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Old 09-25-2007, 07:51 PM   #1
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HELP! What kind of lift & how much??

I have just bought a 2003 Wrangler X that is total stock. I LOVE it. I want to put 33 X 12.50 - 15 tires on it. What width rims do I need & most of all what kind of lift do I need. I don't do a lot of off-roading I just want it to look GOOD! Do I go with a body lift or suspension lift or a combo of both. Please be specific. Thanks in advance. This is a great site with a lot of very nice folks.

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Old 09-25-2007, 07:58 PM   #2
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Theres many ways you can get 33's on it. Most go for the 4" sus. lift. I have a 2" BB and 32's. I'm waiting for 1" JKS BL to give it a little more clearence. Running 33x12.50's should be run on a 15x8 rim with at least a 4 backspace. I'm going with Cragar Soft 8's in black because they have a 4 B/S. I ran 32x11.50's on stock rims for a while but had rubbing so I went to stock for the time being. Do as much research as possible so you don't do stuff you'll only regret doing in the end. Welcome to the forum.

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Old 09-25-2007, 08:03 PM   #3
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First: welcome. Congrats on having good taste.
Second: Man, talk about a loaded question.
A lift will be your own taste and preferences as determined by your budget. You can spend anywhere from $150-$900 (and much more) on a mild to moderate lift ("1.75-3.5"). I'd avoid a BL if possible, but sometimes is necessary to run certain tires depending on how much suspension lift you get. 33's will require at least 2.5" at bare minimum considering you don't plan to wheel it (that may soon change). You'll need new wheels with less backspacing to run those tires to keep from having rub in turns. Regarding lift brands, there's one for everybody and plenty of threads on here debating the merits of each. Here's a pretty good link for reviews of different lifts (and other jeep mods). Good luck.

Forgot...I'm currently running a 2" budget boost and a 1" BL with 33/12.5/15 on 15x10 steelies w/4.25 backspace and have great clearance.

But my Full Traction 3" lift just arrived yesterday!

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Old 09-25-2007, 08:04 PM   #4

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I'm planning on buying a 3" Full Traction lift and adding a 1" BL and MML to get the 33's to fit. Right now I'm running a 2" BB and 31's on 15x8 Eagle Alloys. No rubbing issues and looks good. But, like you, I want 33's.
I want the 3" instead of the 4" so I can avoid having to buy the SYE and replacement driveshaft that alot of 4" lifts require to avoid vibes. You'll have alot of options and this forum is great for collecting opinions and advice. Welcome aboard and enjoy that Jeep!!
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:05 PM   #5
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Welcome! I have the Budget Boost (2") and the JKS 1.25" Body Lift and my 33's work very well, on and off road!
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:17 PM   #6
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2" BB or coil lift and 1" BL will clear 33's for cheap and it looks and performs good...very simple too.
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:24 PM   #7
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if you want a very good ride and enough clearance for 33s:


i have this kit (but with a 2" BL) and itĀ“s the best ride i ever had in a SWB jeep.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:26 PM   #8
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Biggest question is: what is your budget?

As somebody mentioned, some "lifts" are cheap ($150-$300) while others can push in the thousands range.

Second question is: what do you plan on doing with it? If you want to just drive it around town, to get 33x12.50's, a simple 2.5" w/ maybe a 1" puck lift will do the trick. If you want to mud, a 3.5-4" short arm lift will do you. If you want to rock crawl, long arm 4.5" is the way to go.

Personally, after researching for 13 months, I started with an '03 TJ X as well. Put a 4.5" RE Long Arm on it, 15x8" w/ 4.5" back spacing rims, 33x12.50 BFG MT/r's, SYE, gearing, and other stuff. Wasn't cheap, but was done right and never had a lick of problems for the rock crawling I've encountered.
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:44 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by mrbigjeep View Post
2" BB or coil lift and 1" BL will clear 33's for cheap and it looks and performs good...very simple too.
i agree.. i have somewhat the same setup

2'' coil lift with shocks - 320 shipped to the door
1'' bb - 30
1.25'' bl with 1'' mml - 100

a tad bit over 4''s total for $450..

then added new swaybar endlinks.. jks quicker discos in the front and jks adjustables in the rear..

front- 125 brand new (mine were 80 barely used)
rear- 55 shipped to the door

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