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HELP: Clearance Problem After Lift Install

Hi all,

I am having quite a problem with clearance between my tires and my rock rails.

I lifted my 2013 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 10A with a 3" Rancho Lift over the weekend and installed 37" MT/R's at the same time. Note, the coil spacers that I planned to use during the install were shipped to me wrong, so I don't have them installed yet.

The kit included upper adjustable control arms, but did not include adjustable lower control arms. I plan to install a 2" spacer to the front and a 1.5" spacer to the rear. The problem in seeing however is that my Rubicon rock rails are dangerously close to my 37's..... With or without the spacers.

My pinch seam was cut from the factory (2013) and I trimmed the rock rails.

Should I just buy adjustable lower control arms? I'm concerned that I can't move the axle back enough to matter much as the clearance behind the tire is limited.

Here are some pictures... Does anyone know what can resolve this? I can't really articulate with them like this.







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you can either

get more lift

cut the slider

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Looks like you need to do more trimming to be able to use that lift with 37s. Also putting flat fenders will probably fix that as well with the correct bump stops.
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Looks like you need to do more trimming to be able to use that lift with 37s. Also putting flat fenders will probably fix that as well with the correct bump stops.
I was thinking about the flat fenders. I really like the Bushwacker Flat Style Fenders. I'm just concerned that after I put the coil spring spacers in and add the new fenders it would leave too much exposed wheel well.

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I was thinking about the flat fenders. I really like the Bushwacker Flat Style Fenders. I'm just concerned that after I put the coil spring spacers in and add the new fenders it would leave too much exposed wheel well.

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3" should be plenty of lift for 37's with flat fenders. I wouldn't add the coil spacers. You will need to trim the rock rail, I cut about 1.5" off the rear with a Metabo, the plastic piece wedges back in.

If it ain't broke, fix it 'till it is.
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3" should be plenty of lift for 37's with flat fenders. I wouldn't add the coil spacers. You will need to trim the rock rail, I cut about 1.5" off the rear with a Metabo, the plastic piece wedges back in.
Thanks Sixstring. I actually did cut about 1.5" off of the rock rails already, they are still pretty close. The pictures above are as it stands today. I could adjust my upper control arms back but that's not going to shift the whole axle back.

I'm concerned that the second the rear starts to flex the tire is going to shift forward and hit the body.
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The axle will move slightly back in the rear during compression.

How much bump stop are you running?

How much more can you trim the rock rails?

You need tire clearance (bump stop, trimming, flat flares, body lift), choose your method or combination that works best for your build and budget.

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If not mistaken you need to either:
do alot of fender cutting

or

remove wrap style around rear bumper and get adjustable rear lower control arms to push axle back 1 1/2" and cut back rubi rail?

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like usmc said ^^^^ looks like you can't push the axle back due to the bumper.. i have a 3.5 lift on mine an plenty of room for 37's..plus a 1.25 body lift ,but a body lift won't help you..

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If you move from a 3" suspension lift up to 5", you might start pricing a driveshaft(s)? And a flip? And the other sets of ca's? Brakelines? Bumpstops?

Easier to just do more trimming and maybe remove the rear bumper.
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