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Old 04-24-2019, 04:00 PM
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Question regarding 2.5/3.5 sus lift w/ 35’s

Hi all - Need some advice please. I own a 2018 Wrangler Unlimited JL Sahara. I live in the Chicago suburbs and have yet to do any off-roading but I’m starting to get the “itch.” I don’t think our off-road parks have many rocks but mostly dirt, mud, water and some hills.

I drive about 50 miles to and from work 3x per week so not looking for anything crazy or something that would drastically affect my daily drive.

My local body shop recommended the MetalCloak JL Wrangler True Dual-Rate Lift kit, 2.5”/3.5” RockSport Edition.

My JL Sahara is currently sitting on Bridgestone A/T tires 255/70/18 and on the “upgraded” brushed aluminum 18” wheels.

My questions: 1. Thoughts on the MetalCloak suspension lift with RockSport shocks? Retails at $1560.

2. For my mild to medium off roading and the cosmetic look of a lifted Jeep, would you recommend a 2.5” or 3.5” lift if I where to run 35’s?

2. I wanted to upgrade to 35’s - BFG A/T T/A KO2 315/70R/17 or possibly the 35/12.5/18. If I ran the first option, I’m guessing I’ll need new wheels or keep my current wheels if they would work with those wheels. Thoughts?

3. If I’m running 35’s, should I need to re-gear?

Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated. I definitely don’t have an unlimited budget but would like to do the lift “correctly” the first time and help ensure it would need t negatively affect the lifespan of my JL.


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1. MetalCloak makes a good lift, might be more than you need from a pricing perspective. You can go Mopar for cheaper and after 34k miles on my JL with multiple trips off road it is still a great lift.

2. 2.5 will do, anything bigger and you will start to need/want other parts for it to function right. It would be fairly quick that you need front end steering and alignment pieces. if you ever plan on going 37's you might want the 3.5 be even then you can just do fenders since you do not have a rubicon and 37's will fit.

3. Sell your 18's and get 17's. I a not a fan of bigger rims and tire combo though...just dont go to 20's...

4. No but you will like it more if you do. If I remember right the JLU Sahara is 3.45. That will get you by but you would get better mileage and a bit more pick up off the line by re-gearing. Also, plan on a Flashcal or other to adjust your speedo and shifting points. I cannot say for sure but with that gearing, if you have the auto, you may rarely see 8th gear on the freeway or you will have to shift into it.

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As mentioned MC makes good stuff as does OME, AEV, Teraflex, Rancho, etc

Your budget and actual use can (should) dictate the choice. The Rancho 2" progressive sport lift is a fraction of the MC cost and can be DIY'd as an install project. You get what they advertise. I didn't check to see if they are out with a lift for your JL yet, I know they have it out for the Rubicon and there are guys that have installed it on Sports. It fits, it just goes ^^up more like 3.5" than 2".
That is a bug-a-boo of mine. Like the Mopar, says 2" goes up more like 3.5".
I guess that is "supposed" to be an unexpected surprise...

Depending on how much wheeling you have done, you may want to do some with your new Jeep and see how it does stock...

The MC is more $$ than you need to spend IMO and is probably what the shop has/does and profits from (not a bad word).

As for gearing - no comment. That is a S-storm topic and one I have weighed in on many times and don't bother anymore.

35's are a great size. Do anything/everything most need them to do. The march of size is a never ending journey. I remember when 33's were the holy grail, now they are viewed as donut spares.

As far as "cosmetics" go.... I stopped wearing them (too expensive) lol... Too subjective a topic BUT...
Too much lift (too much gap) looks like ass IMO. A 2" lift w/ 35's on 17's is a great combo all the way around looks as well as function and keeps the C.O.D. low (that's coefficient of Drama) warranty etc.
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Thank you both for the excellent advise.
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