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Old 12-08-2019, 08:26 PM
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2017 Willys lift kits with stock rims

Total newbie to the jeep world. Have a 2017 2 door wrangler willys edition. I want to lift it 2 to 3 inches and use the stock rims and upgrade to appx 33' tires.

A gazillion kits out there, to space wheels or not?, etc has my mind spinning.

Nothing crazy planned with this jeep, it's not our daily driver and it will see more asphalt than off road in it's life but want it to look good. Looking for recommendations from the jeep community and even pics from any one that has done this same project.

Lift kit and wheel spacers if needed recommendations. Thank you

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How wide of a 33” tire do you want to run? That will determine if you’ll need wheel spacers or not.

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The wife's 2016 Willys ran a 2.5" Teraflex lift with factory wheels. First with factory tires then with a 315/70/17 Duratrac. Both required a wheel spacer, we went with 1.75" inch to leave us at 4.5" backspace.

If your lift comes with longer end links in the rear it puts them where they rub the wheel. Your choices are to leave them off (safety concern) or add the spacer. I've had to loan spacers to a buddy who didn't anticipate that when he lifted, his end links were rubbing as soon as he backed out of the garage.

Below are a couple of pics of the wife's old Willys (since wrecked)


Lifted with factory tires:





And with the Duratracs

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On my 09 Rubicon 2 door, I am running a q-tech leveling kit and 285-75-17 Nitto RG's on stock rims with 1.5" spacers.
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Awesome! Thanks for the replies and especially pics. That's the look I'm looking for.

Second TJ, I was thinking either of the tire sizes shown above.

Have been looking at the Teraflex kits. Any one have any Jeep experience with BDS suspension? I used them on my daily driver Ford F250 and was really happy with the quality and ride but not sure how common they are in the Jeep World.

Thanks again
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Also curious, with either 315/70/17 or 285/70/17 did you also mount on the spare rim and did it still fit or did you have to add spacer or upgrade the mount bracket? Thanks I don't plan on any bumper upgrades any time soon.
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Did either of you have any need to re gear? Thank you
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Also curious, with either 315/70/17 or 285/70/17 did you also mount on the spare rim and did it still fit or did you have to add spacer or upgrade the mount bracket? Thanks I don't plan on any bumper upgrades any time soon.
The 315 Duratrac put us right at the max weight of the stock carrier, 85 pounds. We used a Synergy relocation bracket for it to fit. LINK
If you use a heavier tire you'll likely need a hinge and/or carrier.

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Did either of you have any need to re gear? Thank you
The 3.73 were the minimum acceptable gear to us in a 2 door. I wouldn't have been happy with them in a 4 door.
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Not a 2 door but I have a Rancho 2 inch with 1 inch spacers all around. And 1.5 wheel spacers with 285/75 17 Toyo AT on stock Willys wheels.
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