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2" Lift with Stock Tires

Hey everyone, I've been looking at the 2" lifts for months now and finally have saved enough to buy a set. Only problem is, I'm having some last minute regrets. Seeing as I wont really be able to upgrade my tires any time soon, I've been looking at pictures of 2" with stock tires and it doesn't seem to be a good combo. I know that pictures can never tell the full story, so I wanted some real world opinion. Does it look fairly decent, or does it just turn into an awkward stance? Also, I hit the trails quite often and I'm in need of a little more ground clearance, but I suppose the only way to lift the transfer case and such is through a bigger tire size, so the lift wouldn't help with that too much? Thanks alot, i just need some real views on this.
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When I first put on my lift, I thought the wheels looked WAY too small. I was wanting to fill in the wheelwell and looked into both larger tires and larger rims, but after looking at some pictures of Commanders with comparable setups, decided that the larger wheels looked like too much. Having a little room in the wheelwell gives it the appearance that the wheel can handle some rough terrain without rubbing (and can too). Right now I'm running stock Forteras and think it looks just fine- looks how it should have from the factory. I did purchase some 1.5" spacers to push the wheels out a bit, but haven't got around to mounting them. I'm also in the process of getting new tires, and am pretty set on a 275/60/17 size, only about one inch larger in diameter, if that's any testament to how much I like the current ratios. Hope that helps.
Just put some socks on your cold feet and get the lift!

(And remember to paint the newly exposed suspension back to black.)

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Ooh perfect, just what I needed to hear. And on painting the suspension, would you use an enamel spay paint or something like that?
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Hate to say it, but I didn't put any thought into the paint. I got home from work one day and thought "that just doesn't look right." So I grabbed a random can of black semi-gloss off the shelf and just hit the parts I could see. Fully thought it would wear off in a week, but it's still there and looking good. A friend did his muffler (on a different car) with BBQ grill paint (black and heat resistant), and looking back I think it would match the upper control arm perfectly. Kind of industrially dull looking- a good match to stock parts. Good luck with the project!
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Thanks alot man, I looked at your pictures and they look really nice. Ill try the paint, although even if I mess it up somehow, I can just give it a nice mud coat to cover it up my inexperience.
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