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Old 12-30-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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What lift Kit and Tires???

I am new to a Jeep Club and also new to the Jeep family. I have been getting all kinds of information about lifts and tires. Some of the info I get from people who mean well are not listening to what my needs are. I'm asking for some advice on what brand lift kits are better and why. I have a 2011 JK Sport that is currently stock. I go wheeling 1 or 2 times a month in the central FL area. My Jeep is my only source of transportation and need to keep it 95% street worthy. I have 31 inch street tires on it and am thinking of getting 33 inch mud tires for off road. I will change out the wheels when I go off roading. So my first idea is, do I NEED a lift kit or can I just put spacers in. Then when I get more experienced, always have the option to put a lift kit in. Also If I put a heavier bumper on the front with a winch, will the spacers be sufficient enough to still give me clearance with the bigger tires? Just looking for some experienced Jeepers to help a newby out.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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1. If you buy a set of 33" tires (and wheels with about 4.5" of back spacing) then you won't need wheel spacers. Check out discount tire they're ontheforum and typically give screaming deals. Also if you're considering Goodyear Duratracs, I believe they are still offering a 100 rebate through treadlightly. Personally very happy with my Duratracs. and I wheel a decent amount.

2. No you won't need a lift, I would suggest you get a leveling kit though. The leveling kit will provide you with a bit more clearance and more capability with the larger tire off road.

Hope that information helps you out.

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:00 AM   #4
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Stick with a Leveling kit, people are very happy with the Terraflex kit. It seems to have all the right parts.

Although you don't need it, you will notice with the larger tires you will loose flex for going over bumps. The leveling kit will give you that space the tires took up back.

As for tires I have yet to hear something bad about the Duratracks.

Teraflex 1155200 - Teraflex Leveling Kit for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Also see what the guys in your club are running and ask them. Good luck!
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