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Old 04-15-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Lift/Tire questions

I know, another lift advice thread.

Just joined up but have been a long time lurker. I have read lots of threads about the various lifts and different tire/wheel set-ups, but none really answer what I'm looking for.

I traded in my 2001 Dodge Dakota with a Rancho 2 1/2 lift, 33" tires, and 165,000 miles last august for 2011 Wrangler with the Sport S package. Loving it, but still miss having a truck sometimes. So, now I'm looking to do a similar set-up with the Jeep.

I don't wheel much anymore, and use the Jeep as a DD, but I do drive in the mountains quite a bit in winter. Skiing, snowshoeing, and using back country roads where the lift and bigger tires come in handy.

I'm thinking the Terafex 2 1/2 lift is the way to go, but I'm also wondering if you guys think that the leveling kit would work just as well for my needs.

Also, I see a lot of recommendations for the Duratec tires. I ran the Bridgestone Revo 2's on my Dakota and really like them. They were great in the rain and snow, plenty adequate in the mud, were fairly quiet on the road, and lasted about 50k. Any opinions on those?

I'd like to run the 285/75/16 size and get rid of the 17's that came on the Jeep. From what I can tell, that shouldn't be any problem, but I'm open to any suggestions.

One more thing. I see the Blistein 5100 as the most recommend shock, but how about the Ranch 5000's? Anyone with some experience running those?

Thanks in advance and here is a pic of my rig. Just cleaned it up yesterday, finally had a decent day here in Seattle.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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I'm thinking the Terafex 2 1/2 lift is the way to go, but I'm also wondering if you guys think that the leveling kit would work just as well for my needs.
The TF leveling kit will work fine if you don't off-road much. You'll get 2" in front and 1" in the rear. And it only costs $130.

The 2.5" lift will offer you a couple of advantages over the leveling kit, though. First of all, your Jeep will handle a little better with it. The stiffer springs (and shocks, if you go that route) will eliminate much of the body roll in turns...in short, it'll drive a little more like a truck.

Also, if you decide to add heavier bumpers and/or a winch, the aftermarket springs and shocks won't sag nearly as much as the stock suspension setup will.

One downside to the 2.5" lift is that you may end up having to buy front lower control arms to adjust caster or a an adjustable track bar to re-center an axle. It doesn't happen often, but it happens.

With the leveling kit, you buy it, install it, and head to the slopes.

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Also, I see a lot of recommendations for the Duratec tires. I ran the Bridgestone Revo 2's on my Dakota and really like them. They were great in the rain and snow, plenty adequate in the mud, were fairly quiet on the road, and lasted about 50k. Any opinions on those?

I'd like to run the 285/75/16 size and get rid of the 17's that came on the Jeep. From what I can tell, that shouldn't be any problem, but I'm open to any suggestions.
I don't know anything about the Bridgestone tires you mentioned. I do run the DuraTracs, though, and can say without a doubt that they're the best snow tires I've had. They work great in mud and rain, as well. And getting 50K out of them seems fairly normal (if you air em and rotate em properly).

Their only downfall is the relatively weak sidewalls, most apparent on the load range C tires. But if you're not plowing through big rocks off-road, that shouldn't be a problem.

Switching to 16" wheels will save you $$ on the tires, both now and when you go to buy new tires in the future. That's what I'm running on my Jeep. You'll want a wheel with 4.5" backspacing or less. The smaller the bs #, the farther out your wheels will sit from the Jeep.

You could save even more $$ by going with 15" wheels. That's up to you. If you do, make sure the wheels you choose will fit over your Jeep's brake calipers. Most of the alloys will; steelies, for the most part, won't.

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One more thing. I see the Blistein 5100 as the most recommend shock, but how about the Ranch 5000's? Anyone with some experience running those?
I'm running the Bilstein 5100's. Like I mentioned above, my Jeep rides much stiffer than stock, but I prefer it that way.

I don't know anything about the Rancho 5000's...though I'm pretty sure Jimbo (JIMBOX) runs Ranchos on his rig. Maybe he'll chime in here and tell you how he likes em.




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Ok, if I go with the leveling kit and want to add the Bilstein 5100's, what size will I need?
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Ok, if I go with the leveling kit and want to add the Bilstein 5100's, what size will I need?
You mean what size Bilsteins? 5100 is the size...
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I see some sites list them with short or long arms, so thats my confusion. Here's a link for the set at 4 wheel parts.

Shocking Deals Part ShockingBIL5100 - 4 Bilstein 5100 series shocks for most lifted trucks with black shock boots

Would these be the right ones?
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