guys think it'll look bad with the 35s? Would I need 37s with a 4" lift?

I just like the idea of a nice big lift, but don't want the tires to look ridiculous below...
I have a 3.5" lift with 35's and I love the look.

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I found an excellent thread on the topic if lifts here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/jk-...ews-25157.html

After reading through all of the posts, it seems like the most popular options are

- 2.5" AEV lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks
- 2.5" TeraFlex lift

while there are 3-4" lifts and other good brands like Rock Crawler, the above seem to be most prevalent and people most satisfied with.

Which now really makes me question my initial plan of 4" lifts... I thought the taller the cooler, but would really almost need 37s to look great. Decisions, decisions...
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I have a 3.5" lift with 35's and I love the look.
Agree, looks great on yours! What made youb decide for 3.5 vs 2.5 or even 4?

I didn't think this was gonna be this difficult
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Another thing to consider is the fact that the taller you go, the more it costs! You'll have to consider track bars, drivelines, control arms, steering, all kinds of things as you go up.
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Agree, looks great on yours! What made youb decide for 3.5 vs 2.5 or even 4?

I didn't think this was gonna be this difficult
Also is this a daily driver for you? I have the benefit of the 3.6 pentastar and the new 5 speed auto. If I didnt have those I would have probably regeared my jeep and that would cost more money.
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These are 2.5" RK coils with 35's, I'm lightweight so up around 3.5"

3-4" lift its important to have a complete lift with control arms or Ca drop brackets. Possibly driveshafts and high steer.

2 door is more fidgety with less wheel base. These mods are even more important than with a 4 door.
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Another thing to consider is the fact that the taller you go, the more it costs! You'll have to consider track bars, drivelines, control arms, steering, all kinds of things as you go up.
Yea..... What he said ^
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Also is this a daily driver for you? I have the benefit of the 3.6 pentastar and the new 5 speed auto. If I didnt have those I would have probably regeared my jeep and that would cost more money.
yup, definitely my daily drive. And have to admit I'm not very technical, so whole regearing certainly pushing my level of understanding... but I'm learning every day on this forum, which is great.
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These are 2.5" RK coils with 35's, I'm lightweight so up around 3.5"

3-4" lift its important to have a complete lift with control arms or Ca drop brackets. Possibly driveshafts and high steer.

2 door is more fidgety with less wheel base. These mods are even more important than with a 4 door.
I do have a 4 door, so glad to hear that's easier. Aren't the components you listed usually included in the lift kits?

oh and nice ride! 35s look great on yours.
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Agree, looks great on yours! What made youb decide for 3.5 vs 2.5 or even 4?

I didn't think this was gonna be this difficult
I chose the 3.5 because that is the only option for the MC gamechanger
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I do have a 4 door, so glad to hear that's easier. Aren't the components you listed usually included in the lift kits?

oh and nice ride! 35s look great on yours.
Thanks

Well that depends on the kit and what's included.
The cheaper kits tend to have less parts.

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