10 Reasons to Install a Lift Kit in Your Jeep

Lifted Jeep on rocks

by Garrett · 13 comments

  1. You can now add bigger tires and increase your ground clearance
  2. Your Jeep will have better articulation and offroad performance
  3. You’ll climb obstacles and traverse trails that you never thought possible
  4. Other people will no longer refer to your t-case skid as a “shovel”
  5. On the highway, you’ll now be able to see over the roof of that minivan in front of you
  6. You’ll now have an excuse to buy those new axles you’ve had your eye on
  7. Your Jeep will be a real Jeep. Let’s face it, no lift and 225 tires isn’t a real Jeep
  8. Intimidation. You’ll be surprised at how many other cars give you the right of way (especially when your Jeep gets some trail scars)
  9. You can work underneath your Jeep without the need for jack stands
  10. You can go through much deeper water without getting your feet wet
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Newbie September 15, 2009 at 8:22 pm

you can peer into the sports car next to you and see some cleavage

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Krysta March 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

omg that made my day

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jesse p March 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm

if road rage is the case you can just drive over the car pissing you off

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bonky March 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

..the air is just better up there!..

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james April 26, 2010 at 11:38 pm

lift it cause fat chicks cant jump

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bobbie May 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm

need to know what the biggest tire can put on my 1995 Jeep Cherokee without modifying it!

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Garrett May 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

A 235/75R15 is probably the biggest you want to go. Some people go up to 30″ tires, but the general consensus is that you’ll get a little rubbing with 30s. Unfortunately, Cherokees don’t have as much clearance as Wranglers in their stock form.

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Grant December 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I have a 2005 TJ Sport, Trail Ready, with posi rear end.
48,000 km. 6 spd 4.0 lt. big 6 engine.
Firestone rear air bags in coils, 1 3/4″ front coil spacers, Rancho RS9000XL shocks.
Total lift approx. 2 1/2″ rear & 2″ front.
Warn M8000 winch w/roller fairlead, Warn winch mount plate.
3″ Cold air intake, K&N conical filter, chipped, throttle body spacer, etc..
Trailer hitch, 1999 stock TJ mags with BFG AT/TA tires – LT 235/75R15’s (1″ smaller circumference than the stock tires – got a deal on all four of them).
Anyway my QUESTIONS are: can I go to 31×10.5×15’s the way the Jeep is now? Or
how large of a tire can I use without any more mods unless they are minor ones?

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Garrett December 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Grant,
With 2″ of lift, you’ll clear 31s no problem. However, with a 10.5″ wide tire on stock TJ rims you may get some rubbing when making sharp turns. If this does happen, you can add some washers to your steering stops to eliminate the issue.

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Grant December 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Thanks Garrett,
I am mechanical but not a mechanic, could you give me info as to where the steering stops are please. I have an idea but want to be sure.

Also what do you suggest for a roof rack for my TJ?

MERRY CHRISTMAS – EVERYONE!
Grant

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Garrett December 27, 2010 at 9:28 am

Grant,

This link should help you with the steering stops: http://www.4x4xplor.com/steerstop.html
Unfortunately, I don’t have much experience w/ roof racks, so I can’t make an honest recommendation there, sorry.

Good luck!

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jessup January 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

If i did a spring over conversion on my wrangler, what mods will i have to do to it

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Alyson Doherty July 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Garrett,
I have a 99 Jeep Wrangler and am seriously thinking about putting a lift kit on it and larger tires. I off road at least once a week and I don’t have to commute far for work so I figured that a lift would do me good! I don’t have a huge amount of money to spend so I was looking into putting a 2” lift with 32×12 tires. Would those tires be too big for that lift? Also, what do you think about the trailmaster 2” Spring Spacer Lift Kit with SSV shocks? I look forward to hearing our feedback! Thank you!
(btw…im sure you could tell but im very inexperienced with this whole thing!)

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