A new 2-inch lift from Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) allows EcoDiesel-powered Wranglers and Gladiators to fit taller tires and maintain their factory warranty. The lift, which retails for around $1500, includes new springs and 2.5-inch-diameter Fox monotube shocks calibrated for the EcoDiesel’s weight along with longer front lower control arms, sway bar end links, bumpstops, and fasteners. To sweeten the deal, the kit comes in a reusable wooden crate.
It seems like Jeep built this kit with both trail-riding and desert-running in mind, because, in addition to adding more height for taller tires, the kit increases suspension articulation by 18 percent and the larger-diameter shocks stay cooler for longer stints of high-speed off-roading that would more heavily tax a smaller shock.
The kit for the Wrangler is available now (part #77072399AE) and the Gladiator package will be available later this summer. Both kits are fully bolt-on and require no cutting or welding. The factory drivelines and brake lines are also up to the task, so those won’t need to be altered either.
Mopar didn’t say what tire size will fit with the lift, but it seems aimed at a 33–34-inch overall tire height. Rubicons leave the factory with 33s, which will fit on a factory, non-Rubicon Wrangler or Gladiator, but just barely, and limit articulation. If 33s or larger are fitted, a $125 Mopar Vehicle Protection (MVP) Custom Calibration option will reconfigure the speedometer and odometer for the new diameter of the tire.
With so many Wranglers and Gladiators already on the road, the aftermarket has much incentive to provide lift kits for anyone looking to improve the look and off-road performance of their Jeep. There’s no shortage of companies that offer springs and shocks for these vehicles. Those that want their off-roader to stay all Mopar, however, now got an option.