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Old 07-12-2010, 01:48 PM   #1
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Cheap lift kit for 33 inch tires?

I've recently bought a 1998 wrangler sahara. I want to put 33 inch tires on It and am looking for the cheapest type of a lift that will allow me to do so..Is it possible to just do a leveling kit? and what size lift would I need to fit 33s?

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looking at a 3" lift or so

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Old 07-12-2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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You can add 2" coil spacers and a 1-1.5" body lift to accomodate 33's. That's the least expensive way to do it.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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You buy cheap, you get cheap, and you'll regret it. You get what you pay for.

My dad used to say: "If you can't afford to do something right the first time, how are you going to afford to do it over again?"

Save up, do your homework, buy something that is going to last, perform and manintain the ride and handling of your vehicle.

Below is the cheapest way I would go. But that's just me, your mileage may vary.
Rough Country 3.25 lift with 2.2 shocks. $369
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:23 PM   #6
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I have the 2" coil spacers and a 1" body lift and it works well. I don't have any driveline vibes or other problems. The reason that I decided to go with this set up is because my TJ came with the coil spacers already installed and it was really easy to put the body lift on. Eventually I might swap everything out for a coil lift, but I don't do any heavy offroading so this set up works fine for now.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:53 AM   #7
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What about a 3 inch body lift? Does anyone have any pics of a 3 inch body lift with 33s
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:58 AM   #8
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NOoooooooo!

Bigger than 1.5" body lifts are nothing but ugly.....
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:14 AM   #9
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I run 33"s with 2" spacers and don't have a body lift and I'm perfectly happy with this setup. The Jeep looks good, I can go wherever I want, and it didn't cost me much $ at all.
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I am right there with Kate, don't waste your time/money on something that is going to fail. Save up and do it right once, otherwise you will regret it.

Rubicon Express Spacer System is only a couple hundred dollars and should do the trick, should be good quality too.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:10 AM   #11
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No reason spacers will fail....... Granted springs and shocks would be nice, but sometimes there just isn't the cash or a really good reason to spend more, when spacers will do the job. JMO, tho'. Depends on what you are going to ask from it. Not being a hard core wheeler, spacers are fine for me. It goes everywhere offroad I want it to, and some places that scare the pants off me.... Never been a problem.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:39 AM   #12
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do you have any pictures? Thanks!

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I have the 2" coil spacers and a 1" body lift and it works well. I don't have any driveline vibes or other problems. The reason that I decided to go with this set up is because my TJ came with the coil spacers already installed and it was really easy to put the body lift on. Eventually I might swap everything out for a coil lift, but I don't do any heavy offroading so this set up works fine for now.
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Below is the only picture I have available right now, but the Jeep has 31's here... You can see the small gap above the rear frame from the 1 inch body lift. I really like the set up. I still have good axle articulation off road and the Jeep feels like stock on the highway, and I didn't have to worry about all the extra parts that are needed with a big lift like SYE or transfer case drops, drag link relocators etc... and it was cheap and I am on a tight budget

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Rough Country has cheap lifts but ive heard good things and bad things. Some people say they are good quality and then others say they are crap. They also have combination body and suspension lifts that are specifically designed to fit 33s and its only like 4 hundred bones
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33X what? If you want to run 33X12.5's then you will need a 4" lift so, that at full flex, you will not get ANY rubbing.
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Go with this.It is what I plain to do asap it runs 540.99 it is a easy 4'' lift it will hold your 33x12.50's easy
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do you have any pictures? Thanks!

This is a thread started a few weeks ago with some pics of my lift setups.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/put-...ago-53217.html
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Just save your money and do it right the first time. Don't cheap out when it comes to a lift. Going with the lowest bidder or trying to stuff 33s under a BB and a small body lift is a waste of money if you plan on ACTUALLY USING YOUR JEEP OFFROAD. And I mean OFFROAD, not on the trail equivalent of a bunyslope.
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Im running the 2" coil spacers, it takes me almost everywhere i want to go, Im upgrading to a 6" lift to accommodate a 4BT swap. And i am also putting the Metalcloak Arched fenders on. Not because i need them, but i want them. You can run 35s on a stock lift with the metal cloaks or other highline fenders. I think it is the best bang for you buck if you want to keep it as close to stock ride as possible.
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compared to stock, I measured mine.

My tires were good year wranglers measuring in at 29". I wanted to go to 33's and keep about the same amount of flex as stock. So, I added 4" of lift.
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2" BB (JKS ACOS coil over system in front) and 1.25" BL allowed me to run 33"s on mine. I have since added bushwhacker flat fenders for even more clearance. You can see more pics in my profile.

The fenders will allow full flex with just the BB and BL. I wanted a lower center of gravity. Therefore my plans are to increase ground clearance from below. This will be accomplished with a tummy tuck skid and new gas tank skid. This will handle my offload plans.

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