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Old 02-28-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Lift/Tire help!

Okay, so right now I have a stock 2008 Wrangler X.

Ideally I'd like to get a 4" lift for it, and put some 33" tires under it.

I am not looking to rock-crawl with this thing. It will still be my daily driver, I just want it to look good and do well offroad (I don't want to worry about parts cracking/breaking.) That being said, I don't have a make preference where the lift is concerned. As long as it is reliable and cost effective I'm fine with it. Same with tires: no real preference, just looking for a good all terrain tire. I'd also be replacing the rims with 17's.

You guys know of any good sites that offer what I'm looking for, for good prices? Or do you have any thoughts based on your personal experience with this? Any help is much appreciated.

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Old 02-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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I have an 07 4 door and have the 3 inch BDS lift i netted about 3.5 inches lift total kit was like 750$ off the BDS site and it's warrantied for life by them. I'm happy with the kit and ride its better than stock IMO. Hope this helps I also have 275/65/R18 Kelly safari TSR tires.

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if you go up to a 4" lift you may have to replace your driveshaft. Personally, I'd say if you only want to put 33's on, Id stay around 2.5" or 3" lift. There are many great options in that area. Teraflex, AEV, Full traction are a few. Especially if its your DD.
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if you go up to a 4" lift you may have to replace your driveshaft. Personally, I'd say if you only want to put 33's on, Id stay around 2.5" or 3" lift. There are many great options in that area. Teraflex, AEV, Full traction are a few. Especially if its your DD.
X2...Unless in the back of your mind you'll be going with bigger tires later, I would do AEV's new 2.5 kit. And you probably wouldn't "need" any lift with 33's, jeep will sit only about 1/2" taller than a stock Rubicon.
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if you go up to a 4" lift you may have to replace your driveshaft. Personally, I'd say if you only want to put 33's on, Id stay around 2.5" or 3" lift. There are many great options in that area. Teraflex, AEV, Full traction are a few. Especially if its your DD.
Yeah, I definitely don't want to do that. The main reason I said 4" lift is because I've seen Jeeps that look like they have too big of tires stuffed under them--and I can't stand that. But if 2-3" would be enough, then that is what I'll go with.

Any websites I can visit?
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I am going to suggest that you look at AEV's site. (American Expedition Vehicles) For a well rounded Jeep..one that performs very good on the street, but still able to do some moderate to hard trails, I'm going with AEV every time. Would make sure their new kit works on your 08.
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The JK doesn’t need a lot of lift to fit tires under it. 2.5” is perfect for 35s. They aren’t like older Wranglers that need 6” lifts to get 35s. If your wanting 33’s, stick with a 2.5” lift. You can go budget boost or a simple spring lift.

Unlike my co Jeeper above, I do not recommend AEV. Their stuff is too pricey for what it is, or should I say isn’t. I would stick with Rock Krawler, Teraflex, or Synergy (Poly Performance), personally.

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Old 02-28-2012, 01:21 PM   #8
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I agree with the others. A 4" lift (which will more than likely yield 4.5"+) and 33s will just look ridiculous. And it will cost quite a bit of money to do correctly. We're talking driveshafts, control arms, track bars, etc, etc, etc. 33s will fit stock. If you want a little more room between them and the fenders, even a simple leveling kit would work.

One of the best deals going right now is the 2.5" Teraflex coil lift with Bilsteins shocks. Can be had for $750 shipped from Northridge (contact them directly). Another option would be something like the Rock Krawler stock mod, but you would need to supply some shocks as well.

For reference, here is my JKU on 33s with a TF leveling kit (2" front lift, 1" rear). Now imagine this will close to 3 more inches of lift front and rear! eewww! lol
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I agree with the others. A 4" lift (which will more than likely yield 4.5"+) and 33s will just look ridiculous. And it will cost quite a bit of money to do correctly. We're talking driveshafts, control arms, track bars, etc, etc, etc. 33s will fit stock. If you want a little more room between them and the fenders, even a simple leveling kit would work.

One of the best deals going right now is the 2.5" Teraflex coil lift with Bilsteins shocks. Can be had for $750 shipped from Northridge (contact them directly). Another option would be something like the Rock Krawler stock mod, but you would need to supply some shocks as well.

For reference, here is my JKU on 33s with a TF leveling kit (2" front lift, 1" rear). Now imagine this will close to 3 more inches of lift front and rear! eewww! lol
I agree... I too am running the Teraflex leveling kit and 33's. I have zero rub disconnected off road. Unless you're going bigger up the road 4" is overkill
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Wow, thanks a lot for the advice/links/pics, guys. That helped a LOT.

Hell, now it seems like a leveling kit is all I'd really need. to do this right (whilst still having my Jeep look good.)
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Ok so I just spoke with an associate at northridge, and he recommended this lift kit:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits

Seems like it has everything I'll need, and also seems decently priced. Curious what you experienced Jeepers think about that..? I should still be able to use my stock shocks right?
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My .02 - i have repeatedly read that shock spacer brackets/extensions have led to a rougher ride. I chose to upgrade to bilstein 5100's (which are available in several lengths based on lift height) and improved my ride (on road and off) to compliment the Teraflex leveling kit
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Ok so I just spoke with an associate at northridge, and he recommended this lift kit:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits

Seems like it has everything I'll need, and also seems decently priced. Curious what you experienced Jeepers think about that..? I should still be able to use my stock shocks right?
There is a thread here somewhere dedicated to that lift. Just search in this forum to find info on it. Personally, I went sry the TF spacer leveling kit for less than half that cost; $115 shipped. Reason I went that route is because I know I will eventually want to go with a larger lift. I can take off this kit and sell it for probably 75% of the purchase price. And it rides just like stock even without any shock extension brackets.
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^ this one, right:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits

I was looking at that also... Just not sure which is better..?
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^ this one, right:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits

I was looking at that also... Just not sure which is better..?
Yup, that's the one I use. Not trying to sway you in one direction or the other, just saying that, for me, it didn't make sense to pay double the amount for the AEV kit.
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Makes sense. Are you running 33's as well? If so, do you have a pic of your Jeep on hand? I'd like to see it if possible...
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Makes sense. Are you running 33's as well? If so, do you have a pic of your Jeep on hand? I'd like to see it if possible...
Yes, 33s. 285/75/16 Falken Rocky Mountain ATS to be exact. There is a pic earlier in this thread, but here are a couple other horrible cell pics.
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Wow! Looks like you still have quite a bit of travel as well. Nice! I think I might go with that.

Would anyone happen to know of a good site that offers reasonable prices on tire/wheel combos? I'm looking for wheels much like 4fit's...
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Wow! Looks like you still have quite a bit of travel as well. Nice! I think I might go with that.

Would anyone happen to know of a good site that offers reasonable prices on tire/wheel combos? I'm looking for wheels much like 4fit's...
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Also, you want to be looking at wheels with a bolt pattern of 5x5 (DTD lists this as 5-127). And you want to be looking for backspacing of around 4.5" or less. If looking at 15" wheels, stick to alloy ones, not steel. ANd the backspacing on the 15s will be lower than the 4.5" with most ringing in around 3.75". This is to clear the brake calipers.
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Ok so I just spoke with an associate at northridge, and he recommended this lift kit:
Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits

Seems like it has everything I'll need, and also seems decently priced. Curious what you experienced Jeepers think about that..? I should still be able to use my stock shocks right?
Better to upgrade the shocks to match the amount of lift. A moderatly priced set of ProComp or Skyjacker shocks will only add $140 - $200 bucks.
I agree with everyone above. Stay with a 3" or less Lift. If it's not satisfactory, then add a 1'' body lift so you won't need to change out drive shafts and other expensive suspension components.
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Just to verify... My 2008 Wrangler CAN accommodate a 15 inch wheel with no difficulties, right? I think I am going to get the American Eagle 185. Bitchin wheel.
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Just to verify... My 2008 Wrangler CAN accommodate a 15 inch wheel with no difficulties, right? I think I am going to get the American Eagle 185. Bitchin wheel.
Check with DTD to make sure they'll clear your brake calipers. As 4fit mentioned, most 15" alloy wheels (but not all) will be fine. Most of the 15" steel wheels won't fit.
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Check with DTD to make sure they'll clear your brake calipers. As 4fit mentioned, most 15" alloy wheels (but not all) will be fine. Most of the 15" steel wheels won't fit.
^^this. I've seen a few people mention that they were running the American Eagle 185s in 15s, but can't find any conclusive evidence or pictures showing that it fits without issue.
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My 2008 Wrangler X
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:13 PM   #25
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Finally installed the 2" spacer kit, and wheels/tires...

Before:


After:

Tires=285x75x16


I am extremely happy with it. Absolutely LOVE the new look.


One more question: will a spare tire of the same size fit on the stock spare tire rack with no issues?
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With an aftermarket wheel, you will need to extend the rubber stops. Daystar makes
Them and they are cheap.
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You wouldn't happen to have a link for those would ya?
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