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Old 09-14-2018, 11:35 AM
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New to me: Building up for Beginners: Choosing the right lift kit

So I just picked up this 2013 Sahara, and am getting a Rugged ridge bull bar (link below), will most likely black out the wheels and am getting new front and rear lights.

https://www.4wd.com/p/rugged-ridge-f...-BKMS-11561.10
Any tricks or tips for installing these ^^^^

I'm looking to do a lift and would like a "reasonable" beefy look without going too much deeper than a lift kit and slightly bigger tire.

Here are the two lifts I'm looking at getting one is for a 2" lift and the other is for 3-4". I'd rather go with the 3-4" but am worried it will change the drive quality too much, or will otherwise compromise the axle integrity (as the Jeep has 100,000 + miles on it)

https://www.4wd.com/p/skyjacker-susp...BHNG-JK20BPH-R

https://www.4wd.com/p/pro-comp-3-5-i.../R-DFCW-K3100B

I want to make sure the kits I'm getting will have all the parts I need, and I'd like to do the lift now and when I need to get new tires possibly go to something a little bigger without having to get back under and swap more parts. (So if either of these kits won't accomplish that or have a bad rap suggestions are welcome!)

Also while I'm doing the work, is there anything I should check? Parts that notoriously wear out while I'm there? I did notice some stiffness in the 2-4WD lever... Just as it does have so many miles and I want to make sure she keeps rolling for miles to come!

This is my second Wrangler, but first time building one up/putting in a lift (though I've also worked on several motorcycles so am not a total newb :P to wrenching)

Thanks for the help in advance!

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What size tire are you looking to run?
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I'm not trying to dissuade you from the two lifts you highlighted. I would just say you can do better in terms of quality. Food for thought, this may be the biggest choice you make in terms of how your Jeep will perform. Things like handling, cornering, brake dive, quiet compliant ride, etc.. Be careful not to un-engineer what Jeep has spent countless hours dialing in. Don't buy a lift based solely on price point.

Research is key here to you being completely satisfied with your upgrades. Take a look at TeraFlex, Metal Cloak and Rock Krawler as well. I hope this helps. Good luck with your build!



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I'm not trying to dissuade you from the two lifts you highlighted. I would just say you can do better in terms of quality. Food for thought, this may be the biggest choice you make in terms of how your Jeep will perform. Things like handling, cornering, brake dive, quiet compliant ride, etc.. Be careful not to un-engineer what Jeep has spent countless hours dialing in. Don't buy a lift based solely on price point.

Research is key here to you being completely satisfied with your upgrades. Take a look at TeraFlex, Metal Cloak and Rock Krawler as well. I hope this helps. Good luck with your build!



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Thanks for the meal! (food for thought.... get it...)
I certainly think this is something that I want to do more research into before I do anything. I'll look in to those as well while I wait for my other parts to come in and spend some time with what I put on before going for a lift.

And as for tire size, I think it's going to depend on what I decide to do lift wise, but I don't want to go any bigger than 35's and maybe not even that big. After all I am a shorty and if I go to big, I'll need a runner for my runner :P lol
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Thanks for the meal! (food for thought.... get it...)
I certainly think this is something that I want to do more research into before I do anything. I'll look in to those as well while I wait for my other parts to come in and spend some time with what I put on before going for a lift.

And as for tire size, I think it's going to depend on what I decide to do lift wise, but I don't want to go any bigger than 35's and maybe not even that big. After all I am a shorty and if I go to big, I'll need a runner for my runner :P lol
My pleasure Belle Here's some desert...I've found that after modding two Jeeps fairly extensively, we nearly always want to go (the first time you park your 33's next to 35's, you're left wanting) bigger. Having said that go for 35's straight out of the box! Build it so you just want to park it and stare at it!!!

Seriously, keep researching before you jump in. Start a pic file of Jeeps you love as a build reference. Most of ALL, enjoy the process!


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I'm going to follow in the same footsteps... Neither of those kits you listed are anything I would install on my Jeep. It's not much more money to do it right (better) and the end result is something you should be super happy with.

I recommend the AEV 2.5 Dualsport for your application if you plan for 35's... There is plenty to read on that kit and I do recommend adding caster correction.

If you are going to stop at 33's, the Rancho 2" sport kit is awesome.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/r...s-2096081.html

It might take you a bit to get through that one, but there's a lot of pictures and tons of discussion on tire sizes, etc.
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Hi, and welcome to the forum!

My 2˘:

Keep your lift at 2.5" or lower. 2.5" is the "safe" limit for a JK above which things get more expensive if done right.

A 2.5" lift will allow you to fit 35" tires. 2" for 34's, 1.5" for 33's.

You should get new, longer sway bar links front and rear to compensate for the lift. Get disconnecting ones for the front if you ever plan on going off road.

Also, on a 2013 Jeep JK (actually any 2012+) lifting 2.5" or more may bring your front driveshaft very close to the exhaust. Mostly a problem when flexing off road. If it does rub or you're worried about it, an exhaust spacer such as Teraflex is a good idea.

If lifting over 2":
  • Geometry correction brackets (like Rancho) or adjustable lower control arms will help keep your driveshaft happy and your Jeep more road-worthy.
  • New, adjustable track bars are also a good idea.

After that, it will depend on whether you plan on offroading, and how.

And, like my fellow posters, I recommend you look at TeraFlex, Metal Cloak, Rancho and Rock Krawler, those are top quality lift kits.

Also keep in mind the width of your tires in addition to their height. You may need wheel spacers or new wheels with less backspacing to keep them from rubbing.

Last but not least, take a look at Beginners guide to lifting your JK
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I don't think dropping $3000- $4000 on a lift is necessary unless you plan on rock crawling lol.

I'm sure I will catch shit for this but I have a Rough Country and have put about 10k miles on it and have no issues. I just have mild-medium trails around here and it gets around great. Bolts had to be tightened up once but that is about it.
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I don't think dropping $3000- $4000 on a lift is necessary unless you plan on rock crawling lol.

I'm sure I will catch shit for this but I have a Rough Country and have put about 10k miles on it and have no issues. I just have mild-medium trails around here and it gets around great. Bolts had to be tightened up once but that is about it.

Good point. Even the brands mentioned above have decent lifts under $2k.

For example Rock Krawler Stock Mod 2.5 with shocks for $1,281.
(I'm biased as I have a RK lift)
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