Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Northern Indiana
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Are you doing the lift for the cool look or the increased offroad capabilities? If you want the cool look, be aware that a lifted Jeep will not be as safe on the road as a stock Jeep. The center of gravity will be higher, and with bigger tires, the brakes will be less effective. If you are doing it for the increased wheeling capabilities, I have to agree with Raduckal. I would hold off on the lift for a year or two. The JK Wrangler is an amazing off road vehicle straight out of the box. Take it on some trails. See what it can and can not do. See what you, as a driver, can and can not do. You may decide that your Jeep does everything that you want to do without a lift. If you finally decide that you need a lift, remember that there are many more costs than just the lift kit. The higher you go the more modifications need to be made. You lift the Jeep to fit bigger tires. They need bigger wheels. Now you need to regear both axles to get the powerband back in check. Bigger brakes are now in order. And a roll cage (should have been first on the list!). And it just goes on and on. Just have fun with it for now and think about what you really want/need the Jeep to do.
"The devil is red, but his money is green."