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Old 07-12-2015, 08:00 PM
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What else do I need? Buying 2.5" lift and 33s.

Hey guys,

First post on wranglerforum.com, but that's not to say I haven't already spent hours over the last couple months researching future modifications to the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport I recently purchased. After a TON of time cruising forums and looking at different builds I've decided that I am 100% set on a 2.5" lift and 33" tires. Personal preference, but for what I need/how I want my build to look it's perfect. All these forums have led me to the following: After looking into different lift kits I've decided to go with the TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit with Shocks. I've seen a few posts about going with just the spring kit and getting shocks from Rock Crawler or Blistein but I've seen GREAT reviews on the 9550s that come with the kit, and for the money they're exactly what i want. Not that it makes a big difference, but I've also decided on the 17" Fuel® Off-Road Krank Wheel in Matte Black & Milled Finish with the 4.5" of backspacing, and 33" Mickey Thompson Baja STZ Radial Tire. Although I've already taken my JK out in the mud a few times, this is my primary vehicle now and the off road aspect will probably just be an occasional thing, so I really wanted a set up that would work great for every day kinda driving. I'll be ready to purchase this setup within the next month or so, and I really wanted some advice on it all and any questions answered before I do. I've been a mechanic in the Army for a few years so I know my way around a vehicle and I'm really quick to pick new things up, but I've never had to install a lift before.

Now, the point of all this. From what I've read in other forums, there is a lot of talk about geometry correction brackets, wheel spacers, exhaust mods, coil spacers, leveling kits, etc....

My question is: Do I need to purchase any other parts other then the "bold text" items that I linked in order to make this work?

I appreciate any help offered on this question! Also, if you have pointers or suggestions with anything else I've mentioned feel free to put it out!

Thanks guys!
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I just finished the Teraflex 2.5 with shock extensions and everything was included and the job got done. I think Teraflex should compare their instructions to their video. I found missing pieces but was able to get it done with slight frustration. I did the lift in the driveway and will be driving mine to a friends shop to have the tires and wheels mounted but found out that wheel spacers are needed to use the stock rims. Luckliy he had some wheel spacers to get me there. Normally not a big deal but I need the factory sensors swapped over so I needed to drive my jeep there on stock wheels. I'm doing the exact same setup regarding lift and tires and so far so good.

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Glad this thread was started as I am looking to do a 2.5 lift too, and am contemplating the pros/cons with a) adjustable LCA's vs b) cam bolts for managing caster.
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What else???

The Tereflex 2.5" kit is pretty complete. You shouldn't need anything else. Your Jeep will be ready for the road. That being said, I've added a few other items to my rig. Geometry correction was done via adjustable control arms (this put the wheels back to factory placement) and a front hd track bar (this brought the front (left to right) back to factory). These items are NOT must have items, but are options that you may wish to consider at some point down the road. My work in progress has been a piece at a time, and will continue to be such.
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I did the same, although i also added the HD track bar and the fixed length teraflex sport control arms.
As above, not mandatory but they bring the suspension geometry and axle position closer to factory.

For other things,
- i have extended the rear axle breather
- added 1" spacers on the front to allow for a bumper and winch
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Hey guys,

First post on wranglerforum.com, but that's not to say I haven't already spent hours over the last couple months researching future modifications to the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport I recently purchased. After a TON of time cruising forums and looking at different builds I've decided that I am 100% set on a 2.5" lift and 33" tires. Personal preference, but for what I need/how I want my build to look it's perfect. All these forums have led me to the following: After looking into different lift kits I've decided to go with the TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit with Shocks. I've seen a few posts about going with just the spring kit and getting shocks from Rock Crawler or Blistein but I've seen GREAT reviews on the 9550s that come with the kit, and for the money they're exactly what i want. Not that it makes a big difference, but I've also decided on the 17" Fuel® Off-Road Krank Wheel in Matte Black & Milled Finish with the 4.5" of backspacing, and 33" Mickey Thompson Baja STZ Radial Tire. Although I've already taken my JK out in the mud a few times, this is my primary vehicle now and the off road aspect will probably just be an occasional thing, so I really wanted a set up that would work great for every day kinda driving. I'll be ready to purchase this setup within the next month or so, and I really wanted some advice on it all and any questions answered before I do. I've been a mechanic in the Army for a few years so I know my way around a vehicle and I'm really quick to pick new things up, but I've never had to install a lift before.

Now, the point of all this. From what I've read in other forums, there is a lot of talk about geometry correction brackets, wheel spacers, exhaust mods, coil spacers, leveling kits, etc....

My question is: Do I need to purchase any other parts other then the "bold text" items that I linked in order to make this work?

I appreciate any help offered on this question! Also, if you have pointers or suggestions with anything else I've mentioned feel free to put it out!

Thanks guys!
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You list your wheels as having 4.5 backspacing, if that is the case you should have no need for spacers. Also your getting the Teraflex coil spring kit with their shocks so you will not need shock relocation brackets. Your kit comes with everything you need to lift it and your wheels sound right. No Problem. Some quick disconnects would be nice if you plan on rough trail and rocky terrain. If muddling is more your thing you would not really need disconnects, but they are nice to have. Every Jeep is different to a point, I have been running 2.5 TF kit and Rancho 9000s for two years. We disconnect it regularly and flex it to the max, never needed exhaust spacer and Drive shaft still looks great. Also I can take my hands off the wheel and it tracks straight and true with no bump steer or wander, I have no geo brakets either and in fact Terraflex tech line told me I did not need them. I agree, but there are folks who will tell you you do. I say run your lift and if you have no problems you decide, they are not difficult to add latter if you have issues. That's my take anyway with our 2013 JKU. Actually your 2011 has even less chance of needing an exhaust spacer
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I just did the Teraflex 2.5 with Rancho 9000 shocks, love the way it looks and drives, much better than stock. The only thing I added was the Teraflex adjustable track bar.
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I just did the Teraflex 2.5 with Rancho 9000 shocks, love the way it looks and drives, much better than stock. The only thing I added was the Teraflex adjustable track bar.
That monster track bar is something I added as well and is a great beefy improvement.
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The TF kit is really good, we recommend it a lot here on WF.

We even have a thread dedicated to how to do it. https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/mo...f-1136938.html

In my opinion, the Rancho RS5000X is a way better shock than the 9550's. And it's basically the same $$$.

Also, the TF kit does NOT include caster correction. While some Jeeps drive fine without it, most do better with it. There are 2 common ways to correct caster, the control arm drop brackets and front control arms. I think the brackets are more popular, but I believe in the control arms. Especially when you can get the TF Sport fixed lower control arms for just a tiny bit more than the brackets.
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The TF kit is really good, we recommend it a lot here on WF.

We even have a thread dedicated to how to do it. https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/mo...f-1136938.html

In my opinion, the Rancho RS5000X is a way better shock than the 9550's. And it's basically the same $$$.

Also, the TF kit does NOT include caster correction. While some Jeeps drive fine without it, most do better with it. There are 2 common ways to correct caster, the control arm drop brackets and front control arms. I think the brackets are more popular, but I believe in the control arms. Especially when you can get the TF Sport fixed lower control arms for just a tiny bit more than the brackets.
If I may ask, what are your thoughts on using cam bolts to correct caster?
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If I may ask, what are your thoughts on using cam bolts to correct caster?
I do not like the cam bolts. You have to punch out or grind a large hole in the lower mount on your axle to use them. The only way to correct it is to weld on a washer if you want to remove them. Also, they are less reliable and known to come out of adjustment at times.

It's only $100 to use the control arm brackets which are a much better solution. And if you like to run the trails regularly, like I posted above, I recommend the TF Sport lower control arms.
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I do not like the cam bolts. You have to punch out or grind a large hole in the lower mount on your axle to use them. The only way to correct it is to weld on a washer if you want to remove them. Also, they are less reliable and known to come out of adjustment at times.

It's only $100 to use the control arm brackets which are a much better solution. And if you like to run the trails regularly, like I posted above, I recommend the TF Sport lower control arms.
Thank you for the explanation. I am thinking to go the control arm option.

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