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Old 01-28-2014, 03:15 PM
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First Lift newbie

Hey guys so I have a 2013 JK Sport, I'm thinking about doing a lift on it nothing to extreme probably like a 2" or 2.5". Mostly for driving down the beach and some light off roading. I've done some browsing it seems like Old Man Emu makes a solid product, also they make a 2" kit. So here are my newbie questions:
Does OME make a good product/ is the 2" a good lift?
What are the biggest tires I can fit with a 2" lift?
How much does a 2" change the handling, is there anything else I would need to buy to fix this?
Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated clearly I'm pretty green to this.
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You probably won't have to change much to support just 2". I don't have experience with OME but I've heard they make quality stuff.

If you trim your fenders you can get away with 35" with a stock ride height most of the time. If you get 2", you can probably support 35" tires. I would still trim the stock fenders as it give the Jeep a more aggressive look.

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Thanks! I was probably going to run 33"s, but that's good to know maybe ill look into 35".
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Did you read my lift thread in the sticky area ?

http://www.jeep4x4center.com/rancho-...FelZ7Aod8GAApA

Check this out. It's for a 4 door but there's a 2 door option to. You don't need a lift for a 33" and if you go a 35's, plan on some axle upgrades and possible regear.
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That lift is worth it just for the shocks
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That lift is worth it just for the shocks
X2 great little lift for the money, and room to upgrade.
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Wow thats a GREAT read, a lot to take in almost intimidating. So it seems you're a big advocate of the Rancho lift, obviously cheaper than the OME, is there any quality compromised? Basically what I gather is the bigger the lift the more you have to modify, I think I'd like to keep this to a minimum like regearing and such. That being said I'm probably going to stick with 33's, do you think that getting the tires as a stock JK can rock 33's and then doing the lift later on is a good idea? Or is it better to go for the full package?
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33's fit fine as long as your wheels have the required 4.5 or less backspace. Wheel spacers work too.
That's up to you as far as the lift.

What I like about the Rancho setup. It's a hybrid spacer/coil lift. The 2" is a nice safe height avoiding all those risks talked about. The 9000 shocks are great and as mentioned.. All you are really paying for is the shocks.
In the future, you can always add rear coils and maybe a longer front shock for travel,
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I've got an OME on my 2013 JKU sport. The 2.5 in version with heavy springs. Netted about three in of lift. Rides great. My 33's look a little small, but I have plenty of clearance to run chains in the winter.
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"Ride" is subjective. Two people can have the sAme lift coils, may have different components and/or shocks. 2 doors are more finicky and sensitive to lift height. Tires mud/street and load rating. Weighton the jeep, etc. Way to many variables.

I always advise the person-if taking advice-to look into the details fully
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If your plan is to run 33's, you may want to consider a simple leveling kit. You won't get the new shocks as with the Rancho kit, but you'll save some $$. You don't run the risk of dwarfing your tires as you would with too much lift either.
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X2. If you just want to fit 33s keep it simple. If you want more clearance and possible flex or looks go with the full lift kit.
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I've got an OME on my 2013 JKU sport. The 2.5 in version with heavy springs. Netted about three in of lift. Rides great. My 33's look a little small, but I have plenty of clearance to run chains in the winter.
Can you post a pic of your rig? I have 33" duratracs and would like to put. A 2.5" lift on it but don't want the tires to look small.
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I can pot some pics probably later today. Going to get my 33 DurTrac with MB TKO black with chaos center caps installed today at Discount Tire. Was debating a leveling kit from Tera Flex but want to see what it looks like stock on my 2014 JKU. Seen sone where a slight leveling kit made the tires look a bit small since the gap was larger so I want that meaty look and want it too look balanced out.
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I can pot some pics probably later today. Going to get my 33 DurTrac with MB TKO black with chaos center caps installed today at Discount Tire. Was debating a leveling kit from Tera Flex but want to see what it looks like stock on my 2014 JKU. Seen sone where a slight leveling kit made the tires look a bit small since the gap was larger so I want that meaty look and want it too look balanced out.
I have 33's with a Teraflex leveling kit and it sits nice, but would like more lift and don't want it to look stupid.

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