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Old 01-09-2014, 07:01 PM   #1
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So Cal Wheeling... 2.5 or 3.5 lift?

So I have been going back on forth on how big of a lift I want. I originally thought 2.5 so I don't have to worry about my driveshafts but I don't want to regret it down the road wishing I had gone bigger. I will be running 35s once I decide on one. My JKU is a daily driver with occasional off road runs. I going to go out on a limb and predict that 99.99% of the trails I run will be in So Cal. So what would you guys recommend?

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I've had a 3" lift on my 2-door JK for about 4 years, running stock driveshafts the whole time. Still going great.

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Wat the heck go 3.5 you won't need a front DS till you tear the boot you'll go a while running 35's
Then you can go 37's down the road if your needs change. Just start with a quality lift like RK
And don't look back.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:57 PM   #4
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Yeah I was think RK 2.5 or metal cloak 3.5..... This forum seems to have a lot horror stories concerning drive shafts and lifts. I just don't want to break down at some random time. Can anything else go wrong from not addressing the drive shaft issue?
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Yeah I was think RK 2.5 or metal cloak 3.5..... This forum seems to have a lot horror stories concerning drive shafts and lifts. I just don't want to break down at some random time. Can anything else go wrong from not addressing the drive shaft issue?
If your JK. Is a 12 or later, and you go more than a 2.5, save yourself grief later and get the front shaft. At 2.5 lift, the stock shafts boot will contact the exhaust crossover at droop and will tear, eventually leading to the front shaft failiure. In the stock configuration, the shaft will also hit on extreme droop or articulation, we've seen a few '13 JKs with ripped boots before we even start to install a lift! If your going to a 35", I recommend going for the 3.5 so you won't need to do it over when 2.5 Isn't enough.
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Good advice X2
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:33 AM   #7
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If your JK. Is a 12 or later, and you go more than a 2.5, save yourself grief later and get the front shaft. At 2.5 lift, the stock shafts boot will contact the exhaust crossover at droop and will tear, eventually leading to the front shaft failiure. In the stock configuration, the shaft will also hit on extreme droop or articulation, we've seen a few '13 JKs with ripped boots before we even start to install a lift! If your going to a 35", I recommend going for the 3.5 so you won't need to do it over when 2.5 Isn't enough.
Mine is an 11. Is the front DS all I'd have to do? I'm really leaning to the 3.5. for that one reason.
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One more vote for 3.5". I went with a 2.5" RK lift at first. Even with flat fenders, it was hitting the front bumper. I chopped the bumper, but eventually ended up replacing the 2.5" springs with 4" Evo springs (going to 37's eventually). I think 3.5" is perfect for 35's if you're going to wheel it.
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Another vote for the 3.5. Better to have it and not need, then to need and not have it.

Currently running 37's with a 3.5 and flat fenders. Very happy with the setup.
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Mine is an 11. Is the front DS all I'd have to do? I'm really leaning to the 3.5. for that one reason.
The front driveshaft should still be replaced because the stocker doesn't like the angles the new suspension allows, however the shaft won't hit the exhaust like the '12+ do
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I'm thinking this............

http://www.offroadevolution.com/stor...EVO-DD-LONGARM

Dude, Go Balls To Da Wall up front and then you do not have to do it twice. With that other stuff your looking at you will be left behind sitting on your front porch when the Big Dogs come rolling by to go play in the rocks or the mud.
Evo baby..... That's where it's at!
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I'm thinking this............

EVO: Suspension / Steering, 4" Lift Kit DoubleD JK Bolt On Long Arm

Dude, Go Balls To Da Wall up front and then you do not have to do it twice. With that other stuff your looking at you will be left behind sitting on your front porch when the Big Dogs come rolling by to go play in the rocks or the mud.
Evo baby..... That's where it's at!
Haha although that does look pretty damn bad ass I think im going to have to pass. It is a little out of my price range.However you guys have convinced me to go with the 3.5 metalcloak lift and I will be replacing my front driveshaft once my return check comes in.
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Haha although that does look pretty damn bad ass I think im going to have to pass. It is a little out of my price range.However you guys have convinced me to go with the 3.5 metalcloak lift and I will be replacing my front driveshaft once my return check comes in.
Ok, if you need to pass up on the EVO deal I do understand and I too say go for the 3.5........Been there-Done that......more than I want to admit.
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50" super-swampers and a ten inch lift. Do it or your a girl. Just kidding. I would go out on some ride out to Johnson valley and big bear and see what kinda wheeling you like. Patience and research is a must if you only want to spend once.
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50" super-swampers and a ten inch lift. Do it or your a girl. Just kidding. I would go out on some ride out to Johnson valley and big bear and see what kinda wheeling you like. Patience and research is a must if you only want to spend once.
1,000,000,000,000,000% agree ^^^^
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One more thing to think of. Just because you buy a 3.5 lift that doesn't mean your jeep will be 3.5" higher. All your other junk and options change your actual ride hight. Do all your stuff first. Bumpers, winches, axe, ect then weight it at a truck scale. Get front axle, total weight then rear. Then talk to a spring specialist to get the ride height you want and style you drive.
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My 13 was one of the ones that had started burning the boot before we lifted it. I did flex it out a lot before we did the lift. 3.5 RK on mine. Seems to work pretty good. Way taller than my buddys 2.5 but he has bumpers and a winch.

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