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Old 12-29-2007, 08:20 PM   #1
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I am new to jeeps and just got a 98 wrangler. I am looking at putting the skyjacker standard 2" lift with the nitro shocks and going to 32 on the tires. A couple of questions though. How will this affect the handleing on the highway and will the tires fit the stock wheels and do I need backspacers and if so how much. If I need new wheels what size do I need? Any help would be greatly appreiciated.

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Old 12-29-2007, 08:39 PM   #2
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I run 33's on my stock wheels no spacers. they rub a little. as far as highway driving I think jeeps drive like crap anyway but seems ok.

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Old 12-29-2007, 08:46 PM   #3
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thanks for the answer. I will probably be doing this in the next couple of months. I plan on using it mostly for hunting in the winter. In the summer I plan on being on my bike mostly.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:24 PM   #4
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what kind of bike?
and why do you only want to do a 2" lift?
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it will rub if you go lock to lock, but you can get spascers for about 50 each wheel, ornew wheels for 60 each wheel, you'd need 1 or 1.25 in spacers or 4 in backspacing or 3.75

and itwont change that much on the highway
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I am new to jeeps and just got a 98 wrangler. I am looking at putting the skyjacker standard 2" lift with the nitro shocks and going to 32 on the tires. A couple of questions though. How will this affect the handleing on the highway and will the tires fit the stock wheels and do I need backspacers and if so how much. If I need new wheels what size do I need? Any help would be greatly appreiciated.
it will handle fine. 15x8 wheels with 3.75"-4" backspacing is good. all jeep wheels have backspacing so there is no such thing as "backspacers".
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:25 PM   #7
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98 road king, I'm only going 2" because I probably will not be going into anything very bad. mostly just mud around here. mainly I just wanted to run some bigger tires and maybe help the looks just a little.
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there are spacers, but they are not recommended unless you really like your wheels, they are just as expensive as gettign new steel wheels


and if you dont think you're gonna be doing crazy stuff you can fit 33's underneath with 2" of lift
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:12 PM   #9
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with 2" of lift 32's will fit fine. Highway driving wont be a problem, it'll handle fine, you just may accelerate a bit slower with the bigger tires. As far as the ride goes, that all deppends on what kind of tires you put on.

Wheel spacers or new wheels are probably a good idea if you want to run 32's without alot of rubbing. If you like your stock rims just buy a set of 1" or 1.25" wheel spacers, but dont get the cheap spacers that dont bolt to the axle itself, those are waaay to dangerous IMO...get good quality wheel spacers that bolt directly to the axle and you'll be fine

Personally im not a huge fan of the cheap black steel wheels out there but if you like them by all means buy a set...15x8 with under 4" backspacing would work perfect and they're usually only about 60 bucks a piece or cheaper...not really any more expensive than a good set of wheel spacers...so it's basically up to you, if you like you're stock wheels go for spacers and if you like steelies go with those, both options will be about the same price...
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people are saying the skyjacker bb is very hard and unpleasant to drive on.
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people are saying the skyjacker bb is very hard and unpleasant to drive on.
The shocks are complete garbage. The spacers are the same as any others.
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yep shocks are one of the main factors that decide how hard a lift will ride
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i got 32 bfg mud and 2'' spacers from ebay.. all on stock wheels.. stock shocks.. it will rub lock to lock.. but barely.. all i did was add a couple of washers on the hub's steering stop bolt... it rides well but a bit slower due to big tires but you will get used to it. I would not get aftermarket shocks if you plan on upgrading soon. unless your shocks are worn; which I doubt. they will be fine.
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:23 PM   #14
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which lift would you recommend if not the skyjacker. I will probably go ahead and get new shocks also.
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deppends if you are putting in new springs or just spacers. if you're just getting spacers and new shocks then any spacer will do, they're all the same. Alot of people like OME shocks if you're looking for a good ride...I've also heard good things about the RE bb kit with the RE monotubes
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yep shocks are one of the main factors that decide how hard a lift will ride
Guess I was asking for that one.
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how far are you thinking of going? If you want to spend under 500 i'd recomend the rustys kit. Its suppose to ride very softly and it gives you new 3" longer springs and shocks so no rubber spacers.
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:16 PM   #18
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thanks for all the input. I'll look into the rusty kit and a few others also. I also will probably look into some new wheels. Now I just have to get my wife to free up some cash.
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thanks for all the input. I'll look into the rusty kit and a few others also. I also will probably look into some new wheels. Now I just have to get my wife to free up some cash.
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