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Old 11-28-2013, 11:00 AM
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Lifting and installation

Hey all-

I was considering lifting my stock 2013 JK 2 door around 3in to fit 35" tires underneath. Im under a very tight budget and would like to know your opinions/advice on a reputable lift brand I could find a lift at this height for around $500-$750 a little over or a little less is fine.

Just wanting to know any specific lifts that work well from experience or that youve heard of, or certain brands, etc.

Sorry Im new to all this jeep stuff but I love it already

Also, who could I hire or take my jeep to get this lift installed correctly?

And, after I get the lift installed I dont need to buy any other parts to correct anything after the lift do I? Or yes?

Final thing, will the new 35" tire spare be able to mount on the stock mount on the back of the jeep? It seems as if there is no more room to fit a bigger tire? Could any of you fit the 35" and 12.50" width tire on this mount?

Any help and advice about any of these matters is greatly appreciated

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First thing. Welcome to Wf

The best advice I can give you. Others will say the same. Get to know your jeep and what's going on underneath. It's not all that difficult.
Budget and coil lift should not be used together. Lifting over 2-3" geometry changes and some kits are poorly made and/or lack the components needed.
Do you plan on off roading the jeep or is the lift for looks ?
If your on a tight budget but want a nice little lift, look into a spacer lift (budget boost) Or save up and do it right the first time around- avoiding possible problems down the road ( pun intended)
Installing the lift yourself saves money that can be out towards a better lift. also if anything goes wrong, you can fix it yourself. Honestly I don't trust many shops with my jeep.
Take a few minutes and read through this. Might be a little hard to understand being new to jeeps.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/li...jk-298665.html

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Thanks KJ for answering so quickly on today of all days! I'll read through your link. Right now I am more on the side of saving money, and looks, with a little bit of muddin' around; not a whole lot of intense Rubicon Trail in Tahoe type of stuff.....yet Not until I can get through grad school then start saving for more advanced and heavy duty off roading parts. Any kits that are under $1000 that would be worth my while? What brands stand out better among the rest, etc?

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You certainly won't be saving any money going to 35's. 33's are much more economical all the way around. Finding the best inexpensive lift solution for your needs is one thing. Going cheap is quite another. I wouldn't advise going cheap on one of the most important parts of your vehicle drive train. Remember your life literally depends on it.
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I would recommend the Teraflex 2.5" w/ shock adapters. The stock Rubi shocks will do fine if you have them. If not browse the classifieds/eBay or CL for a set. ($100)
The kit is around $500 so you have some room for shocks if you don't want to run the adapters . Rancho's 9000 are adjustable and great shocks. Little pricey at $80-$90 a peace but well worth it if you want a nice ride.
I always recommend the Northridge grade 8 bolt kit when doing a suspension lift ($50)
Later down the line I would add a adjustable front track bar. $200-$300

That should get you going. There's a lot of folks running this combo on the forum.

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I would recommend the Teraflex 2.5" w/ shock adapters. The stock Rubi shocks will do fine if you have them. If not browse the classifieds/eBay or CL for a set. ($100)
The kit is around $500 so you have some room for shocks if you don't want to run the adapters . Rancho's 9000 are adjustable and great shocks. Little pricey at $80-$90 a peace but well worth it if you want a nice ride.
I always recommend the Northridge grade 8 bolt kit when doing a suspension lift ($50)
Later down the line I would add a adjustable front track bar. $200-$300

That should get you going. There's a lot of folks running this combo on the forum.

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Exactly what I would suggest for under $1k.

Decent Coils? Check.
Quality Shocks? Check.
Bolt upgrade? Check.
Plenty of clearance for 35's? Check.
Decent on and off-road performance? Check!

Yeah, so, do that.

My only question: do you still need the shock adapters with that kit if you get the correct size Rancho 9000s?
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KJ- I think I hae found a lift that suits my needs and price. Could you take a look at the link below and tell me what you think? Also, if this kit will require any more additional parts? Do I need shock adapters for this kit?

Also, if I get shocks I DO NOT need the shock adapters correct? If you could explain the purpose of the shock adapters and when you would use them for clarification that would be great!

I feel bad, sorry for all the trouble. Newb here.

Link to kit: Teraflex 1251002 - TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit with Shocks for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec
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KJ- I think I hae found a lift that suits my needs and price. Could you take a look at the link below and tell me what you think? Also, if this kit will require any more additional parts? Do I need shock adapters for this kit?

Also, if I get shocks I DO NOT need the shock adapters correct? If you could explain the purpose of the shock adapters and when you would use them for clarification that would be great!

I feel bad, sorry for all the trouble. Newb here.

Link to kit: Teraflex 1251002 - TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit with Shocks for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec
I'm almost positive that the shock adapters are only required for stock shocks.

That said, the kit you linked to is great. However, you might like the adjustability of the Rancho shocks KJ mentioned instead of the ones that come in that package. Neither would be bad, but I believe the Rancho's are the better choice.

If you do decide to order the Rancho's separately, just make sure you order the correct size for that specific lift. KJ would probably be able to tell you the model numbers...
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Ok thanks- Could I get the model numbers for the Rancho 9000 shocks that would be the right fit for the teraflex lift kit just like the one I linked above^, but WITHOUT those shocks. That would be a great help if you could point me in the right direction Either the 2.5" or 3" Teraflex lift kit would work. Whatever one you think can run 35s smoothly and good performance. Thanks you two
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Exactly what I would suggest for under $1k. Decent Coils? Check. Quality Shocks? Check. Bolt upgrade? Check. Plenty of clearance for 35's? Check. Decent on and off-road performance? Check! Yeah, so, do that. My only question: do you still need the shock adapters with that kit if you get the correct size Rancho 9000s?
Adapters or new shocks
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Ok thanks- Could I get the model numbers for the Rancho 9000 shocks that would be the right fit for the teraflex lift kit just like the one I linked above^, but WITHOUT those shocks. That would be a great help if you could point me in the right direction Either the 2.5" or 3" Teraflex lift kit would work. Whatever one you think can run 35s smoothly and good performance. Thanks you two
Adapters just let you run the shorter stock shocks. For the 2.5" lift your want the 29xl and 30xl

Maybe you can work the price with TF or a vender to get their adjustable front track bar too?
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Adapters just let you run the shorter stock shocks. For the 2.5" lift your want the 29xl and 30xl Maybe you can work the price with TF or a vender to get their adjustable front track bar too?
I just ordered a TF 2.5 kit w/o shocks, delivered for $398.00. I ordered Rancho RS999329XL/RS999330XL for $325.00 delivered.
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I just ordered a TF 2.5 kit w/o shocks, delivered for $398.00. I ordered Rancho RS999329XL/RS999330XL for $325.00 delivered.
Great set up. You will be happy with this.
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I just ordered a TF 2.5 kit w/o shocks, delivered for $398.00. I ordered Rancho RS999329XL/RS999330XL for $325.00 delivered.
Wow !!!!

Hopefully the OP sees this post. Still room for that adjustable trackbar and 9/16 bolt kit.
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I just ordered a TF 2.5 kit w/o shocks, delivered for $398.00. I ordered Rancho RS999329XL/RS999330XL for $325.00 delivered.
Excellent! I highly suggest the matching TF Monster adjustable trackbar too if you can swing it!

Congrats!
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I highly suggest the matching TF Monster adjustable trackbar too if you can swing it!
yes! makes adjusting the axle housing position as easy as centering the steering wheel.
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great minds think alike :d teraflex track bar is pure beef and adjustable on the jeep.
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Thanks to everyone I read all that I will hopefully be ordering this weeknd the set up Macvicar is running maybe plus the TF trackbar.

Macvicar what site did you order off of? TF site?

On Quadratec these kits are going for $100 more

So with the TF 2.5" no shock kit and then the Rancho shocks do i need any additional hardware to install with it? Was reading somewhere that I may also need 1/2” rear spring guides and spacers to keep the springs aligned with the spring buckets under full extension?

Thanks everyone
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Thanks to everyone I read all that I will hopefully be ordering this weeknd the set up Macvicar is running maybe plus the TF trackbar. Macvicar what site did you order off of? TF site? On Quadratec these kits are going for $100 more So with the TF 2.5" no shock kit and then the Rancho shocks do i need any additional hardware to install with it? Was reading somewhere that I may also need 1/2” rear spring guides and spacers to keep the springs aligned with the spring buckets under full extension? Thanks everyone
The TF kit comes with lower coils retainers.
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Thanks to everyone I read all that I will hopefully be ordering this weeknd the set up Macvicar is running maybe plus the TF trackbar.

Macvicar what site did you order off of? TF site?

On Quadratec these kits are going for $100 more

So with the TF 2.5" no shock kit and then the Rancho shocks do i need any additional hardware to install with it? Was reading somewhere that I may also need 1/2” rear spring guides and spacers to keep the springs aligned with the spring buckets under full extension?

Thanks everyone
The TF is a good lift, but for a good complete lift at a great price, I recommend you take a look at the kits that Northridge 4x4 offers. They offer the Rock Krawler 2.5 stock mod with Bilstein shocks, bumpstops, and spring retainers for $899. That is a good deal even on Black Friday.
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Make the purchase by phone for the best deals. For example, give Jason at Krawl Off-road a call and he'll take care of you...

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