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Old 08-26-2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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Need some advise on lifts

So I'm buying a new 2015 4 door rubicon. I'm looking to lift it. I'm wondering which size would be best for 35s. It will be doing off road and on road. A lot of driving in the winter in the Rockies for ski hills ect. I want to keep it safe but still fun and looking good. I have a 8inch lift on my ford 350 but that is a whole different vehicle.
What brand of lift too. Still want to have some comfort in driving. I have a pro comp in my truck and it's noisy as hell. As for the ride it's a one ton ford they are never smooth.

Any help would be greatly appreciated .

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Old 08-26-2014, 08:39 PM   #2
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2.5, any bigger and you will have to replace things underneath.

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Old 08-26-2014, 08:54 PM   #3
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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Not Sure if this is true IMO

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2.5, any bigger and you will have to replace things underneath.
I have a Teraflex Stage III lift with Fox Shocks. It is a 3" lift and I am running KM2's 35's. I do some serious wheeling and haven't done anything underneath except skid plates. I have been running this way for over a year and no problems. I would say if you plan to run 37's and get anything over a 3" lift, then you need to start changing things underneath and beefing things up.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:42 PM   #5
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As said above, stay at 2.5". It is wise to only lift the amount you need to fit your tires.
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Rancho 9000's seem like a very popular choice! I've been loving mine since I got them! Teraflex, Rock Krawler, aev and metalcloak are among the most popular lifts for jk's
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:43 AM   #7
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I have heard good things about teraflex lifts. But I ask the shops and they useless fucks. Pardon my French. For people that install lifts they are no help. I'm really lacking options in shops in my city. They were trying to sell me a zone lift. 6inch for 900.00. That's a little to cheap in my eyes. My fords lift cost 5400.00 but I'm not certain if zone is even a good quality lift. I'm willing to spend money so I don't have to do this twice.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:02 AM   #8
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3.5 rubicon express lift for 4 door 2.5 for 2 door
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:24 AM   #9
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Look into metal cloak, rock krawler and terra flex. If you don't want to do it twice and still have a good ride on the road. Suspension/shocks are not a good place to go cheap on as you seem like you already know. Quality is key. You don't want to ruin a brand new 35k + Jeep by saving 600 or 700 on your suspension.
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Depends on how you intend to use your jeep. If you are like most of us you will do 98% of your driving on the road so I suggest a quality lift , like AEV or Teraflex, that have very good road handling characteristics. If you live in an area that has some more challenging off road opportunities I would look at Rock Krawler. As for lift height, again, depends on lift manufacturer and JK vs JKU.

If you are running a JKU you can go with a 3.5 AEV lift and, most likely, not have to change anything else (MAY have to modify exhaust or change front drive shaft for clearance...I did not on my '14). AEV uses brackets to keep the geometry within tolerance.

Of course, as others have said, most any 2.5 lift will be the best bang for the buck and you won't have to worry about geometry etc.

I am very happy with my AEV and I installed it myself. After install I took it for alignment and it was still within specs. In fact, it drove straight as an arrow until after the alignment...now it pulls slightly to the left...have to take it back in. I suspect they were adjusting for the camber of the road and put too much in.

Hope this helps. Continue to do your homework and talk to people. Google different combinations and select images...there are lots of photos our there to help.

This is mine...AEV 3.5 RS w/ 35" Nitto Trail M/T on 18" Fuel Wheels
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:36 PM   #11
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I've only had my rock Krawler lift for a few weeks, but I will say it rides better than my previous teraflex kit. Both offer good warranties and stand behind them. I believe RK springs are vastly better than teraflexs, but I run some of both their products on my Jeep with the only complaint being some serious sag with my old teraflex springs

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