Rubicon Budget Spacer Lift with 35 inch Tires.

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One year after purchasing a 20 JL Rubicon, the lift/tire itch is getting stronger everyday. Looking for a minimum lift to comfortably install 35's which will handle light to moderate off road trails and still perform well as a daily driver. I'm considering the Teraflex 2.5 budget lift and upgrading shocks before throwing on the 35's. Calling out to anyone who went this route and to get feedback if you're pleased with outcome. Much appreciated!





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I have run the st1 teraflex spacer lift it’s 2” in fromt and 1.5” in back with 35x12.5r17 ridge grapplers on 17” Jesse spade rugged ridge wheels. The vehicle drives great and I get zero rubbing, I keep up with my business partner that has 20k of aev shit on his JK. The big thing you don’t get with this set up is articulation. Which is useful in rock crawling and other off-road situations. It still has the same articulation as a stock rubicon and does fine off-road and can handle most trails. It actually comes with upgraded bumps stops that really smooth out the ride. I have done advanced trails no problem. Again no rubbing at all, and the look on road is spot on, factor rake is gone and it sits level now and it doesn’t make the wheels looks small with excessive wheel well spacing. I think 2.5” with 35s is too [email protected] will set you up a great deal on a similar package he was hundreds less than anyone else. You do need new shocks with the lift kit, because you need a 1” longer shock than the Jeep comes with. I went with fox and love them, they hold up off-road and give a pleasant on road driving experience. I think for your usage case if you are trying to stay on a budget , you will be very happy.. I was totally satisfied with it and it fit the budget I had at the time..

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We did a 2.5" spacer lift with 37's, I agree that 2.5" is more than you need for 35's. At 1st we just did the spacer lift with shock extensions. To improve the articulation and ride I've since added longer metalcloak rocksport shocks, rubicon express adjustable front LCA's (the jl is very caster sensitive and tracks much better now), and a rear trackbar relocation bracket that helped with roll center. Jeep now tracks straight, flexes much better than stock, has no shimmy in the steering over potholes, and cruises down the freeway at 80mph+ easily.
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We did a 2.5" spacer lift with 37's, I agree that 2.5" is more than you need for 35's. At 1st we just did the spacer lift with shock extensions. To improve the articulation and ride I've since added longer metalcloak rocksport shocks, rubicon express adjustable front LCA's (the jl is very caster sensitive and tracks much better now), and a rear trackbar relocation bracket that helped with roll center. Jeep now tracks straight, flexes much better than stock, has no shimmy in the steering over potholes, and cruises down the freeway at 80mph+ easily.
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He brings up a good point, he later upgraded as am I, I am moving to a 2.5 rock krawler lift and 37s. So the spacer lift rout that I mentioned will run you around 846 deliver and about 500-700 if you want to pay someone to install it. (Plus tire and wheel cost) Getting an entry level but top quality 2.5” spring lift will cost you 1400 ish. Including shocks ... many many people end up going back and upgrading. So if you can swing it budget wise you may just want to spend the extra 650 dollars now.

Be mindful though if you decide to go to 37s tires go up about 100-150 more than 35s each and you need 5x
 

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Two years later, the itch has subsided for me. I know 35s would look awesome and add ground clearance, but I don’t have garage clearance for a lift. I’ve had zero issues with light to moderate stock off-roading, but I’d go for 35s based on the look alone if feasible.
 

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He brings up a good point, he later upgraded as am I, I am moving to a 2.5 rock krawler lift and 37s. So the spacer lift rout that I mentioned will run you around 846 deliver and about 500-700 if you want to pay someone to install it. (Plus tire and wheel cost) Getting an entry level but top quality 2.5” spring lift will cost you 1400 ish. Including shocks ... many many people end up going back and upgrading. So if you can swing it budget wise you may just want to spend the extra 650 dollars now.

Be mindful though if you decide to go to 37s tires go up about 100-150 more than 35s each and you need 5x
We went with the no name economy spacer kit with shock extensions from extreme terrain, $200 out the door. Wheeled it for a week in moab without issues. Even with the upgrades, $260 for shocks, $50 rear track bar bracket, and $250 for lca's, we are under $800. It still boggles my mind that people buy these overpriced, name brand spacer lifts. It's a non-moving hunk of metal, the $800 kit has 0 chance of outperforming the $200 kit. When it comes to control arms, springs, shocks, etc quality matters. A spacer is a spacer. Obviously a $2,000 kit with track bars and all 8 control arms will be superior to what we run currently, but you'd be hard pressed to notice the difference on the trail. I'm all about doing more with less and I'll hang with the guys running $3k plus in suspension all day long.
 

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We went with the no name economy spacer kit with shock extensions from extreme terrain, $200 out the door. Wheeled it for a week in moab without issues. Even with the upgrades, $260 for shocks, $50 rear track bar bracket, and $250 for lca's, we are under $800. It still boggles my mind that people buy these overpriced, name brand spacer lifts. It's a non-moving hunk of metal, the $800 kit has 0 chance of outperforming the $200 kit. When it comes to control arms, springs, shocks, etc quality matters. A spacer is a spacer. Obviously a $2,000 kit with track bars and all 8 control arms will be superior to what we run currently, but you'd be hard pressed to notice the difference on the trail. I'm all about doing more with less and I'll hang with the guys running $3k plus in suspension all day long.
800 dollar kit is with quality shocks that make a difference and upgraded bump stops that are really nice, my old Sahara used to bottom out ina speed bump, the rubicon with the bumps stops is always smooth. The st1 kit is like 200-250 bucks. And you can run shock extension which actually I think is fine... I just love the fox shocks as a personal choice
 

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To improve the articulation and ride I've since added longer metalcloak rocksport shocks
How do you like the Rocksport shocks with the rubicon coils? Why did you go with those shocks rather than another brand like Rancho or Fox? Your setup is what I am currently piecing together on paper.
 

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How do you like the Rocksport shocks with the rubicon coils? Why did you go with those shocks rather than another brand like Rancho or Fox? Your setup is what I am currently piecing together on paper.
I went with the rock sports as they seem to be the best value in a budget friendly shock with more than 12" of travel. I also appreciate the red, looks like stock but works better. The ride/ valving is also very similar to stock so DD is virtually unchanged.
 

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The ride/ valving is also very similar to stock so DD is virtually unchanged.
That is great to hear. What little I could find on them is that they are on the softer side. I like the oem ride so I am glad I won't be giving that up. Like you mentioned the price point is fantastic.
 

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