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Old 06-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Body vs suspension

2013 jk sport. This fall upgrading wheels and tires. Not wanting major costs or upgrades.
Thinking of moving up to 17" wheels, 285/75 tires. Would a 1" body lift accommodate me to move up to 33's?
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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With proper backspacing you can fit 33s with no lift. But the bigger question is what you plan to do with your jeep. Offroad any? Street only?

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Old 06-04-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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Ahhhh, the plan!
Well originally there was NO plan. No mods, maybe wheels. Now...well it seems maybe a little off roading. It's the primary vehicle for work, etc. nothing extreme. I am leaning to not use 33s. Sticking with 285/75 but moving to 17 inch wheel.
However, still considering 1" body lift and if I do, how would it look. Would the wheels and tires fill the wheel wells or will they look empty as they do now with stock 255/75/16.
Who knows what future plans might be.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:34 AM   #4
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Ahhhh, the plan!
Well originally there was NO plan. No mods, maybe wheels. Now...well it seems maybe a little off roading. It's the primary vehicle for work, etc. nothing extreme. I am leaning to not use 33s. Sticking with 285/75 but moving to 17 inch wheel.
However, still considering 1" body lift and if I do, how would it look. Would the wheels and tires fill the wheel wells or will they look empty as they do now with stock 255/75/16.
Who knows what future plans might be.
JK do not need a body lift.

I used to have one and had a couple of problems:

1. (Manual Trans only) Shifter needs to be extended since it was hitting the center console thus not engaging some gears correctly.

2. I had to replace one ground wire from the firewall to the motor. (I believe once the body was lifted an inch that ground was a bit tight then eventually it just tore off)

3. When I went to install my AEV Tire Carrier the plate that mounts to the tailgate screws didn't align since the body was lifted an inch. I had to make it work.

I got rid of it and never looked back.

Just do a 2.5" coil lift (Teraflex, AEV, Rockrawler) and you'll be fine.

You can actually fit 33s with no lift on a JK.

Also doing flat flares will help gain more tire clearance.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
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If you arent crawling... you can fit (as they have said) 33's without any rubbing (and proper backspacing).

TBH if you want to go on the cheap, find a member selling his stock wheels and springs from a rubi. You can usually get a good package for cheap which will get you a bit bigger of a look than the stock sport has. Powdercoat or paint the wheels and make em your own.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:19 PM   #6
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As the Others have said you can fit 33's on a stock JK. If you do want just a little bit of height might I suggest our leveling kit. It will put you up 1.5" as well as give you some quick disconnects to make it easier when you want to go off road. You can take a look at it here. Nice thing is it's also wallet friendly and retails for $159.99
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
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I can vouch for the Terflex leveling kit. 2" up front, one in the rear. Completed my installation last weekend. My Jeep got the little lift I wanted, looks great and should now take up to 34s if I want to.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #8
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So my girlfriend drives a 2013 Sahara and was thinking about going the 33 route as opposed to the stock 255's. however. No new rims. Our shop can get her the tires. But i was noticing you guys all talk about backspacing to fit 33's on a stock JK But on the 2013 Sahara wheels, there's not much back spacing is there.. Would it work?

Also.. I am assuming it's not possible to fit a 33 on the stock tire carrier.. Is it?
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:45 AM   #9
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I don't believe 33's will work on stock Sahara wheels. You'll need wheel spacers if they don't have in the neighborhood of 4.5 back spacing.

You could probably find someone on the forum and buy used 33's, properly backspaced wheels and a leveling kit all for about the same as new tires.....
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Oh and yes 33 on stock carrier is okay. Not ideal but it works, wouldn't go any bigger on there though.
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Thanks for the help! I guess I might just be caught in wishful thinking. I mean the tires on it are brand new and this probably won't happen Til they get worn down. Which hopefully for me is soon! Sad news about the wheels though. Bolt pattern on the JK is what? Maybe ill keep an eye out. Ideally. I would like a leveling kit though.
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Thanks for the help! I guess I might just be caught in wishful thinking. I mean the tires on it are brand new and this probably won't happen Til they get worn down. Which hopefully for me is soon! Sad news about the wheels though. Bolt pattern on the JK is what? Maybe ill keep an eye out. Ideally. I would like a leveling kit though.
I believe jeep went to a five inch bolt pattern after the tj was retired. I could be wrong though, and usually am.
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:38 PM   #13
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Your right...this time haha. JK is five on five. Still pretty cheap to get adapters and rubi take offs since nearly every soccer mom out there gets new wheels and tires within 1k miles lol.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:27 PM   #14
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What's anyone's opinion on rubi take offs?
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Rubi take offs are usually damn near new. Rubi owners tend to be psycos that go into a new rig with instant plans to go larger.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:27 PM   #16
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So what's the difference between the springs and shocks and my Sahara.
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depends 2 dr/4dr. rubicon springs are typically a little stiffer so they sit a little taller. But depending on options you could almost have the same springs. Shocks on rubicons are the real difference.
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Rubi take offs are usually damn near new. Rubi owners tend to be psycos that go into a new rig with instant plans to go larger.
Not true. I went 6 months.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:04 AM   #19
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Well since this one is a road queen I'm thinking I should just leave the springs on it if I can't get any more height. And I think when it needs shocks I should just put bilstein 5100 in there.

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