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Unread 10-08-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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Lift question

I've read many things here about lifting & suspension mods. My question is based on factory geometry. How much lift can you use, with out affecting the relationship of all the components ad in death wobble, caster, camber & other negative issues. I have a 2012 JK 2 door & have had it lifted by Clemson 4 wheel drive here in upstate SC. I am running 315 75R 16 tires on 16 X 8 Cepeck wheels with a 4" back space. No issues as of yet, but would like to know if issues that could or may arise as the miles clocked up. Thanks in advance. This is my 1st Jeep and I love it so far!!!

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Unread 10-08-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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Well, what lift kit (brand and height) did you put on it?

Any lift affect the stock geometry. If you stay at about 3.5" and below, things will pretty much feel similar to stock. More than that and you start needing a high steer kit.
Death wobble is usually a result of worn-out components.
AEV makes a very good street ride, due to the control arm lowering brackets they use. However, ground clearance suffers due to those lowering brackets.
I'm running Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel and it feels much more stable than stock, despite being on 37's.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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The more lift, the more you mess with things. It's really that simple.
Get the amount you think you need to make the Jeep do what you want it to do.
I'm also running the RK Max Travel 2.5". It's an awesome lift. No regerets of any kind to date.
Just keep in mind that the new Wrangler does not sit like a pickup truck or an older Wrangler. A 2.5" lift on the 2007 and newer is a substantial amount of lift.
A new Wrangler will actually clear 35's bone stock with minor amounts of rubbing if that gives you any idea of how they sit. You would not want to run that way for long, but pretty much any other stock vehicle made can't even come close to that.
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Unread 10-09-2012, 09:56 AM   #4
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Nice! You are right down the road from us! Fred is a nice guy...

So, what lift did you have installed? Did they swap out the driveshafts on your rig? 4" is a lot of angle to put on the stock drivline. That would be my frist concern.

Then, like Trails said, DW is ususally the result of wornout parts and things in the suspension being loose.

Last, anytime you lift a JK, it throws off the castor. Not sure what lift your running or its componets but a lot of the nicer lifts address this and fix the castor. Usually it is with lower adjustable control arms in the front. AEV does it with their drop brackets.

Let us know if we can help my friend!

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Unread 10-09-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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I'm thinking it's a Daystar lift kit. It's 2.5 inches. I wanted a spring lift, no rubber spacers ect. Along with that, they installed track bar brackets & an exhaust extension kit. I had 4:88 gears installed as well & this Jeep rocks now!! I was just wondering if there are any know preventive measures or such, that can be done to head off some of the issues I've read about here. I will post a photo of this JK here if I can. Thanks!
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Unread 10-09-2012, 02:06 PM   #6
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Humm, yeah post up some pictures of the JK and the lift if you can. I am interested in seeing what the put on there for you. Then, we can go from there and help point you in the right direction.

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Unread 10-09-2012, 02:08 PM   #7
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I will tonight when I get iff work. Crazy phone keeps failing on up load. Thanks.
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Unread 10-10-2012, 08:14 PM   #8
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I am just looking for any recomendations on a lift for added height to lose the "soccer mom look". 2.5 probably. Only going to do 33 in ch tires. Good quality lift for a good price please.
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Unread 10-10-2012, 09:35 PM   #9
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if all you want is to put 33's on, find some 1.5" spacers and throw them in and get an alignment. $150 - boom.
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33's will fit without a lift. Heck, you can put 35's on there without a lift...wouldn't off-road it though.

Get some 33's on some nice wheels, and you'd have a nice, tough rig.
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If all your looking to do is add some height with no performace gain, it is hard to beat the TearFlex Leveling Kit:

http://www.krawloff-road.com/product_p/tfjk1155200.htm

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