You need 2.5" of lift. That means 3" front and 2" rear. Since it appears that you have a 2 door, most high quality 1.5" lifts will net you 2.5" of actual lift so long as you don't have a winch. Therefore, you should consider a 1.5-2.5" lift from any major brand. This is assuming you keep the stock fenders. With flat fenders, you don't require any lift at all.I have a 2011 Jeep Wrangler JK Sport and I want to put 35" tires on it. What size lift kit will I need to install? Thanks!
If your answer is Blue Bell ice cream in any flavor except chocolate I'll ask the question.Please read until eyes bleed:
Then ask more specific questions. You might as well ask us what flavor ice cream you like.
With a 4 door, you still need the same amount of lift. The difference is that the advertised height is closer to what you actually get. You want at least a 2.5" lift, and up to 4, but anything greater than 2.5" advertised will require additional upgrades or a better kit.Thanks for taking the time to answer my question, even though--judging by the second response to my post--I shouldn't have asked such a simple question. I actually have a 4-door but I can't imagine that would make a huge difference. In terms of the new wheels, I assumed I would have to get new wheels but I didn't know anything about the need to get new gears. I'll have to look into that. Perhaps I'll be better off finding a professional in the area to give me a hand. Thanks!
Mommy is right. We don't know if you have a 2 or 4 door (or we didn't from your original post), what kind of wheeling you enjoy, what your future plans for the Jeep are, how often you drive it off road vs on the road, is it for looks or for function or both, etc, etc, etc. My intent was not to brush you off but to urge you to meet us half way. You're the only one that can determine what the right lift is and we can only give you advice and opinions.AJKMeier, the point the second poster was trying to make is it is anything BUT a simple question. It is a world of complexities that you need to understand before just slapping on tires and a lift. I suggedt you read the linked post, wheel your Jeep stock offroad a few times, THEN make a plan.
No problem. I wasn't trying to be a jerk (my wife says it comes naturally ). Those threads are full of awesome information and an informed Jeeper is a happy Jeeper.Flyfishnevada, you're definitely right that I was too vague in my question upfront. I should have pointed out that my plan was to first look for a particular size of lift before asking questions and seeking advice on which type or brand of lift I should get. Now that I know I need at least a 2.5" lift, I can now start looking for those kits and then seek what questions I have. I appreciate your feedback.
I've been looking around for some shocks but I've gotten some different input from several folks. I've been told I can keep my current ones while others say I should upgrade. As for new wheels and spacers, I've started looking into that as well. I've been shopping around for those but won't make a decision until I figure out the lift kit. As for the exhaust/drive shaft issue, the lower control arm, and track bar bolts, I know nothing. I've heard other mention these in other posts but don't know much about them. Are those generally costly upgrades? Obviously, I want to do this project right but I still have to be somewhat budget conscious. Can you elaborate a bit on those issues?No problem. I wasn't trying to be a jerk (my wife says it comes naturally ). Those threads are full of awesome information and an informed Jeeper is a happy Jeeper.
I'd recommend the Teraflex 2.5 inch spring lift. IMHO, it's a good all around lift with good on and off road performance. I'm really happy with mine, though it's only been on a few days.
Have you thought about shocks? The exhuast/drive shaft issue? Replacing the lower control arm and track bar bolts? New wheels or spacers?
That sounds like some great advice. I've heard others say good things about that kit. I'm definitely going to keep that one in mind. Thanks for your input!The reason why the 2.5" lift is so popular and recommended by many of us that it is just about the maximum of lift you can get with altering the suspension geometry to the point where much higher stresses are placed on the suspension as well as the steering and driveline joints. It's no guarantee that faster wear will not occur but it's great tradeoff if you care about reliability and additional mods. It also accommodates 35" tires.
Love the look of your ride!Everyone is giving great advise. In case you're doing this for aesthetic reasons, this is a 4" lift with 35" tires
M1CR0B1AL, That looks great! That's basically what I'm looking for but I'm not so sure how happy my wife would be lifting my Jeep any higher than I have to. As much as I'd love to go with the 4" kit, I'm probably going to go with the 2.5". I really like those wheels too. What kind of wheels/tires are those?Everyone is giving great advise. In case you're doing this for aesthetic reasons, this is a 4" lift with 35" tires