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Old 03-20-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!! Got my new jeep last week and after a week of research on this site and various other to learn I think I've got it. I wanted to tell you all what I have planned to see what you veterans jeep owners think.Either the zone 3", rock krawler or daystat 3". On 35/12.5 on 16x8 with 4 inch back spacing. The only thing I having a hard time choosing is steal or alloy wheels. It seems there is almost a 50/50 split of which route is best. The reason I ask if my history is in lifted trucks. When I had my f250 I wished I had went bigger than 6 inches. When I had my last truck f150 I wished I had only gone 33's not 35's on a 2.5 inch leveling kit. I know I don't want bigger than a 3 inch but I don't want sag and I'm pretty sure I want 35's. So anything anyone can say to help would be much appriceated. Thanks everyone.

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Welcome to the forum. Of the lifts you mentioned, I would go with Zone or Rock Krawler. However, be aware that once you approach that 3" range, there is a whole host of others things that need to be addressed. These things can include track bars, control arms, drive shafts, etc. Also, if you go with 35s, be prepared for the performance hit you will experience. And you should also look into sleeving and gusseting your axle. Depending on the gear set you have stock, you may also want to look into regearing.

Personally, I would look into a 2.5" kit such as Teraflex, Rock Krawler, Full Traction, and possibly AEV. All of those lifts will clear 35s and without as much headache as 3"+. You may still want to add front lower control arms to help with alignment though. But, do you really need 35s? How are you intending on using the rig?

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Only off roading I've ever done is sand and mud. Hoping to meet people from the area so I can start going here in VA. But, honestly I don't see myself going more than once month unless whatever group I get with goes more than that.
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Also sleeving and guessting. I have no idea what this is, have not come across this in my research.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:11 PM   #5
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Only off roading I've ever done is sand and mud. Hoping to meet people from the area so I can start going here in VA. But, honestly I don't see myself going more than once month unless whatever group I get with goes more than that.
First, take the rig out stock. This will help you to learn the Jeep, learn what kind of trails you like to take it on, learn what (if anything) the Jeep needs to handle those trails, etc. From the sound of it, a 2.5" lift (or maybe even a leveling kit depending on trails) and 33" tires would be just fine for you.

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Also sleeving and guessting. I have no idea what this is, have not come across this in my research.
Sleeves and gussets reinforce the axle; sleeves for the axle tubes, and gussets on the Cs.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:32 PM   #6
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welcome to wf. have fun with your build.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:34 PM   #7
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Depending on your stock gearing you should be ok with the 35’s. For instance if you have 4.10’s you are golden. Even if you have 3.73’s you’d be “ok”. The 2012 doesn’t struggle with 35’s like the previous model years.

As for sleeves and gussets, you can get away with just gusseting for now and do sleeves later if you think you will tackle difficult terrain. I don’t think a 3” lift will warrant driveshafts but you may want to get some front lower control arms and a front tracbar for sure. Check and see if you need the exhaust spacers for 3” of lift too.

4fit is correct, 2.5” of lift will clear 35’s and most 2.5” kits will net more lift. The better brands will not sag, such as Rock Krawler, Teraflex and Synergy Suspension.

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Old 03-20-2012, 04:08 PM   #9
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Depending on your stock gearing you should be ok with the 35’s. For instance if you have 4.10’s you are golden. Even if you have 3.73’s you’d be “ok”. The 2012 doesn’t struggle with 35’s like the previous model years.

As for sleeves and gussets, you can get away with just gusseting for now and do sleeves later if you think you will tackle difficult terrain. I don’t think a 3” lift will warrant driveshafts but you may want to get some front lower control arms and a front tracbar for sure. Check and see if you need the exhaust spacers for 3” of lift too.

4fit is correct, 2.5” of lift will clear 35’s and most 2.5” kits will net more lift. The better brands will not sag, such as Rock Krawler, Teraflex and Synergy Suspension.

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From why I can tell. All the lifts require the exhaust mod on the 2012. I have the 3.73's. What i feel would be good is some type of spacer lift with new shocks on 33's. But I don't wanna have the feeling o old and wish I would have went a full 3inch coil lift on 35's.
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You will only need the exhaust spacer if the shocks will allow enough droop to cause the boot to hit or come close to the exhaust. Unfortunately, this will be the case with most aftermarket shocks that are designed to go with a lift and it also applies to the use of shock extensions on the stockers.

As for regretting going with a smaller lift and tires....that will probably happen regardless. If you go with 2.5" and 35s, you'll wish you had 4" and 37s. Lol. It's a horrible disease.
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Welcome to the asylum, ah I mean Forum and leave your wallet at the door. We can help you empty it.

Seriously these guys are right, take her out play with her and see what you really need. I found that all I needed was the 2.5” Coil lift form Teraflex, could not be happier. Well I would if I could spend all my time off-roading but need to work to pay the Jeep habit.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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You will only need the exhaust spacer if the shocks will allow enough droop to cause the boot to hit or come close to the exhaust. Unfortunately, this will be the case with most aftermarket shocks that are designed to go with a lift and it also applies to the use of shock extensions on the stockers.

As for regretting going with a smaller lift and tires....that will probably happen regardless. If you go with 2.5" and 35s, you'll wish you had 4" and 37s. Lol. It's a horrible disease.
Yes! I know this oh so well from my f20 and f150. Wishing i could afford the hemi swap and total suspension so i could run 38's
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:00 PM   #13
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Welcome to the asylum, ah I mean Forum and leave your wallet at the door. We can help you empty it.

Seriously these guys are right, take her out play with her and see what you really need. I found that all I needed was the 2.5” Coil lift form Teraflex, could not be happier. Well I would if I could spend all my time off-roading but need to work to pay the Jeep habit.
Thats what I'm really feeling. Im still stuck on coil spacers or dish out the money can get a coil lift no plans to get bumpers or anything any time soon. With summer coming and no plans to ever have top or doors on looking at spending money on a cheaper BB lift and getting a more summer friendly top. Thanks everyone for the help.

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