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Old 08-12-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Need specific lift advice: I want a 2-2.5" coil lift to go w/ my 285/70R17 Duratracs

I have searched 3 forums and Google and haven't quite found the answer to my question here:

I just had a set of 285/70R17 Duratracs installed last week on my JKU. I bought them from someone who had them on his Jeep, but was upgrading to 35's because his supposed 2.5" lift ended up lifting his JKU 3.5-4" I would like to get a 2-2.5" lift MAX for mine. Upgrading to 35's anytime in the next couple years is out of the question for me. What I'm afraid of is picking out a 2.5" lift that ends up lifting my Jeep like it did his and then my "new" Duratracs looks way too small, like they did on his.

Here's some info on my Jeep:
JKU Sport with stock suspension (obviously)
285/70R17 Duratracs on stock Moab wheels
1.5" Spydertrack wheel spacers
Full-width metal front bumper with winch
Stock rear bumper, but will upgrade in a few months (hopefully)
This is our DD and only vehicle at this time
Only been off-road a few times but would like to increase that
No rock-crawling or anything crazy as I'm still a Jeep and off-roading rookie

My front end is sitting pretty low due to the new bumper and winch. What I'm thinking would be ideal would be a lift that lifts the rear 2" and brings the front up to be level. I think that would be about the max I'd want to go before the Duratracs start to look too small. A budget boost is out of the question in my opinion. I'd feel much better about a coil lift.



I don't have a lot of money to work with, so I can't end up with a lift that's going to require me to change driveshafts and other components. What I've got my eye on is the Teraflex 2.5" coil lift with Bilstein shocks and also getting quick disconnects. Based on the Quadratec price, that'll pretty much max out my available funds. (Note: I have been scouring the forums' classifieds, Craigslist, etc for this stuff for a couple weeks to save money without sacrificing quality.)

Does anyone think this lift would end up lifting more than the 2.5"? Is there another lift with a good reputation of quality that I should be considering if this one would give me more lift than I'm desiring? I'm open to advice and suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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The teraflex lift is fine lift as far as I know, most people seem happy with it. For a little bit more cash you can get the AEV 2.5" lift. I ended up with 3 inches up front and 2.5 an the back to give me a nice level stance. No winch but I do have the heavier front and rear AEV bumpers. Couldn't be happier with it.

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This is exactly what I'm going through right now. I plan to run 285 Duratracs on AEV Savegre's. I have no need to go to 315 since it's a DD and most or all of the 2.5" Lifts look too tall to me for the 285's.

As I see it for these criteria we have the following options:

Teraflex Leveling Kit
| TeraFlex Suspensions

Rancho 2" Sport Lift (Hybrid coil/spacer)
Rancho Suspension: Suspension » 2007 - 2013 Jeep JK Wrangler - 2 & 4 Door 4WD Suspension Systems, Lift Kits, Leveling Systems & Shocks

BDS 2" Coil Lift
2012-2013 Jeep Wrangler JK 4 Door 6.5"" lift kit 1409H | BDS Suspension

Eibach Leveling Coils
Eibach Springs Q2-16193JK - Eibach Leveling Lift Kit for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

JKS 2" Coil Lift
JKS Manufacturing JSPEC™ 2" Standard Suspension for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

Synergy 2" Coil Lift
Synergy Suspension 2" Starter Suspension for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

OME 2" (But may give more than 2")
Old Man Emu 2" Suspension Systems for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

Easy choice huh....I ended up picking up an AEV 2" spacer lift for cheap until I can decide what coil lift I will end up with.
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I am in the same boat as you trying to decide whether or not a 2.5 lift would look right with 285/70/17's

In the meantime I put on the TF leveling kit to bring it a tad higher and to level things out while I'm deciding.

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Bottom line is ... Getting a quality kit with new springs is suppose to give you X lift but if your springs are sagged you could ideally end up with 4" lift from 2.5" springs because your Jeep is realistically 1.5" lower then say a Rubi with heavier springs. BBs are great if your Jeep sits pretty level and will give you whatever lift the size of the spacer is, but if you have a rake a spacer lift may retain the rake.
It's not that easy to just say that brand X 2.5" lift gave me 4" lift.
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I had the TeraFlex leveling boost kit $130 (spacers) on my JKU with 33's and then after bumpers and winch I went to the TeraFlex 2.5" spring lift with shocks $700. Here are pics of both. 1st pic is with 33's and the leveling boost kit. 2nd pic is with the 2.5" spring lift and 33's.

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If you want no more than the indicated lift, you're stuck with spacers. I went with the 2" rancho lift (springs in front spacer in back) and got over 2".

A lot of it depends on if you want to put bumpers/winch on because the lift is typically with extra weight. It also depends on the springs you have now, people see 1-1.5 inches going from low rates to high rates stock springs. With that sort if variance, you can't guarantee what you'll get with new springs, but spacers you can.
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I guess I could have worded my last post a little clearer.
From the factory a Rubicon or Sahara, especially Hardtop, will have heavier springs then an X/Sport and even if you put Rubi wheels on an X/Sport you could still be 1-1.5" lower then the Rubicon/Sahara.
Putting a 2.5" spring lift on a X/Sport will give the same finished height as a Rubicon/Sahara with the same lift, so if you started out 1.5" lower you would net 4" lift to be the same height as a Rubi. And that my friend is why you cannot be given a 100% accurate answer. Rubis and Saharas seem to be pretty consistent in height but the X/Sports are all over the board depending on the factory options.
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That looks really good. That's pretty much the look I'd like to end up with. If that's the 2.5" TF coil lift, then I think that's what I'll go with.
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I have 2.5" TF coil lift on my 13' JKUR. It's nice. But if I had it to do over I would absolutely go with Metal Cloak instead. My TF coils will end up in the classifieds eventually. There's not much difference in cost. In my opinion MC just makes better stuff.
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Teraflex 2.5" is the way to go I couldn't be happier with mine leveled everything out great and actually seems to sit higher in front to compensate for a bumper/winch. I got the chick adaptors and think it rides great. Won't be getting shocks until I need too. Also, got the kit for I believe $429-$439 shipped which is about 60$ less than what it's advertised at so make sure to PM all vendors on the site to get the best deal. Quadratec is not the cheapest, they are great but you can get betters deals and they'll price match if you prefer to work with them.
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That looks really good. That's pretty much the look I'd like to end up with. If that's the 2.5" TF coil lift, then I think that's what I'll go with.
I thought that was how I wanted it till I sat next to a guy with 35's on his Jeep. So I went with bigger tires and flat fenders but it is still just a TeraFlex 2.5" spring lift.

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I thought that was how I wanted it till I sat next to a guy with 35's on his Jeep. So I went with bigger tires and flat fenders but it is still just a TeraFlex 2.5" spring lift.
It is amazing how much bigger and better it looks with just a few inches more of tire and some flat flares
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Have you considered Rubicon express? They have come a long way in quality and customer service recently. Their 2.5 standard coil lift with monotubes shocks is only $700. Their monotubes are really just tuned bilsteins. Some say the bilsteins are harsh. Rancho 7000's are the same price, very responsive but a bit less harsh. If you have a bit more money the 9000's are fully adjustable but some of the responsiveness is lost. Here's a review of the Rubicon express lift: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/rub...ew-254067.html
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I have 2.5" TF coil lift on my 13' JKUR. It's nice. But if I had it to do over I would absolutely go with Metal Cloak instead. My TF coils will end up in the classifieds eventually. There's not much difference in cost. In my opinion MC just makes better stuff.
What makes you say you'd "absolutely" go with Metal Cloak? Is it that their quality is that much better, or are you saying you're unhappy with the quality of the TF kit you currently have?
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I thought that was how I wanted it till I sat next to a guy with 35's on his Jeep. So I went with bigger tires and flat fenders but it is still just a TeraFlex 2.5" spring lift.
While I think your Jeep looks great with the 35's and flat fenders, I can say for sure that I won't be doing 35's any time in the near future. If/when I upgrade to 35's, I want to do it the right way, with re-gearing (I have 3.21s), reinforcement of critical components, etc. I won't have the funds for that for probably a couple years at the very least. More likely not until it's paid off in 4 years. But it's good to know the 2.5" lift would support that upgrade.

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Have you considered Rubicon express? They have come a long way in quality and customer service recently. Their 2.5 standard coil lift with monotubes shocks is only $700. Their monotubes are really just tuned bilsteins. Some say the bilsteins are harsh. Rancho 7000's are the same price, very responsive but a bit less harsh. If you have a bit more money the 9000's are fully adjustable but some of the responsiveness is lost. Here's a review of the Rubicon express lift: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/rub...ew-254067.html
I hadn't considered them, due to things I had read previously. Now, after reading that link you provided, I'd say I'm now torn between them and the TF kit. Thank you for sharing that link.

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Quadratec is not the cheapest, they are great but you can get betters deals and they'll price match if you prefer to work with them.
I do plan to ask around for some price quotes from the vendors. I have only ordered what few things I have ordered in the past from Quadratec, so that's why I assumed ordering from them. I'm certainly going to price shop though. Any vendors want to quote me on the TF or RE 2.5" kits w/Bilsteins? Lol.
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I thought that was how I wanted it till I sat next to a guy with 35's on his Jeep. So I went with bigger tires and flat fenders but it is still just a TeraFlex 2.5" spring lift.

Help me out. That is exactly what I want to go with, 2.5" TF with 35's. Were there any other mods you had to make with this set up? I've heard of having to relocate the exhaust, need for new front track bar, etc. when you lift. I don't want to get the setup just to find out it is going to be another $800 or whatever to do it right? Drive shaft sit level? Thanks.
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By the way, if you start adding a bunch of armour and bumpers and start to sag you can contact Rubicon express and they will replace the 2.5 coils with 3.5 for free.
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Help me out. That is exactly what I want to go with, 2.5" TF with 35's. Were there any other mods you had to make with this set up? I've heard of having to relocate the exhaust, need for new front track bar, etc. when you lift. I don't want to get the setup just to find out it is going to be another $800 or whatever to do it right? Drive shaft sit level? Thanks.
Relocating the exhaust is only a problem with higher lifts. I think it only applies to 2011's and later. If it does rub just buy an exhaust spacer. You shouldn't need a new track bar. But if you want you can just buy an adjustable front to perfectly center the axle. A new driveshaft shouldn't be needed. Its when you start to go over 3 inches problems start to arise. The only thing you may want is and adjustable front track bar and extended brake likes so at full flex you aren't close to tearing them. But both are optional.
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Don't need exhaust spacer with teraflex 2.5" kits I didn't need one at all
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Help me out. That is exactly what I want to go with, 2.5" TF with 35's. Were there any other mods you had to make with this set up? I've heard of having to relocate the exhaust, need for new front track bar, etc. when you lift. I don't want to get the setup just to find out it is going to be another $800 or whatever to do it right? Drive shaft sit level? Thanks.
I did put a Teraflex Monster track bar on just before I went to the 35's due to their weight. I did install the TeraFlex exhaust spacers when I put the lift on. I've heard if you use the TeraFlex shocks you don't need the exhaust spacers due to their new shocks limiting the travel but I used Bilstein 5100 shocks that have more droop so I put the exhaust spacers to be safe.
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I did put a Teraflex Monster track bar on just before I went to the 35's due to their weight. I did install the TeraFlex exhaust spacers when I put the lift on. I've heard if you use the TeraFlex shocks you don't need the exhaust spacers due to their new shocks limiting the travel but I used Bilstein 5100 shocks that have more droop so I put the exhaust spacers to be safe.
I'm looking at the Bilstein's too. Thanks for the help. I think I'm looking at pretty much the same setup you have. How's the ride? It will be a DD for a while yet. Right now with the stock setup there is definitely a little play in the steering and the ride is a bit choppy. How does the lift affect it?
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I'm looking at the Bilstein's too. Thanks for the help. I think I'm looking at pretty much the same setup you have. How's the ride? It will be a DD for a while yet. Right now with the stock setup there is definitely a little play in the steering and the ride is a bit choppy. How does the lift affect it?
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My Jeep is my DD and drives just as good as the day I drove it off the lot. I just hit 1200 miles on it so it's still new. The BFG KM2's do make some noise but the ride it great. Some say the Bilstein's give a stiffer ride. That may be so but my other ride is a K2400 4x4 p/u so the Jeep is not as stiff a ride as my truck.
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What wheels and tires are thos. Looks great
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That's TF 2.5 with 33"s which currently measure about 31.75".

I was in same boat, I will never upgrade to 35's, and I thought the 285/17s looked too small prelift. Once lifted, I had to buy the wheels to fill the well better, I don't think you will get the look you want if you are concerned with a 1/2 increment on the lift. You also have a really bad rake, I would just go for either 2.5 you prefer, you will be happy with the results.

Edit: keep in mind my wheels in pic measure 31.75, top to bottom, which is what you want I think I read. I however wanted width on tire, vs height, my height, floor to fender is 39".
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This is exactly what I'm going through right now. I plan to run 285 Duratracs on AEV Savegre's. I have no need to go to 315 since it's a DD and most or all of the 2.5" Lifts look too tall to me for the 285's.

....I ended up picking up an AEV 2" spacer lift for cheap until I can decide what coil lift I will end up with.
Do you happen to have any pics of yours with the 2" spacer lift?
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Here's a pic.
What size tires are these? I like the look, but want to make sure I'm comparing proper tire sizes.
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I went through this also. Running the same Duratracs.

I settled on something with progressive or variable rate springs to keep everything level and limit overlift. Look at AEV or Metalcloak? TF, RK, etc all make nice gear.

I went AEV since it comes with the valved Bilsteins set up for a 4 door JKU. Don't forget the Geo brackets and run your tires at 30 or so.

I'm a fan of anything that is quality and works. Lots of nice lift options!

My close second would have been the metalcloak with adjustable Rancho shocks.

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