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Old 01-15-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Newbie needing some advice on a lift

I have a '12 JK 4x4, 4 dr, automatic with aftermarket, heavy front and rear bumper.....just bought some 35''s and looking to put a lift on it. I dont intend on doing much offroading, this will be an every day driver, and I want an aggressive look to the jeep. Im not trying to spend a ton of money, and want to do the install myself, but it will be my first one, so looking for something easier to install. Can anyone suggest a lift that will accomplish that? I was thinking 4'' Is that too big/small? Will the lift sit lower with those heavy bumpers on there? Thoughts?

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Old 01-15-2012, 10:05 AM   #2
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I have a '12 JK 4x4, 4 dr, automatic with aftermarket, heavy front and rear bumper.....just bought some 35''s and looking to put a lift on it. I dont intend on doing much offroading, this will be an every day driver, and I want an aggressive look to the jeep. Im not trying to spend a ton of money, and want to do the install myself, but it will be my first one, so looking for something easier to install. Can anyone suggest a lift that will accomplish that? I was thinking 4'' Is that too big/small? Will the lift sit lower with those heavy bumpers on there? Thoughts?
For a DD, I'd stick to a spacer lift. It's cheaper than springs, maintains your factory ride. Buy new shocks or shock extentions if you go over 1.5".
Stay under 3" and you won't have to change driveshafts, tracbars etc.
I did a 2" Black diamond spacer lift all around, but had to change the fronts to 2.5 because I lost 1/2" after XHD bumper and winch. Teraflex makes a good 2.5 lift. This has worked well for me, other members will point out some other good options too. Good luck.

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Old 01-15-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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I have a '12 JK 4x4, 4 dr, automatic with aftermarket, heavy front and rear bumper.....just bought some 35''s and looking to put a lift on it. I dont intend on doing much offroading, this will be an every day driver, and I want an aggressive look to the jeep. Im not trying to spend a ton of money, and want to do the install myself, but it will be my first one, so looking for something easier to install. Can anyone suggest a lift that will accomplish that? I was thinking 4'' Is that too big/small? Will the lift sit lower with those heavy bumpers on there? Thoughts?
Too late on the $$ part, if you already bought 35's. Especially if you bought them without considering rim size and backspacing. We'll get to that.

TeraFlex and Rock Krawler both make good 2.5" lifts. Check with Jason at Krawl Off-Road here on the forum...he can hook you up with what you need.

What size 35's did you buy...17's, 18's? If they're that big you're getting killed on tire cost. Better to buy some 15 or 16" rims...make sure they have 4.5" backspacing or less, or your wheels will rub. The tire/wheel combo at that size will cost about the same, or possibly even less, than the tires alone in those larger sizes.

As damndirtydog said, if you go past a 2.5" lift you're getting into the "thousands of $$" category for your lift, since you'll need new control arms, trackbars, driveshafts, etc.

Before you install a lift yourself, I suggest you read the link below. Do it wrong, and it can wreck your Jeep and cost you thousands of $$.

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For a DD, I'd stick to a spacer lift. It's cheaper than springs, maintains your factory ride. Buy new shocks or shock extentions if you go over 1.5".
I would suggest the opposite and to go with springs. With the weight of the front and rear bumpers, only new coils will keep the lift as advertised and they come with the added benefit of more flex, if they are coupled with the correct bumpstops and shocks.
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