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Old 01-17-2016, 11:16 PM
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I'm Thinking about purchasing a rough country 3 inch lift pretty soon. Can I still fit 33 inch tires under that without rubbing on the fender or will I need to cut the fenders and get flares? Also what are your thoughts/opinions/experiences with spacers? Thinking about 1.75inch-2inch spacers to go on as well
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:28 PM
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Rough country sucks, terrible lift, spacers are a bad idea. I rubbed with 31" tires on a 3" lift. You'll need to trim. You sound like you have a lot more research to do, and there are literally hundreds of these threads.
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The cheapest 3 inch lift i would use is http://www.rustysoffroad.com/jeep-su...-pack-kit.html and with 33s you will have to cut the fenders and get taller bump stops.
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I have 31's with a 3" Skyjacker Sport Lift. I get a little rubbing at full lock, pretty sure it is against the control arm. I will either have to shim the bump stop or swap in some new arms. Unless you feel like cutting, stick with 31's.
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Don't buy a rough country lift unless you want to replace it with something else in a year or two. I also wouldn't recommend wheel spacers, just too many horror stories.

A 3" lift with 33s will fit with wheels that have 4" or less back spacing, cut fenders, and extended bump stops.

If done properly it can be a great setup IMO.
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Your best bet is a Rustys 3" lift full leaf/coil, shock, hardware pkg. $438 all made in NA not China junk and the springs hold up well after long hard use. You will need an adj. track bar also and a set of 15x8" wheels with 3.75-4" of BS only. The proper steel wheels are cheap run from $40-up. With trimming you can run a 33x12:50x15's and not rub the frame or LCA's.


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Even with a 4.5" lift, I still had to cut to fit 33" tires without rubbing, crushing the fender, etc.
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Originally Posted by investinwaffles View Post
Even with a 4.5" lift, I still had to cut to fit 33" tires without rubbing, crushing the fender, etc.
You could've just added longer bumpstops and been fine.
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But that way you lose part of the advantage of a 4 1/2" lift by not trimming.
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No one who wants to fully utilize their rig is worried about trimming flares to fit bigger tires. If you want to keep the stock flares and not trim then you lose some flex/capability.
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Originally Posted by Fred/N0AZZ View Post
But that way you lose part of the advantage of a 4 1/2" lift by not trimming.
Exactly - adding long bumpstops basically mitigates the main advantages of lifting it in the first place (increased travel mostly).

Trim the front to start, that is where you will get the majority of clearance issues anyways, so long as you are running wheels with enough backspacing
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Originally Posted by investinwaffles View Post
Exactly - adding long bumpstops basically mitigates the main advantages of lifting it in the first place (increased travel mostly). Trim the front to start, that is where you will get the majority of clearance issues anyways, so long as you are running wheels with enough backspacing
bumpstops increase down travel on the opposite side acting like a fulcrum.
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bumpstops increase down travel on the opposite side acting like a fulcrum.
X2, reason why people can run 35s on 2"s of lift with 2"s of up travel and 8" down. LCOG builds can be very complex compared to your basic 3" on 31s with factory flares. But either way trimming will be required to run bigger than 31s and fully flex.
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X2, reason why people can run 35s on 2"s of lift with 2"s of up travel and 8" down. LCOG builds can be very complex compared to your basic 3" on 31s with factory flares. But either way trimming will be required to run bigger than 31s and fully flex.
hey don't call my 3" and 31s basic. Not very nice....

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Does that look basic?
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hey don't call my 3" and 31s basic. Not very nice....

Does that look basic?
Haha I am sorry if I offended you. Basic as in you don't have to worry much about bumpstops or trimming fenders. Just lift, tires, drive.
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