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Unread 07-13-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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Lift Kit Advice Needed

I just bought a 2008 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara that I would like to put new wheels and a lift kit on. What are the differences between 3" and 4" lift kits? Are there any particular brands I should try?

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Unread 07-13-2013, 04:01 AM   #2
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What size tires are you going to put on it? 3" of lift on the JK's is actually quite a lot. You can fit 35" tires with a 2.5" lift.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 07:35 AM   #3
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I just bought a 2008 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara that I would like to put new wheels and a lift kit on. What are the differences between 3" and 4" lift kits? Are there any particular brands I should try?
I believe it's around 1" difference, may have to double check that though.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 09:14 AM   #4
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Yeah, 1 inch and a whole lotta dollars if the OP would do a search, it would help him a lot. IMO, do not lift higher than needed for tires/wheels unless you are building a mall crawler or big wheels...
Check out the FAQ section and you will find a lot of info there on lift vs tire size. Search is your friend on this forum as this topic has been discussed ad nauseam ...
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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:24 PM   #5
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I'm looking to put 35" tires on and I want to know if I will work with a 3 inch lift or if I will have to go to a 4 inch. The research I've done on the forum sometimes conflicts on this issue so thats why I started a thread about my particular model. The other item I'm unsure about are what additional modifications I will need to make to my jeep with these lift kits. Will I have to get a converter for my drive shaft and lift for my transfer case as well?
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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:54 PM   #6
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You've got plenty of room for 35's with just a 2.5" Budget Boost or even a leveling kit and some trimming. No other mods needed.
More info needed, What kind of wheeling will you be doing? What's your budget? What kind of wrenching skills do you have?


Start here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/j...reads-1074059/
Then go here:http://www.quadratec.com/products/pr...lex&cv=100,150
or here:http://www.aev-conversions.com/shop/...uspension.html
and don't forget here! : http://www.krawloff-road.com/category_s/1840.htm

And always check here!: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/search.php?f=96
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Unread 07-13-2013, 01:15 PM   #7
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Just some mild trail stuff to get started but I would like to be able to do some more challenging terrain once I get some experience. This is my only vehicle as well so I will be doing some significant street driving. I don't want to spend more than 5,000 at the absolute max but the cheaper the better without putting some junk on my jeep. Also I have minimal mechanical skills.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 01:37 PM   #8
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My advice would be a 2.5" spring lift. The companies from the links, Teraflex, AEV, RockKrawler come pretty complete. You might find differences of opinion on which is better, but I don't think you'd go wrong with any of those. Plus, you can certainly add on as you go with any of those lifts.
Send Jason from KRAWLOFF-Road a pm. He'll steer you in the right direction.

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Unread 07-14-2013, 03:18 AM   #9
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Just some mild trail stuff to get started but I would like to be able to do some more challenging terrain once I get some experience. This is my only vehicle as well so I will be doing some significant street driving. I don't want to spend more than 5,000 at the absolute max but the cheaper the better without putting some junk on my jeep. Also I have minimal mechanical skills.
Old Man Emu's 2 inch "heavy load" kit is one option. Runs about $800.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16090_02X4_PG.htm

Below is a picture of mine on the above kit with 33" tires (just to show how much clearance is provided between the tire and fender).



And a little flex action:



AEV's 2.5" Dual Sport is another option. Runs about $960.

http://www.aev-conversions.com/shop/...nsion-2-5.html

Or their 3.5/4.5" Dual Sport. Runs $1,725. Generally a good quality 3" or bigger lift is going to start in the $1500 range and go up.

http://www.aev-conversions.com/shop/...uspension.html

Below is a picture of mine as it sits now on the AEV 4.5" DS and 37" tires.



A 3" lift is right at the edge of needing to do other drive train modifications and 4" would push you over that edge.

It's hard to say which lift will require certain other modifications though because the actual amount of lift gained by any one system could be different than a system of similar height by a different manufacturer.

By the way, I have been happy with the trail and road manners of each of the kits I've used.
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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:20 AM   #10
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I'm looking to put 35" tires on and I want to know if I will work with a 3 inch lift or if I will have to go to a 4 inch. The research I've done on the forum sometimes conflicts on this issue so thats why I started a thread about my particular model. The other item I'm unsure about are what additional modifications I will need to make to my jeep with these lift kits. Will I have to get a converter for my drive shaft and lift for my transfer case as well?
Your setup you want has been covered hundreds of times. 35's are a popular size with the JK's. So do a search and you can get all the info you need. There is some good stuff in this thread though.

As a general rule (and even what I encountered) for every inch you want to lift your jeep plan on about 1k in upgrades to get it done the correct way. Ive spent about 1.5K on my lift so far and its not where I want it yet. Im at 3" with the OME HD springs.

So my advice to you is do a crap ton of research and figure out what works best. That is what I did and I ended up not buying a kit and just bought all the parts separate. I saved a little money and got the starting setup I wanted.
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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:33 AM   #11
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I just did a teraflex 2.5 coil lift with there shocks and 35's very happy I did add the teraflex adjustable front track bar love my setup. Nothing else needed for my jku 13 sport.

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My advice would be a 2.5" spring lift. The companies from the links, Teraflex, AEV, RockKrawler come pretty complete. You might find differences of opinion on which is better, but I don't think you'd go wrong with any of those. Plus, you can certainly add on as you go with any of those lifts.
Send Jason from KRAWLOFF-Road a pm. He'll steer you in the right direction.

Good Luck!
Awesome! Thanks for the kind words!

Yes, 3-4" lift on a JK for 35's is too much. Plus, you are going to start needing a lot more items to make it work right.

Feel free to PM, email, or call us at anytime. We can go over something and help narrow down some things for you. The last thing you want to do is jump in and order something, just to have to replace it down the road. It always cost more the second time around!

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Unread 07-17-2013, 03:39 PM   #13
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Anyone have any comments on the rcd 4" lift kit with billstein shocks
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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:04 AM   #14
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I'm looking to put 35" tires on and I want to know if I will work with a 3 inch lift or if I will have to go to a 4 inch. The research I've done on the forum sometimes conflicts on this issue so thats why I started a thread about my particular model. The other item I'm unsure about are what additional modifications I will need to make to my jeep with these lift kits. Will I have to get a converter for my drive shaft and lift for my transfer case as well?
You need to do quite a bit more homework before you jump in on this. To run 35s you don't need more than a 2" - 2.5" lift. There are a number of advantages to limiting lift on a JK to this range, not the least being the ability to retain the stock driveshafts. Althought I run a 4" Teraflex long arm suspension with 37s, I generally recommend AEV or OME for daily drivers that won't see more than 35s. I recently put an AEV 2.5" kit with drop brackets on a friends '10 JKUR and am totally impressed with the system. Right after I installed the lift she ran over to Goodyear, put on a set of 33" MTR/Ks and the next week went to Moab and ran Behind the Rocks with us. Never got hung up or had to bypass an obstacle, and that's a serious trail.

Study up, read the advertisements and the Forums and you'll get a better handle on what you need. Don't go too big, you'll regret it later.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:25 AM   #15
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sny preferred lift kits I should take a look at or anyone have some knowlede on some lifts
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