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post #1 of 12 Old 03-08-2018, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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2002 Jeep Liberty Sport tires for 2.5" lift

I have a 2002 KJ 4x4 Sport. I have done a lot of work to it. New motor, rear end and electric system and so on. Now I'm lifting it 2.5". I was getting OME springs. They say it will raise it 2.5" with OME 927 and 948 springs. The problem I'm having with the OME spring is everyone says get the OME 927 and 948 springs to add 2.5". But when I go to buy them they say 1.5". So what's the deal there? Will they add 1.5" or 2.5"? I see that ABL has red 2.5" springs for the back but not front. I haven't decided which struts and shocks yet. I thinking of JBA's but really not looking to spend ($1500) that's a little much just on struts. They are very nice though. Maybe Rancho's But my question is I put 2014 JK's 5x5 wheels on with 1.25" spacers. I had to go from 5x4.5 to 5x5 so I used spacers. I want to get mud tires after the lift. I have been reading all the post and I haven't seen anyone say anything about wheel spacers. I know it moved the tire out so it's going ride different off road going over large bumps or hills. Will I be able to run 245/65R17 or 245/70R17?? Without cutting the the plastic flares. I'm doing the pinch weld, but I do not want to modify the flares.

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-09-2018, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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No thoughts from anyone?? I guess it will be another trial and error.

I purchased 2014 JK's 17" 5 star Factory rims with 235/65r17 tires right now. I put 2" spring spacers on the back just to see if I could get rid of the rubbing on rear. It only rubbed when front wheel was up on berm which pushes the back wheel up in to wheel well and had rubbing on plastic flares. So the rubbing went away with the 2" spacers. So that's why I'm looking to do a full 2.5" lift the right way. No spacers. I had no rubbing on the front end. I want a bigger tires (Mud tires) But not sure what I can run on a 2.5" Lift on 17" rims. I don't do rock climbing or go through deep mud holes. We use it just it get out in the woods to have some fun. It's not a everyday vehicle.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-13-2018, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I need to find a new site to post to. No one seams to help on this site or just don't know anything. I called JBA Offroad and talked to Marlin. He was a big help. What a nice guy. I went ahead and purchased everything I need from him. To bad he don't sell tires.

I thought these forums were here to help figure out how to do things. I will keep doing what we used to do when we didn't have internet. I will just get the lift on then on up to tire shop and see what fits.

Thank you for all you help on this matter
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-13-2018, 08:17 PM
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Hi Tim,
I have a stock Liberty, so no real data to share with you. However, I have seen 100 times on this forum how ' 1.5" lift is really 2.5" lift, but because of Australian packaging rules, it has to be stated incorrectly, but it really is 2.5" lift".

As for maximum tire sizes, I would like some real information too. Several statements from others point out some obvious sizes that do work, but from my measurements, I should be able to get that same tires on my car without a lift (!). I use a ruler and measure the clearance around the tires, then figure max diameter that would work, allowing 3/4" to the nearest interference point. This has always worked in the past, but like you, I am reading what I can to see what others have gotten to work for max sizes.

So far as which tire to use - very personal choice. Since I live in rocky Nevada, sidewall-flat capital of the universe, I run 10 ply Hercules AT somethings, because all the miners use the same tires. I learned that from the guy at the tire shop in Mining City, after my 31st visit. They are very hard, but durable.

It seems to me a 2 1/2" lifted Liberty should be able to take a larger tire than a stock one. From what I have seen so far, I am not sure. I wouldn't mind trimming anything - fender plastics or pinch-weld - but would prefer to see other's efforts first so I don't have to reinvent that wheel.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-13-2018, 09:11 PM
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Your Lib looks to have hit the lottory with you as its new owner. Kudos on all the work you've done. You can get the full 2.5" plus some if you add 3 conduit rings for a clevis lift up front and an extra set of spring iso's in the rear. I have a similar setup and run 245.75.16s with minimal rub.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-15-2018, 04:32 AM
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We just sold my wifes old KJ to her mom and I hated it...until I drove it for a while. I now miss that liberty. Anyway, good job keeping the old girl happy. There is another forum dedicated to KJ's with a lot of information on them... www jeepkj com .


I am not sure on the rules about posting other sites, I appologize if I have offended.

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-15-2018, 07:00 AM
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I have the iron man lift plus extra rear iso and clevis spacer in front.
I'm running 255 70 16 on stock wheels with spidertrax spacers. Had to hammer the pinch weld and trim / modify the front by the fog light door.
245 75 16 fits best

Kyle
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-15-2018, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply. I'm doing the lift this weekend. So I will let you know about tire size in a week or so maybe longer. Looks like tires are going to run about $200 each so I will need to gather up some more money.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-18-2018, 07:43 PM
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Are you regearing ?
If not then stick with a 30 inch tall tire max
Haven't been on much lately due to moving to a bigger place ( 2 -two car garages ) to do more lifts LOL

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post #10 of 12 Old 03-19-2018, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Not re-gearing at this time. Maybe down the road. I only use the Liberty to go into woods.
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post #11 of 12 Old 03-19-2018, 06:55 PM
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But that would be a benefit of re-gearing...then you have the,proper engine rpm for the woods, otherwise you really have to use a lot more throttle to make up for less gearing.

Kyle
92 XJ 4.0 HO,AW4, NP242, 30" BFG AT, 1.75 spacer and ZJ coils, double cherokee leaf pack and 2 inch rough country shackles, 2.5 inch dnynomax exhaust, magnaflow cat, front hooks & rear hitch, gas skid, front skid, warn t-case skid, 99+ intake, bored TB

02 KJ Limited, 255 70 16s, front skid, LS/373 gears
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post #12 of 12 Old 05-15-2018, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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I put 245/70R17 Cooper Discoverer STT.. Still waiting on my rear springs.
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