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Old 02-04-2015, 07:15 PM
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I dont like to read, give me your opinions....

As the title says I don't like to read and the lift thread of over 200 pages is WAY to long. So here is what I'm looking for I have a 2014 JKU and $5000 for lift, rims and tires. Of course I want 35's and somewhere in the neighborhood of a 2.5 to 3" lift. Since the rims and tires I'm looking at around $2800 it leaves me with some good money for a lift. I've been looking at the rancho 3/3.5" progressive lift. Now the JKU will be a trail use vehicle. Daily I only drive 10 miles a day max. It has 3.21s currently and will be doing a gear swap in the future. Thanks for the help. And btw the rims I'm looking at are fuel lethal and kumho road venture m/t.

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Do gears first if you plan 35s. When you do the lift/tires I mean.

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you indicated "trail vehicle".... meaning you will be playing with the tire pressure. Your fuel lethal's air valves are in between the spokes.
I had fuel mavericks with the similar problem. airing down, and especially airing up is a pita due to the location.
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Steve, I have spent the last couple of weeks researching lifts and I have came to the conclusion in the sizes you are looking at one of the following would be "best":
TeraFlex
RockCrawler
AEV

I think you should look at those kits...just my opinion and no offense to folks with other brands. Formulated this after reading hundreds of pages on here.
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I have decided on teraflex just not sure if I want a 3 or 4. I did lots of reading as well and it just simply works. But rock crawler was on my mind as well.
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you indicated "trail vehicle".... meaning you will be playing with the tire pressure. Your fuel lethal's air valves are in between the spokes. I had fuel mavericks with the similar problem. airing down, and especially airing up is a pita due to the location.
Trail might not be the right term than.... I won't be doing that. It'll be used on dirt roads with mud holes to get me to and from my hunting spots.
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Steve, my suggestions would still stand...from my reading on TeraFlex and AEV your vehicle will ride better than stock in all conditions. Of course assuming you have camber / caster correct...
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Steve, my suggestions would still stand...from my reading on TeraFlex and AEV your vehicle will ride better than stock in all conditions. Of course assuming you have camber / caster correct...
Thanks I'll reconsider these lifts
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Steve, my suggestions would still stand...from my reading on TeraFlex and AEV your vehicle will ride better than stock in all conditions. Of course assuming you have camber / caster correct...
Not necessarily true. Any of the better lifts will ride nicely if installed correctly and paired with a good shock. Also look at Rock Krawler, Metalcloak, Currie, Synergy and Clayton. Also depends on lift size, 2/4 door, and lift kit components.
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I would give you my opinion but it sounds like you wouldn't read it! LOL
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I would give you my opinion but it sounds like you wouldn't read it! LOL
OME is supposedly another good option - have heard lots of good thing about their springs. Is that your opinion Wingit?
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Trail might not be the right term than.... I won't be doing that. It'll be used on dirt roads with mud holes to get me to and from my hunting spots.
You don't need a big lift and 35's and re-gear for what it sounds like your planning to use your Jeep for. I would just do a budget boost or level kit put 33 in tires on and replace the cheap front and rear bumpers with some good after market ones. Maybe a winch in case you get stuck in a mud hole. Big lifts and tires on mainly pavement driven JK's is a waste of money in my opinion. Lifting it just for the looks like some people do is even a bigger waste of money in my opinion, however its not my Jeep or money and opinions are like A-holes ever body has one. Any ways you have asked for opinions here and that was my opinion on your situation.
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Absolutely nothing wrong with the Rancho 3" progressive. I certainly wouldn't automatically put another lift higher on your list.
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Do gears first if you plan 35s. When you do the lift/tires I mean.
I agree. If you stick with 35 s you will want to regear
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My opinion for a dirt road with mud holes you won't need to go very high with your lift.. A Teraflex 2.5" lift will fit a 35" tire.. I am in a wry similar situation and after reading and reading some more (which you won't do) I have some to the conclusion that all I needed on my jeep or my use was a Teraflex 1.5" leveling kit (still needs installed) and 33" wrangler duratracs.. I can go more places with just that set up then I'll ever plan to.. Just my opinion.. I already have 4.10s so gearing is fine for me.. Your 3.21s will be your weak spot for 35s (just from the READING I have done) good luck
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with any of these lifts is the northridge grade 8 bolt kit required or does the new lift come with the correct bolts ? thanks
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with any of these lifts is the northridge grade 8 bolt kit required or does the new lift come with the correct bolts ? thanks
The Northridge bolt kit is a good adder to any lift kit. They are not included... I picked up just the bolts for the track bar myself.
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Do gears first if you plan 35s. When you do the lift/tires I mean.
What gears would you recommend ?
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Looking like 4.56s..... That requires a carrier change right ? Since I'm coming from 3.21s
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Yes. I do think that the carrier is fairly cheap tho.

4.56 will put you on the better side of street performance. 4.88 would lean more for trail performance. Either would be good choices.
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You don't need a big lift and 35's and re-gear for what it sounds like your planning to use your Jeep for. I would just do a budget boost or level kit put 33 in tires on and replace the cheap front and rear bumpers with some good after market ones. Maybe a winch in case you get stuck in a mud hole. Big lifts and tires on mainly pavement driven JK's is a waste of money in my opinion. Lifting it just for the looks like some people do is even a bigger waste of money in my opinion, however its not my Jeep or money and opinions are like A-holes ever body has one. Any ways you have asked for opinions here and that was my opinion on your situation.
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For what the OP listed, it seems 33 inch Duratracs and a BB or leveling kit would fit the bill and same some cash that can be used for other things.
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Trail might not be the right term than.... I won't be doing that. It'll be used on dirt roads with mud holes to get me to and from my hunting spots.
Hell, it is a JEEP, man. You just need good tires to do what you are talking about! Get good bumpers and a winch and retrieval gear, take the change, buy a new rifle, some beer, pocket the rest and call it a day! .
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Would geometry correction brackets be needed with a RK kit since some of them come with new adjustable control arms ? Looking at 3.5" X factor kit or AEV 3.5" kit.
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A 2.5 lift would be all you need unless you are crawling boulders where you need clearance. If you get adjustable control arms, do not need correction brackets.

And going to second the folks that while 35s may look better to you, 33s would probably be far more practical for the type of trails you describe. And a lot cheaper - you can run them with no lift or just a level kit. Just food for thought.

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