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Old 01-24-2020, 01:33 PM
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Advice - Considering lift kit, et cetera. I know little to zero

Hello,
I have a stock 2014 JKU Sport with 85K miles and thinking about a lift kit, wheels and tires and seeking advice.

Should I just leave it stock or is worth the $ to lift it for the awesome look? I'm in S. Florida with flat roads and fairly flat off roads.

There are very many choices of lift kits. EAV sounds great to me - based on their pitch on their website. I daily drive to work on a dangerous I-95 in South Florida - so I want very safe road handling. I am very particular and want the best - so I am needing advice.

Also if there are any upgrades such as shocks that are the best - that don't need corrosion treatment that I read about the EAV 2.5" Dualsport XT kit with Bilstein 5100 shocks. Also will need tires - and wheels. Do I want or need spacers? And do I want or need anything else? I like the look of the stock Rubicon wheels.
Thanks - I know little to zero so I need help.
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you are starting out well by asking on this forum. there are a lot of experienced people here. be prepared for many different view points.

there is a great thread here about the best/most popular lift on wranglerforum. search for it. it is long but has good info.

ask a lot of questions and give consideration to how you plan to use the jeep. this will be good guide.

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Hello,
I have a stock 2014 JKU Sport with 85K miles and thinking about a lift kit, wheels and tires and seeking advice.

Should I just leave it stock or is worth the $ to lift it for the awesome look? I'm in S. Florida with flat roads and fairly flat off roads.

There are very many choices of lift kits. EAV sounds great to me - based on their pitch on their website. I daily drive to work on a dangerous I-95 in South Florida - so I want very safe road handling. I am very particular and want the best - so I am needing advice.

Also if there are any upgrades such as shocks that are the best - that don't need corrosion treatment that I read about the EAV 2.5" Dualsport XT kit with Bilstein 5100 shocks. Also will need tires - and wheels. Do I want or need spacers? And do I want or need anything else? I like the look of the stock Rubicon wheels.
Thanks - I know little to zero so I need help.
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The first question is what size tires are you looking for? The main reason to lift is to clear larger tires.
The AEV 2.5" DualSport lift is a good lift. A couple add ons for it would be a set of Rancho Geometry Brackets (you can add the AEV Geometry Brackets, but they aren't as nice), and either longer rear sway bar links so you can install the rear links on the front or front sway bar quick disconnects to use instead of t he cheesy sway bar link brackets included in the kit.
You can use that kit with up to 35" tires. The stock wheels don't really have enough backspacing for overly wide tires, though. So if you want wide tires you may need new wheels or wheel spacers. That depends mainly on the tires you decide on. And bigger tires also affect your gearing. Some re-gear when installing bigger tires to recover lost performance.
Try reading this.
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/b...jk-298665.html
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Read the link.

AEV products are designed by the original MOPAR JK/JKU suspension engineers. I run AEV bumpers, wheels, suspension, skids, snorkel, and some interior bits. Bilstein 5100 shocks and I really like the ride.

Many guys here including myself like the quality of AEV. You wont find it on sale anywhere, Their MAP pricing is what it is.

Many here, including me will tell you to stay away from Amazon and eBay cheapo kits. Also Rough Country does not have a favorable track record. Inexpensive yes, but you get what you pay for.

Rancho makes nice kits and good mid level shocks.

Metal Cloak is another favorite here. Again, quality you pay for.
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Here is the link I referred to earlier...

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/m...f-1136938.html

It basically discusses the TeraFlex 2.5" lift and various ways you can option it to suit your tastes. There are definitely quality lifts as mentioned above and terrible ones.

Investing the time in research now will help you avoid "I lifted my jeep and now it rides like crap and is all over the road" syndrome.

Good luck and keep coming back with questions.
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Things to research:
Lifts
Other suspension components
Tire size for your current axles
Tire carriers to hold your larger/heavier wheels and tires
Regearing
Wheels vs spacers (specifically backspacing)
Upgraded braking

If you "want to do it right", it's not as simple as buying a lift kit and some shiny wheels and fat tires. There are a lot of misc things you have to consider and they all play together.

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Wow, great info posted here already!

Since you said it's for "looks" then I'd encourage you to go light wherever possible. Light wheels, light tires, etc. There's no sense in a heavy E rated tire for the street, and your Jeep will ride and handle better on road with a lighter wheel/tire combo.

I have no experience with the AEV lift mentioned, but we did run the Teraflex lift mentioned with the Rancho control arm brackets. That Jeep was the best riding of the 4 JKs we've had, I feel mainly because we stayed light as the Jeep would not see much off road action.

Now if you plan on going off road then I'd suggest you look into a more complete lift that replaces control arms, etc.

Good luck!

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