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post #1 of 14 Old 03-01-2016, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep newb here looking for advice & rec

Hi everyone,
Let me start by saying that I am a total NEWB when it comes to my 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. With that said, I want to learn more about it. I'm thinking about getting a lift, but I've heard people go back and forth about the two different kinds of lifts, how many inches, etc. HELP! What's the real deal? Which lift should I get? How many inches? What should it cost? Any recommendations on where to go? TIA!
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-01-2016, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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I should note that I'm in the San Diego area
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Welcome to the forum. Lot's of advice on here. My best suggestion is start reading until it all begins to make sense (which takes some time).

To help get you going though, folks will need to know what you plan to do with you jeep. Are you never leaving the pavement, do you drive fire roads to hiking trails, are you planning on hitting hard core rock crawling areas, do you have friends on 40" tires that you want to keep up with, etc, etc. Give us some info and I'm sure you'll get lots of responses.

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Thanks, Ruskin!

I'm definitely down for exploring fire roads--not yet confident enough to take on any rock crawling. I really do like the look of a lifted Jeep. Everything on it right now is stock, and I know it needs new tires, so I figured I'd consider the lift at the same time.
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Welcome to the Jeep lifestyle.

The thing to remember about tires and lifts is that it's a lot like boob jobs, you always wish you had gone bigger.

A body lift is mainly to clear larger tires. It has very little effect on the drive train.

Suspension lifts are replacing or extending your springs. You will have to make other adjustments such as track bars drive shafts sway bars, The more the lift the more you have to change to work with it.

Your first question is what are you going to do with the Jeep? Are your building a trail rig, a mall crawler or panty dropper?

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Go drive the thing offroad before you determine what you "need."
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Love this response! For now, I'm looking for something I can take on the fire roads in San Diego. Nothing too extreme!
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Your jeep will handle fire roads just fine stock. This is a link on another forum that may help you out a bit with what you are asking.
http://www.jkfreaks.com/forums/showt...ur-getting-one

Good luck with the jeep and welcome.

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If you like the look of a lift without going balls deep. I recommend a simple budget boost or leveling kit.
What size tire do you want to run ?
A 33 or 35 can be mounted with little lift, flat flares and minor trimming.

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All good advice so far.

Many of us have done a mild lift and replaced it with something bigger and better. Many have bought a cheap lift and replaced or added better parts to get it right.

If possible try to find a local group and get out on trails with them. See what works and what type of wheeling you want to do. Then build accordingly...

MAYBE you can build it once and build it right. Most of us don't get that lucky.
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All good advice so far.

Many of us have done a mild lift and replaced it with something bigger and better. Many have bought a cheap lift and replaced or added better parts to get it right.

If possible try to find a local group and get out on trails with them. See what works and what type of wheeling you want to do. Then build accordingly...

MAYBE you can build it once and build it right. Most of us don't get that lucky.
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Hi everyone,
Let me start by saying that I am a total NEWB when it comes to my 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. With that said, I want to learn more about it. I'm thinking about getting a lift, but I've heard people go back and forth about the two different kinds of lifts, how many inches, etc. HELP! What's the real deal? Which lift should I get? How many inches? What should it cost? Any recommendations on where to go? TIA!
Welcome! I'm sure you've read a bunch already but my advice (as a fellow new person) is to join a local club, go to some meet ups, and go on noob trail events. Learn what the limitations of your vehicle are so that you can plan your build roadmap based on 'need to have priority', and learn what mods people have that do the kinds of wheeling you want to do. There will be lots of cross over but the details and necessities of rock crawling versus overlanding will start to vary greatly.

In the end, as with most things, you get what you pay for. So if you always buy the cheap stuff just so you can get that lift or lighting rig you might find yourself paying all over again once you realize it wasn't what you needed, or that it was poorly made.
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