Leveling Kits, Body Lifts, Wheels, Tires, and Suspension . . . Advice Needed
Purchasing a 2dr Sport with S package soft-top, half-doors, and undecided on auto or std. DD mostly highway driving with light offroad use (hills and trails). Love southwestern PA so lots of snow and nice summers. With your kind help, I have some questions.
1. Teraflex Leveling Kit -- no plans on an actual lift kit but love what the kit does (2 inch front, 1 inch rear). Did not care for the rake of the Jeeps I test drove. This will help I am sure. Plus it gives a little more room for wheel/tire selection (see next section). According to other write-ups, forums, and Teraflex, I do not need anything else for this kit to work. Is it possible to use this kit and add a 1" body lift for looks? My main goal is to not have to do anything else with suspension (arms, bars, etc). So will the leveling kit and 1" body lift work together or can I only choose one? Do I need any additional parts for this to work properly? Also, Teraflex mentiones adding wheel spacers if I want to run factory wheels/tires? I am confused, lol.
2. Wheels and Tires -- are the 17 in stock alloys on the Sport S package good or should I upgrade or go bigger (18) or smaller (15,16) or a whole different brand. Based on your opinion of what I should do regarding wheels, can you please make a tire recommendation. Also keep in mind the leveling kit I will be installing along with possible body lift in wheel/tire selection. I would like to have a stout and sturdy look with high function.
3.Shocks/Coils -- would like to optimize the ride. I was thinking OME shocks and maybe OME coils. When ordering or choosing, do I simply order the same size shock that comes stock? I have heard of people getting a slightly larger coil, sometimes 2 or 3 in larger than stock and that gives a lift but also a rougher ride and sometimes needing to add arms, etc. Any thoughts or advice?
That is all I have for right now. These are what I considered the top priorities.
Thank you all for your help.
if you are going to the trouble of changing springs and shocks and adding spacer & body lift why not just go with a 2-3" lift and be done. my wifes rubi doesnt ride much different than it did stock. spacers are needed if you are running larger tires on factory wheels they will rub control arms. we live in butler,pa so we see the same weathercond. the wifes rubi runs the stock wheels and tires for winter and 35" pro comps for summer duty.oh by the way i have the factory rubicon springs and shocks they were on 2 weeks before the rubi was lifted. $200 and there yours.
I run a 2.5" coil lift PLUS a 1.25" body lift. I like the body lifts because it allows room to properly clear snow, mud, salt, etc off the frame. In NH there are hundreds of jeeps (cy/yj/tj/jk) that have rust/rot issues, I have yet to see one that has small bodylift and rot on the frames. You could easily swap in some Rubicon unlimited springs and get a 2" lift and much firmer/steady ride/feel. Wheels should be 17" package as tire selection is cheaper and more options are available. The tire depends on your needs and expectations. If you are purchasing a NEW JK then I would keep the factory shocks and get shock extensions (They will work fine and save a bit of money towards other mods). Gears will play a role if you intend on going with 35's also. The new motor is nice and the sports (3:21?) gears WILL turn the 35's. There will be power loss and most noticeable off road or highway. I would look into adding a factory tow package as they may come with 3:73 gearing? That with the new motor should be manageable.
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