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Old 03-31-2009, 10:40 AM   #1
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Looking to lift it RIGHT

Alright- working out lift requirements. I don't half-ass anything when it comes to complete mods. I have an '09 X 2-door (6-speed) on stock 29" tires. I am looking into a Tera Flex 2.5" suspension lift with shocks. I was wondering, what other parts would I need to make this a "complete" lift kit- driveshaft? Any bars/arms? Also, to add on OEM JK 17" wheels with the 32's, do I need spacers or anything? Thanks, Mark W.

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I really don't think you will have to add anything else. You could give Teraflex a call and the could give you all the info you need.

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Old 03-31-2009, 10:58 AM   #3
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Yep. I'm at work, so I'm shooting them an e-mail now. I'll post what they say for interest sake Mark W.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:44 AM   #4
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I'm interested as well, i have an 08 2 door 6 speed that i just took off my dads hands, i'm going to be getting the 17s with the 32s here in the next few weeks but i was thinking about getting a lift for it as well.
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Wish you were closer. I'm trying to get rid of my stock 17 inch Rubicon wheels off my 08.
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:03 PM   #6
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How much are you looking to get? Mark W.
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:20 PM   #7
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You do know that you don't need to lift it for 32's, right?
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:22 PM   #8
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Yep. Just want to gain some clearance Lots of big rocks and deep ruts up here Mark W.
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:31 PM   #9
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If you have big rocks and deep ruts why not go with 33" or 35" tires? You will gain a little more clearance at the pumpkin.
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Yep. Just want to gain some clearance Lots of big rocks and deep ruts up here Mark W.
You're still going to bang your diffs on the rocks then; the stock 32" is alot closer to 31" when you measure it.
You can mount an honest-2-jebus 33" on your stock 16" wheel if you want; a 255/85-16 will fit on there just fine.
Here's a thread about that tire tire size: The 255/85R16 Tire Official List - Expedition Portal Forum ...very popular in the Land Rover community.

Or, forget the Rubi wheels and get an aftermarket set of 16's with less backspacing; big rubber for 16's costs much less than for 17's or 18's and airs-down better...
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I'm planning on going bigger down the road. Got to pay it off first And get it out of my old lady's hands Mark W.
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:34 PM   #12
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Also, the thought of 255's on a 6.5" tire scares me a fair bit- I'll wait until I can swing at LEAST a 16X7.5 or 16X8 before I try that. As the car's mainly a street vehicle (for now), I'd like to have something that'll leave some kind of ride quality- Mark W.
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Hilldweller is correct regarding getting aftermarket 16,s with at least 4.5 backspacing. Especially if you plan on larger tires in the future. Might as well do it right the first time.
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Also, the thought of 255's on a 6.5" tire scares me a fair bit- I'll wait until I can swing at LEAST a 16X7.5 or 16X8 before I try that. As the car's mainly a street vehicle (for now), I'd like to have something that'll leave some kind of ride quality- Mark W.
i have 255's on my stock x 16s and they are perfect. not to wide no rubbing at all and i do so serious offroading in the desert. they work great i almost wish now i had gotten 265's just because of how much clearence i still have
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i have 255's on my stock x 16s and they are perfect. not to wide no rubbing at all and i do so serious offroading in the desert. they work great i almost wish now i had gotten 265's just because of how much clearence i still have
Badfish, could you post a photo? I'm thinking of running 255/85R16s on my stock 16x7 wheels without a lift. I want to maintain enough clearance to allow me to flex with the sway bar disconnected. At some point, I want to add the Mopar front and rear off-road winch bumpers with the Warn 9.5XP Low-Profile winch which will add almost 180 pounds to the front, I guess. I figure I'll offset the difference with small .5" (roughly) spacers to maintain the stock amount of clearance. From what I've read, the major limiting factor isn't so much the vertical space under the fender, but the tire width allowed before rubbing on the sway bar results. Any thoughts?

I'm not trying to hijack the OP's thread, it's just the conversation has progressed to be really relevant to what I'm thinking.

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I lost an inch with the LOD full width bumper and the Warn M8000 winch. I realized then that I needed more than a puck to keep the front end from becoming a springboard.
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Badfish, could you post a photo?
I have 255/85-16 KM2s on mine now:



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Personally, I think a 2.5" lift with Stock 32's and 17's is going to look silly, but it's your Jeep. I can definitely appreciate you wanting to do the lift "right". If it were me and planned on going with larger tires down the road, I would hold off on the lift until that time. As was previously mentioned, the lift isn't going to give you any more clearance at the diffs, only larger tires will do that.
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Personally, I think a 2.5" lift with Stock 32's and 17's is going to look silly, but it's your Jeep. I can definitely appreciate you wanting to do the lift "right". If it were me and planned on going with larger tires down the road, I would hold off on the lift until that time. As was previously mentioned, the lift isn't going to give you any more clearance at the diffs, only larger tires will do that.
But it will afford superior breakover & departure angles; sometimes that's a game-saver.
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I have 255/85-16 KM2s on mine now:



This looks great! Are you running a lift or is this with the stock suspension?

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