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Old 06-12-2017, 09:57 PM
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Lift with stock tires

Anyone have a 2.5 lift with stock 255 tires?

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Old 06-13-2017, 07:20 PM   #2
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It's not a 2.5 it's a 3.5 but this is mine before my wheels and tires just imagine it an inch lower lol
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:12 AM   #3
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Why? Stock tires need zero lift.
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:21 AM   #4
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One possibility is because the person has the money to buy a lift, but not tires/wheels yet. It's a common struggle. Which to do first, tires/wheels, or lift. They would be looking for pictures to see how it looks until such time as they can afford the other stuff.
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:28 AM   #5
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Affirmative @jawest12 Not going to attempt anything above 2'' but struggling with either lifting now or soon. Then purchase the wheels and tires later or get the wheels tires now then coils later.
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:40 AM   #6
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I have a stock '05 Rubicon (TJ) with 245s and did a 2.5" OME leveling lift kit. Put new Cooper Discoverer AT3s on and am going to run with that for a while. Primary purpose was 1) leveling, 2) heavier duty shocks as I have a Smittybilt XRC bumper and winch on the front end, putting a Barricade bumper with swing-away tire carrier and Rock Hard cargo basket on the back.

Maybe later 285s, but probably not 315s. In the meantime, love the gas mileage (all things considered) and love the ride between the new coils, shocks and tires.
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:10 PM   #7
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I will be doing a similar thing on my new Jeep @BarrelBore . I believe I will be going with the Mopar 2" lift. My progress will be, new wheels with an offset I want, using stock tires. Then lift. Then tires when these stock KO2's wear out.
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Right.. just a warning to.. adding this before the wheels/tires would make it unstable and more prone to roll over. Just take your time on those curves.
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So should I just go with tires first?
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:21 AM   #10
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Right.. just a warning to.. adding this before the wheels/tires would make it unstable and more prone to roll over. Just take your time on those curves.
I just don't think this is any more so than any other lifted jeep. Maybe if he was talking about putting on an 8 inch lift
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One possibility is because the person has the money to buy a lift, but not tires/wheels yet. It's a common struggle. Which to do first, tires/wheels, or lift. They would be looking for pictures to see how it looks until such time as they can afford the other stuff.
exactly the case
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I ran a 3 inch lift on my JKU Rubicon with stock mud tires and 1.5 inch wheel spacers and honestly, it didn't look bad. The spacers made all the difference. I ran it that way for about 8 months before installing 35s on the stock wheels. I can dig up some photos later if that'd be of any help.
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2.5 RE Lift and Stock Tires

I had the lift done about 18 months ago and the tires are finally getting to the point of needing replacing. 60K on them. About another 10K and they will be replaced. Early fall.
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I had the lift done about 18 months ago and the tires are finally getting to the point of needing replacing. 60K on them. About another 10K and they will be replaced. Early fall.
Which lift?

Edit . Never mind. Saw it in your post title.
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So should I just go with tires first?
No.

If you get larger tires that need a lift to fit, you will have tire rub issues without the lift. So if you can't put them on your ride, they sit in your garage. They then become subject to cases of the sits. Buy your new tires last. Also, tires have a limited shelf life of 5 to no more than 10 years. That super rare Porsche Carrera GT Paul Walker died in? 9 year old tires. There is a molded number on tires that is a 4 digit week and year (5216 would be week 52 of 2016).

What I suggest is do research and find a lift that you like and know what kind of tires and rims will fit with it. Then start saving money. As you see deals pop up here and there, buy the lift and rims once you see a price you can live with. Then install the lift and get tires.

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I have a stock '05 Rubicon (TJ) with 245s and did a 2.5" OME leveling lift kit. Put new Cooper Discoverer AT3s on and am going to run with that for a while. Primary purpose was 1) leveling, 2) heavier duty shocks as I have a Smittybilt XRC bumper and winch on the front end, putting a Barricade bumper with swing-away tire carrier and Rock Hard cargo basket on the back.

Maybe later 285s, but probably not 315s. In the meantime, love the gas mileage (all things considered) and love the ride between the new coils, shocks and tires.
One thing I noticed with stock tires on the Rubicon TJs is that the speedo is off a bit. The dial will say 60 and my GPS will say something less. Upping to 33 inch tires had the opposite effect, so somewhere between 31 and 33 is accurate.

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There have been a few threads with this very question.

I ran my stockers for quite a while before upgrading the tires and wheels.

Here's mine with a 2.5 TF lift and the stock tires / wheels - with 1.5" spacers.

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Old 06-22-2017, 11:02 AM
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There have been a few threads with this very question.

I ran my stockers for quite a while before upgrading the tires and wheels.

Here's mine with a 2.5 TF lift and the stock tires / wheels - with 1.5" spacers.

That looks great. I ordered a 2.5 inch rubicon express lift with fox shocks. I might get spacers also. Thanks for the pic
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There have been a few threads with this very question.

I ran my stockers for quite a while before upgrading the tires and wheels.

Here's mine with a 2.5 TF lift and the stock tires / wheels - with 1.5" spacers.

Have seen a few of your posts with your ride in this setup. I absolutely love it.

Just got a white JKUR with black top a couple weeks ago. Pricing 2" and 2.5" lifts now. I'm struggling with whether to add the spacers.
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Here's mine fresh after my lift

And after 35s and a lot more lol



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@Ruddy Duck - Thanks for the compliments.

Spacers may only be required for some lifts. I know the Teraflex one requires it if the stock wheels will be used.
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Stockish (265/70R17) with a 2.5" JKS JSpec lift.



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After with Quadratec Hard Rock wheels and Cooper ST Maxx 295/70R17s.

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I was going to lift a while ago but decided to wait til my tires wear out.

But it doesn't look too bad with the stock muds.
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Here's mine fresh after my lift

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Is that a 2.5" lift? You have the exact same Jeep I have from the looks of it. Your photo before your 35's and flat's looks just like mine. If that's a 2.5" lift then I'm definitely going to save up for that first. I think it looks quite good even before the rims and tires. I have the cold weather package on mine and my tires look to be the same as what your stock ones were.
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Why? Stock tires need zero lift.
Not for a mall crawler. You should qualify it as such when you say it. Not everyone is going to notice your username.

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Old 08-21-2017, 02:16 PM   #28
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Is that a 2.5" lift? You have the exact same Jeep I have from the looks of it. Your photo before your 35's and flat's looks just like mine. If that's a 2.5" lift then I'm definitely going to save up for that first. I think it looks quite good even before the rims and tires. I have the cold weather package on mine and my tires look to be the same as what your stock ones were.


Yeah it's a terraflex 2.5 and I had rubicon Kms on it but close enough to the ko2s lol here's a pic stock like yours. The lift is $750 but I found a deal on amazon for $600. I also had 3.21s/6 speed and with the 35s it was god awful. So I regeared to 4.56s but your 3.73s should okay. Doesn't hurt to try it out and eventually re gear if you goto a bigger tire.



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Dont know if this will help, It has a Metalcloak GC 2.5 inch W/ a one inch spacer up front to level it out some.

The pavement isnt level in these photos so its not really doing it any justice,
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Yeah it's a terraflex 2.5 and I had rubicon Kms on it but close enough to the ko2s lol here's a pic stock like yours. The lift is $750 but I found a deal on amazon for $600. I also had 3.21s/6 speed and with the 35s it was god awful. So I regeared to 4.56s but your 3.73s should okay. Doesn't hurt to try it out and eventually re gear if you goto a bigger tire.



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Thanks,

The TF list was the same one I was planning to go with. Smooth ride similar to stock? As for the Tire size and gears goes I got the 3.73's for a few reasons. I knew I wasn't going to want to regear right away and even at stock I liked the way it drove better then the 3.21 gears. And If I went to a 35 right away I felt I could live with it for a while until I could afford to regear. Now after having the jeep and having the ko2's while not the tires of my dreams I feel I can live with them for now. After seeing your before and after shot I think the 2.5" lift looks good on stock so think my plan will be to start with that. I may plasti dip my rims just for winter and look to maybe replace them this summer. I'll either do both wheels and tires or just maybe the wheels and live with the ko2's a while and get some life out of them. But nice to know I have more options then just doing all at once or nothing! And of course if I did throw 35's on my hope is to live with the power loss for a year or so and then regear to 4.56 down the line.

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