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post #1 of 12 Old 03-28-2013, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Lift Question

I am sure this has been covered, I searched, but have not found the answer. I have a 2013 2dr Rubicon. I want to lift it 2 - 3 inches and run 35s. I will not be crawling but will be using as a DD which includes some moderate off road , muddy terrain. Honestly, the lift and tires will be for looks.

If I put a 2.5 lift kit with coils and shocks, will I still have the rake or do those take that out also. If not, how do you make it level after a lift. I have also considered a leveling kit, but know it would not be able to run much bigger tires than the 32s from the factory.

Opinions on the best solution?

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-28-2013, 09:06 PM
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Most lifts do remove the rake, double check on the lifts you look at. I like the rake and might add 3/4 spacers to get it back.

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post #3 of 12 Old 03-28-2013, 10:12 PM
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If you install the lift and it still has rake it probably won't be much, but if you want to level it out some more or you add a heavy bumper and winch and it pulls it down you can always add some 3/4in daystar spacers. (or however much you need) that is if you install a spring lift to begin with... I run the teraflex 2.5in spring lift and mine sits level.

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Do you plan to put Bumpers Skid Plates & other heavy items on your Jeep? If so take this in to account or it will throw it off once you add them.

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post #5 of 12 Old 03-30-2013, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies.

After reading for hours things don't seem much clearer on which way I should go. It appears I can run 35s with a 2.5 lift and spacers, but will it look a little stuffed? Should I go to a 3.5 lift kit? If so, would I need to be concerned about the angle of the drive shaft since it is a 2dr?
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-30-2013, 09:34 AM
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Yes, if you go with 3.5" kit I'd suggest one with adjustable Control Arms. The drive shaft will rub if you flex it out, some people have gone 6 months before needing new shaft others have needed it within weeks. I plan to lift mine 3.5" and see what it looks like, but I have the money set aside for new shafts right away if needed.

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When I built my 2010 JKU Rubicon, I went with the OME 3" kit including all adjustable CAs and F&R adjustable tracking bars. With the 3" lift the front ds worked fine. It's the same length as your Sport. I ran 35" tires with no problem. What ever kit you buy, get one with the front JKS TB and not just a drop down bracket. The stock TB can not keep the body solid with a lift and 35" tires. As noted in another post, there is a high probability that the stock TB will flex and lead to Death Wobble.

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-30-2013, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I am better off going with the 2.5 lift and something a little smaller than 35s.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-30-2013, 08:53 PM
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Let me say I understand your situation. I own a 2012 Rubicon 2 door. Just finished installing the AEV 2.5 lift, AEV rims, Firestone Destination MT's (315's). In addition I installed the geometry corrections brackets and a Currie front adjustable track bar. Pinch seams are trimmed, and rocks rails are cut down. Tires were balanced on a road force machine. Only put a couple hundred miles on since the work but the ride is great, not vibes at any speed.
I realize there will be more work to possibly do down the road, but I for one can't afford all the Mods I would like in one shot. I am by no means an expert, however it sounds like your on the right track.
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I guess I am better off going with the 2.5 lift and something a little smaller than 35s.
If funds are limited, this is a wise choice. A Jeep with a 2 1/2" lift on 33" tires will get better economy and be able to run 90% of the trails that one with 3 1/2" lift and 35" tires can. Your drive line will like it better too. The 33" tires won't rob as much power as the 35s will either. Overall, it makes for a great DD and also a moderate trail rig.

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post #11 of 12 Old 03-31-2013, 06:07 PM
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This is a 2012 JK 2dr 2.5 RC spacer lift and 315/75/16 Kumho KL71's. I have been driving it this way since the day I bought it new. I have zero complaints. Side view on level ground. No rake in my opinion.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-03-2013, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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I bought a Rubicon Express 2.5 lift with coil springs and shocks, a spacer to level, wheels and 35" tires. Can't wait to see how it looks installed.
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