I am new to the forum and hoping I can get some help on lifting my jeep. I have a 2011 Wrangler Sport that is all stock. I am wanting to raise it up but have no idea where to start. I know I want 33" tires and 18"rims but that is it. Any comments and help will be much appreciated. Suspension lift? Body lift? Brand of tires that is best and worst?
3" suspension will let you run 33's with no trouble. I'd say that you will be better off saving for a good lift and don't skimp here. Teraflex would be a good one for example. The tires kinda depend on what your going to use your jeep for. Daily driver mostly I would assume.
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Thanks for the warm welcome... it's a jeep thing!
It is a daily driver that I want to lift. Right now it has P255/75R17 on it and I want to put the 33's with 18" rims on it. At this point, no wheeling with it yet.
Yup.. so lets break it down from the recommendations here...
Stick with a 17" or your stock wheel to avoid higher prices an less selection.
You might want to look into spacers (about $100 a pair) to avoid rubbing with wider than stock tires. It also helps to push out the tires to be more flush with the outside edge of your fender (ill post a picture if I can find one when I did mine). Recommend a good name brand like Spidertrax.
Not really needed but for the cheapest, you can get a leveling kit. These are typically spacers you add to your coil spring. Easy to install and cheap (like around $200 or less if you find a local no longer using theirs). They dont do a hell of a lot other than about a 1"-2" lift. No added suspension benefit for offroad.
Budget Boost lift of just springs and a couple other things can also net you around a 2.5" lift and are fairly cheap (around $600) and dont rely on spacers to increase the height of the jeep. Just be careful because the higher you go, the more you end up having to replace like driveshafts and whatnot.
Being that you have a sport, you probably have the smaller springs of the Wrangler line. I dont know your options on the Jeep personally so I cant attest to that, but its an easy move into a bigger ride which is what you seem to want.
Last FYI is that you can probably find (even locally) someone getting rid of their 17" rubi wheels (if you like that design) and tires for REALLY cheap since a lot of guys immediately upgrade to 35's. Same goes for their stock springs. You can upgrade the majority of your suspension to a rubi suspension for really cheap (wheels/tires/springs for roughly less than $1k).
Do you know what gearing you have? I ask just to remind that as you get bigger tires, if you have the low end gearing of a sport which could be 3.21 (manual) or 3.73 (auto). Both of those are "ok" for a 33 but its starting to become a bit of a dog. Our engines struggle for oxygen at this altitude so adding bigger tires just make them work even harder and can bog you down. 33's should be good for the 3.73 but any bigger and you will want to start looking into a gear ratio change.
Anyways... I feel chatty this morning... sorry for the overload. Here are some pics!
17 inch rims are the most versatile, it seems. That size also has a good selection of tires. I am putting 35s on 17 but 33s are great on 17s too. I am going with a suspension lift, 35" tires, and a million other things for my 2012 Rubi. Stick with 17s, and with 33" tires, you can get aways with spacers or a leveling kit.
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