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Old 05-31-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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A few questions... Lift/wheel spacers.

I have a 2004 Rubicon, all stock. I want to put a lift kit on it and wheel spacers, I'm running the factory wheels, 245/75/r16.. What I need help with is what lift kit to get.. I'm on a tight budget and i dont offroad that much, barely at all. I mainly want the lift kit for the looks. I'm leaning towards a skyjacker 2.25" lift kit, This kit includes (4) Skyjacker Hydro Shocks, (4) 2.25" coil spring spacers, (1) pair of rear bump stop extensions w/hardware. If i buy this kit is there anything else i need, any more parts? I read that in some cases a Transfer case drop is needed, is that major? Brake lines? Anything?? Another question is wheel spacers, would 2" wheel spacers be okay on a stock suspension? Any help would be great, thanks.

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Old 06-01-2013, 05:35 AM   #2
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You can run 285x75x16 on moabs without spacers. Not sure why you want spacers considering larger tires won't fit with that lift.

You won't need a tcase drop with that lift. You may decide to drill a new hole for the front track bar but its not necessary.

I used to have an 04 Rubicon with this same basic setup and am speaking from experience

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Old 06-01-2013, 09:06 AM   #3
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Did you like that setup? And the wheel spacers are just for looks. Thank you for the help, greatly appreciated
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:21 AM   #4
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The tires fit fine on road but I added a body lift because fitment was tight for off road purposes. I had no complaints with the set up.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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I have a 2004 Rubicon, all stock. I want to put a lift kit on it and wheel spacers, I'm running the factory wheels, 245/75/r16.. What I need help with is what lift kit to get.. I'm on a tight budget and i dont offroad that much, barely at all. I mainly want the lift kit for the looks. I'm leaning towards a skyjacker 2.25" lift kit, This kit includes (4) Skyjacker Hydro Shocks, (4) 2.25" coil spring spacers, (1) pair of rear bump stop extensions w/hardware. If i buy this kit is there anything else i need, any more parts? I read that in some cases a Transfer case drop is needed, is that major? Brake lines? Anything?? Another question is wheel spacers, would 2" wheel spacers be okay on a stock suspension? Any help would be great, thanks.
Are you planning on going to larger tires in the future?
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:29 AM   #6
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I will go to 33s sometime. But not for a long while. I just bought 245/75s. Prolly a year or two, maybe more, ill get 33s
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Rubicon: I'd probably get front bump stop extensions as well. Extended front sway bar links or adjustable quick dicos are a good idea too. I put 2" springs on and popped my front sway bar links within a week.

And while not a must, re-centering your axles is a good idea. I am not a fan of drilling (I live in rust country) so maybe look into a front adjustable track bar, and a rear trackbar re-location kit. T-case drop will depend on driveline vibes after you lift it. I have no opinion of wheel spacers, as I have never used them. However if you search this forum you will find plenty of info.
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rubicon: I'd probably get front bump stop extensions as well. Extended front sway bar links or adjustable quick dicos are a good idea too. I put 2" springs on and popped my front sway bar links within a week.

And while not a must, re-centering your axles is a good idea. I am not a fan of drilling (i live in rust country) so maybe look into a front adjustable track bar, and a rear trackbar re-location kit. T-case drop will depend on driveline vibes after you lift it. I have no opinion of wheel spacers, as i have never used them. However if you search this forum you will find plenty of info.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:01 AM   #9
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Don't lift. Belly lift and power train lift. 1" body lift. Then highlife fenders keep suspension stock. You can get 35" in and stock suspension + low centre of gravity for on and offroad handling. Belly lift is similar to 3" lift. It's the way I would do it.
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I put Spidertrax 1.5" spacers on mine and like the looks of it.
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How do you like the SpiderTrax spacers? Have heard that it causes handling problems and increases bearing wear. Upgraded my tires to 285/70 on my stock 17 in. wheels but don't want to lift.
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Picked up 1.5" spacers (Teraflex) last week and installed them. Super easy to do and the stance/look of the Jeep is much improved. When I took the wheels off, I noticed that the rear tires had been rubbing, so it was good that I did that. Real minor stuff, likely only on a large bump while turning, but still good to cure. On the front tires, the spacers still didn't fully cure the rubbing problem on the driver's side on a fully articulated right turn, but since I am not going to lift, I will just live with it.
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How do you like the SpiderTrax spacers? Have heard that it causes handling problems and increases bearing wear. Upgraded my tires to 285/70 on my stock 17 in. wheels but don't want to lift.
I like the Spidertrax so far, havn't really got to drive the Jeep much since I put them on its been down getting more stuff put on but got it going today so in a few days I will know more.

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