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post #1 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Lift height questions

I hope this is an appropriate question for this part of the forum. If not, moderator please move?

My questions are regarding lift kits.

First off - how much lift to do?
Most of the time our jeep (when we buy one) will be towed behind our bus conversion into an RV. So highway driving likely won't happen in the jeep. Oh, and we are looking at short wheelbase, 2 door, wranglers. Some considerations is we want to be able to access things like forest service roads. We aren't planning on doing any "rock climbing" with it but we do want more than standard height clearance. Other concern is that we don't want to get our center of gravity too high and anything we do to it MUST be street legal in ALL states (okay, maybe just 48 of them).

Second question - which lift kit and why do you recommend it? Also, we likely WON'T be installing it ourselves just because of lack of place to do this work and inexperience.

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 07:24 PM
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Go with a smaller kit. I wouldnít worry to much about towing as Iíve seen huge rigs flat towed. Teraflex makes a great product, itís on the higher end price wise but the quality is superb. They make all sorts of kits depending on how big you want to go, but all of them will rock on your TJ. Pretty sure they have some smaller budget items.
A stock tj should be far more capable then what youíre using it for, but 31s or 33s and a lift certainly wonít hurt. Remember, the smaller you go, the cheaper you can stay reliable. Once you go big so does the bill.


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its "rock crawling".

rock climbing is another sport.


the lift on a wrangler will depend on what year wrangler as well. finding clean Tjs can be a challenge. You want to be very sure it as rust free as possible. even if it cost 2x more.

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LOL. I couldn't remember what it was called. The really sad part is I used to rock climb a LOT. Even won an outdoor competition for my class (women's intermediate).
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LOL. I couldn't remember what it was called. The really sad part is I used to rock climb a LOT. Even won an outdoor competition for my class (women's intermediate).
I climbed from 1973-1990. i was a solid 5.12 leader on trade routs. My best sport lead was 5.13.. I was on sighting 5.11d all over the country. My longest falls on lead were right around 50 feet, so air time.

You might like rock crawling in a jeep it is a lot of fun and in some ways rather similar. Some trails it has the same risk of falling off cliffs.

2 door jeep stock can do any forestry roads. Much like climbing its a skill thing, the jeep its self is very capable. Might get say 32s that are MTs or Ats. and just drive it before you get into lifting it much. If you do lift stay at 2.5" or less. 2 doors can get a lot more involved to lift much more and expensive.
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I would agree with the 2.5" or less. You would be amazed at what a minimally lifted 2 door can do. Don't forget some protection for the rockers.lower it stands, the cheaper it is to maintain



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I would suggest you purchase the vehicle first. Then do some wheeling with it to assess your true needs. You may find more aggressive tires with a traction upgrade may be a better start than a lift.

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What to get will depend on which model you buy. The advise I offer below is for JK's and JL's. Something like a TJ requires a different approach.

You will probably want a leveling kit. Most of them give a small lift (1-1.5").

You can also look for a Rubicon take off suspension (shocks and springs). Those will also give a Non Rubicon a small lift and won't adversely affect handling.

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can you flat tow a wrangler that is automatic, or just the manual shift ones?
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they flat tow. I did that for years. its a pain really, cant back up. still wears the jeep. You still need a brake buddy to flat tow< not cheep. i went to an alloy trailer that is very light, retired and sold my old steel one that was like a towing a tank. makes towing the jeep simple and no wear on the jeep, easier on the truck. trailer has brakes on all 4.

if you have not bought this yet. try to find one with 3.73 gears, part of the tow pack. 3.21 was stock and just dont do well with any larger tires for street.

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can you flat tow a wrangler that is automatic, or just the manual shift ones?
Yes, you can. Transmission in park and transfer case in neutral for the Auto.

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