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Debikay 04-13-2013 08:22 PM

new chick in town lifting jeep
Hi everyone
I am new to the forum and hoping I can get some help on lifting my jeep. I have a 2011 Wrangler Sport that is all stock. I am wanting to raise it up but have no idea where to start. I know I want 33" tires and 18"rims but that is it. Any comments and help will be much appreciated. Suspension lift? Body lift? Brand of tires that is best and worst?

silver rubi 04-13-2013 08:25 PM

Welcome to the forum!

silver rubi 04-13-2013 08:25 PM

I would say suspension lift with Wrangler brand tires...

Colo-TJ 04-13-2013 08:44 PM

3" suspension will let you run 33's with no trouble. I'd say that you will be better off saving for a good lift and don't skimp here. Teraflex would be a good one for example. The tires kinda depend on what your going to use your jeep for. Daily driver mostly I would assume.

Rooster454 04-13-2013 08:44 PM

Welcome to the best section of the forum.

What do you plan on doing with your Jeep? Wheeling in the plans?

You can run 33's on a jk with no lift, by the way

Colo-TJ 04-13-2013 08:46 PM


Originally Posted by Rooster454 (Post 3633178)
Welcome to the best section of the forum.

What do you plan on doing with your Jeep? Wheeling in the plans?

You can run 33's on a jk with no lift, by the way

Yep he's right. I always think in"TJ"

CoreyZ 04-13-2013 09:11 PM

Yup, no lift needed. You may have some scraping of the fenders and if they are stock wheels you might want to consider some spacers, but either way.. Welcome!

Debikay 04-13-2013 09:30 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome... it's a jeep thing!
It is a daily driver that I want to lift. Right now it has P255/75R17 on it and I want to put the 33's with 18" rims on it. At this point, no wheeling with it yet.

ClayL 04-13-2013 09:34 PM

I can get you a bit of a discount on some destination A/T's through my work (Firestone). And always willing to help with lifts., in fact I lifted and aligned a TJ today.

CoreyZ 04-13-2013 09:53 PM

Just careful.. The bigger wheels make for difficult to find and more expensive tires.

SorryHoss 04-13-2013 10:09 PM

I would second that and stay away from 18 rims.

Debikay 04-13-2013 10:11 PM

Thanks a ton. I am looking online at tires and wheels now.

Debikay 04-13-2013 10:12 PM

Why stay away from 18 " rims?

Justin04Lj 04-13-2013 10:15 PM

Tires are more expensive the bigger rim you go.

Debikay 04-13-2013 10:33 PM

Can I put 33's on a 17" rim?

ClayL 04-13-2013 10:36 PM


Originally Posted by Debikay (Post 3633681)
Can I put 33's on a 17" rim?

You can put 33's on a 15, that's what I run on my Cherokee. But a 17 would work fine since idk if you can fit a 16

Rooster454 04-13-2013 10:38 PM

There are many more tires that are made for 17" wheels than others so if you choose to move up in size later on it will give you a bigger tire selection to choose from

SorryHoss 04-13-2013 10:38 PM

I have a set of 33's on stock wheel if you want to see what it looks like I will dig up a picture. I ran them on my jk before I got the lift and 35's.

Debikay 04-13-2013 10:45 PM

That would be awesome if it is not to much trouble.

COLOUJK 04-13-2013 11:34 PM

If you want to run 33's you could also do a leveling kit to give it a little lift and not have it look ridiculous. There are several companies that make leveling kits. Teraflex is one of them.

BreckenridgeYJ 04-14-2013 01:50 AM

John, JOCJK on here just pulled a teraflex leveling kit off his JK when we put on his lift. I'm sure he'd sell it really cheap if you're interested.

wanderlust 04-14-2013 08:33 AM

level it, get 33s. no need to run an aftermarket wheel. I ran 35s on my stock wheels for a few months until I got my bead locks

Debikay 04-14-2013 09:13 AM

I will take a look at leveling kits. Now I am really confused. I am such a A girl that shoots firearms, rides motorcycles, hunts and breaks draft horses.

MTtincup 04-14-2013 10:53 AM

I been stuck a few times that I wished I had a draft horse!

LadyTJ 04-14-2013 11:10 AM

Welcome to the forum. These are the best people in Colorado :D

We need to get you on a run, you'll add wheelin to your list ;)

CoreyZ 04-14-2013 11:39 AM

Yup.. so lets break it down from the recommendations here...

Stick with a 17" or your stock wheel to avoid higher prices an less selection.
You might want to look into spacers (about $100 a pair) to avoid rubbing with wider than stock tires. It also helps to push out the tires to be more flush with the outside edge of your fender (ill post a picture if I can find one when I did mine). Recommend a good name brand like Spidertrax.

Not really needed but for the cheapest, you can get a leveling kit. These are typically spacers you add to your coil spring. Easy to install and cheap (like around $200 or less if you find a local no longer using theirs). They dont do a hell of a lot other than about a 1"-2" lift. No added suspension benefit for offroad.
Budget Boost lift of just springs and a couple other things can also net you around a 2.5" lift and are fairly cheap (around $600) and dont rely on spacers to increase the height of the jeep. Just be careful because the higher you go, the more you end up having to replace like driveshafts and whatnot.

Being that you have a sport, you probably have the smaller springs of the Wrangler line. I dont know your options on the Jeep personally so I cant attest to that, but its an easy move into a bigger ride which is what you seem to want.

Last FYI is that you can probably find (even locally) someone getting rid of their 17" rubi wheels (if you like that design) and tires for REALLY cheap since a lot of guys immediately upgrade to 35's. Same goes for their stock springs. You can upgrade the majority of your suspension to a rubi suspension for really cheap (wheels/tires/springs for roughly less than $1k).

Do you know what gearing you have? I ask just to remind that as you get bigger tires, if you have the low end gearing of a sport which could be 3.21 (manual) or 3.73 (auto). Both of those are "ok" for a 33 but its starting to become a bit of a dog. Our engines struggle for oxygen at this altitude so adding bigger tires just make them work even harder and can bog you down. 33's should be good for the 3.73 but any bigger and you will want to start looking into a gear ratio change.

Anyways... I feel chatty this morning... sorry for the overload. Here are some pics!

Before spacers:
After spacers:
(also chopped front fender)

HK_Runner 04-14-2013 12:47 PM

17 inch rims are the most versatile, it seems. That size also has a good selection of tires. I am putting 35s on 17 but 33s are great on 17s too. I am going with a suspension lift, 35" tires, and a million other things for my 2012 Rubi. Stick with 17s, and with 33" tires, you can get aways with spacers or a leveling kit.

chuckr 04-14-2013 01:00 PM


Originally Posted by BreckenridgeTJ (Post 3634327)
John, JOCJK on here just pulled a teraflex leveling kit off his JK when we put on his lift. I'm sure he'd sell it really cheap if you're interested.

I think John also has 33's and wheels that he was packaging with the leveling kit, so you could get everything from him.

Debikay 04-14-2013 05:59 PM

Chuckr, how do I find out? I would like to see pics of the wheels.

Debikay 04-14-2013 06:01 PM

Coreyz, love the pics. Looks amazing.

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