Originally Posted by Apparatus802
I'm thinking I want 33" tires... is a 3" lift good enough? I've been searching on eBay for a lift kit and see a lot of 4" kits. I see some kits that require other things and some that don't.
If you could all give me your opinions/advice on a complete lift kit brand that works well, as well as, do I need to replace my wheels if I replace my tires? I didn't think so, but wasn't sure with the lift. Also, can I change my tires to 33" without doing the lift just yet and maybe do that later down the line?
3" is too much for 33s. A 2.5" lift is just about the max for 33s, and in fact will cover 35s just fine. You can go bigger, but the costs increase if you expect to "do it right."
Here's the best thread on some of the major lift kits:
Review the first few posts there and it should answer a lot of your questions.
In general, you should not be buying "no name" or discount brand kits off of eBay. Aside from raising your center of gravity, a lift involves replacing or altering many critical suspension components of your vehicle. This has a huge impact on handling and road manners, which has a huge impact on safety.
The focus in choosing a kit should be on your goals, the quality of the materials and design being offered, and the completeness of the kit. Seeking a kit that offers the most height for the fewest dollars is much more likely to lead you to incomplete kits with a lot of parts manufactured in far off countries exercising little quality control and using inferior materials.
There's a big difference between what's required just to lift a jeep and have it look good sitting in your driveway versus lifting it and having it handle and ride like a vehicle you feel safe in.
As to tires and wheels and how they interact with the jeep at stock height, review this thread:
Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!
In short, you're going to need new wheels or spacers.