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Old 05-04-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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Make up my mind

Want to add a 2'5" lift. I drive the road alot and don't want to sacrifice on road performance. I'm confused on witch type of lift to get. The coil spacer only type or the one with the larger springs and shocks. I'm leaning toward the spacer type for the cost. Decisions, Decisions

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I know a ton of people on WF go with the tera flex BB I would look at that one!

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Old 05-04-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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Tera Flex 2.5", Golfspaz knows alot about um, He convinced me - checkout "ready for lift" thread, I think that's the one - I posted it - It really does ride nice, I put on about 1500 miles a month and like big car ride....check it out
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:59 PM   #4
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Just who is that says that any lift bigger than "X" degrades on road performance?

I have a 6" lift on my TJ and it handles like stock. If ANYTHING affects the performance onroad, it's the tires.

So, what do you want to do with your jeep? If you just want it a bit higher and the next size tire and just do some fire roads etc, then go with the BB. If you want to do something a bit more and need some bigger tires, lift it and get some bigger tires.

A bigger lift changes the budget you may be looking at is where it is. Bigger lift, bigger tires = more money. Upgrading the steering, a SYE, brake line extensions etc all need to be considered but don't spend money on a minor mod you may not be happy with just because "someone said".
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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My jeep has 1500 miles on it. I'm thinking a 2.5" lift with my 32" rubi mud treads. I guess the BB lift is the way to go. How do the stock shocks compare to the kits with the shocks? Hydro or nitro shocks. Plus I want to do it myself so I want it easy.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:20 PM   #6
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Nitro shocks!

Doing it yourself is a great idea. You'll learn a lot in the process.

Just something to kick around...take it out. Put a few more miles on it. Figure out where you want to take it and who you will be going with. I'm not trying to talk you out of your plan. I'm just saying that many (many) of us here (me included) have spent money on things and weeks/months later were kicking ourselves for it.

I'm not a JK guy and am not comfortable recommending a lift (any lift, any height) for your jeep.

Good luck.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:33 PM   #7
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Just who is that says that any lift bigger than "X" degrades on road performance?

I have a 6" lift on my TJ and it handles like stock. If ANYTHING affects the performance onroad, it's the tires.

So, what do you want to do with your jeep? If you just want it a bit higher and the next size tire and just do some fire roads etc, then go with the BB. If you want to do something a bit more and need some bigger tires, lift it and get some bigger tires.

A bigger lift changes the budget you may be looking at is where it is. Bigger lift, bigger tires = more money. Upgrading the steering, a SYE, brake line extensions etc all need to be considered but don't spend money on a minor mod you may not be happy with just because "someone said".
With that being said, "we'll go with that one!"
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If you're just putting on 32's, you don't need a lift, dude. It'll look somewhat doofy with OEM-size tires. We have 33's (32.8", ok? ) on ours with no lift, and I think it looks pretty good. We'll be getting a spacer lift ("Budget Boost," or BB) simply to enhance off-road performance, while not doing much to degrade on-road ride.
SOME lifts run VERY soft springs to enhance off-road performance, while can add to body roll if you don't address other areas of handling. Every lifted JK I've driven or ridden in has had a great ride- they come well-built from the factory.
I highly reccommend a front track bar and at LEAST a rear track bar relocation bracket (the TeraFlex 2.5" BB comes with that) to help maintain factory geometry to keep handling near-stock.
A good set of shocks makes a lot of difference.
Also, as Stevens said- tires make the world go round. What controls the acceleration, braking, and handling of your vehicle? TIRES! If you go with meaty M/T's that are sick in mud, your on-road ride WILL suffer some. If you stick with A/T's, you should be able to improve your on-road ride. We just swapped from the OEM 29" 16" X base junk to 285/70/17 Firestone Destination A/T, and I must tell you, the ride is MUCH better than stock, with a huge improvement in handling due to the wider, better tire. Pick the tire that suits what YOU will be doing with the vehicle- don't buy a badass M/T just for looks if it's an on-roader. An A/T is fine for 99% of the driving you'll do. Just try to get a P-metric (passenger vehicle) tire instead of an LT (Light Truck) tire- it will make a world of difference!
Again, I'll agree with Stevens- drive the vehicle a while and figure out what you NEED before you spend the $. I wanted to go with 35's and a 3.5" mid-arm Rock Krawler lift, but I got a sick deal on the Firestone 33's. Now that I have them, I'm going smaller simply because I LOVE the way the rig handles now.
Of course, your experience may differ, but start small and work your way up- Mark W.
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:29 PM   #10
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Do you think it would look stupid with the 32's? I've seen quite a few with a 2.5" and wheel spacers and I thought it looked pretty good.
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It'll look a lot better with 33's. Also, going with a wider-than-stock tire will help reduce any compromise in handling you may incur with a lift, if not flat-out improve overall handling- Mark W.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:19 PM   #12
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New Jeep = New tires. I need to beat the 32's before I even consider 33's The wife would have my @$$
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I agree with ya Keneds on the 32's. I'm going to wear my 32's out a bit before i spend $1500.00 for 5 new 33's or 35's. Oh and i have the 2.5 inch lift and (in my opinion) it doesn't look bad.
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Hah- gotcha I didn't realize you had 32's already Run the 32's for a while- decide how much bigger you want to go before adding lift would be my best advice- Mark W.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:47 PM   #15
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When my tires wear out in like 40,000 miles I will step up to probably 33's since it is my daily ride and I commute about 120 miles round trip to work. It seems like the general consensus on various sites is a Jeep looks stupid with a lift and anything less than 33's. I'm thinking a 2.5" BB. Now I need to search for pictures with the 32" BFG mud terrains and a small lift. If anyone can think of some posts with pix meeting this setup plaese post them. Thanks everyone for your input.

I still haven't made up my mind.
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Here is your 2.5 lift with 32's
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:47 PM   #17
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Thank You Mr. Iamagolfspaz. Nice Jeep. Could you tell me the specs on your lift (what type) and if you did it yourself as well as any other "hardware " you may have installed with associated with the lift. I think it looks good.
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Its a 2.5 Teraflex coil lift with shocks. I added a 1/2 inch spacer in the front to make up for the added bumper and winch. Sits pretty level now, no rake in the front. I had a shop install it due to me not having the time. The lift came with everything that was needed. The ride is great. Now im looking to add 35's, new stronger drive shafts and 4.88 gears.
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Does anyone else have this setup? More pix would be sweet.
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I will in a week or 2- will be on the 33's, though Mark W.
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Keneds,

what did you finally decide to do?

from your signature it looks like you went with the 2.5 TF coil lift and TF quick disco's.
what tires did you get if any?

how do you like the ride now that you have had it for a while?

thanks for the reply.

Mark W. great information you provided, thank you.

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