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Old 02-14-2012, 12:09 PM
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Hello everybody. I am new to the whole jeep thing but i know that i do want to add a lift kit and no larger than 33" tires. I am active duty military and am stationed in Georgia so i drive almost every weekend to florida. I won't be using for off-roading anytime soon but my friends like to call it a city jeep and well we can't have that lol. I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport. What would you guys recommend with tires and lift and any extras i would have to fix it. Thank you all and have a good day!

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No lift needed for a 33"

With new wheels, backspacing of 4.5 MIN to help with rubbing.

Or wheel spacers if you want to keep the factory wheels.


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Hello everybody. I am new to the whole jeep thing but i know that i do want to add a lift kit and no larger than 33" tires. I am active duty military and am stationed in Georgia so i drive almost every weekend to florida. I won't be using for off-roading anytime soon but my friends like to call it a city jeep and well we can't have that lol. I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport. What would you guys recommend with tires and lift and any extras i would have to fix it. Thank you all and have a good day!
You can fit 33s stock. Depending on how wide you go, you may experience some rubbing on the airdam. Can be fixed with some trimming of the airdam, washers on the steering stops, wheel spacers, or correctly backspaced wheels in the 4.5" or less range. The lower the backspace number, the further away the wheel/tire will be from the body. If you have the stock 17" wheels, I would recommend selling them off and going with a 15" or 16" wheel and tire setup. You can typically get wheels and tires in the 15" size for less than you can get tires alone in the 17" size.

If you don't move the TPMS over to the new wheels or purchase new ones for them, then you will get the TPMS warning light and chime at each startup. You can either live with that, or go for something like the AEV Procal to set the threshold at 0. This little device also does much more than just that, so read up on it.

If you want to lift it, a simple budget boost would work well for your purposes. Actually, I would probably recommend something like the Teraflex spacer leveling kit which can be picked up for around $120 shipped. Or you could go with the AEV 2" spacer kit. Either would give you a good look for minimal investment and can be installed yourself easily.

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I would like to add a lift but i know that if go to large then you have to do some modifications and i don't mind doing minor fixes just don't want to do anything major. And i know that with 33' i will not lose as much gas mileage than if i went bigger. Thanks kjeeper10.
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You can fit 33s stock. Depending on how wide you go, you may experience some rubbing on the airdam. Can be fixed with some trimming of the airdam, washers on the steering stops, wheel spacers, or correctly backspaced wheels in the 4.5" or less range. The lower the backspace number, the further away the wheel/tire will be from the body. If you have the stock 17" wheels, I would recommend selling them off and going with a 15" or 16" wheel and tire setup. You can typically get wheels and tires in the 15" size for less than you can get tires alone in the 17" size.

If you don't move the TPMS over to the new wheels or purchase new ones for them, then you will get the TPMS warning light and chime at each startup. You can either live with that, or go for something like the AEV Procal to set the threshold at 0. This little device also does much more than just that, so read up on it.

If you want to lift it, a simple budget boost would work well for your purposes. Actually, I would probably recommend something like the Teraflex spacer leveling kit which can be picked up for around $120 shipped. Or you could go with the AEV 2" spacer kit. Either would give you a good look for minimal investment and can be installed yourself easily.

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Good stuff^^

Look into a budget boost.

Around $200. Easy install and no other major modifications.
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Hello everybody. I am new to the whole jeep thing but i know that i do want to add a lift kit and no larger than 33" tires. I am active duty military and am stationed in Georgia so i drive almost every weekend to florida. I won't be using for off-roading anytime soon but my friends like to call it a city jeep and well we can't have that lol. I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport. What would you guys recommend with tires and lift and any extras i would have to fix it. Thank you all and have a good day!
Where you stationed? I work at Hunter AAF. You should be able to get about 2" by upgrading springs and shocks, which is much cheaper than a full lift kit. It just depends on how high you want to go. Remember, GA law has limits on what you can do to suspensions. Even if you're vehicle is registered out of state, the law applies. It would most likely only be enforced if you got in an accident and were found at fault.

Georgia Code - Motor Vehicles & Traffic - Title 40, Section 40-8-6 - Georgia Attorney Resources - Georgia Laws

Are you wanting to get all terrains, Mud tires....? Most people recommend 15" or 16" wheels and Duratracs as currently very popular. I just bought a set of 17's because I like to be different, but I'm going with 33" tires as well. Don't be afraid to stop and ask a fellow Jeeper about his rig if you like it. 95% of Jeepers will be more than happy to chat about their Jeep.
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Hello everybody. I am new to the whole jeep thing but i know that i do want to add a lift kit and no larger than 33" tires. I am active duty military and am stationed in Georgia so i drive almost every weekend to florida. I won't be using for off-roading anytime soon but my friends like to call it a city jeep and well we can't have that lol. I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport. What would you guys recommend with tires and lift and any extras i would have to fix it. Thank you all and have a good day!
I'm pretty much in the same bucket as you...just a month ahead of you.
I was pointed towards DTD (Discount Tire Direct) and the combo of MB Wheels 72 (wheels/rims) and 33" Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. While I didnt go with the MB 72 I did get the MB Wheels TKO. I got those put on with no lift, and yes I have a 2012 Wrangler Sport. As for a lift it depends on how much you want to spend. For the time being I just purchased and Rubicon Express 2" lift aka BB aka Budget boost lift (for about $369). Later when I save some money or get tired of being so low to the ground I'll get the much reviewed Teraflex 2.5" Coil Spring lift (depending on the one you get $ 430-$730).

My R/E lift says it comes with front and rear bumpstops but Im not sure if I'll need extended bumpstops. You might need those too... as for anything else..depending on the tire/wheel size you get, say if you go bigger then a 33" you might need a new stronger spare tire carrier.
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Where you stationed? I work at Hunter AAF. You should be able to get about 2" by upgrading springs and shocks, which is much cheaper than a full lift kit. It just depends on how high you want to go. Remember, GA law has limits on what you can do to suspensions. Even if you're vehicle is registered out of state, the law applies. It would most likely only be enforced if you got in an accident and were found at fault.

Georgia Code - Motor Vehicles & Traffic - Title 40, Section 40-8-6 - Georgia Attorney Resources - Georgia Laws

Are you wanting to get all terrains, Mud tires....? Most people recommend 15" or 16" wheels and Duratracs as currently very popular. I just bought a set of 17's because I like to be different, but I'm going with 33" tires as well. Don't be afraid to stop and ask a fellow Jeeper about his rig if you like it. 95% of Jeepers will be more than happy to chat about their Jeep.

I was thinking 33" with 15" wheels, i will look into the Duratracs. i was wanting a 4" lift but thinking maybe i should go smaller since i do alot of driving on the weekends. Thanks for the link to the GA law never knew about that. but i am stationed at Moody and have only been here about 3 weeks now.
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I'm pretty much in the same bucket as you...just a month ahead of you.
I was pointed towards DTD (Discount Tire Direct) and the combo of MB Wheels 72 (wheels/rims) and 33" Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. While I didnt go with the MB 72 I did get the MB Wheels TKO. I got those put on with no lift, and yes I have a 2012 Wrangler Sport. As for a lift it depends on how much you want to spend. For the time being I just purchased and Rubicon Express 2" lift aka BB aka Budget boost lift (for about $369). Later when I save some money or get tired of being so low to the ground I'll get the much reviewed Teraflex 2.5" Coil Spring lift (depending on the one you get $ 430-$730).

My R/E lift says it comes with front and rear bumpstops but Im not sure if I'll need extended bumpstops. You might need those too... as for anything else..depending on the tire/wheel size you get, say if you go bigger then a 33" you might need a new stronger spare tire carrier.

Thank you. I was wanting a 4" lift with 33" but i am thinking i should just go lower.
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Thank you. I was wanting a 4" lift with 33" but i am thinking i should just go lower.
Definitely go lower that 4". That would look ridiculous with 33s. Stick to 2.5" or less and you'll be good. Much more than that and you start getting into major money to do it right.
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I was thinking 33" with 15" wheels, i will look into the Duratracs. i was wanting a 4" lift but thinking maybe i should go smaller since i do alot of driving on the weekends. Thanks for the link to the GA law never knew about that. but i am stationed at Moody and have only been here about 3 weeks now.
You're down by Valdosta then. There should be a Jeep club in that area. You're welcome for the link. Welcome to the Jeeping world. enjoy the addiction lol

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