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Old 08-17-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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Spacer lift help needed for beer, etc

I've got a 2013 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon that desperately needs some balls so I want to put 35 inch Duratracs on it with some Level 8 Trackers.

I need some help with a 2.5 inch spacer lift. I'm hoping that some kind person will recommend someone in the Laurel/Columbia area to assist me. I don't mind paying a reasonable fee.

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Old 08-17-2013, 09:54 PM   #2
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It's a pretty basic job and I did mine then helped the guy who bought that from me when I upgraded. I'd be happy to help. Do you have the place and tools or do you need a spot as well? I have the space to do it with tools. Let me know. I am in Sykesville so not too far from Columbia.

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Old 08-18-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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It's a pretty basic job and I did mine then helped the guy who bought that from me when I upgraded. I'd be happy to help. Do you have the place and tools or do you need a spot as well? I have the space to do it with tools. Let me know. I am in Sykesville so not too far from Columbia.
Very kind of you to offer BB. I don't have the tools so I would definitely travel up your way.

Every day that passes I learn more and my plan seems to evolve. Perhaps the 35s would be overkill for my needs and it could be more of a headache considering tire prices, fuel economy, stress on the gears, clearance issues, and spare tire mount.

Now I'm thinking 33s again and just big enough where only a fraction of an inch is outside the fenders. I think my fenders are a little larger because it's a Rubicon. I will call DTD in the morning and sort it all out. I sure do love the look of 33s or 35 Duratracs on Level 8 Trackers in matte black.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:35 AM   #4
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I would just go 35s to be honest. I had the exact same thought as you and did 33s first and have already replaced them 35s. Do the 35s the first time and you won't ever regret it to be honest.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:44 AM   #5
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So if I go with 35's how much lift will I need and can I get away with just coil spacers? Do you recommend I get a leveling spacer kit (1 inch in back and 2 inch in front)?

I really don't want the tires bulging out of the fenders very much. I guess that is one of my top concerns about the 35s. If you were my Jeep wheels and tires doctor what would you prescribe?
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:04 AM   #6
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So if I go with 35's how much lift will I need and can I get away with just coil spacers? Do you recommend I get a leveling spacer kit (1 inch in back and 2 inch in front)?

I really don't want the tires bulging out of the fenders very much. I guess that is one of my top concerns about the 35s. If you were my Jeep wheels and tires doctor what would you prescribe?
There are tons of determining factors to be honest. How much offroading will you be doing? What type? Rocks, trails, fire roads, etc....The tires sticking out are a product of wheel backspacing and going to a bigger tire you basically have to push the wheel/tire out so you don't get steering rub while at full lock regardless of how much lift you have. If you are going to be doing mild wheeling you can easily do the spacer kit that you spoke about. I have a sport and my first lift I switched to Rubicon shocks and springs with a 1.75" spacer kit. Those things netted me 3" of lift and I did some pretty serious wheeling with 35s on that setup. I don't mean to be evasive but there are a lot if answers to your question based on how you will be using your Jeep.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:29 PM   #7
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I should have started off by stating how I intend to use my Jeep. I will use the Jeep as a daily driver. 99% of the time it will be used on streets. I do not see me doing anything like rock crawling. I'm just planning on some light off road stuff (mud and trails) and snow. Pretty tame stuff. So... maybe 33's would be all I need just to beef it up?
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I should have started off by stating how I intend to use my Jeep. I will use the Jeep as a daily driver. 99% of the time it will be used on streets. I do not see me doing anything like rock crawling. I'm just planning on some light off road stuff (mud and trails) and snow. Pretty tame stuff. So... maybe 33's would be all I need just to beef it up?
Yeah but I will warn I said the exact same thing when we bought ours. Now ours isn't a daily driver but we do drive it often. I thought 33s a mild lift and I will be good to go. Went offroading the first time and that plan flew right out the window! Not trying to talk you out of it but what I would do is take your rig wheeling a couple times in stock form just to see how bad you get bit by the bug. This way you won't put yourself in the position I was in. If you want to join us on a trip let me know because we try to go pretty often. Shoot me a PM and I'll send you my number.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:15 AM   #9
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BB, I went with the sensors but I will probably buy the computer thingy. Thanks for your help. Tires/rims get in on Thursday!
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BB, I went with the sensors but I will probably buy the computer thingy. Thanks for your help. Tires/rims get in on Thursday!
no problem....make sure to post pics!
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:10 PM   #11
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no problem....make sure to post pics!
Here are some pics. I'm not sure how I feel at the moment. They stick out much more than I anticipated.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #12
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Looks great. Your not going to get them in much tighter and not have rub. You could always get wider fenders.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:27 PM   #13
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It's growing on me but my Jeep looks a little like it's squatting. I just hope that a small lift will improve the overall stance. I just need something to tie it all in. Not sure what that something is yet.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:50 PM   #14
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It's growing on me but my Jeep looks a little like it's squatting. I just hope that a small lift will improve the overall stance. I just need something to tie it all in. Not sure what that something is yet.
Yeah just small lift or leveling kit will help a ton.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:25 AM   #15
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Maybe these pics can help you out... Both hv TF Leveling Kits, Rubi Takeoffs & 33s
Black has 305/70/16
Gray has 285/70/17
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:58 PM   #16
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Maybe these pics can help you out... Both hv TF Leveling Kits, Rubi Takeoffs & 33s
Black has 305/70/16
Gray has 285/70/17
That looks really good. I can't wait to level mine. I didn't even know about leveling until I joined the forum.

Out of the hundreds of leveling & lifting products out there - I need to somehow choose the brand and the height. My head is spinning. I don't want to pay too much but I want quality.
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Teraflex is probably the most common and trouble free, IMO.
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That looks really good. I can't wait to level mine. I didn't even know about leveling until I joined the forum.

Out of the hundreds of leveling & lifting products out there - I need to somehow choose the brand and the height. My head is spinning. I don't want to pay too much but I want quality.

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