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Unread 03-20-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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Lift Kits

Hi Everyone! I just bought my JK in August and have made some changes to it but am now looking to get it lifted. It is my everyday car but I do like to take it out to the desert and want to do more off roading, hopefully with some of you. Any advice/suggestions would be great!

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Unread 03-20-2015, 07:17 PM   #2
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Hey there, welcome to jeep forum.

I'm an ex JK owner and jeeper extraordinaire. There is really no default lift or lift size to get. It's all relative to a few things: where you plan to wheel, what you plan to do, what tire size you're after, driving style and more importantly...your budget. I'd think about that first and then go from there.

There's also a few ways you can tackle it. You can throw down big on big axles, big tires, big lift, tall gearing etc right off the bat. Essentially go full retard. In the long run that will save you money. Or, you can start small, see how it does with small changes and phase it out over time. That's the route most people go.

Personally I'd focus on protection before looking at lifts, tires etc. but that's just my 2 cents.
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Unread 03-20-2015, 07:25 PM   #3
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Thanks premo. I have started with bigger tires...running 33" Hercules Terra Track II with 18 XD Riots. Also got a rampage front stubby bumper with a quadratec q9000 winch. Most of my driving will be typical daily use but do like to hit the trails/desert on the weekend. I was looking at the teraflex 2.5 bb lift to start.
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Unread 03-20-2015, 07:38 PM   #4
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Ah ok. So just a spacer lift for now? I ran like that when I first got mine back in 09. It did the job. Don't go much higher then that without getting adjustable control arms otherwise you're prone to have bad caster which will create bad death wobble. I'd look into getting rock sliders too if you can. Pure jeep has nice ones if I recall. Also, much past that you'll start to blow out those cv drive shafts. Keep that in mind
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Unread 03-20-2015, 07:57 PM   #5
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Yeah I think that will be a good starting point then I can upgrade further down the road. I have red rock side steps waiting for me to put on, regretted not getting rock sliders.
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Unread 03-22-2015, 09:17 PM   #6
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Premo gave you some great advice but I would also look at strengthening that front axle. Get a sleeve and gusset kit from someplace like Mt. Logan Off-Road and get that installed first. Bigger/heavier tires & wheels put a lot of stress on the ball joints and axle "C's". Go look at any lifted JK with 35's that has been wheeled hard and the stock axles are probably bent. Better safe than sorry
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Unread 03-22-2015, 09:25 PM   #7
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Agreed. The C's on those axles are beyond weak
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Unread 03-23-2015, 05:36 PM   #8
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Any suggestion on brands for those? Definitely don't feel like dealing with a bent axle and with all the added weight could definitely see that becoming a problem
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Unread 03-23-2015, 05:54 PM   #9
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Look for the Synergy axle assurance package. It includes the sleeves, gussets, and skids for the lower control arms. It's $210 on Quadratecs website.
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Unread 03-24-2015, 04:48 PM   #10
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Awesome! Thank you.
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Unread 03-26-2015, 01:41 PM   #11
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Awesome! Thank you.
This just came through my Facebook feed:

http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/tr...r=134572609342
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Unread 03-28-2015, 11:54 PM   #12
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That extra info just sealed the deal for me
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Unread 05-19-2015, 10:47 AM   #13
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I finally got my axle sleeve and gussets in the mail. I was wandering if any of you had any recommendations on a place or person that could do the install for me. Unfortunately, I have zero welding experience but I do plan on doing the lift kit install to learn more about my Jeep. I decided to go with the Teraflex axle sleeve and gussets. A friend back east has the same and recommended it too.

Almost forgot about the Synergy Ball Joint install while the axle is already off. And now looking at everything I should've went with my gut and went with the Synergy assurance kit with the ball joints!

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Unread 05-19-2015, 11:32 AM   #14
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Also, might be doing a trip to Corral Canyon tomorrow if anyone is interested.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 09:56 AM   #15
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Hey there, welcome to jeep forum.

I'm a jeeper extraordinaire.
WOW, I never knew
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