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Ive acquired a fully stock 2013 2dr sport. Im stoked to start modding her out and get her on the trails, only problem is where to start. I have a ton of questions but I guess the main ones would be,

Can 35s run on a 2.5 lift?
Do i need to get the shocks and speed bumps with the lift?
Do i have to regear on 35s?
With the lift and the tires, do i need any extras like stabilizers, ect.

And finally, could I do this myself?

I have worked on my vehicles before, but all my expertise lies more along the two wheeled variety than the 4 and ive never done anything close to a lift before. Am I better off going to a shop? Id hate to miss out on the pride that comes with doing it myself, yet i would hate breaking my new jeep even more. Sorry for the long post, but in fairness ive been reading posts for about 2 weeks now and have narrowed my questions from 300,000 to just 5.
 

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Ive acquired a fully stock 2013 2dr sport. Im stoked to start modding her out and get her on the trails, only problem is where to start. I have a ton of questions but I guess the main ones would be,

Can 35s run on a 2.5 lift?
Do i need to get the shocks and speed bumps with the lift?
Do i have to regear on 35s?
With the lift and the tires, do i need any extras like stabilizers, ect.

And finally, could I do this myself?
Yes
Yes to shocks and BUMP stops not speed bumps
You should
C gussets and some type of axle reinforcement especially the front (sleeve, truss). Add exhaust crossover.

If you are mechanically inclined, probably everything but gears and gusset/axle reinforcement (unless you can weld).
 

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From poking around the site this is what it looks like...

add at least 4.10 gears
Add the minimum of 2.5" lift with stock fenders
add the minimum of c gussets
you don't NEED new shocks but the lifts are available with them, and bump stops are a good idea...

I did this pretty affordable.
Wheels and tires from tires direct 35/12.5/15 $1200 for all 5 mounted balanced shipped
C gussets from teraflex $42
spacer lift from rc $180
as for the regear, that is going to depend on the shop you choose, I imagine this can differ greatly, the ring and pinion seem to cost $400-$500 for both sets, then labor is around $100 an axle, a friend of mine had it done locally here and it cost him $600 even {included reprogram and all parts}, dropped it off in the morning picked it up at lunch, I thought that was a great deal.

As far as doing it your self, I would think the spacer kit most people could do, I am thinking the c gussets and regear most people would not be able to do. I don't think it has as much to do with skill {the regear takes a bit of feel and skill to complete and can end badly if not done correctly} as it does with the tools available. I have a lift, 3 welders, plasma cutter, 80ga compressor, and 2 tool boxes full of tools in a heated and cooled garage, so its not a huge deal for me, but for someone doing it in their yard with a 280 piece craftsman hand tool set and a floor jack, I think the $200 of labor it would cost, I would just drop it off...
 
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