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I'm a college kid so i don't exactly have a lot of money, but i do have my amazing jeep commander and i think it would look even better when it sits a little taller. I have been looking into lifts on a budget but i don't want to get a cheap lift that will only mess my jeep up. I looked into the Heavy Metal strut fork lift and it seems to do well from what i have heard, but i don't know if i would get the claimed 3.5" of lift. I was hoping someone knows of a good inexpensive lift that would allow me to run 33" tires. i dont mind a little rub but nothing tooo serious. Anyone got any ideas?
 

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I know how the college life is. I myself am 20 and in college. But I fortunealty have a good job that allowed me to make my xk into the beast it is today lol. Anyway, I would stay away from the strut for lift. It's not bad, but for the price you can get the rough country 2" spacer lift for $150 shipped and it's just as easy to install. 4 hours with basic hand tools. I would recommend performing the pinch weld mod which will allow you to run bigger tires. I would also recommend using 285/70/17 tires. About 33" tall.

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How difficult was your pinch weld mod, or did you get a shop to do it. Also, is RC's lift the best coil spacer? I have seen the Rocky Road for 2.25" but there are a lot of mixed feelings about it.
 

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You won't get 3.5 inches of lift from that kit. Others who have installed it got just over 2 inches so you won't fit 33's unless you do a lot of cutting to get them to fit. Ie cut your front bumper, front flares and figure out what to do with the rear ac/heater lines that run behind the inner fender well liner on the passenger side. I did the rear heat/ac delete and completely cut my pinch welds out to fit 285/70's
 

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How difficult was your pinch weld mod, or did you get a shop to do it. Also, is RC's lift the best coil spacer? I have seen the Rocky Road for 2.25" but there are a lot of mixed feelings about it.
The pinch weld is a very easy, at-home mod. Using a metal-cutting hand saw, just make horizontal cuts every inch or so up the pinch weld so that it is no longer one long piece. Then just hit 'em with a sledgehammer till they fold back flush with the body. Since you're wanting to run 33's, you may have to just cut it out completely, so just make a vertical cut from bottom to top, flush with the body. Don't forget to repaint to prevent rust, I used spray on bed-liner.

As far as lifts go, the RC is a great budget lift as it actually levels the front and uses metal spacers, unlike the daystar lift kit, which you should stay away from. I'm not sure if the RR 2.25" lift uses poly or metal spacers, but both lifts have been used successfully by many and you will be happy with either one. To sum it up, go with whichever costs less, which is prolly the RC kit.
 

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Some other people on the Forum have said that 285/70s will NOT fit without a 4" lift and wheel spacers. how much rubbing did you have from the 2" and 285/70s
 

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Look used. I bought a brand new unopened RC 2" kit off of Craigslist for $120. They'll also pop up used for under $100 from time to time. I remember seeing one on another Jeep forum recently for like $75.
 

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I know how the college life is. I myself am 20 and in college. But I fortunealty have a good job that allowed me to make my xk into the beast it is today lol. Anyway, I would stay away from the strut for lift. It's not bad, but for the price you can get the rough country 2" spacer lift for $150 shipped and it's just as easy to install. 4 hours with basic hand tools. I would recommend performing the pinch weld mod which will allow you to run bigger tires. I would also recommend using 285/70/17 tires. About 33" tall.

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How much chopping up did you have to do other than the pinch weld mod, and after what ever chopping you did, how much rubbing did you run into. I dont mind a little rub, but i also dont want to worry about taking a sharp turn and slicing my tire. Please let me know soon, the lift is going on in a week so i need to know exactly what size tires i can run. Also does anyone have any pictures of their pinch weld mod. i want to do it myself but im still a little confused.
 

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Does anyone know if i can fit the 265s without a 2in lift. i dont care if there is some rubbing. I will probably end up getting the lift but i need the tires now. please let me know ASAP
 
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