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Old 06-19-2011, 01:29 AM   #1
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Opinion on a good 4" lift?????? (for a new guy to jeeps)

Hey ya'll! Well got a brand new 2011 JK 2dr Sport waitin for me at home and still got 54 days till I come home and am tryin to find a good lift and tires for it, I am looking to go with 32~33" tires with a 4" lift. What would ya'll recommend for a lift and tires? I will mainly be goin over rough prairie and even rougher mountainous terrain. My budget is about 5K so not sure what I can get fer that, the cheaper the better gives me more money for bumper and winch

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Old 06-19-2011, 02:29 AM   #2
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I'm gonna go to bed so I'll leave it at this for now and add more when I wake up if others haven't already.. 32's are basically the stock tire size on a JK and you can run 33's without any lift. 2.5 will clear you for 35's and 4in of lift will let you run 37's. I know some of the people on the forums I wonder about in that run 2.5in sl, 1in or so bl, highline fenders, with 37's.. Depending on what you want to do with your Jeep 33's, a 2.5in lift (OME is a great choice IMO), regear if you don't plan to go to 35's or bigger, armor up or what ever use like to do and call it a day.. 5K spent right can get you pretty far. Im sure others will fill in more and give there opinions when they wake up. Nite Hammer

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Old 06-19-2011, 08:57 AM   #3
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Yep, 4" gets very $$$ on a JK, 2.5" gets plenty of clearance for 35's.... Unless you decide to go with long arms which I have no clue how much of a money pit those things would be...
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:52 AM   #4
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Also a 4" lift will put your Jeep in what is called a fatal angle. Your driveshaft boots will rub at that angle and eventually cause your grease to leak out and your Joints to fail.

To do a 4" lift will be very costly. 2.5" lift is the max you can do with a 2 dr without issues. BDS makes a 3" that seems to work too. But a 2.5" lift will normally get you 3 to 3.5" depending on your current stock coil springs. You will be amaze at what a good 2.5" lift will do for you and 35" tires will still have plenty of room to breath. You can even put a 37" tire in a 2.5" lift if you trim your fender or get flat fenders.

It's your money and if you really want a 4" lift then go for it but the cost is dramatically increased if you do to get it right. And even then many still have issues.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:21 AM   #5
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no need for that much lift and 33s it would look terrible if your only planning on 33s take a knife to your fenders and call it a day. on the 2 doors you can clear 35s with cutting and a little longer bump stop.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:33 AM   #6
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It all depends on what you want and how much you are willing to spend. I went with a 4'' BDS SA lift and it ran me around 1500. If you want a LA lift you are going to be spending any where from 2500 and up.

IMO 35s would be the way to go. 33's are just a little bigger then stock tires and the 35s will give it a beefier look. Good luck and let us know what you go with.
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thanks for the replies, I am planning on making it a daily driver with the ability to just go off-road when I see the opportunity. I will pry go with a 2.5" lift and 35" tires. Now when do I have to start looking into a re-gear??
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You starting to look at regearing when you get to 33's. If you don't plan on going to 37's after putting on 35's, I would recomend regearing asap.. It's not required but it will make you and your jeep alot happier ..
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Now when do I have to start looking into a re-gear??
You never really "need" to regear--just desperately want to do so.

With that in mind, do you have an auto or manual transmission? 2 door or 4 door? What's your stock ratio? Autos, 4 doors, and those with the 3.21 ratio "need" the regear sooner.

You can be pretty happy with a 2 door manual on 33s without regearing, especially if you go with a lighter aftermarket alloy wheel and/or have the upgraded 3.73 ratio.
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Its a 2011 JK sport, 2dr, 3.73 gear ratio, 6 speed manual (of course!). With all that now, what do I wanna get for a ratio if I go with 35's?
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I want to say 456's but for some reason I have 488's on my mind.. Someone later today when they wake up or see your thread Im sure will verify which is prefered/better.. I've had serious brain farts the last few days when it comes to gearing tech.. Hmmm
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4.56 is just hard gear to find in a good gear. 4.88 Yukons are available just about anywhere. You won't be as affected as many with a manual and 3.21. 3.73 with manual transmission will get you by until you can regear. But 4.88 Yukons would probably be your best regear option.
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alright so I got my tire size down, lift height, and gear ratio figured out. Is there anything else that I might need to do to get it up to "speed" so to speak. Or anything I might be forgeting?
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When I lifted my 2007 2-door wrangler, I went with a 2.5" lift and 33" tires. If you want to see a picture of how it might look, let me know. P.S. I wish I could have gotten 35"s but dad wouldn't let me haha.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:51 PM   #15
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Yes I would love to see a pic, always love love lookin at others rigs!
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i have a 93 and was leaning towards a 2.5 with 33's id love to see a pic too
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i have a 93 and was leaning towards a 2.5 with 33's id love to see a pic too
Im not sure you can run 33's on a 2.5in lift with a YJ. Something about issues with 33's on a 4in lift keep comming to mind with a YJ. Im sure someone will verify this or correct me if im wrong at some point for ya, but im pretty sure on what I just said is right..



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i got 31s on my 1" black diamond lift right now. only rubs when my wheels are cranked. and i dont flex my suspenssion much. what about a 2.5 with a 1 body lift? any ideas. dont mean to steal the thread. just curious
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Here is my JK 2007 2-door wrangler, with a 2.5" pro comp lift, and 33" nitto terra grapplers.
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