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post #1 of 2 Old 06-03-2015, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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In the market for a new JK

Hey everyone,
I'm looking to buy a new or slightly used JK. I don't like the way they look stock so I was thinking of putting bigger wheels on it. I'm thinking of 35s or 37s on a 2.5 or 3.5 lift. My question is, since the lift kits come with shocks, does it matter if I buy Rubicon, Sahara or Sport?

& also, up to what wheel size & lift can the stock shocks support? I have to go for a test drive this week to see how they ride.

P.S. I live in NYC's outter boroughs, so I won't be using the lifts & tires for off road..I do want nice shocks and tires though because it's pothole city here lol, & also for the winter when roads get pretty bad. Any advice or opinion appreciated..

Thanks guys
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-03-2015, 04:46 AM
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Since you don't plan to take it off road I'd recommend the Sahara or Sport. You'd be wasting your money on a Rubicon. There is a huge cost difference between putting on 35" tires and 37" tires. The 35" tire can be done on a reasonable budget, the 37" tire will cost a significant amount more due to having to address drive line issues required for a higher lift. I would recommend you stick with a 35" tire unless you got money to burn. Either way, you will need wheel spacers or new wheels to reduce the back spacing to clear the additional width of the new tires.

What you describe as your intended use a Budget Boost Lift Kit with shocks should get you where you need to be. Something like the TeraFlex 2.5" Budget Boost with Shocks would work. A kit like this retains the stock coil springs and just adds spacers to the top to get your lift. If you don't like the way the stock coil springs ride, then you would want to consider a coil spring lift kit with different springs. Something like the Rock Krawler Stock Mod 2.5" Lift Kit will ride better than the budget boost kit. It will cost more, but will have better coil springs that ride nicer.
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