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Old 03-01-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Teraflex lift?

I am looking to purchase a 2.5" inch Teraflex Lift for my 2012. The kit doesn't come with an adjustable front track bar so I will be buying this as well. Also the kit doesn't include front brake line bracket extensions so I will be adding these as also. Are these two things necessary for this lift or just optional? Also does anyone have this lift and if so I am looking to purchase Mamba Wheels and 35's just checking to see if they will fit??

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Had this lift installed this week. Looks great. It only came with rear brake line extensions. I'll try it out this weekend. I was told I could run 35". I have stock 32" and they have lots of clearance.

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I asked the same question. Browse through my past threads.

I recently installed that lift and without a front TB. I really don't notice an axle shift.

Is it needed? For 2.5 most will tell you no.

The TF kit puts 3" up front and 2" in the back.

I would save your money, install the lift and decide after if you want/need a front TB.

I chose to install a set of front LCA's for ether drivability. Have not installed yet.

As far as the front BL extension. I think they already give you some room to play with stock. Its a cheap upgrade, why not

The wheels with 4.5 or less BS 35's will for with this lift.

Also my front was a good amount higher than the back. I opted to go with 1" TF guide spacers in the rear.

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Im running this lift, and i had no issues with front axel alignment.. the trackbar isnt needed, and didnt need extensions
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I am looking to purchase a 2.5" inch Teraflex Lift for my 2012. The kit doesn't come with an adjustable front track bar so I will be buying this as well. Also the kit doesn't include front brake line bracket extensions so I will be adding these as also. Are these two things necessary for this lift or just optional? Also does anyone have this lift and if so I am looking to purchase Mamba Wheels and 35's just checking to see if they will fit??
Brake line adapters for the front are not needed, only for the rear which the kit supplies. The Kit doesn't come with an adjustable track bar for the front. I'm not sure if you need one...maybe some else can help.

If you're interested I just pulled a 2.5" Teraflex Kit with shock adapters off of my 2012 2dr JK and would like to sell it. I'll probably be putting it up on the for sale section here this weekend. I just purchased a 2012 JKU today and need a different kit number.

35's fit fine on my 2dr. You just need wheels with 4.5" of back spacing or adapters to meet the same 4.5" of backspacing.

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I would save your money, install the lift and decide after if you want/need a front TB.
^^^ This.

The only thing an adj trackbar does is re-center your axle IF it shifts during your lift install, which isn't common with a 2.5" lift.

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I put the TF 2.5 on my jku. Any shift in the front axle was negligible, couldn't tell by eye. It came with the frame side track bar bracket, that actually pushed the axle out the drivers side. I took the bracket off and it is perfect.
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Thanks for all in the info! The Mamba Wheels have 4.75" backspacing will that work with the 35's Prob going with Duratec's
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Thanks for all in the info! The Mamba Wheels have 4.75" backspacing will that work with the 35's Prob going with Duratec's
4.50 min. But I don't see how 4.75 would be an issue.
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Thanks for all in the info! The Mamba Wheels have 4.75" backspacing will that work with the 35's Prob going with Duratec's
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4.50 min. But I don't see how 4.75 would be an issue.
The TF site says this: This kit will allow you to run up to a 35” tire (aftermarket wheels with 4.5” backspacing or less are required). Fits all JK Wranglers including Rubicon and Unlimited.

Most likely it says that because of the possibility for rubbing the swaybar links with tires having more bs. I'd call them and ask, just in case, cuz it would suck if you bought new wheels/tires and then found out they won't work with your lift.
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Ok one last question I have seen lots of people stating they use exhaust extension(spacer) with a lift, is that necessary for 2012 JKU?
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Ok one last question I have seen lots of people stating they use exhaust extension(spacer) with a lift, is that necessary for 2012 JKU?
Only if you buy new shocks with your lift. The shocks will give you more downward travel, and could cause your driveshaft and exhaust to hit where the two intersect.

If you're just getting a BB or a coil lift you don't need the spacer.
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The kit I am looking at comes with shocks so in that case I should get the spacer then. Any one know of a nice all black 5 spoke 17" wheel with 4.5" backspacing?
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The kit I am looking at comes with shocks so in that case I should get the spacer then. Any one know of a nice all black 5 spoke 17" wheel with 4.5" backspacing?
TeraFlex makes the spacer, as well. Right around $50, easy install.

Man, wheels...you're on your own there, pardner. Especially after hitting me with the "5 spoke" action.

There are hundreds of options. Here are some good places to start:

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Just had this lift installed on my Jeep two weeks ago at Elias 4WD in Townsend, MA. They were awesome with their work. They put the front track bar on, the brake line relocaters and the exhaust spacer. The spacer cleared a good deal of travel room up when I checked it out before and after. I was told the track bar was needed as well as the line relocaters. I'm not sure on those two, but after everything I saw from Elias, I have no reason to doubt them. They had an Evap can. relocation kit ready as well, but they said it wasn't necessary and sent it back and deducted it from the lift and tire installation cost of course. It might also be different Jeep to Jeep depending on how much lift each kit yields.
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I just picked mine up last night....same lift same shop! Based on my snowy,icy drive home last night, it rides much better than stock. I run 33 DTs on 15" blackrock 909s. Elias 4wd fabs their own brake line relocation brackets and are advised if you do any wheeling. I also got the track bar and had Teraflex discos installed.
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im running 33X12.5X17 on 5"bs and i have no rub.... i dont see why a 35 would rub either at the same width..


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I ended up with 5" backspacing accidentally. I thought the wheel had a -12 offset but it was +12. duh. So I have the cragar soft 8 in 16x8, with a 5" backspacing.

I have no rubbing on any control arms, even at full turn. I am running 35x12.5 tires on the wheels. I have a 3.25" Rusty's lift and full Teraflex flex arms (all 8).

I have flexed it and there is no rubbing but it was on a ramp. If I go on the trail, disconnected, at full stuff, AND full turn, well I'll just cross that bridge when I get to it...haha...

The stock wheel had 6.25" backspacing. The tire width is adding 2.5" over stock, which is 1.25" per side, which means the back face of the wheel should be 1.25" further out, which is exactly what 5" backspacing does. I guess people recommend the 4.5" as a safety thing? Because according to the math here, the inner face of that tire is in the exact same spot as stock when you have 5" backspacing.
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Just had this lift installed on my Jeep two weeks ago at Elias 4WD in Townsend, MA. They were awesome with their work. They put the front track bar on, the brake line relocaters and the exhaust spacer. The spacer cleared a good deal of travel room up when I checked it out before and after. I was told the track bar was needed as well as the line relocaters. I'm not sure on those two, but after everything I saw from Elias, I have no reason to doubt them. They had an Evap can. relocation kit ready as well, but they said it wasn't necessary and sent it back and deducted it from the lift and tire installation cost of course. It might also be different Jeep to Jeep depending on how much lift each kit yields.

What did they charge to install the lift? Any pictures of the setup?
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For those running this with stock wheels and tires, are any wheel spacers necessary? I emailed teraflex and they said that the 2.5" coil lift and 2.5" BB both require wheel spacers with stockers.
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For those running this with stock wheels and tires, are any wheel spacers necessary? I emailed teraflex and they said that the 2.5" coil lift and 2.5" BB both require wheel spacers with stockers.
That's because of the swaybar links. The stock JK wheels have a 6.25" backspace. You need to either buy spacers to push your wheels out from the Jeep, or buy new rims with ~ 4.5" bs or less.
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Thanks for the info kbwwolf. Can you run the kit without the extended rear swaybars or do I need to stay 2" or less if I'm not planning on changing wheels (or using spacers) any time soon?
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Thanks for the info kbwwolf. Can you run the kit without the extended rear swaybars or do I need to stay 2" or less if I'm not planning on changing wheels (or using spacers) any time soon?
If you're not gonna change wheels or use spacers then you should look at something like the TeraFlex leveling kit. It'll give you 2" up front (4 spacers, each 1") and 1" in the rear, which will level out your Jeep.

It's only about $130, and easy to install. And if you decide later to get the TF coil lift (or any other lift w/springs, shocks, etc), you can take the leveling kit off and sell it for about 75% of what you paid for it.

Or you could just save up your $$ and get lift/tires/wheels all at once. This would make the most sense to me, since putting on the leveling kit will only fix your Jeep's factory rake.

Kinda depends on what you plan to do with your Jeep.
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I installed Spider Trac 1.5" spacers, looks great and haven't had any rubbing yet. I like the stock Rubi wheels.
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I didn't feel safe with the spacers, I know a lot of people use em, just replaced the rims for piece of mind. Now I've got to figure out what to do with the cod rims.
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Ok I still haven't decided on the lift yet. I started looking at the 2.5" AEV lift. Anyone have this lift and if so how do you like it??? AEV also says you can use their wheels which have 4.7" backspacing with 35" and this lift.
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Price for installation of lift, track bar, brake line relocaters, stock tires unmounted and Duratracs mounted and balanced as well as an alingnment and Procal module reset to new tire size was a bit over $700. I was impressed that Elias did a retorque before I left the shop for good after first drive, AND set the specs in the ProCal for me before I picked up the vehicle! They were great there! I'm dying to post a photo or two up here, but I'm out a lot and use my iPhone to access this site entirely right now. Can't find a way to upload a photo from my phone to here. Other sites it's easy, but not here. Lol
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Two questions about this lift. Quadratec says wheel spacers are required with this lift. Is this only if your going with a larger than stock tire? Im planning on running stock tires/rims for time being. When I go larger on tires I will use spacers but I didnt forsee or plan on using them for stock tire/rim combo. Next question. Teraflex says exhaust extensions are required with this kit? Are they just trying to get more money from me? Im buying the budget boost and using the stock shocks with the adaptors. Thanks.
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The wheel spacers or less backspaced wheels are needed because the longer rear sway bar end links will make contact with the tire if you don't use them. The stock backspacing keeps the wheel/tire tucked in too far under the fender to avoid contact. However, some have mounted the new end links on the inside instead of the outside to gain the needed clearance. Not recommending that as a possible solution, but just stating that some have done it.

As for the exhaust spacer, I'll let someone with a '12 confirm. But I believe that if you have a shock that has more than 27.5" of length, then you will need the spacer. This goes for shock extensions as well. IMO, its cheap insurance, so I wouldn't hesitate to get it personally.
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Two questions about this lift. Quadratec says wheel spacers are required with this lift. Is this only if your going with a larger than stock tire? Im planning on running stock tires/rims for time being. When I go larger on tires I will use spacers but I didnt forsee or plan on using them for stock tire/rim combo. Next question. Teraflex says exhaust extensions are required with this kit? Are they just trying to get more money from me? Im buying the budget boost and using the stock shocks with the adaptors. Thanks.
If you get the TF shock adaptors, you'll need the exhaust spacer. It's only ~ $50, and easy to install.
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Two questions about this lift. Quadratec says wheel spacers are required with this lift. Is this only if your going with a larger than stock tire? Im planning on running stock tires/rims for time being. When I go larger on tires I will use spacers but I didnt forsee or plan on using them for stock tire/rim combo. Next question. Teraflex says exhaust extensions are required with this kit? Are they just trying to get more money from me? Im buying the budget boost and using the stock shocks with the adaptors. Thanks.
I have the 2.5 inch Teraflex spring lift kit on a 2012 JKU Rubicon.. So it's not the budget boost lift, but yes you will need wheel spacers due to the longer rear sway bar links. As stated already, the exhaust spacers are also needed if you disconnect the sway bar while offloading. The best advice I can give you is call Teraflex, they have great customer support and will let you know exactly what's needed.

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