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Old 12-13-2019, 01:38 AM
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Question Want a 3.5" lift and 37" tires on Rubicon for desert running.

I want to get a 3-3.5" lift and 37x13.5R17 tires. i am not looking to do hard rock crawling. Looking to do desert running, washboards, trails in mountains, and mud. Some small rocks, but nothing major. This is my first Jeep and come from lifted trucks. I am looking for a decent lift with reservoir shocks. I have been looking at the Treaflex ST3 with 3.3 shocks (installed at $3500). Going to run Cooper STT Pro tires on it. What is best lift to go with? It is not a daily driver. More a weekend fun Jeep, but will be used on highway as well in SoCal. I like the ride of the stock Rubicon, but want a softer ride on the trails/washboards. Please HELP!!! I have searched and searched, and see so many posts and google searches for rock crawling, but not a lot for trail riding. TIA.

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I would probably lean you towards the Metalcloak Game Changer setup. You could reach out to Matson and tell him what you want to do and he could get you set up. Metalcloak works well in all conditions. You can crawl with it and you can do a little prerunning. The key to a good prerunner is the hydro bump stops along with proper shock tuning...

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Do I need a new driveshaft or anything else with a 3.4" lift? I am definitely going to go with a hydraulic bump stop for my application. Not going to do HARD wheeling, but like the idea of going faster on washboards and lighter jumps.
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Do I need a new driveshaft or anything else with a 3.4" lift? I am definitely going to go with a hydraulic bump stop for my application. Not going to do HARD wheeling, but like the idea of going faster on washboards and lighter jumps.
Sorry, meant 3.5". Can't figure out how to edit yet. LOL
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You don't need to go 3.5. I'd recommend 2.5. Also, for prerunner duties, get a good longarm kit. The Teraflex longarm prerunner would be your best bet.

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You don't need to go 3.5. I'd recommend 2.5. Also, for prerunner duties, get a good longarm kit. The Teraflex longarm prerunner would be your best bet.

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Which kit is that?
The prerunner kit is part of their Elite LCG line. Very good kits, but big $$$. Around $6000 once you add the Falcon 3.3 reservoir shocks to the kit...

https://www.extremeterrain.com/teraf...0718-wran.html
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Sorry, meant 3.5". Can't figure out how to edit yet. LOL
If you are going 3.5" you will need a new front driveshaft for sure.
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After talking to a shop, they stated I don't need hydraulic bump stops on a JL. They needed them on a JK, but the new JL for my style of driving will be good. They also suggested the Teraflex ST3 with 3.3 shocks for what my intentions are. Anyone have this set up? Do you feel you needed bump stops? They also said a new driveshaft is not needed with that kit either.
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After talking to a shop, they stated I don't need hydraulic bump stops on a JL. They needed them on a JK, but the new JL for my style of driving will be good. They also suggested the Teraflex ST3 with 3.3 shocks for what my intentions are. Anyone have this set up? Do you feel you needed bump stops? They also said a new driveshaft is not needed with that kit either.
Wow. It's not whether you have a JL or a JK. For prerunning, hydraulic bump stops are a necessity.

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After talking to a shop, they stated I don't need hydraulic bump stops on a JL. They needed them on a JK, but the new JL for my style of driving will be good. They also suggested the Teraflex ST3 with 3.3 shocks for what my intentions are. Anyone have this set up? Do you feel you needed bump stops? They also said a new driveshaft is not needed with that kit either.
Wow. It's not whether you have a JL or a JK. For prerunning, hydraulic bump stops are a necessity.

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Kristas JL with 37s and 3 1/2 Rock Krawler lift.
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After talking to a shop, they stated I don't need hydraulic bump stops on a JL. They needed them on a JK, but the new JL for my style of driving will be good. They also suggested the Teraflex ST3 with 3.3 shocks for what my intentions are. Anyone have this set up? Do you feel you needed bump stops? They also said a new driveshaft is not needed with that kit either.
What shop?

If you want to go fast in the desert over whoops & washboards, talk to the Jeep Speed folks...

https://jeepspeed.com

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After talking to a shop, they stated I don't need hydraulic bump stops on a JL. They needed them on a JK, but the new JL for my style of driving will be good. They also suggested the Teraflex ST3 with 3.3 shocks for what my intentions are. Anyone have this set up? Do you feel you needed bump stops? They also said a new driveshaft is not needed with that kit either.
Be careful, if you flex out that much lift you will definitely make contact with the driveshaft and destroy it. Your call for sure, but I’d ask more than one shop that question.
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Definitely get an expert shop involved in this.
Breaking a suspension at 1 mph on a trail is one thing. Breaking at 40-50 mph whole other story...
There are many things I enjoy doing in my Jeep a few I can think of I'd have zero interest in and one of them would be desert running but I don't think climbing rocks is fun either - to each his own.


* Driving on the Beach (that has sand) that's fun
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I'm interested to see what you end up with. I'm currently looking for a similar set up, although I'm in a JK. I've been looking closely at this set up from Rock Krawler, but the deal killer for me is having to get wider axles to run it (The price is hard to swallow as well).

https://www.quadratec.com/p/rock-kra...gler-jk-2-door

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