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Old 11-16-2014, 03:43 PM
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I just bought my first jeep, a 2014 Willys wheeler edition wrangler. I have plans to do some upgrades this winter so it's ready for the summer. I'm really green when it comes to these things where it's my first 4x4, or anything that isn't a car, other than my company pickup. I found a 4" lift kit w/ shocks that I'm considering buying but with my stock 17" wheels still on the jeep will I want to swap them out with other rims/tires and if so how big should I be going?

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Old 11-16-2014, 03:49 PM   #2
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4" is a lot of lift. If you stick with the stock tires it will look very odd as they're too small for that lift. Not to mention at that height you'll need to upgrade a lot more (steering, etc.) to have it drive right.

Check out the Newbie's Guide to Lifting your JK thread.

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4" is a lot of lift. If you stick with the stock tires it will look very odd as they're too small for that lift. Not to mention at that height you'll need to upgrade a lot more (steering, etc.) to have it drive right. Check out the Newbie's Guide to Lifting your JK thread.
I'll do that right now, thanks
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Anytime, good luck with the build.

Usually a good start to figure out what size tires you want to run and how you want to use your Jeep as those two decisions will help you figure out what size lift you need.
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If you're new at the lift game you are better off starting with a 2.5" lift or Budget Boost that will fit up to 35" tires. If you decide you want more you will have experience with the side effects of lift kits and can decide if you really want to go higher.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:10 AM   #6
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Congrats!

You have no idea what your rig can do already, so how do you know you need to lift it? My advice: take it offroad and play with it just the way it is until spring, put some sliders and armor on it maybe, buy a CB and a recovery kit. Learn its strengths and limitations. It will tell you what it needs.

And read around here a lot. Until your eyes bleed. There is so much to learn.

Unless you are out crawling some big boulders or just have about $10-20kish (or more) you just have absolutely nothing better to do with, a small 1.5 spring lift or body boost even a level kit, some nice wider aggressive tread 33s - and you can probably conquer the type of stuff the vast majority of folks on this board do. Cost=a couple hundred bucks including a reprogrammer to reset your computer to tell the Jeep it has bigger tires plus wheels and tires. Stress on your driverain and other components like bearings=greatly reduced (from what a 4 inch lift with big tires would give). Possibility of suspension issues to do the huge geometry changes = minimal (unlike a 4 inch lift).
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Congrats! You have no idea what your rig can do already, so how do you know you need to lift it? My advice: take it offroad and play with it just the way it is until spring, put some sliders and armor on it maybe, buy a CB and a recovery kit. Learn its strengths and limitations. It will tell you what it needs.
Not everybody does a lift for off roading, some ppl do it just for the looks. Nothing wrong with that.
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Not everybody does a lift for off roading, some ppl do it just for the looks. Nothing wrong with that.
This is true. And if the OP has no plans to offroad, that is fine. But they do still fully need to understand the implications of what they are doing. It isnt as simple as just throw a big lift and big tires on it and wait for your friends to tell you how cool you look at the mall.

I can tell you knowing what I do now, if I was just a mallcrawler and didnt intend to bash my rig sideways over really big rocks, I would 100% for certain stick at 33s and spend all the money I saved....at the mall.
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This is true. And if the OP has no plans to offroad, that is fine. But they do still fully need to understand the implications of what they are doing. It isnt as simple as just throw a big lift and big tires on it and wait for your friends to tell you how cool you look at the mall. I can tell you knowing what I do now, if I was just a mallcrawler and didnt intend to bash my rig sideways over really big rocks, I would 100% for certain stick at 33s and spend all the money I saved....at the mall.
I know what you mean. Before I went to an off road park for the first time My original plan was 33s with a little spacers lift just for the looks. That didn't last long lol.
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I know what you mean. Before I went to an off road park for the first time My original plan was 33s with a little spacers lift just for the looks. That didn't last long lol.
Truth! This is the road to our mall....

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Lucky you. I have to drive 160 miles to get to something like that.

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