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Old 06-11-2019, 11:14 PM
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Choosing the Right Lift Kits Size

Hi Everyone!!!

I need some advice. I want to install a lift kit on my stock jeep to move up to 33" for my 2-dr wrangler. The 33" is not up for discussion. It's just what works best for me. Question is, do I go with the 1.5" or 2.5" lift? Any opinion?

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Forgot to mention it is a JK.

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Old 06-11-2019, 11:16 PM   #3
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Why not a size in the middle like the ranchos 2 inch lift , gets you accurate height and is a well built good priced kit, just installed it this weekend
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Before we can really advise you we need to understand your end goal. Based on what you have stated here I would either do nothing or at most the Teraflex leveling kit. JK's just does not need much lift to run bigger tires.
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No lift at all.....stock tire size is 32".....
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:30 AM   #6
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New wheels or wheel spacers to prevent rubbing on turns. No lift and drive it for a while to see if a lift is needed.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:24 AM   #7
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Why do you want to lift it? Knowing that might help figure out what a good lift would be.
You don't need to lift to run 33" tires, so why do you want to lift it? Do you need clearance for offroading? Or do you just want the look?
I would suggest you read the beginners guide to lifting thread.
Some quick basics; You have lifts that use spacers to add height to the stock springs, and you have lifts that use longer / stiffer springs. The spacer based lifts give you pretty much exactly the thickness of the spacer in height where as the spring based lifts tend to give you more lift than advertised (often 0.5" - 1" more lift, depending on how heavy / light your particular Jeep is).
Spacer based lifts maintain the stock spring rate, which is on the soft side, and can be popular for those that want more height without dramatically changing the ride quality. But the right spring based lift can actually improve ride quality, so there's that.
The Rancho 2" progressive lift, with the adjustable 9000 series shocks, can be a great choice for a first lift. It is about the only spring based lift that does not over deliver on height. It tends to deliver around 2.4" up front and 1.5" in back, which helps level out the Jeep. It is a pretty basic kit, and does not include things that many higher end lifts include. But you can add geometry brackets, quick disconnects, HD adjustable track bars / TB brackets, as you desire.
But knowing why you want a lift would really help determine which lift you should look at.
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Two door are optimal with LCOG (low center of gravity) builds. Just lift enough to clear the tires. I run 37s on 2.5 inch lift. Most I would do for 33s is level kit, or stock with flat fenders. You will need wheels with proper backspace or spacers.
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I agree with moabcarl. Wheelspacers/new wheels to prevent rubbing on the swaybar and no lift kit would work fine with 285 70 r17 tires. Another option to consider is cutting your stock fenders or getting flat fenders which would allow you to get full flex with no lift kit. Little cheaper than a lift most of the time. I did that with my 2 dr for 33s.
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Sound advice. I will try it out for a month to see. My motivation to going up in size is that I wanted some extract clearance and was afraid of losing too much uptravel running 33" on stock. I am asking because stock works well for me; however, every time I go to Sedona now, I been pushing the limit a little more every time.
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Sound advice. I will try it out for a month to see. My motivation to going up in size is that I wanted some extract clearance and was afraid of losing too much uptravel running 33" on stock. I am asking because stock works well for me; however, every time I go to Sedona now, I been pushing the limit a little more every time.
You do not need any extra bump stop to run 33's at stock height, so you loose no up travel.
If you decide you want extra clearance, a small leveling lift or 2" / 2.5" lift can be good. But it is a slippery slope. The more you lift, the more you need to do to make it drive right, as lifting affect castor and suspension geometry. By all means, I am a fan of lifting, but if you decide you want to lift I think you need to figure out how much lift you want and do it right.
We worked our way up, starting with a 2.5" spacer lift (and a bunch of extra parts to address how it drives) and slowly worked our way up to around 3.5" / 4" of lift. We then worked our way back down as that was more lift than we wanted. It was a pain in our butts in more ways than one. Now we have the 2" Mopar springs that deliver around 3" of lift up front and 2" in back, we are currently happy with it. But you never know down the road.
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I ran 285 70 R17 Duratracs with Spidertrax 1 1/2 inch wheel spacers for a few years with no problems. Installed a 2" Rancho sport lift a few weekends ago and wonder why I didn't earlier. Still running the 285's.

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