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Old 08-07-2017, 01:53 PM
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Lift on new Chief

Picking up a new Unlimited Chief this week....new to this whole lift deal....but I want to immediately put on a new lift, wheels and and tires....thinking 3.5" with 35's.....really don't know what to look for or where to find the correct lift.....want something decent but don't want to go crazy.....willing to spend some money....have a guy that will install...just don't know what the best bang for the buck is.....any help is very much appreciated

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Also any extra parts and pieces I may need to make this work as smoothly as possible...ie speedometer calibration, tire sensors etc.

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If you get a "complete" system you shouldn't need extra parts. AEV and superchips make a unit you could use to recalibrate speedo.

Guess my first question would be what is the intended use for the jeep? Mall crawler, DD with weekend wheeling, off-road rig?


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In all honesty...just want to too look tuff....like it could climb some stuff that it will never actually see....probably do a little weekend wheeling but nothing crazy...more for looks than anything else
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But don't want to go with junk either
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I hear the Rough Country lifts are the way to go.
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IMHO, suggest you drive it for a few thousand miles, become familiar with the ride. Make sure all the factory stuff is good and no premature failures. Then have at it. That will give you time to research and find the right lift, tires, wheels, what works with warranty and what doesn't.
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IMHO, suggest you drive it for a few thousand miles, become familiar with the ride. Make sure all the factory stuff is good and no premature failures. Then have at it. That will give you time to research and find the right lift, tires, wheels, what works with warranty and what doesn't.
This is good advice. Just don't worry about whether or not a lift will void your warranty. That's been disputed over and over. If you are going to lift your Jeep, do it and don't look back.
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Make sure you take lots of pics, too.


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Metalcloak makes fantastic lifts. 3.5" with 35" tires may be slightly much but more is always better . Most people stick with 2.5" to avoid a lot of wear and tear of stock components down the road.

The key is getting everything you need. At 3.5", you're talking significantly more money to properly lift the Jeep. The lift should have all 8 control arms if you want to do it correctly. Most quality complete lifts in this range go for around 1500-2500 with shocks.

If you stick to 2.5", you probably won't need the control arms and can easily throw on a teraflex 2.5 coil lift with some rancho shocks for around 1200 I believe.

Up to you which way you want to go. Some who drive 35's in metro traffic and other areas really want to regear and install a big brake kit as the tires will have a negative impact on throttle and braking.
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Disclaimer - If you find yourself doing frequent wheeling, there are a slew of other stock components that may fail or need upgrading. Others can comment on those, such as your driveshafts, axle shafts, ball joints, etc. I didn't mention these given your intended use
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Or you could just have the dealer put the lift and tires on for you before you pick it up.
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Metalcloak makes fantastic lifts. 3.5" with 35" tires may be slightly much but more is always better . Most people stick with 2.5" to avoid a lot of wear and tear of stock components down the road.



The key is getting everything you need. At 3.5", you're talking significantly more money to properly lift the Jeep. The lift should have all 8 control arms if you want to do it correctly. Most quality complete lifts in this range go for around 1500-2500 with shocks.



If you stick to 2.5", you probably won't need the control arms and can easily throw on a teraflex 2.5 coil lift with some rancho shocks for around 1200 I believe.



Up to you which way you want to go. Some who drive 35's in metro traffic and other areas really want to regear and install a big brake kit as the tires will have a negative impact on throttle and braking.


If you go 2.5, Northridge 4x4 has this kit. This is what I went with on Black Friday for $659. Had it on since February 2017.


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Oh I also did front and rear Teraflex Monster Track bars and Teraflex front lower Sport control arms.


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I hear the Rough Country lifts are the way to go.
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This will help you with lift vs tire size
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3I_eMmwDfc&t=30s

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