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Old 01-05-2017, 09:08 PM
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Best lift kit for 33" wheels ???

Looking for insight on 2" lift kits and wheel combos. Would like to put some 33"s
Also what brake upgrades are available for my rig ???

Thanks for your input ! I'm new to the jeep world and want to set this up right the first time. I have a 3" body lift on it now. Everything else is stock.

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Looking for insight on 2" lift kits and wheel combos. Would like to put some 33"s
Also what brake upgrades are available for my rig ???

Thanks for your input ! I'm new to the jeep world and want to set this up right the first time. I have a 3" body lift on it now. Everything else is stock.
First thing i suggest is downsize the 3" body lift. Body lifts over 1.25" are not recommended.
You might consider a zone 4.25 combo lift which includes a 3" suspension lift, a 1.25" body lift (which would take care of replacing your existing 3")' and a 1" motor mount lift to take care of drive line vibes.

Take a look at centric rotors and black magic pads at black magic brakes.

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What kind of money are you looking to spend? You don't really want a 3 inch body lift, so are you looking to downsize and remove it or would you like to go with like a 4 inch? Unless you have got a big budget to blow on the jeep I wouldn't recommend a brake job with only 33" tires. Maybe if you had 37 or such. But if you truly want new breaks black magic probably is the most loved on this forum.
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What size tire could I run with that set up ? 33 or 35 ?
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not meaning to insult, but if you are asking that question, its unlikely that you are ready for 35's. there is a lot more than slapping tires on and calling it good. its not uncommon to cost between $5k-$10k to run 35's reliably
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not meaning to insult, but if you are asking that question, its unlikely that you are ready for 35's. there is a lot more than slapping tires on and calling it good. its not uncommon to cost between $5k-$10k to run 35's reliably
Yeah... Weldonwheeler, I would read through this thread that will answer many questions about running 35's: I want to run 35's on my TJ - JeepForum.com
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Look at black magic brakes for an upgrade. I have stock brakes and 33s and it is pretty scary, I have had plenty of close calls. Soon as tax season hits thatll change.

Listen to the folks who have posted. Ditch the 3" body lift and maybe look at the zone 4.25 combo. Its a great kit and is perfect for 33s.
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What size tire could I run with that set up ? 33 or 35 ?
Any time you go over 3" of suspension lift, you will have to take more drastic measures to avoid drive line vibrations, and you cannot live with drive line vibes...they will take out parts. The best way to do that is with a slip yoke eliminator and double cardan drive shaft. Some inexpensive 4" lift kits utilize a transfer case drop to accomplish that, but they are ugly and eat up precious ground clearance. Why lift your jeep 4" only to lower the center 1.5"?

That is what makes the Zone combo lift attractive. It utilizes a 3" suspension lift with a 1.25" body lift and looks and works great with 33" tires.
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The best lift on every occasion is the least amount of lift to get the job done. For 33" tires (I am on my 2nd set of MT/R LT305/70R16's since 2004) I would recommend the DPG offroad Deluxe TJ OME Lift:

Old Man Emu Deluxe TJ/LJ Wrangler Kit | dpgoffroad.com

This has a 1.25" body lift, a 2" suspension lift, and a 1" motor mount lift, along with swaybar discos for the front and a swaybar relocation bracket for the rear, bumpstop spacers, etc.

The suspension lift can use a variety of springs. I have a heavy 5-speed, hardtop Rubicon, and I used the regular HD OME TJ springs. The ride is very comfortable with no rubbing. I do not recommend you use stiffer springs unless you are heavier than a 4700-lb Rubicon.

My tires are 33.1" by 12.3" wide, so I used 1.25" wheel spacers and stock Rubicon rims, for a total backspacing of 4.25" (stock 5.5" backspace Rubicon wheel minus the spacer). For 9" or 10" tire widths you might get by with no spacer, but every Jeep is a little different - the choices if you rub are wheel spacers or new rims.
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What size tires do you plan on running on 33" wheels?!
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Thank you for your input. I don't want to go to big.33" tires and a mild lift sounds like the way to go for me. I will be ditching the 3 " body lift. Thanks again !


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For 33s you can go stock (there is a whole thread devoted), or a leveler (which I did) - no need to go beyond that.
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For 33s you can go stock (there is a whole thread devoted), or a leveler (which I did) - no need to go beyond that.
Maybe on a jk, but not on a TJ (which is the forum you're in). For running off road disconnected a tj with no fender mods should have 4" of lift for clearance with 33's. You can bump stop for less, but then you're losing suspension travel.
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So on taking waterdog s advice , I ordered the zone off-road combo 4.25 lift with disconnects. And come to find out while installing my new winch bumper, my 2 front 3 inch body lift spacers were cracked. Pretty stoked about the new mods to come. We'll be posting the progress in the weeks ahead .

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So on taking waterdog s advice , I ordered the zone off-road combo 4.25 lift with disconnects. And come to find out while installing my new winch bumper, my 2 front 3 inch body lift spacers were cracked. Pretty stoked about the new mods to come. We'll be posting the progress in the weeks ahead .

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Best lift for 33" tires IMO is a 2" BDS suspension lift supplemented with a 1.25" bodylift.
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The Zone 4.25" combo is a great lift for the money to fit 33s. When I used to sell Zone, I sold a bunch of them.
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Bump stops if your keeping factory fenders.
Gears (mandatory if running 3.07) and brakes

Some can do it cheaper and that's fine. But you should be forewarned that it's not cheap.
Look at a set of factory CA's vs a set of quality CA's with real flex joints. What do you want on the trail?
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Ome lift from DPG off-road!
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Just got done with the 4.25 zone off-road combo lift. Everything went pretty smooth.
Got back on all fours and got the front end alignment done.

I do have some drivetrain vibrations now that I didn't have before. So I just ordered the rear cam locks plate kit from zone kit # j5408 Hopefully this will help with the vibration.

Trying not to do the sye driveshaft at this time, we will see. Only $15.00 for the cam kit.

Anyone else every use this method to get rid of vibration ?
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Just got done with the 4.25 zone off-road combo lift. Everything went pretty smooth.
Got back on all fours and got the front end alignment done.

I do have some drivetrain vibrations now that I didn't have before. So I just ordered the rear cam locks plate kit from zone kit # j5408 Hopefully this will help with the vibration.

Trying not to do the sye driveshaft at this time, we will see. Only $15.00 for the cam kit.

Anyone else every use this method to get rid of vibration ?
Try placing about three flat washers between the t-case skid and frame at each of the 6 bolt locations. This is sometimes required with a zone lift (usually if you have a d44 rear axle which means slightly shorter drive shaft)
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Thanks waterdog, should I still go with the cam locks on the rear ?
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cancel that order, go to the hardware store and pick up 18-24 half inch fender washers. use them to slightly drop the TC skid until the vibes are gone
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So only 3 stacked washers per bolt will be enough ?
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1 may be enough, i got away with 2, some have needed 4
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Thanks , ironhead jed
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Just put in enough to get rid of all vibes, whether it takes 2 or 4. I agree, I would cancel the cam lock order.
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Try placing about three flat washers between the t-case skid and frame at each of the 6 bolt locations. This is sometimes required with a zone lift (usually if you have a d44 rear axle which means slightly shorter drive shaft)
Thanks for your input ! Put 3 washers in and it drives perfectly ! You guys are the best !!!
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1 may be enough, i got away with 2, some have needed 4
Thanks for your input, 3 worked for me ! Drives great ! Thank you for your advice !
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