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2.5" lift with stock wheels and tires?

My wife and I recently purchased a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara and she has given me the go ahead to put a mild lift on it. My question is will a 2.5" suspension lift look bad with the stock 18" wheels and tires? We dont want to put wheels and tires on it quite yet due to it being her daily driver. Also, will putting a small lift on it affect the gas mileage at all? If anyone has any pics of this setup I would appreciate it! Thanks!

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My wife and I recently purchased a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara and she has given me the go ahead to put a mild lift on it. My question is will a 2.5" suspension lift look bad with the stock 18" wheels and tires? We dont want to put wheels and tires on it quite yet due to it being her daily driver. Also, will putting a small lift on it affect the gas mileage at all? If anyone has any pics of this setup I would appreciate it! Thanks!


I just put a 2.5" Teraflex Coil Spring lift w/Shock Adapters on my 2012 JK Sahara with stock 18" wheels. Rides excellent! No more nose dives when stopping. I'm waiting until the warm weather comes to put on my 35's. I don't notice a drastic drop in fuel economy. Here's the before and after pics.

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Another Black Beauty.................... welcome to the Forum and the Jeep Family!

About the lift, check out this thread: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/pos...ml#post1946178

I got the 2" spacer lift and now I notice that my rear axel has shifted a 1/2" to the passenger-side! In fact you can see is visually from the rear

Now I need to replace the rear trackbar with an adjustable one Well, it's only $$.

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I just put a 2.5" Teraflex Coil Spring lift w/Shock Adapters on my 2012 JK Sahara with stock 18" wheels. Rides excellent! No more nose dives when stopping. I'm waiting until the warm weather comes to put on my 35's. I don't notice a drastic drop in fuel economy. Here's the before and after pics.

Based on ChasmCrawler's fine example I would say it will look great! On the MPG I lost about 2 mpg but I did a 2" AEV lift, 285/75R16 Tires at the same time. We also finally had winter show up the same day which will also effect MPG   Quote

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Originally Posted by willee51 .............. welcome to the Forum and the Jeep Family!

About the lift, check out this thread: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/pos...ml#post1946178

I got the 2" spacer lift and now I notice that my rear axel has shifted a 1/2" to the passenger-side! In fact you can see is visually from the rear

Now I need to replace the rear trackbar with an adjustable one Well, it's only $$.

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Originally Posted by seanpholman You don't "need" to, it doesn't hurt anything...

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...... maybe not But everytime I walk up to the rear of the Jeep, I easily notice the off-center condition!

IF,....... I can get the rear done for say $225 or less, I will go ahead and get it done

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A lift will affect the way it handles on the highway. If it`s not necessary, just leave it stock. If you want a lift you better get adjustable LCA`s also.

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I just put a 2.5" Teraflex Coil Spring lift w/Shock Adapters on my 2012 JK Sahara with stock 18" wheels. Rides excellent! No more nose dives when stopping. I'm waiting until the warm weather comes to put on my 35's. I don't notice a drastic drop in fuel economy. Here's the before and after pics.

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Thanks everyone for your help! Im thinking about a teraflex 2.5" lift with shocks. I would like to put the 3" lift but I dont really feel like replacing the front driveshaft and whatnot.

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Here's mine with the Rock Krawler 2.5" lift with stock 18" wheels and 295/70/18 Trail Grapplers. Love the combo. Your stock tires might look a little small, but it all depends on your frame of reference.

The RK Stock Mod 2.5" lift comes with a track bar bracket for the rear, and an adjustable track bar for the front to re-center the axle. I was getting a little bit of a flighty feeling at first, but also added some front LCA's. You may not have to, just test drive when you get done and decide for yourself. Good luck.

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On the 4 door you will hardly notice it after a week. On the 2 door mine is now sitting 2.75in above stock, with stock 17in wheels still and has been like that for over a year now.

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Funny, i just received my 3.25" Rough Country suspension lift today via UPS and was wondering the same, i'm ordering 35" tires this week. If i get to putting the lift kit on, i'll be sure to take some pics before and after. By the way, the other JK's look great !!

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2.5 tf on black rocks I like it for now tires only have 7k miles on em so soon enough thoes will be upgraded

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I've been running the Mopar 2 inch (more like 2.5) lift since about March, stock Rubicon wheels. I kinda like the look.

A bit of flex on the back there, it's not lifted that far.

See my build thread for more pictures, before and after the lift.

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i am thinking of installing a 2.5 in lift as well and keeping stock wheels and tires. It's a brand new Jeep and I hate to get new tires and wheels right away...

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I ran my JKU-R offroad stock for a year and a half until I decided to lift it via a TF 2.5" to get clearance and prevent rubbing on the trail. The stock 17s and 2.5" worked well offroad and was easy on my wallet. I just went with 35s today as the imbalanced look finally got to me. Hopefully will have them installed this weekend. Will do a before/after.

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This is almost how they should come from the factory. I dig the look

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i am thinking of installing a 2.5 in lift as well and keeping stock wheels and tires. It's a brand new Jeep and I hate to get new tires and wheels right away...

I put 2.5" lift and wheel spacers on within the first 1,000 miles. Definitely gives you a bit more attitude than stock. There is room there for bigger tires so Jeepers might notice the empty space, but it's nothing that stands out as funny looking.   Quote

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I put 2.5" lift and wheel spacers on within the first 1,000 miles. Definitely gives you a bit more attitude than stock. There is room there for bigger tires so Jeepers might notice the empty space, but it's nothing that stands out as funny looking.

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Hmm... What size spacers did u use? Have any pics?

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First attempt at photo upload. Here's a few more that might show the stance.

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if you stay stock wheel/tires with 2.5", I strongly recommend wheel spacers. It gives a better look.

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I did 2" springs with the stock Rubicin tires. It might as wll have been a high dollar lift as I did shocks, longer front brake lines and most importantly adjustable track bars- caster was in spec so no need for LCAs.

It looks stock now 3 years later and I'd do it the same way again

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First attempt at photo upload. Here's a few more that might show the stance.

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Wow! What a difference! I am totally going this route. Is there any mechanical problem using wheel spacers?

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I just read through a few threads about wheel spacers. Sounds like there are just as many opinions as there are types of oil. ha. I saw Spidertrax has some scratched ones on their website I will probably get. Thanks for the info! __________________ 2016 Hydro Blue JKU Willys Wheeler. 23W, 6sp, hardtop, ORH fastback soft, AEV 2" suspension lift.

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I just read through a few threads about wheel spacers. Sounds like there are just as many opinions as there are types of oil. ha. I saw Spidertrax has some scratched ones on their website I will probably get. Thanks for the info!

You'll read about having to check and retighten them. I believe this is the same CYA recommendation given for regular wheel lugs. Biggest concern for me was making sure I tightened all the nuts at initial install. The few verified stories I've heard of failures have been tracked back to initial install - and I've read numerous stories of regular wheel install failures.

I see no need to proactively check them. Make sure you install correctly and check them when you otherwise have the wheels off

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I had the Mopar 3" stage 3 lift with stock Rubicon Wheels/tires for a few weeks. Did not look bad but at least to me did not look "right"

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Here's my sons JKUWW with 2.5" AEV suspension, 1.5" Synergy spacers and stock wheels and tires.

Here's his Jeep with 2.5" AEV, 1.5" spacers and 315/70-17 Coopers on stock ww wheels.


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I'll take a pic tomorrow - it looks ok but a tad goofy.

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AEV 2.5" DualSport stock wheels on a 2011 Sahara JKU.


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Very helpful thread. My JKUR is a daily driver. I want to lift it up just a couple of inches, but want to run the stock Rubi wheels. I'll likely increase tire size when these wear out. Thanks for all the pics.

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Very helpful thread. My JKUR is a daily driver. I want to lift it up just a couple of inches, but want to run the stock Rubi wheels. I'll likely increase tire size when these wear out. Thanks for all the pics.

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What wheels/tires are those?? Look great! And are those 33" or 35" tires. Thanks

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2.5 looks great on the jeep.


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