|Today 09:34 AM|
There's a lot of great info in this thread fellas. I have a JKUR with a LOD armor lite front bumper and a 10A rear bumper. I'm pretty settled on the Teraflex 2.5" coil lift with Bilstein 5100s. I'm going to run 35" Duratecs. My question is what else should I get that doesn't come with the kit? I know I need the exhaust spacer. It's my daily driver and doesn't see much more than the occasional fire road.
|08-01-2014 11:24 AM|
Thanks Lou. Knowing I can improve as I go is a big deal for my budget and lifestyle. My Jeep was stored for years shortly after purchase. This is my second user on here. Manual X, 28,013 miles, only been run the last 2 years. Rather than buy new, go in debt, and still not have what I need, I am completely rebuilding from ground up. Life is a lot more fun when you don't have big payments! So much info to absorb that it will give you a nose bleed. I can find info for on road use, at least partial, or beasts, nothing in between, which is where I fall. I was getting pretty frustrated not finding the info I need, but thanks to this thread I have a start. I based height and tire size on experience. I drive on old contour strips, mountaintop removal sights, valley fills, sippy holes, hills, back roads and in the woods 3 - 6 days a week. Clearance is needed. Unless I cut the fenders, AKA gravel catchers, a 2.5" with 35s does rub on this terrain. 4+" is the norm here, too tall for me. After a lifetime of trucks, I wish I had of gotten a Jeep sooner.
|07-30-2014 09:03 AM|
The Jeep looks great Terrabit, enjoy.
I like this "lifting in steps" idea because its a great economical approach that slowly introduces you to Jeep Modding. As you progress, you'll realize what works for you and what doesn't. If on the other hand, you don't want to bother with progressional improvements and would prefer to go straight with the entire kit, then I would consider either Metal Cloak or Rock Krawler. They are both really well suited for predominantly off-road Jeeps. I tend to favor Metal Cloak a bit more personally for several reasons but you might find RK to be a better fit for you. I would start with that approach first.
|07-29-2014 10:43 PM|
I'm still interested in reducing as much bumpstop as possible. Thanks again for the reply.
|07-29-2014 04:30 PM|
|07-29-2014 04:06 PM|
I am more confused than ever!!!! I am not grasping all of this. I have an 07 2 door, 29,000 miles, 80% plus off road use, some very rough, lots of rocky roads and hills. Thought I knew what I wanted, TF 1256202, but I may have to add more $ and may not achieve my desired 3-3 1/2 inch lift with full weight is added. I find that MK has an upgradable kit with springs that will improve handling, and I can use my stock shocks until Nov (anniversary gift) but I will get so much height I would end up paying extra $$$. And it seems everyone has a different idea on what needs added and when. ARGGGG!!!!! I thought a $2000 budget would get me a decent, usable completed kit to run up to 35 inch tires. I am used to old pickups that if you gut them, you just go to the junkyard for replacements. My brain is dead from all of the reading! Please Help?
|07-29-2014 07:32 AM|
|07-28-2014 08:19 PM|
So Matador is it safe to say that the AEV Dualsport XT 2.5” is my best bet for a 2014 JKU that will be doing 100% city and freeway? Will I need anything else keeping in mind that it will not off road? Will run 35" and aftermarket wheels, probably aftermarket bumpers to.
On our previous 2010 JKU we went all the way on a 4" lift kit, it was a mix of OME, long arms, adjustable everything and we hated it. The kit was around $2500...It was like driving a boat on the road... we want to make sure it doesn't happen again
|07-13-2014 08:19 PM|
|04-22-2014 08:02 PM|
Put together some stuff I had and some stuff I ordered. Some of you know I was pretty unhappy with my RK lift on my JKR. It got better with time and replacing the RK stuff. This time (and it is a 4-door) I went with 3" Synergy springs, AEV drop brackets, Rancho 9000 XL shocks, etc. The ride is night and day (better). I may just switch shocks to the 5100s and see what it does but the Synergy coils and Rancho 9000 XL shocks, along with the AEV brackets, are fantastic.
This pic is not the best- the white makes the dark tires/wheels/asphalt blend in on the phone. Glad I went with the 3" coils.
|04-22-2014 07:53 PM|
Sir Matador, first, thank you for your contributions. I read lots of stuff on this site and others and always appreciate what you have to say.
I have a 13' JKUR auto on 35" Toyo MTs with a 2.5" TF coil lift and track bar. Still using the stock Rubi shocks with TF extensions and the bump stops that came in the kit. It drives fine but I'd like to increase the travel a bit - I'd like to chuck the extra bumpstop if I can. Can I do that with the right shocks and cut fenders? I understand I'd get more down travel with MC or synergy springs.
|04-22-2014 04:21 PM|
|mittenman||Thanks Matador, if I decide to go with Metal Cloak how long can I reasonably expect to drive without subjecting the other component to excessive wear before upgrading? The jeep is a manual transmission Rubicon so should have the 4.10 gear ratio.|
|04-22-2014 03:32 PM|
You want something that can clear 35's, work with factory wheels, comfortable for city driving and capable for occasional off-roading... all while keeping the price down.
Believe it or not you have a very common wish list. If your on a budget, I would suggest lifting your Jeep in steps like I described, starting with a Teraflex leveling kit. Its not going to handle better but if you chop your fenders it will clear 35's.
If you want to invest some more money than you will want to look at kits with at least a 2.5" lift. I personally like Metal cloak, their dual rate spring system seems to fit your city comfort requirement while giving you great articulation off-road.
|04-22-2014 12:22 PM|
|04-20-2014 09:03 PM|
|mittenman||I recently bought a 2007 JKU Rubicon that I want to put 35' tires on. I had an 03" TJ a few years back that I put an OME lift on and 33" tires. I had the stiffer suspension kit with tire carrier and bumper on the back but stock fron bumper with half doors and soft top. The ride was firmer on city roads than I wanted but handled great doing light off roading. After reading thru this whole thread I have no idea what to put on JKU? I was leaning towards the TF lift but the Jeep has brand new tires and I cannot afford new wheels rright now. I want a suspension lift that will give me 2.5"-3" will work with factory wheels and be used primarily for in town driving. I want to minimize parts wear and have great handling around town with some upgrade in occasional off roading. What is the best lift to do that while keeping price down? Any ideas from the more experienced members is greatly appreciated.|
|03-31-2014 05:46 PM|
Just thinking out loud here. Current setup is the TF 2.5" coil lift with Bilstein 5100's and 315 Duratracs..
Plan is to eventually add bumbers and winch. I know the TF coils are soft enough that I will lose some height. So now the brainstorm starts...
1. Add just enough spacer to get it back to current height(shouldn't need add'l parts)
2. Upgrade to Metal cloak 2.5" springs because the get nearly 3.5" without added weight(may need track bar and control arms here)
3. Go up to 3.5" Metal cloak springs for badassery factor(will definately need the TB's and CA's here with possiblity of high steer kit)
What say the experts???
|03-16-2014 05:03 PM|
|03-16-2014 04:52 PM|
How about RK's new 1.5's?
|03-16-2014 04:20 PM|
Thanks for the response.
The springs I have are 17/58 I believe. I was thinking upgrading to 19/60 and adding Rubicon shocks. When adding bumpers, the added weight will sag some so I didn't want to lose any lift/clearance with the leveling kit. So it's not technically worth upgrading the springs and shocks? Will it help with the added weight?
|03-16-2014 04:09 PM|
|kjeeper10||You have a 4 door and should already have "unlimited" springs. There's no such thing as rubicon springs, I doubt they will do anything for you. As long as you're sticking with 33's you should be ok, flat flares are another option for clearance without sacrificing ride.|
|03-16-2014 03:26 PM|
I'm currently running 33s with a TF Leveling Kit with 3.21 gears. I mainly take it on the beach and some light trails. My next mods will be front and rear bumpers. With the added weight of the bumpers, will I be able to keep the leveling Kit and maybe add Rubicon springs and shocks to help offset any sagging from the added weight? Or is it better to maybe go with a 2.5" lift first and then add the bumpers?
No plans for 35s just yet, it would be awhile before upgrading to them since the 33s are just fine right now. I want to make sure I keep the clearance when the bumpers are added. So, keep the leveling Kit and add Rubicon springs and shocks or replace with a 2.5"-3" lift? Thoughts?
|03-10-2014 06:44 PM|
|pbeachcruzer||you mention the 2" rancho sport as a basic lift, but not the 3" sport. my question is what are your thoughts on the rancho ca upgrade as a second step to the 3" sport lift? mild offroading with nothing larger than a 35 tire. '14 jk willys 4 door. my second choice would be the mc option, but the price is my biggest hangup on that one.|
|03-09-2014 11:09 PM|
|SteedGun||I see the Synergy LCA bolt kit mentioned in this thread a few times. I already have that one installed. What about the Synergy UCA bolt kit?|
|03-09-2014 10:23 PM|
I think I will just reuse my 35" MTRs on this (stock right now) new JKUR. I am thinking of 2" Synergy springs and Bushwacker flatties so I can avoid the need for aftermarket driveshafts (dreading DS vibrations). Otherwise, I'd prefer to use 3" springs and aftermarket driveshafts. Still going back and forth on the driveshafts. 2"= Flat fender while 3"= aftermarket driveshafts. That's my theory anyway.
Should I also get 2" longer stainless brake lines? I think Crown makes those. The usual 5"-6" longer ones are simply too long.
|03-02-2014 06:39 PM|
You don't need that much lift to run 37s.
|03-02-2014 06:20 PM|
I have an idea on a lifting in steps see what you think.
Rough Country 1.75 level kit w/shocks
I have about 80k on my ride now
Get lower control arms
Add 2.5-3.5 coil lift w/ track bars and new shocks
Total lift over 4.25
What are your thoughts.
I want to end up with 37"s
|03-01-2014 01:36 PM|
|10-31-2013 01:16 PM|
|10-31-2013 11:35 AM|
If you want a great Leveling Kit, we do a TON of the TeraFlex ones:
TeraFlex JK Leveling Kit
|10-31-2013 10:03 AM|
|Matador||Yeah man, like Jason just said, you should be fine with 33's you can even take it off road but you just might rub on full articulation. I would hold off on shocks until you get the 2.5" lift. For not a leveling kit will give you more than enough clearance for the 33's and will ride fine around town.|
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