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Old 01-31-2015, 09:49 AM
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I have a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Overland, I'm looking forward to modifying it to give it more capabilities.

I use my car mostly for commuting to work (100Ks daily), so comfort and good handling is very important for me. But I also would like my jeep to be a capable off-roader and that's why a lift is needed.

I have been reading in multiple forums regarding lifts and I wanted to ask those who have experience for the best lift to suite my needs which are a comfortable ride that is very capable off road. Another important factor for me is that I need a lift that is reliable, doesn't require much maintenance, doesn't put stress on the other components of the car, more of a plug and play and doesn't require me chasing for other parts.

I confess that I'm a newbie and doesn't understand much about this kinda stuff but thats why I've posted this, I understand that there are a lot of people in my position.

I'm leaning towards a 2" or 2.5" lift and a 33" tyres.

Thanks for your advice.
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Welcome! Your Jeep is perfectly capable for offroad the way it came from the factory. Your only limitations are clearance and that you need to wrench a bit to disconnect swaybar.

Best bang for your buck based on what you wrote is going to be a small level kit or small puck lift. (Basically puts rubber things that look like hocky pucks on the springs). These are easy and low maintenance and do not involve significant fiddling with the geometry and handling of your Jeep. You technically can run 33s with zero lift and just minor trimming on the air dam and maybe a fender trim, but some folks like a little boost. (You still may need to trim the air dam if you go 12.5 wide. If you pick a narrower metric tire, may not need to.)

You could move up to a spring lift, but that will involve tweaking the suspension, and not be as "plug and play" or as super low maintenance as it will need tightening and greasing joints and etc from time to time. Some folks like the Rancho 2 inch lift. Many other brands do 1.5, 2 or 2.5. They range from suck to amazing. You have a lot of reading in store! Start with the sticky threads in this forum on lifts and tires.

If you go a puck lift, most are decent and under a couple hundred bucks. Spring lifts will cost more. Avoid the "$500 spring lift which includes shocks" stuff - do not cheap out on spring lifts.

Add some decent shocks. A programmer (to tell your Jeep it has bigger tires so your speedometer - and shift points if an automatic - are correct). A set of manual swaybar disconnects (if not included in your kit). Done.

If you have the 3.21 gearing, you may also want to look into regearing. If you have 3.73, should be a lot better for 33s.

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Welcome! Your Jeep is perfectly capable for offroad the way it came from the factory. Your only limitations are clearance and that you need to wrench a bit to disconnect swaybar. Best bang for your buck based on what you wrote is going to be a small level kit or small puck lift. (Basically puts rubber things that look like hocky pucks on the springs). These are easy and low maintenance and do not involve significant fiddling with the geometry and handling of your Jeep. You technically can run 33s with zero lift and just minor trimming on the air dam and maybe a fender trim, but some folks like a little boost. (You still may need to trim the air dam if you go 12.5 wide. If you pick a narrower metric tire, may not need to.) You could move up to a spring lift, but that will involve tweaking the suspension, and not be as "plug and play" or as super low maintenance as it will need tightening and greasing joints and etc from time to time. Some folks like the Rancho 2 inch lift. Many other brands do 1.5, 2 or 2.5. They range from suck to amazing. You have a lot of reading in store! Start with the sticky threads in this forum on lifts and tires. If you go a puck lift, most are decent and under a couple hundred bucks. Spring lifts will cost more. Avoid the "$500 spring lift which includes shocks" stuff - do not cheap out on spring lifts. Add some decent shocks. A programmer (to tell your Jeep it has bigger tires so your speedometer - and shift points if an automatic - are correct). A set of manual swaybar disconnects (if not included in your kit). Done. If you have the 3.21 gearing, you may also want to look into regearing. If you have 3.73, should be a lot better for 33s.
Well well ... Nicely said
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Another thumbs up for Mommymallcrawler's post.

If you are really new to Jeeps and lifts this is the perfect advice.
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Another thumbs up for Mommymallcrawler's post. If you are really new to Jeeps and lifts this is the perfect advice.
X100 she does give A+ advice.
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Thank you for your advice.

I kinda decided on a spring coil 2.5", I hear folks are happy with their Teraflex and AEV with regards to road handling. Does any one have experience with both?
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Thank you for your advice.

I kinda decided on a spring coil 2.5", I hear folks are happy with their Teraflex and AEV with regards to road handling. Does any one have experience with both?
I've been looking quite a bit lately and I think i am going to Nut up and get the AEV 2.5 lift come spring.
I was going to do a $500 kit but for another $500 i'll get more than twice the ride and a more capable rig.
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Thank you for your advice. I kinda decided on a spring coil 2.5", I hear folks are happy with their Teraflex and AEV with regards to road handling. Does any one have experience with both?
Out the box, the AEV 2.5 is ready to go. Don't forget the geo brackets.
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Out the box, the AEV 2.5 is ready to go. Don't forget the geo brackets.
I do like putting on a set of sway bar disconnects on the front instead of their extension bracket.
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I do like putting on a set of sway bar disconnects on the front instead of their extension bracket.
Or rear links if you own a RUBI, yea ... Those suck
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Thank you for your advice. I kinda decided on a spring coil 2.5", I hear folks are happy with their Teraflex and AEV with regards to road handling. Does any one have experience with both?
I have no experience with Teraflex lifts, but from the experience I do have I can tell you that I have always been impressed with the ride comfort that AEV is able to present in their lifts while also being one of the most offroad capable, good luck in your decision!
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Or rear links if you own a RUBI, yea ... Those suck
Good point and they are pretty inexpensive for a much better solution.
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You could move up to a spring lift, but that will involve tweaking the suspension, and not be as "plug and play" or as super low maintenance as it will need tightening and greasing joints and etc from time to time. Some folks like the Rancho 2 inch lift. Many other brands do 1.5, 2 or 2.5. They range from suck to amazing. You have a lot of reading in store! Start with the sticky threads in this forum on lifts and tires.

If you go a puck lift, most are decent and under a couple hundred bucks. Spring lifts will cost more. Avoid the "$500 spring lift which includes shocks" stuff - do not cheap out on spring lifts.

A programmer (to tell your Jeep it has bigger tires so your speedometer - and shift points if an automatic - are correct). A set of manual swaybar disconnects (if not included in your kit). Done.
So, your saying the Rancho 2" w shocks sucks? What about the tf 2.5 w tf shocks?

Even 33s need to run a programmer w manual transmission?
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Even 33s need to run a programmer w manual transmission?
Not necessarily. If you can live with the tire indicator on the dash lit up, and being a little off on your speedometer, its ok.
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So, your saying the Rancho 2" w shocks sucks? What about the tf 2.5 w tf shocks?

Even 33s need to run a programmer w manual transmission?
Rancho 2" and the TF 2.5 are real popular here (don't suck) matched with Rancho 9000 shocks
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Yep, the 2" kit is a step up from a leveling kit w/ shocks. Great little kit for the money and the 9000's ride really nice.
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Not necessarily. If you can live with the tire indicator on the dash lit up, and being a little off on your speedometer, its ok.
Ok, I'll admit my ignorance why will the tire light be on?

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