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Old 06-21-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Need lift kit suggestions

Have a new 4 door rubicon, looking at stuffing some 35's under it. Duratrac's, unless others here have better bang for the buck suggestions? I have duractracs on it now, pretty happy with them overall, but pricey! I live in Oregon, so need to be good in rain and of course off road (hence why i got duratracs to begin with)...it is and will be for some time a daily driver, so thats a consideration as well.

Stopped into a local reputable place and was quoted $1,950 for a 2.5" rock kralwer kit with fox shocks installed.

Pretty far down the road but their may eventually be 37's in the future for it (when it becomes 100% just a toy, not for a few years). If going to (max) a 4" lift would accomodate those later, i would consider it as long as it wouldnt make the 35's look silly ...

Also, place i went to mentioned exhaust/muffler work that would need to be done if i go over 3"????

Suggestions on kits? Height? Pricing i should expect etc? Im really new to this, but definetely want to do it, just want to make sure i do it "right" (no sagging later, no compromising what makes it a rubicon to begin with etc - quality is important to me).

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestons / info (and pics?!!!?)

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Forgot to ask, if i can only afford to do lift, then tires later and lets say i end up going all the way to a 4" lift, would my 33" duratracs and stock rims look stupid?

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4" would definitely look funny with 33's. However, if you're going to do the tires soon after, I would do it anyway or even wait until you can afford both.

I am a fan of Rock Krawler, have the 2.5" max travel with 33's. You can do 35's with 2.5" or 37's with 2.5" and flat fenders. So 4" isn't really necessary. They do make a few lifts that are 3.5". That would be good for 35's or 37. 4" would be fine with 35's also. Probably wouldn't look funny unless you did flat fenders.

You will need to replace your front driveshaft if you have an auto transmission.

What year is yours? Consider relocating the evap. If it does have the evap skid ('12), either relocate it, or move it to the left. My evap skid contacted my rear driveshaft and tore the boot. If you don't have the skid, definitely relocate it to avoid it getting broken.

Regarding tires, if you do a lot of wheeling, consider MT tires because they are tougher. If you do mainly street driving and not a lot of hard wheeling, AT's will be fine.
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Forgot to ask, if i can only afford to do lift, then tires later and lets say i end up going all the way to a 4" lift, would my 33" duratracs and stock rims look stupid?
Yes, 4 is too high for 33s, even 35s IMO. Also with anything above 3 of lift you need to consider driveshafts and control arms into the cost.

If you eventually want 37s, you can fit them with a 2.5 lift, flat flares and some pinch seam trimming. I am at 3.25-3.5 of lift, a Synergy/Terflex franken lift and I am paranoid about my DS but it isnt puking grease, or even torn the boot yet.

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Oh and agree with Suicideking on Rock Krawler! Best

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Old 06-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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I'll agree with the above posters.

However, there are two options for your future. You can do things right, expensive short term and cheaper long run, or you can go cheap now, and do the expensive items later.

I strongly encourage running 4" of lift with 37's because not everyone wants to chop up their stock fenders.

I've ran 2" coils and now 4" coils with 37's and I have flat fenders and I still get a lot of rubbing on my fenders...

If you see 37's in your future, I recommend doing it once and paying for it now. Yes, 33's will look small on a 4" lift but 35's on a 4" lift with stock fenders looks about perfect.

This is my opinion solely based on my experience and likeness.

2" coils with 37's and flat fenders.



4" coils with 37's and flat fenders

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Old 06-21-2012, 10:26 AM   #7
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I'm taking a "different road" on my way to larger tires. Low center of gravity = no (or minimal) lift at all. Just my preference, anyway.

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After talking with folks on forums and what not I'm leaning towards a 3"+ kit.

What kits would everyone recommend? The vehicle will again be a daily driver most of the time so ride quality is important (and I've heard some people mention kits that ride better than stock?) but I also want to ensure it's "still a rubicon" and can hang with the big boys on trails/rocks etc in the future (good flex, clearance etc).

Seems I'm hearing rock krawler, ome or poly / synergy (something?) most often?
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After talking with folks on forums and what not I'm leaning towards a 3"+ kit.

What kits would everyone recommend? The vehicle will again be a daily driver most of the time so ride quality is important (and I've heard some people mention kits that ride better than stock?) but I also want to ensure it's "still a rubicon" and can hang with the big boys on trails/rocks etc in the future (good flex, clearance etc).

Seems I'm hearing rock krawler, ome or poly / synergy (something?) most often?
Well. What is your budget? Will you be installing your kit by yourself?

I will recomend for a good qualtity on road lift, any Long Arm from say Teraflex, Poly Performance, or Rock Krawler.

We have ran 4 and 5" Teraflex Long Arms on both our 11' and 12's for a reason. They will give you the best on road handling and perform better than a short arm off road.

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Old 06-21-2012, 01:30 PM   #10
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Here is my daily driver with 35X12.5's on it with 4 inches of lift. I used a 2" coil lift and a 2" body lift, both were very easy DIY lifts that can be reversed to stock at any time if I need to. I don't do any rock crawling just occasional off road hunting in and arund my farm so I used At tires for better ride and wear on the road. I don't think the 35's look bad with 4" but to each his own I guess?

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Old 06-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #11
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Here is a front view with the 35's

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2" coils on the silver one with 35's







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4" coils on the white one with 35's

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Old 06-21-2012, 02:34 PM   #14
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I agree with Pluke about going with at least 4" of lift if you're thinking of running 37s. I'm running 37s with 4 1/2 inches of lift with flat fenders and my tires rub a lot when wheeling.
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Why does the silver one look higher than the white one of the white one has 4" coils compared to the silvers 2"??
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Well. What is your budget? Will you be installing your kit by yourself?

I will recomend for a good qualtity on road lift, any Long Arm from say Teraflex, Poly Performance, or Rock Krawler.
Definetely won't be installing it myself.

Budget, Obviously the cheaper the better, but again, I want a good quality long term kit that rides well on the street but has the features you need/want when wheeling.

Looking around it seems the kit alone is likely going to set me back $2-$3k, plus tires/wheels and install...so I'm figuring $5k+ is about what it's going to take?
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I'm new here and new to Jeeps. I just bought a 2012 2 door sport and I'm going to lift mine as well. The dealer has quoted me $5k for a 4 in lift and 5 wheels and tires plus a 5 yr/100000 mi warranty on the power train.
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I'm new here and new to Jeeps. I just bought a 2012 2 door sport and I'm going to lift mine as well. The dealer has quoted me $5k for a 4 in lift and 5 wheels and tires plus a 5 yr/100000 mi warranty on the power train.
You could do that yourself for about $3k but if they're upgrading track bar and driveshaft like they did mine plus warranty on it, that's not a bad deal.

I have the 4" mopar lift done from my dealer. It performs nicely, although it does ride a little stiffer than our teraflex. It's not bad at all, I'm just nitpicking mine to death.

I got the hook up on wheels too. Lol. Mine had these ugly chrome things on which just looks wrong on a gecko. I said only way I'd buy is if they gave me the black ones off the lifted dozer next to it. Lucky for me there was someone buying the dozer at same time as me buying my gecko and they didn't realize it bc it was being done over the phone. They promised me black wheels though and the only other ones they had were Mickey Thompson Sidebiters. Lmao. Gotta luc it when mistakes work out to your benefit.
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