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post #1 of 43 Old 12-26-2019, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Can I park a 2018 2 door with Rubicon tires in a spot with only 71 inch height cleara

I just signed the papers on a 2018 base 2 door and had the dealer throw in a set of Rubicon tires. Going to pick it up tomorrow but on the way home I remembered my apartments parking has a low clearance which might be too low for the Jeep. Just measured it and its 71". Googled the Jeeps height but I'm seeing different numbers on different sites. And they show the same height for the base and Rubicon. The lowest I saw is 72.5 which is still way too high. After driving the Jeep I don't think I can live without it. What should I do? Is it easy to lower the height by a couple of inches? I'd hate for it to look "lowered" but with the beefier tires maybe it won't look too bad? What about the cost of lowering it? I'd assume it's not just a simple adjustment, rather some parts need to be replaced?
Really hope I can find a way to keep it and not have to go back and pick up a Grand Cherokee instead.

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The actual height is pretty variable. The options you ordered, accessories you have, the amount of fuel in the tank, even the temperature of the springs can effect the total height. FYI the factory soft top is taller than the hardtop. It's also worth noting that new springs will settle a bit lower over time due to the constant stress on them.

I had been parking my JKU with it's 5.5 Metalcloak lift in the garage with a very tight fit for a couple of months. Then one day when backing out, my highlift jack caught on top door seal. Not sure why.

If it's just a smidge too tall, then dropping on some heavy bumpers/winch/rear accessories might just compress the springs enough to fit.

Otherwise some modification might be in order. Dropping in some 2-door springs would be a cheap way to get it bit lower. you'd just want to test/watch your compressed shock length to make sure you are not bottoming out the shocks. this would also probably negatively affect the ride quality, as you'd have less overall suspension compression to deal with bumps.

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EDIT: I just saw that you posted it was a 2-door, so obviously swapping in 2-door springs won't have much effect... although different options did have different springs... maybe someone else can chime in here.

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No real easy way to drop the height 2" without new shorter coils and shocks. You could cut down the factory coils but would still need shorter shocks or you will only have 2" of up travel in the suspension. Rubicon tires vs the base sport are only like 1" taller so you would still be too tall with the stock tires/wheels.

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OP's 1st "mod" could be a real high-CFM portable compressor or a protank .

when he parks it , deflate .
When he backs it out to drive it , fill em up.







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Interesting first question, haha hasn't even got the jeep home yet and hes thinking about modding it and asking the pros! I see you picked the rubicon so I assume you'll want to take it off road, if you dont have that in mind, would slightly smaller tires be an easy way out? When i finally buy some 37s I plan to only run them offroad so will keep 2 sets.

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Get 40" tires on it as soon as possible.

My 2-door's 76" tall on the 40's. I aired down and got 'er into a 72" garage and pretty sure I could clear a 71" as well. But this was for a temporary, one-time, week-long storage option. Airing up and down ev'ry time you come and go is really gonna suck.

Therefore, you need to move somewhere that has parkin' that will accommodate your jeep on the new 40's.

Most trailer parks have ample parkin' without clearance issues.
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To answer your question, it called a tape measure. As already stated, there are too many combination to determine the actual hight. Whip out a tape measure and figure it out.

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Interesting first question, haha hasn't even got the jeep home yet and hes thinking about modding it and asking the pros! I see you picked the rubicon so I assume you'll want to take it off road, if you dont have that in mind, would slightly smaller tires be an easy way out? When i finally buy some 37s I plan to only run them offroad so will keep 2 sets.

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Get 40" tires on it as soon as possible.



My 2-door's 76" tall on the 40's. I aired down and got 'er into a 72" garage and pretty sure I could clear a 71" as well. But this was for a temporary, one-time, week-long storage option. Airing up and down ev'ry time you come and go is really gonna suck.



Therefore, you need to move somewhere that has parkin' that will accommodate your jeep on the new 40's.



Most trailer parks have ample parkin' without clearance issues.
You got it!!

OP, simply air down for parking and inflate when you get it out. I got the smittybilt air compressor and it is pretty powerful.

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You should actually read the first post.
Well, he said he was thinking about downgrading to the Cherokee so tire size seems like a better compromise than lowering a jk to me, anyway the solution is getting a portable air compressor and airing down for parking! Lol

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This thread has come full circle
OP please HGTD ASAP.
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onetime I will washed my wool loincloth in hot water then accidentally dried it in the heated dryer.
it shrunk & hardly covered my junk.
swinging from vines that week was challenging.

My point here is maybe OP could wash & dry his tires just before parking ...

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A sort of ridiculous but maybe workable solution could be front and rear suck-down winches. I hear the little 2000lbs ATV winches work fairly well through a pulley on the axle. Could have it go down 4" at the push of a button and release when inside.
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I remember getting tire dressing on my loincloth by mistake, it was fine until summer but i dont want to talk about the rash I got



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A sort of ridiculous but maybe workable solution could be front and rear suck-down winches. I hear the little 2000lbs ATV winches work fairly well through a pulley on the axle. Could have it go down 4" at the push of a button and release when inside.
Yeah! Just bolt them to the frame and compress the suspension! That's pro

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Usually trolls are somewhat amusing. Not this guy.

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How does anyone park there? My stock Chevy truck is taller than that and the Grand Cherokee we have is sitting just over 70" (2014).

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No one six feet tall can live in these apartments apparently. Who are you Lemeul Gulliver?

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No one six feet tall can live in these apartments apparently. Who are you Lemeul Gulliver?

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it's either that or his apartment garage is for one of these:
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