|Today 12:47 PM|
|Today 12:23 PM|
|Mike-7||Thank you. I just became a supporting member of your site. I am supporting something I enjoy and, you probably saved me a few hundred dollars with your advice|
|Today 12:01 PM|
I actually left shocks out because of your budget.
Stock rubicon shocks are a great upgrade for about $100
Rancho right now is running a rebate on 4 shocks. The 9000 adjustable shocks can't be beat for the price. ($250-$275)
Now, if you plan on shocks (I looked quickly and did not see it on XT's site) you won't need the shock extensions running longer shocks. I believe TF offers a BB without shock extensions. Check with Ryan.
If you have the money. TF's basic 2.5" coil lift is around $500. Add the 9000 shocks and you have yourself a decent setup.
A lot of people here in this thread run this setup along with Rancho or AEV drop brackets for caster angle.
|Today 09:37 AM|
Not only did you help, you helped a lot. Thanks. 2 quick follow-up's
I noticed the BB didn't include shocks...what's your opinion on the stock shocks ?
Upgrading to coils later....which would you recommend ? Depending on the cost, I might just get them now, can probably find another $400 laying somewhere.... :-)
|Today 08:02 AM|
That's tough. Tires can cost as much as 2k.
** Lift kit **
Maybe start with a simple Budget boost like this
** A couple other recommendations **
** upgrade to coils later **
Later, and when you do add bumpers/winch .. The parts will already be there switching to coils.
(Bump stops/shocks, swaybar links, etc)
** Tires **
Like said, It's going to cost 1500-2000 on the tires when all said and done. You can run the stock wheels with a 35" tire. The 12.5 width requires spacers (or wheels with less back space)
The Goodyear Duratrac is a very popular tire. Lightweight which is good running 3.21's.
Best advice .. Go to Discount Tire's website or PM the forum rep. See what he can do for you.
I highly recommend the tire warranty, best $30 per tire you'll spend.
I hope this helped. I know everything adds up more then 2k. I tried
|Today 02:05 AM|
- 75% hwy driving - 40 miles round-trip / 25% off-road (but when off-road, I want deep mud and big rocks, not just avg trails)
-- I like the look of at least 315 for width and 35" for height on tires
--- $2,000 for lift, rims and tires to start, but willing to add more with each paycheck as possible
---- add-ons: Yes on tire carrier, No on winch, Yes on bumper
----- I am hoping for 5" of lift overall....35" will give 1.5", + 2.5" lift ??? + long springs and/or coils, etc.. = desired result ???
I will buy from XT all the parts/etc and I only have full use of 1 arm and 505 strength in other...which means I will also need to add installation charges, I have a separate budget just for install currently sitting at $300...will add to that as needed too.
|Today 12:27 AM|
Yes, these questions would be better answers in TJ tech.. Hell, I'm in a good mood.
I took a stab at it for you. "Guesses" in quotes (just kidding) lol i owned a Tj For over 10 years.
|Yesterday 03:53 PM|
|Cfjeep||Thanks I'll post over in the TJ section.|
|Yesterday 03:43 PM|
|Yesterday 03:34 PM|
JK Wheel / Tire / Lift Help
I have a stock 2005 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.4L 4 cyl. 6spd. (TJ) Garage kept with 60K miles on it. I use it mostly for commuting, with some light offroading - beach and moderate trails.
I wanted to put Blackrock Viper black matte wheels Part Number: 900B581237 with 31" or 32" BFG all terrain's (32"s would be 32x11.5R15LT). The jeep is 10 years old and the shocks could stand to be replaced. I'm not a big car guy and want to be sure before I buy. I had a few questions:
1. Do the tires fit the wheels correctly?
2. Do I need to do a lift at all? Can I fit 32" tires on a stock TJ without the tires rubbing? Or do I need to step back to 31"?
3. If I need to do a lift, what height / brand would be recommended?
4. What shocks? I've heard thrown around Rancho 9000xl, skyjacker soft ride, Pro Comp? I'm looking for a bit better than stock ride on the road and off-road.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
|Yesterday 02:21 PM|
Do you have your build sheet ?
You can also go to Jeeps website and enter the vin for your info.
Lastly ... You can physically check by jacking up your rear axle. Draw a chalk line on the tire and driveshaft. Turn a tire one complete revolution and count how many times the driveshaft turns.
Factory ratios are 3.21, 3.73 and 4.10
Installing a lift kit is not all that hard and allows you to learn a bit what goes on underneath the jeep.
|Yesterday 02:05 PM|
Appreciate the feed back
|09-19-2014 11:15 AM|
I've never tried this. Type your vin here and see what it comes up with (gearing)
|09-19-2014 11:06 AM|
This is the kit I had in mind
TeraFlex 2.5" Suspension Lift Kit, with 9550 VSS Shocks - TF-1251000
|09-19-2014 10:41 AM|
Something like the TF coil lift with shock extensions ? What model do you own .. A sport ? The rubicon shocks are a great upgrade over the stock (black) sport shocks. You can usually find those in the classifieds/CL for $100 Obviously there's room to upgrade. But a good start and inexpensive.
What gears do you have. Gear choice depends mostly on tire diameter.
|09-19-2014 10:14 AM|
Pretty freakin dope rig...
Appreciate the feed back...I assumed I would be compromising something going that route...I'd prefer to get it right the first go around. And I've been hearing the same thing from other jeeps about initially thinking they don't want to do extreme off-roading but change their mind...that may be a possiblity, however I'm a lil cowardly when it comes to that. Furthermore I will be adding a stereo system there which I know will add some more weight to my vehicle maybe upwards of 150+ lbs.
Once again, thank you
I was looking somewhere along the lines of the teraflex kit which runs around 750.00
however like I said I want to try to get it right the first time...so I don't mind spending a 1000.00
will I eventually need to regear as well?
|09-19-2014 09:23 AM|
"adding weight to your rig (front and rear bumpers) makes me think a true good SL is the way to go"
This right here IF adding weight ^^
What is your budget.
No nonsense/decent and complete. How about something like AEV's 2.5 w/ control arm drop brackets?
|09-19-2014 09:15 AM|
This is personal opinion only as I have not modded the JK or JKU at all...the TJ eats all the MOD MONEY!!!
That being said I always cringe when I hear/ read the term " budget _______" To me that is a compromise...and that is not usually the best option for me, because I will upgrade it later, and regret the short term benefits by the "budget" option.
The part about "off roading but no real flexing"...be advised that is what 90% start with in our minds....here is a Pic of my '04 TJ...when I purchased it I said I MIGHT add larger tires when the stockers wore out but that was the only mod it would receive.
Now Different tires, wheels, SL, BL, MML, SYE, new fenders in Front and new flares in the rear, high flow exhaust and intake, stereo, speakers, winch, Bumpers etc.
adding weight to your rig (front and rear bumpers) makes me think a true good SL is the way to go. GOOD LUCK!!
|09-19-2014 08:52 AM|
Slightly embarrassed to be asking some of my questions after I've read about 30 pages on this thread. There is so much information, honestly its hard to digest and it's giving me a headache. However, it definitely has helped me have some some better insight rather than just running off to some shop installing a simple lift and having to worry about problems in the future.
I recently purchased an '14 JKU
now running 33'' duratracs on stocks rims...
however I'm dying to get a kit thrown on...
the jeep is sorta a daily driver, I only get to use it after work hours and on the weekends...I do intend to use it for moderate offroading...notrock krawling and no real flexing...
I'm looking for a 2-2.5'' lift however I want to do it the right way ...I want it to drive as close as possible to stock and not have to worry about future problems (caster, death wobble, etc.)
So far I was looking at
-TeraFlex's Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks & Coils
-TeraFlex's Budget Boost w/ Shocks
Also, I plan on adding Rock Crawler Rear and Front Bumpers no winch
Please let me know if I am doing too much or too little (I rather pay now then later)
Thanks in advance
|09-17-2014 08:12 PM|
Your average 3.5 will yield 4" front and 3" rear.
|09-17-2014 08:05 PM|
|JeepChad||But I'm trying to figure out how to measure for the 3.5" lift.|
|09-17-2014 05:38 PM|
The driveshaft compresses as the suspension droops and it has like 6-7" of slip or extension/compression. That 1" won't change much IMO.
|09-17-2014 03:48 PM|
|JeepChad||I'm replacing my front DS and need measurements for Tom Woods to make one. problem is, currently, i'm at 2.5" lift with no control arms, but this winter I plan on adding 1"spacers (3.5" total lift) and at that time adding front lower control arms to fix my caster. Is it possible to measure the required DS length before I make these modifications? I'm thinking I could jack it up front and back 1" but that wont simulate having front lower CAs. Any thoughts? How precise should my DS length measurement be?|
|09-11-2014 01:05 AM|
|09-11-2014 01:03 AM|
Iirc, You have fixed CA's which help with pinion angles. Just keep a eyeball on the shafts for grease splatter. Shafts will tend to make noises too.
|09-10-2014 11:57 PM|
|09-10-2014 09:40 PM|
|09-10-2014 09:34 PM|
|09-10-2014 09:15 PM|
I have an '08 JKU with a TF leveling kit, 18/59 factory springs and Rubi takeoff shocks. The rear seems to be just the right height, but the front still has more rake than I like. Can I add add'l spacers or should I look at changing front springs? Looks like another inch or so would do it. Ideas?
|09-10-2014 12:00 PM|
33-35" tire 2.5 is more than enough lift. Over 2.5" requires more parts/driveline concerns/etc
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