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35" Tires won't work even with a 2.5" lift?

Thinking about what I want to do with my new 2012 2 door JK in the next year or two. Someday I would like 35" tires, a 2.5" lift and 4.88 gears. I want to do in stages so I can afford it!

I don't have alot of plans to go crazy off roading, just would like to increase the height 2.5". But my dealer is telling me that with a Teleraflex 2.5" lift that 35" tires will rub, even with after market wheels with a smaller offset. Is it true that with 2.5" lift and different wheels, I will still get rubbing?

If so then I assume the biggest tires that would fit a 2.5" lift are 33'? And if I go with 33" tires I assume I can use the stock 17" wheels. I believe the stock tires are 32", so I don't know what one inch would buy me. Thanks for your input.

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P.S. If I go with a 2.5" lift and 33" tires, will it look funny? I mean, will there be too much space around the tires to make it look strange?
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You should be able to run 35s on a 2.5"lift. Might have to extend the bumpstops to prevent rubbing while flexing, but you shouldn't have any frame or control arm rubbing if you use spacers with stock wheels, or aftermarket wheels with 4.5" backspacing.


I'm running 35s on stock suspension and they don't rub, just had to add flat fenders. But if I flex, it's going to hit the fenders HARD.
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Thinking about what I want to do with my new 2012 2 door JK in the next year or two. Someday I would like 35" tires, a 2.5" lift and 4.88 gears. I want to do in stages so I can afford it!

I don't have alot of plans to go crazy off roading, just would like to increase the height 2.5". But my dealer is telling me that with a Teleraflex 2.5" lift that 35" tires will rub, even with after market wheels with a smaller offset. Is it true that with 2.5" lift and different wheels, I will still get rubbing?

If so then I assume the biggest tires that would fit a 2.5" lift are 33'? And if I go with 33" tires I assume I can use the stock 17" wheels. I believe the stock tires are 32", so I don't know what one inch would buy me. Thanks for your input.

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P.S. If I go with a 2.5" lift and 33" tires, will it look funny? I mean, will there be too much space around the tires to make it look strange?
Nope you can run up to 40" tires with a 2.5" lift, flat fenders, pinch seam trimming and proper length bumpstops (2.5-4" depending on trimming). 35s can be run with no lift, flat flares, pinch seam trimming and stock to 1" bumpstops depending on trimming. 2.5" lift with stock flares can run 35s with 3" bumpstops.
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Your dealer doesn't know what he's talking about...

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Your dealer is an idiot and only knows stock vehicles. The last place you should be getting advise about modifying a Jeep is a dealer. There are plenty of forums to read and get accurate information as well as 4 wheel drive centers all over the country.


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Your dealer is an idiot and only knows stock vehicles. The last place you should be getting advise about modifying a Jeep is a dealer. There are plenty of forums to read and get accurate information as well as 4 wheel drive centers all over the country.
There are literally hundreds of us running 35's on 2.5 lifts with room to spare.. it's a great setup

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35's on 2.5" will look great

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Find another dealer. If they are that ignorant to that setup then they are likely not mod friendly to begin with. That might matter later.



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Thanks for the input.

It is not the jeep dealer salesman talking to me but the service guy who supposedly does these alot. But anyway I don't know of anyone in the Hudson Valley here besides the Jeep dealer who does this kind of work.

I decided to go with the Teraflex 2.5" budget boost (with new shocks) for $510 from Quadratec. Tires and wheels will come next year. I figure by then the stock tires which have 24,000 miles on them will be ready to be replaced anyway.

But if anyone can give me some advice on finding a local 4x4 guy, that would be nice. I Googled that and found nothing where I live!

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Thanks for the input.

It is not the jeep dealer salesman talking to me but the service guy who supposedly does these alot. But anyway I don't know of anyone in the Hudson Valley here besides the Jeep dealer who does this kind of work.

I decided to go with the Teraflex 2.5" budget boost (with new shocks) for $510 from Quadratec. Tires and wheels will come next year. I figure by then the stock tires which have 24,000 miles on them will be ready to be replaced anyway.

But if anyone can give me some advice on finding a local 4x4 guy, that would be nice. I Googled that and found nothing where I live!

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Install the 2.5" BB yourself. It is very easy.
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If you stay with the stock wheels, you will probably need wheel spacers. Make sure you buy hub centric spacers.


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On another forum someone gave me a lead and I found JVS in New Windsor, NY, who installs mods and repairs Jeep. He wants about $450 to install the Budget Boost with shocks.

I will consider him if it looks like I can't do the install myself.

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On another forum someone gave me a lead and I found JVS in New Windsor, NY, who installs mods and repairs Jeep. He wants about $450 to install the Budget Boost with shocks.

I will consider him if it looks like I can't do the install myself.

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Ouch! For that amount of money, you could buy the tools, charge yourself shop labor rates, and still come out ahead.

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450 to install a Budget Boost, damn, time to quit my job and move there...

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There are literally hundreds of us running 35's on 2.5 lifts with room to spare.. it's a great setup
yep. 35s and only 2" lift



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We could walk you through the whole install on here complete with pics probably !!!

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Ouch! For that amount of money, you could buy the tools, charge yourself shop labor rates, and still come out ahead.
This. If he goes to a self service garage he could do the whole install on a lift with proper tools and have it done in 2 hours or so max.
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x2 dealer/service guy doesn't know what he's talking about. I've been running 2.5 TF coils and 35's no problem, no rub......before that a spacer BB 2.5" , no problem, no rub......no trimming even required...great setup

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35s, only a 1.75" front leveling spacer, cut fenders and .5" bump stop, and pinch seam clearanced- no rub.

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Here's a pic of the 35s on stock suspension. Rugged Ridge flat flares.



And here's a pic of my previous 2-door with a 2.5" Teraflex Budget Boost and 4-door Rubicon springs (netted 3"+ overall)
I did the lift and spring replacement in my driveway. took me a few hours, but mostly because my floor jack wouldn't go high enough and I had to "improvise".

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35's on bone stock suspension. Have the flat flares. Had to trim pinch seam and cut ends off front bumper. One inch bump stops rear. Very slight rubbing in front when flexed and steering on full left or right lock. Changing from soft factory stop to a no flex bump, which I predict will eliminate even this small rub. I actually could do nothing, but just want it perfect.

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2012 JKU w/RK 2.5" Max Travel Pro lift, 2" RK Bumpstops, 4:88 gears, running stock wheels w/1.5" spyder spacers, 35X12,5XR17 tires and no problems or rubbing.
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The dealer we bought our JK from has a guy who installs 2.5" lifts w/ 35"s in-house. In fact, they had a couple brand new Wranglers on the lot being sold with their "dealer-installed" lifts last time I was over there. No spacers, all appeared to be fitted with aftermarket wheels. They seem to fond of 35/12.5 on 20" wheels (yuck...)
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I have 33's on my Jeep with a RK 2.5" lift, 3" Teraflex bump stops and Fox shocks. Factory fenders intact...and frankly, the lift makes my 33's look too small. I flexed it out this weekend, with a little more bumpstop work I have the real estate to go to 35's, easily. And keep the fenders as is.

So the dealer is a moron.

Next topic, a 2.5" budget boost should not cost 450 bucks to install. That's robbery. If you were to pay that, all in all you would have paid the same as if you went to an actual spring lift. Get a few buddies together and install that yourself. I think it's only about 18 bolts, not including the wheels and brakes, if you install bump stops along with it. It's so easy that you'd be crazy to pay 450 bucks to a shop when that money could be used to go to something useful, like a winch.

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I'm running a 35" KM2 with no suspension lift, 1.25" bodylift and trimmed fenders. Not the ideal situation but it has taken me offroad twice now and performed well until I can afford the lift I want.






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teraflex 2.5" budget boost with shocks and 35s here. Easy to install. Check the regional forum section maybe get a build party started. If I was local I'd help you knock it out.

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