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Unread 08-13-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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First Time Lift Advice Needed!

Hey everyone,

Been an owner of a couple of Wranglers over the years and am finally ready to pull the trigger on a lift kit.

My current Wrangler is a 2012 2-Door with a Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper kit and Q9000 Winch. It is my daily driver and am looking for a little more ground clearance and something to start some beginner off-roading.

I am thinking of a 2" or 2.5" suspension lift and appropriately sized tires, which I think would be 32s or 33s, and rims but not sure whether alloy or steel is the way to go.

Any help/advice on specific brands or products for this lift newb would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Unread 08-13-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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You don't need a lift to run 33"s
I've got a 2.5" suspension lift and ran 33"s for a while but knew I would be going to 35"a one day. If I didn't I woulda just done a level kit and 33"s. Steel wheels are heavy, cheaper and great for hard off roading.

Lots of great threads to read on here and lots of great help and opinions! Remember at the end of the day, it's what you like not someone else!
Best of luck!!
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Unread 08-13-2014, 07:24 PM   #3
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I am running a terraflex kit on a 2007 JKU. I have been happy with it, but have limited experience with any others. currently has 35x12.50r20 Toyo MTR's
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Unread 08-13-2014, 10:08 PM   #4
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I ran a teraflex BB for 80k and it served me well. 33's and 35's. I only went to some springs because the stock rear springs were sagging pretty good when I was loaded up and had the trailer hooked up.
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Unread 08-14-2014, 08:49 AM   #5
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Eagles77 is correct. You do not need a lift to run 32's or 33's.
Rubicons come stock with 32's (actually about 31-ish").

I'd recommend going with the minimal amount of lift necessary to fit what size tires you want. Reduces center-of-gravity, angles on driveshafts, better ride overall, ohhh...and co$t!

For 35's, you will need about a 2.5" lift.
For 37's, a 2.5" lift and flat fenders. <---What I did.
2008 2-dr Rubicon, auto,
RK 2.5" Max Travel lift, Fox 2.0 shocks, 37" Nittos, 5.38's, River Raider skids, Warn VR8000-S.
RIPP Gen 2 Stg 2 Supercharger.
Re-inventing the circle and straight line.
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