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Old 01-01-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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Your opinion is needed!!!

Ok....I traded in my TJ recently and with my recent family expansion ie....3 kiddos under 3, I got an 08 unlimited. It's all stock right now. That is where you come in. I am not into rock crawling but do some occasional off-roading. I need some input on lifts and tire size.

I am thinking a Teraflex BB giving me 2" in the front and an 1" in the rear. Tires and wheels.....Dick Cepek 17's with 31's. I am a little nervous about 33's due to losing top end hp.

I only want to do this once and be happy with it....so I want your thoughts and experiences before I shell out any more hundies...


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Tires and wheels.....Dick Cepek 17's with 31's. I am a little nervous about 33's due to losing top end hp.

Just a little info on this area....You know the factory tires are 32's right?

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Old 01-01-2011, 04:20 PM   #3
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I did not. Thank you! That solves that!
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Well most are 32's stock ....what model did you get? What tire size is on the jeep? Did you get the tow package?
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Pounder,
you may want to check your tire size. I didn't see which model unlimited you have.
It may be that only the Rubicon and Sahara have the nominal 32's. (17's on Rubi, 18's on Sahara.) As I understood it, the X's had 16's (?).

I run both the stock BFG MT 255/75/17 (32") and the BFG MT 285/70/17 (33)., depending what I am doing. Both work and look good but I lose about 2 mpg with the wider 33'S.

I used only the 2" spacer in front that leveled it up. I did not use the 1" for the rear.
Didn't need it and it is still in the box.

My top end doesn't seem to be much different but top end is not great anyway. Max out around 70 to conserve fuel but I'm running the 4:10's in the Rubi. My Sahara with
18's cruises much easier with the 3:73's. If you have the 3:73 gears or higher, I think the 33's size and weight might slow you down.
I can link some pictures if you like.
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:43 PM   #6
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I just put on a Rough Country 2.5" spacer kit on my 08 JK Unlimited and have been happy with it so far. The basic kit is 139.95 and came with 4 metal coil spacers, shock extensions front and rear, and brake line relocation brackets. Took me about 2 1/2 hours to install and I was working pretty slow.

I put a bumper and winch on a few months ago and this leveled out the front end perfectly.

I don't have any pics after the lift yet. If I get some time I'll post a couple or at least update my profile pics.

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Pounder,
you may want to check your tire size. I didn't see which model unlimited you have.
It may be that only the Rubicon and Sahara have the nominal 32's. (17's on Rubi, 18's on Sahara.) As I understood it, the X's had 16's (?).
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2007-2010 Jeep Wrangler X 2-door soft-top

The Standard Wranglers are available in six trim packages (including 2 special editions). The Unlimited Wranglers are available in four trim packages (including 1 special edition). Most package can be ordered with either hard or soft top, full or half doors("sport" and "rubicon" only).

The X model is available for 2 doors versions. It is the "bare bones" wrangler that can be customized to a buyers specifications adding such options as air conditioning and other accessories.It was renamed "Sport Base" in 2010

The Rocky Mountain Edition is a special edition of the barebone "X" model made in 2009 with 32" tires, black tubular sidestep, a 6-disc in-dash changer and visual enhancements such as body coloured fenders. It was only available in Canada.

The Islander Edition is a special edition of the barebone "Sport Base" model made in 2010 with 32" tires, Islander edition seats, rubber slush mats, black tubular sidestep and visual enhancements such as a blue accented leather steering wheel.

The Mountain Edition is a special edition of the barebone "Sport Base" model made in 2010 with 32" tires, black tubular sidestep, black tail light protectors and special edition seats, as well as visual enhancements like black grid and hood decals, a black fuel filter door and graphite dash enhancements. This edition was also available in 4 doors, based on the more equipped "Sport" trim instead of the "Sport Base" trim.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon hardtop

The X-S model features 32" tires, fog lights, cruise control, driver’s seat height adjuster, removable doors, and a fold-down windshield. It can be customized to a buyers specifications adding such options as air conditioning, power windows and locks soft or hard top, rear LSD or locker, electronic sway bar disconnect, and other accessories. It was renamed "Sport" in 2010.

The Sahara model is the "luxury" model offering accessories such as body coloured fenders, "Yes Essentials" seats (in late 2007-2008), power windows and locks and a 7 speaker infinity sound system with subwoofer, among others.

The Rubicon package is the dedicated "Offroad" package. Standard components of the Rubicon package include Front and rear generation II Dana 44 axles, front and rear electronic lockers, rock rails, Electronic sway bar disconnect, 32 spline rear axle with an 8.8 inch ring gear, 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case, 4.10 axle gearing,"Yes Essentials" seats (2008), 7 speaker infinity sound system, removable doors, a fold-down windshield, and any other available option can be added.


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Tires

Availability X Standard
Size and Type P225/75R16, On/Off-Road, Black Side Wall
Mfr. and Model Goodyear Wrangler ST
Revs per Mile (km) 712 (1,146)
Availability X Optional
Size and Type P245/75R16, On/Off-Road, Black Side Wall
Mfr. and Model Goodyear Wrangler SRA
Revs per Mile (km) 687 (1,106)
Availability Sahara Standard
Size and Type P255/75R17, On/Off-Road, Outlined White Lettered
Mfr. and Model Goodyear Wrangler SRA
Revs per Mile (km) 661 (1,064)
Availability Sahara Optional
Size and Type P255/70R18, On/Off-Road, Outlined White Lettered
Mfr. and Model Bridgestone Dueler 693
Revs per Mile (km) 653 (1,051)
Availability Rubicon Standard
Size and Type LT255/75R17, Off-Road, Black Side Wall
Mfr. and Model BFGoodrich Mud Terrain
Revs per Mile (km) 650 (1,046)


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The 32'' tire was optional for any model from the dealer.
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My sport came with 32's but was an option not standard. I did a 2 1/4" lift and It looked great and 33"s are not that much of a increase even though it will cost you 1 to 2 mpg depending on the tire from what I hear but hopefully the flashpaq that I am ordering will take care of that. But a 2" bb lift will not require any other mods to the suspension. Of course you can do anything you like to it
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:03 PM   #9
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I have 265/75/17 on the tires. I want to do a spacer lift for sure, but want to get the most for my $$$. My TJ had 4 inch lift and 33's that was a bit much for it.

You guys are great! Thanks for the suggestions! Keep them coming!
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:05 PM   #10
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As for the lift...what brand or package did you use??
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I ordered new stiffer stock coils directly from Jeep parts. That gave me 1 1/4" lift front and back and the cost was right at $185 w/shipping. Then bought a set of TeraFlex 1" front coil spacer for $40.00.
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I have 265/75/17 on the tires. I want to do a spacer lift for sure, but want to get the most for my $$$. My TJ had 4 inch lift and 33's that was a bit much for it.

You guys are great! Thanks for the suggestions! Keep them coming!
265/75/17 is 32.6'' tall. Most of your "33'' tires are the SAME SIZE.

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