Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Miramar Beach, FL
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I have 12 JKU with 3 1/2 inch lift and 37/13.50's. The Jeep was built to cruise the strip at the beach, so wheel travel was not an issue.
Recently I installed a Rampage rear bumper, and just a few days ago a GOBI Stealth rack. Its now rubbing the rear bumper anytime I go over what would basically be a little less then a curb. I went down the road to a shop that messes around with big trucks, etc, and was told I could simply switch out the springs to a 5.5" and that would raise it up a couple of inches and we're back in business. That seemed odd me in concept as lift was designed to be a 3 1/2, therefore I would think all the arms were built for that amount. Raising it up would make things too short? I called the manufacture of the lift and they told me the same thing (just get larger springs), though they added I would need some sort of steering extender (I don't recall the technical name). I was ready to order until I was informed they are out of stock on all these items and it would be about 3 weeks. At this point I decided I would just cut bumper, however for the heck of it I drove down to 4 Wheel parts today and was told the exact opposite to the above. They said my original thinking was correct. You cant take a 3 1/2 lift and just add 2 inches to it. I would need new shocks etc. That makes more sense to me, but I am very uneducated when it comes to all this. 4 Wheel said the thing to do it add a 1 3/4 Rear Coil Spacer, so I ordered it, and its set to be installed on Tuesday.
I still feel like I might be missing something in regard to not having 100% accurate information. Seems like 4 Wheel should know what they're doing, but it also seems like the manufacture of the lift should fall into that same category. So who is correct?