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Old 02-02-2015, 08:17 PM
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Newbie with a new Rubi

200 miles on the stock tires. Want to get a lift. Can I use the stock tires and simply change out the rims or new tires a must. Also looking for suggestions on do's and don'ts on rims. Thanks.

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Depends on the lift. I ran my stock rubi wheels with my Aev 2.5 lift for a few months.

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Congrats! If you arent getting bigger tires, why do a lift?

Tons of info in the sticky posts on this forum!
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200 miles on the stock tires. Want to get a lift. Can I use the stock tires and simply change out the rims or new tires a must. Also looking for suggestions on do's and don'ts on rims. Thanks.
I am looking into lifting my JK myself. All the research I have done suggests what you asked to do is not recommended. It would make your jeep look weird. It's like a body builder who works out but forgets leg exercises. If u lift, I recommend you get new bigger tires for stock wheels or new bigger tires and new rims.
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Congrats and welcome to the forum. How about some nice 33" tires, and maybe a small 1.5-2" lift kit ?
Sounds perfect. Not too over the top. Thanks
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I am looking into lifting my JK myself. All the research I have done suggests what you asked to do is not recommended. It would make your jeep look weird. It's like a body builder who works out but forgets leg exercises. If u lift, I recommend you get new bigger tires for stock wheels or new bigger tires and new rims.
Thanks for recommendation. Now I just need to muster up another $3 grand. I'm starting to realize my wallet is not going to appreciate my new ride
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Sounds perfect. Not too over the top. Thanks
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The Teraflex 1.5 leveling kit is really popular for getting a little more aggressive look without breaking the bank and keeping the drive very stock feeling.

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You can see plenty of them here with a variety of tires:

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Awesome. There is just so much out there that it becomes overwhelming. I think I would like 2.5 - 3" o. The lift. Not sure yet what size rims or tires. Is there any advantage to going with aluminum vs steel rims. What tires do you recommend for a nice aggressive look but still hold up as a daily driver?
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If you are a newbie and only have 200 mi on your Rubi then drive off road half a dozen times and you will get a feel for what you really want and need. Right off the lot the stock Rubi is a very capable off road vehicle. the stock tires are more than enough to get started.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting a lift, but many want one right out of the gate and then after installing the complaints start about fuel economy, handling, ride quality and steering. Lift kits look cool and big lifts look even cooler but coolest thing is to follow a Jeep with a big lift and $15,000 in mods up a technical trail in a Rubi that just came off the showroom floor. The stock tires, no the Jeep itself, on a Sport and Sahara can run out of steam fast.
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Awesome. There is just so much out there that it becomes overwhelming. I think I would like 2.5 - 3" o. The lift. Not sure yet what size rims or tires. Is there any advantage to going with aluminum vs steel rims. What tires do you recommend for a nice aggressive look but still hold up as a daily driver?
There are a number of 2.5's that will do the job nicely. The lifts below all contain the right parts and good quality.

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Teraflex
Rubicon Express
Mopar

Rock Krawler is also good stuff, but their kits require some "assembly" and do not include all the parts. If you choose to go that way, make sure you come back here and ask or call them for guidance.

Goodyear Duratrac's are really popular here for looking aggressive and performing well.
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Do a search for 2.5 inch lift with 35s. My personal opinion is that looks hands down the best visually of any combo. Again, my opinion and used by many folks on here.

Second, the stock rubicon wheels can be kept and you will not need to replace your wheels. You will just need 1.5 inch spacers to push them out a little so they don't look sunken in. That will save some money in the lift process. Should be able to keep it to 3 grand this way.
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There are a number of 2.5's that will do the job nicely. The lifts below all contain the right parts and good quality.

AEV
MetalCloak
Teraflex
Rubicon Express
Mopar

Rock Krawler is also good stuff, but their kits require some "assembly" and do not include all the parts. If you choose to go that way, make sure you come back here and ask or call them for guidance.

Goodyear Duratrac's are really popular here for looking aggressive and performing well.
What are rock krawler kits missing?
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Honestly not sure what pressurized meant there? RK has a bunch of different options. From
simple stock mod to x-factor with all 8 CA's and shocks.
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Bump stops and brake line brackets or brake lines (until you get up to max travel, then you get brake lines included).
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This info may help as well -
Jeep Lift Kit Advisor at Morris 4x4 Center

Also, this chart for the speedometer -
Tire & Gear Ratio Chart at Morris 4x4 Center
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Bump stops and brake line brackets or brake lines (until you get up to max travel, then you get brake lines included).
Thanks for clarifying. RK now has "complete" kits listed on their site with their shocks.
With the stage 1 kits .. RK does not like to provide a generic height stop... letting the owner choose based on tire/shock choices.
Fwiw .. Venders like Krawl, RiverCity package kits together with shocks (Rancho/Bilstein/Fox) and bump stops.

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Thanks for clarifying. RK now has "complete" kits listed on their site with their shocks.
With the stage 1 kits .. RK does not like to provide a generic height stop... letting the owner choose based on tire/shock choices.
Fwiw .. Venders like Krawl, RiverCity package kits together with shocks (Rancho/Bilstein/Fox) and bump stops.

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I see that, those weren't on their site before. Although it looks like stage 1 does include the goodies and stage 2 is the reservoir shock. Kind of pricey with their shocks, but I'm sure that's a great setup.

And I agree that you can pick them out, but I have seen a "base" stock mod installed without the parts needed to complete the lift... Because the buyer didn't understand.
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I see that, those weren't on their site before. Although it looks like stage 1 does include the goodies and stage 2 is the reservoir shock. Kind of pricey with their shocks, but I'm sure that's a great setup. And I agree that you can pick them out, but I have seen a "base" stock mod installed without the parts needed to complete the lift... Because the buyer didn't understand.
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