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merrittwb 02-27-2013 06:24 AM

JK lift modification!
 
Hey Guys.
So I am upgrading my bone stock 2011 JK Sport. Two things:
1) Goodyear Duratrack 33's or Open Country MTs 33's
2) Rough Country 2.5" Shocks and springs or Zone Off-road 3" shocks/springs

What are some opinions and suggestions? I will be doing mostly highway driving with not much intention of off-roading. Relatively low budget but most bang for my buck. Thanks for any input!

Farnham21 02-27-2013 06:58 AM

Stay far away from zone products like very far away. Don't cheap out on a lift, if I were you (and I am doing the same thing soon) go for the 2.5 teraflex coil lift with shock extensions. Buy better shocks later on if you want or feel the need to. RC coils are known to sag (they do replace them with lifetime warranty but that's a hassle) and there shocks are worthless I hear. Do it good once and not do the headache teraflex is a quality product and comes with better products. That kit is like $460-480 I believe. And the tires are up to you, if you do a lot of highway go the duratracs I believe they are lighter as well. But if you wanna look cool ( I will be getting MTs for no Brasov other than this) go the toyos they are sick lookin tires, don't know about weight but they look good.

Farnham21 02-27-2013 06:59 AM

Reason** wtf is a Brasov iPhone. Steve Jobs your a real tard... Too soon??? Lol

DaK 02-27-2013 07:04 AM

Toyos weigh a ton be sure you can lift them. They also have very stiff/thick sidewalls. If you have no intention of seriously off roading, then IMO, toyos are not your tire.

texasdave 02-27-2013 07:08 AM

Old RC springs sagged, the new ones do not.

merrittwb 02-27-2013 07:49 AM

Good idea with shock extensions. What do you guys think about Teraflex budget boost with new shocks and spacers for my stock springs?

MTH 02-27-2013 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by merrittwb
Good idea with shock extensions. What do you guys think about Teraflex budget boost with new shocks and spacers for my stock springs?

That's fine. Very popular.

My only caveat would be that budget boosts in general aren't the best idea if you ever plan on adding a winch, steel bumpers, or anything else that's really heavy.

The stock coils really weren't meant to handle a constant extra load like that, and will sag eventually.

merrittwb 02-27-2013 12:56 PM

It's settled. After much consideration with everything I'm going with 3.25" RC suspension lift. More product for my dollar and new research showing that RC has switched manufacturers from old "saggy" shocks about a year and a half ago. I won't be doing some hardcore flexing. Maybe I'll look back two years from now and slap myself.

MTH 02-27-2013 08:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by merrittwb
It's settled. After much consideration with everything I'm going with 3.25" RC suspension lift. More product for my dollar and new research showing that RC has switched manufacturers from old "saggy" shocks about a year and a half ago. I won't be doing some hardcore flexing. Maybe I'll look back two years from now and slap myself.

Uhh . . . so you pretty much decided to go against all advice and pick a bigger lift (ie, more to go wrong) from the company folks discouraged you from to begin with? Sounds solid. :thumb:

:rofl:

Farnham21 02-27-2013 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by MTH

Uhh . . . so you pretty much decided to go against all advice and pick a bigger lift (ie, more to go wrong) from the company folks discouraged you from to begin with? Sounds solid. :thumb:

:rofl:

Hey what did your parents always say? Learn from your mistakes? Ya that's it lol

kappaknight 02-27-2013 09:14 PM

Well... installing the wrong parts is one way to go from 5 posts to 5,000 posts.

merrittwb 02-27-2013 09:19 PM

Like I said, I will not be rock crawling with this lift. I'm even considering leaving off the 0.75" pucks to keep the ride at 2.5"inches of lift.

Farnham21 02-27-2013 09:26 PM

Um them just get the $349 2.5 RC lift. Message vendors on here they do sales and give discounts I think one quoted me like 330 shipped once. That one comes with shocks and coils. All ya need if your just gonna stay on road. I'd grab some sway bar discos though that are rated at 2.5in of lift just to be safe and they're only like 100-150$ for the good ones

merrittwb 02-27-2013 09:49 PM

I tried contacting different vendors (Morris4x4, Truck Add Ons, etc.) and the 2.5" lift comes with no hardware accessories. All sold separately. With the 3.25", I get all the hardware cheaper if bought separately with the other kits. Hell, I could probably sale the pucks and make this a better deal, economically. It comes with rear sway bars, track bar relocation bracket, and brake line extensions. Wondering though if I'll need spacers for the wheels I have (17" stock Mopars). Th same that come with a stock Rubi. I'll be running 33" Duratracs.

MTH 02-27-2013 10:23 PM

If you're doing Rough Country, stay with their budget boost. Otherwise, choose a better brand. 3.25" of lift is, IMO, too high to go "cheap."

kjeeper10 02-27-2013 10:29 PM

Nothing to add

amick218 03-05-2013 05:21 AM

Why not just go with a TF 2" leveling kit for $130 shipped. That's plenty for 33s. The money saved could be used on some nice rims.

JoseRubicon 03-05-2013 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by amick218 (Post 3458577)
Why not just go with a TF 2" leveling kit for $130 shipped. That's plenty for 33s. The money saved could be used on some nice rims.

Right! You don't need 3.25" lift if you don't plan on going off road. Especially if you plan on a lot of highway driving. The higher you go, the more air drags under your jeep which will cause turbulence and mess your MPG.

If you wanted to crawl some rocks the higher the better. Since you plan on staying on road, don't go so high.

kbwwolf 03-05-2013 07:22 AM

Putting a 3"+ lift on your Jeep in order to run 33" tires is a mistake. And installing a cheap lift will only compound it. My guess is, you'll cost yourself a lot of $$ in the long wrong, with little to realize for it except frustration.

With that size lift, you'll eventually need new driveshafts. You'll certainly need adj CAs and adj TBs. You'll need brake line relocation brackets and, depending on how high you go, possibly a high steer kit. For what? Driving your Jeep on the road?

Do yourself a favor and buy a 2.5" lift from a reputable manufacturer. You'll ultimately save yourself time, money and headaches, and will probably enjoy your Jeep far more...since it won't always be in the shop.

Yeah, you can slap on a cheap 3"+ lift and not have problems for awhile, but eventually the bill will come due.

A lot of peeps have already said it; just adding my thoughts...


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