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Old 11-09-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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SO many lift choices...

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My situation: 07 JK X, bought it from a dealer last week. It has 18" wheels with 32"Dueler A/T tires, Stock suspension.

I want to get a 3" lift, without changing my current tires or wheels for the time being. I dont think i'll ever want tires bigger than 32's, not looking to regear or sacrifice MPG.

SO, I want a 3" lift for a daily driver who only gets to offroad once every couple weeks. There are SOOOO many lift kits out there, and I hear good and bad opinions about seemingly all of them. It seems like I could spend 200 bucks, or 2000 bucks and for the life of me I have no idea what to look for. I'd be willing to spend up to 400 for the kit, can I get something good for my needs with that?

Can someone give me some pointers when it comes to what to look for in a kit? Or interpret my needs and recommend a specific kit?

I'm still doing research on this, but am finding sooo much information, not all of it really relevant to my circumstances, and given the many options, it's harder than I thought to make any sort of really informed decision. So, i'm here asking you guys a bit more directly.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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Get yourself a budget boost. 3 inch with 32's is going to look pretty .....Different.

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Get yourself a budget boost. 3 inch with 32's is going to look pretty .....Different.
Hah...alright, dammit. Well help me out man, I dont want to go bigger than 32"s, as I understand thats when you have to modify other things, correct? I believe i've got the 3.21 axle ratio, so i'd need to change that? Not sure, i've taken in a lot of info in the last few days.

So what kind of lift can I get away with while running 32s? What about backspacing the wheels, if I go UP, do I necessarily need to/want to go OUT as well? I'd think keeping the ratio of height to width would be a good thing.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:55 PM   #4
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Just keep the suspension stock if you don't want bigger tires.... Start saving now, the urge will strike sooner rather than later, and you'll be glad you have some $ on hand for the lift and wheels and tires.....
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:00 PM   #5
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I'm thinking of doing similar things with my 07 2dr. I have the 17' rim. I'm not sure but I think you can go 33 without having to regear.. Hopefully someone else will chime in. I would think middle of the road on the lift would be good, but I'm pretty new also n just going of what I've read.
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Start out with no more tha a 2" BB. It won'y cost much and will look good with 32's. If you decide to go bigger later you can go to a coil lift and not feel like you wasted money on the first one.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:45 PM   #7
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Short answer - 1"-1.5" budget boost.
Better answer will depend on what you want a lift for, if not to clear bigger tires? Just for looks? If so, I wouldn't go more than 1.5".

Personally, if you're going to keep the 32s, I'd spend the money on something else.
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Thanks for the replies guys, it is appreciated.

I'm curious how much larger tires would hurt my MPG, I like the looks of 35's of course, but only getting offroad once or twice a month, it seems kind of unnecessary.

And at what point offroad are my 32's limiting me from things i'd be able to do with 35's?
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Others here are much more qualified to speak on this than I am, but you r probably not limited at all if u r not too hardcore, which I get the impression that ur not. .
I've seen video on you tube of jk's with stock 29s doing some pretty impressive stuff, so I'd think 32s should do anything u want short of big rocks.
Basically bigger tires give u more ground clearance, and better tread give u better traction.
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Without re-gearing from the 3.21's, I would NOT recommend any bigger tires. The stock 32" tires are pretty solid on the trails. As luckdog said, unless you're really going hardcore, they'll take you down 90% of the trails out there, with some skill. A good spotter and some recovery gear would be a good idea for anything more than blue trails, however.
As for lifting, leave it at stock height- the stock springs flex much more than most folks imagine- leave her alone. Put some skid plates underneath (oil pan/trans, EVAP), maybe swap out the muffler for clearance there. Get used to the sound of rocks/stumps along the skid plates, but you'll learn a lot wheeling with a lower vehicle- Mark W.
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And at what point offroad are my 32's limiting me from things i'd be able to do with 35's?
Somebody did you the disservice of installing stock Sahara wheels and tires on that thing and probably stole some 17s from it.
Those tires suck offroad; I know from experience. At least they make up for it by sucking on wet roads too. They clog with mud, spin on moist rocks, puncture easily, and don't air-down worth a dang.

You don't need any lift at all for 32s. But I'd sell those wheels/tires asap and buy some 16" wheels with better rubber.


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Without re-gearing from the 3.21's, I would NOT recommend any bigger tires. The stock 32" tires are pretty solid on the trails.
He's got the Duelers on 18s. I couldn't air mine down below 30 psi without slamming the wheels on rocks.
Miserable tires.


Here I am at Tellico; had to stop on the trail and air back up until I got to 30. It made for a long day. I bought new tires the next week and gave these away.

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^^ X2 plus add some quick disconnects.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:06 PM   #13
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Here is Bruce Banner before 2 inch lift and wheels with same Duratracs...
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Here is The Hulk with 2 inch BDS suspension lift and wheels with same tires. (duratracs)


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Old 11-10-2010, 03:52 PM   #15
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Boosta...looks nice, quick question, whats the backspacing of those wheels? I like the look of the 32" tires with the 2" lift, looks just right. I think i'll just lift mine 2", and keep my wheel/tire combo until the tires need to be replaced.
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Boosta...how about a quick review of the BDS lift and what led you to choose BDS over the numerous others.

A 2" lift is about right for my needs and until I saw your post I hadn't even considered BDS. I looked at the kit and it looks like you can do either pucks (spacers) or new coil springs and a few other options. What set up did you end up with?

Thanks!
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I chose BDS becasue I used to run a 6 inch BDS supsension lift on my 86 Bronco. In regards to the Jeep it rides stiffer but I also think it is becasue the Duratracs are ten ply tires. So both are pretty stiff, but I like that feeling. I also added the steering stabiler as well. One of the biggest factors is the NO SMALL PRINT LIFETIME WARRANTY. If something breaks they replace it for free no matter what. The components are durable and I also upgrtaded to the gas shocks. It is smooth as silk on pavement, but you feel the bumps off road. I dont rock climb so i cant tell you how it does there, but for what i need it for, woods, sand lil snow it is perfect. plus a lifted Jeep just plain looks better.
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Just remember, the TJ's lift to get 32" tires under them. I would probably try to find some Rubicon wheel/tire take-offs in the for sale section and get a 2-2.5" budget boost. Tire's will be a huge benefit when doing light wheeling.
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And again, if you're looking to keep the 32's, it makes NO sense to do a lift that you'll have to replace if/when you go to 35's. Especially one that'll cost you money that you're essentially going to burn when you go up again.

If anything, get a set of take-off 4-door springs. You can still run your stock shocks, and you can usually get the springs for FREE on JKO (jkowners.com JK-specific forum. Check the "Free" section- you'll find the springs ). You'll likely get around 0.5-1.5" of lift, depending on your rig, and the springs FOR FREE

A spring swap takes only an hour or two, and again, free . Beyond that, a set of quick disconnects MAY be a good idea, if you're running rocks or off-camber a lot. Otherwise, for mud, leave the stockers, and save the $ for later, for rent, hookers & coke, etc. You'll thank me later Mark W.
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Hello

My situation: 07 JK X, bought it from a dealer last week. It has 18" wheels with 32"Dueler A/T tires, Stock suspension.

I want to get a 3" lift, without changing my current tires or wheels for the time being. I dont think i'll ever want tires bigger than 32's, not looking to regear or sacrifice MPG.

SO, I want a 3" lift for a daily driver who only gets to offroad once every couple weeks. There are SOOOO many lift kits out there, and I hear good and bad opinions about seemingly all of them. It seems like I could spend 200 bucks, or 2000 bucks and for the life of me I have no idea what to look for. I'd be willing to spend up to 400 for the kit, can I get something good for my needs with that?


Can someone give me some pointers when it comes to what to look for in a kit? Or interpret my needs and recommend a specific kit?

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Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Try looking into a company called READYLIFT, I have done many lift kits , and thier porduct is the best from my own personal expierences. Their prices are reasonable and their tech dept is 100% on point. No saying other kits are not good, but READYLIFT has my personal vote.


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Thank you, for A. Keeping me informed, and B. Keeping me entertained the day before Friday Mark W.

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