Jeep Wrangler 2.5 Inch Lift Before & After (2022 Updated)

Imagine the kind of off-roading activities you could do if your Jeep Wrangler’s capability improved with just a few customizations aside from regearing. 

We spent 48 hours researching and compiling essential information about a 2.5-inch lift and how it can change the overall look of your favorite off-roader! We’ve included some Jeep Wrangler 2.5 inch lift before and after photos, too!

Jeep Wrangler: An Overview 

Jeep Wrangler: An Overview 

The first Jeep Wrangler was in 1986, in Ontario, Canada, and later transferred to their Ohio plant. The first-generation Jeep Wranglers paved their way from 1986 to 1995. The Wrangler Islander Package in 1988 and 1993 offered models available in various colors such as Sunset Yellow, Teal, and Pacific Blue. 

It is the buyer’s choice to opt for floor carpeting, half doors, or high back seats. On the other hand, the Wrangler Renegade Package ran from 1990 to 1994. They have offered two additional choices: blue and bronze. Alloy wheels, full-size spare tires, and interval wipers are some of its notable features. 

The second-generation Jeep Wranglers operated from 1996 to 2006. It constituted more features such as round headlights and coil-spring suspension similar to the Jeep Cherokee. 

The third-generation Jeep Wranglers started in 2007. It offered a few more upgrades as a fresh start, including a four-door option. 

The fourth-generation Wrangler (the JL Wrangler), released in late 2017, broke all expectations. It features a redesigned automatic transmission, additional powertrains, new zipperless tops, a fold-flat windshield, blind-spot monitoring, and a backup camera [1].

Before & After The 2.5 Inch Lift

Before & After The 2.5 Inch Lift

Why Lift Your Jeep Wrangler?  

Besides giving your Jeep a sleeker look, lifting your Jeep can help you place a bigger tire for better off-road capability. A lift also allows you to switch to a larger tire, ensuring an excellent overall driving experience with more ground clearance, grip, and a higher patch. 

What Happens When You Lift A Jeep Wrangler?  

What Happens When You Lift A Jeep Wrangler?  

When you lift a Jeep Wrangler, you can replace it with a larger tire, improving your car’s traction. Thus raising a Jeep Wrangler and replacing it with a larger tire can get you more and higher clearance when driving along rough roads. 

A lift kit will replace the springs and shocks of your Jeep, and it also includes trackbars and relocation brackets, among others, so it is easier to navigate the road with your Jeep Wrangler. In addition, once you lift your Jeep Wrangler, its suspension height changes, forcing the axles to move sideways.

Is A 2.5 Inch Lift Enough? 

Yes, a 2.5-inch lift is enough for a 35s tire for a decent clearance. Your Jeep will require different wheels for every lift kit of your choice. The quality of your suspension lift kit determines whether it is enough. Cheap kits typically wear out quickly and do not guarantee a high-quality lift kit’s benefits. 

You need to readjust the axles with this lift height by adjusting the track bars and control arms. A 2.5-inch lift includes front and rear springs, shocks, brake lines, sway bar links, track bars, and control arms.

Tire Sizes That Fit A 2.5 Lift  

Tire Sizes That Fit A 2.5 Lift  

Any tire size up to 35s fits a 2.5 lift. The best thing is it does not cause any problems over the years. It is the most common setup among Jeep Wrangler owners because it works well under challenging terrains without regear. 

The tire sizes 29”, 30”, 31”, and 32” will not require any adjustment to your fenders. A 33” tire will need changing or replacing the fender to run without friction. 

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FAQs 

Does lifting a Jeep cause problems?

It depends. The type of lift kit you choose and the tire you install play a huge role in this matter. If it is a Wrangler, you would have to buy a high-quality lift kit. A 2.5-inch lift kit will typically be compatible with a 35s and efficient enough for any off-road activity. 

How much is a 2.5 Jeep lift?

A 2.5 Jeep Lift would differ in cost but usually ranges from around $1,000 to $10,000. For instance, the ARB Overland Package works well and is compatible with the Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited (2018-2019). This usually costs around $10,500. Body lifts are cheaper alternatives to suspension lift kits.

Key Takeaways  

If you want your Jeep to have a tougher look and better off-road capability, you can opt for a 2.5-inch lift. Lifting your Jeep will generally not cause any issue if you choose the right kind and quality of lift kit. 

A 2.5-inch lift kit is typically affordable, but you have plenty of choices that vary in price. A 35s tire is an excellent match to a 2.5-inch lift, but you have to ascertain that your lift kit comes with a new and adjustable trackbar, springs, and shocks. 

References:

  1. https://www.autoweek.com/news/auto-shows/a1835991/2018-jeep-wrangler-jl-official-specifications-and-details-reavealed/
  2. https://www.jk-forum.com/forums/jk-show-tell-33/before-after-2-5-lift-pic-166955/
  3. https://www.wranglerforum.com/threads/before-and-after-lift-tires.1601113/#lg=thread-1601113&slide=3