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Old 04-27-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Rubicon Lift Questions...

I have a automatic 2003 Rubicon. It's pretty stock, currently with 31's. I have a set of 33" Mickey T's I was going to throw on my Cherokee during it's build. The lady uses the XJ and wants the 31's on it (Glad she mentioned it before I bought the XJ lift). So, if I'm going to put the 33's on the Rubi, what is the minimum lift? Also, will I need to add anything else to prevent overheat, lag of power, axle issues, etc? Or will a 3"-4" suspension lift do? This jeep will more than likely only be used as a daily driver and rarely taken off road. And when she does see the dirt, it will more than likely only see mild trails.

I've had a 90YJ and a 97TJ, but I'm new to the Rubicon and don't really know much about it's extras...Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-27-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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if your rubicon is stock there is a decent chance you can put a 2" BB (spacer lift) and put 33's on it and decide if the tranny shift points and your "normal"
driving terrain would lean towards a re-gear or if the factory 4.10 gears are ok...you may also run into some rubbing on the factory flares, control arms, shock tower at extreme flexing angles..or while turning sharp.

"Putting 33's" on a Rubicon is kinda vague...the backspacing of the wheels, the width of the tire, the brand of tire, and budget factor into alot of things. I have been running 31's on my Rubicon since 04 and personally when I lift mine about 2 inches I'm going to get a OME type lift that includes shocks, springs etc.

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Old 04-27-2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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I installed a 2in BB on my friends 06 Rubicon LJ. He has 31s on it and its proportioned good now. I feel like 33s on just 2in BB would be pushing it and you might rub on speed bumps. Now a 2in BB and 1-1.25 BL may be a better route to run 33s on a budget
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. So, you think maybe a 2" suspension, 1" body lift combo should be good? Or should I just go with a 3"? Budget is getting thin due to unforeseen expenses (as most of us run into). I didn't want to put these tires on the Rubi, but I think I lost that argument. I got the tires (33x12.5R15, with half tread) with the wheels from a guy who had to part out his TJ. He said he had a 4" lift on it but the wheels and tires fit perfectly with no rub on turns. The price jump from 3"-4" is ridiculous. I was always told body lifts are no good. But that was in the 90's when I had my other Jeeps. Have things changed? Guess I have some catching up to do on the different lift options...
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:40 PM   #5
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You could do a 3 in suspension lift but will be getting more pricey. And a 3 inch BB i would steer away from. Body lifts are fine as long as you dont go above 2 inches. Id say your best bet (correct me if im wrong...) would be a 2 in BB with a 1-1.25 in BL. The budget booster you can get for like 100 if you keep stock shocks. And a BL i believe runs about the same. like 100. You could get new shocks for a 2 in lift but if your on a budget the stock ones will be fine as long as you dont offroad too hardcore. For a DD youll be fine. Another thing you should probably get are bumpstop extensions to compensate for the BB.
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Thanks. I'm on 4wheelparts, amazon, and ebay, checking them out now. I was told the Rubi got new shocks and springs in the last year or two. So ya, I think I'll go with your recommendations for now.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:07 PM   #8
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Thanks. I'll definitely check them out.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:10 PM   #9
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No problem, hope all goes well in the project! Both of those items are pretty easy to install too. You could do it in a weekend for sure as long as you dont run into any major issues.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:28 PM   #10
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I'm pretty sure I have the right tools for any job. As long as I have instructions to follow, I'm good. As for running into any major issues...I'll keep a hammer and something to bang it against handy for those moments of frustration.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:31 PM   #11
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Haha its not a project without an issue right?? If i were you id read the instructions and spray downthe bolts you need to remove with wd40 or pbblaster a few times to make removal easier.

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