Lowering a Jeep Wrangler – Complete Guide

Jeep Wranglers are infamous offroad road vehicles with thousands of aftermarket manufacturers building lift kits, wheels, tires, and other accessories. This becomes frustrating when looking for aftermarket support that suits our style. Lowering a Jeep Wrangler is completely possible – I have found multiple kits that can help us achieve that insane new stance and attitude.

Lowering a Jeep Wrangler can be beneficial in multiple ways. If any of the following apply you should consider a lowering kit.

  • Disabilities
  • Elderly Passengers
  • Rock Crawling
  • Drifting

How much does it cost to lower a Jeep?

Some Jeep Wrangler models are not supported by aftermarket manufactures for lowering kits. In this case, a completely custom lowering kit could cost up to $3000.00.

Jeep Wrangler models supported by aftermarket manufactures for lowering kits can cost around $200 for a basic lowering kit up to around $800.00.

How to lower a Jeep Wrangler YJ:

The Jeep Wrangler YJ from 1987-1996. The suspension was a leaf spring design front and rear, which could make lowering the Jeep a challenge depending on your goals.

While there is currently no after-market support for an all-inclusive lowering kit, the Jeep Wrangler YJ could be lowered from where it currently sits.

Does your Jeep YJ currently have a lift kit installed?

If your jeep YJ has a lift kit installed, you may be able to accomplish your goals by just simply going back to factory suspension.

Does your Jeep YJ have an SOA kit installed?

SOA stands for “Spring-Over-Axle”. From the factory, a Jeep YJ has leaf springs that sit under the axle. A common upgrade is an SOA kit to have the leaf springs sit on top of the axle. This kit usually yields around 3″-5″ of lift. You may be able to go back to the factory SUA (Spring-Under-Axle) to accomplish your goals.

SUA (Spring-Under-Axle)


SOA (Spring-Over-Axle)


Other than these few things, lowing a YJ will become extremely difficult. Consult a custom lift kit builder for help.

How to lower a Jeep Wrangler TJ/LJ:

The Jeep Wrangler TJ from the factory came with a coil spring suspension system. Overall a coil spring system is much easier to lower than a leaf spring suspension system like a Jeep YJ.

Currently, there is not any manufacturing support for a TJ lowering kit.

Things you could do to lower a Jeep Wrangler TJ:

  • Check if there is a body lift installed and remove it.
  • Check if there is a suspension lift installed and remove it.
  • Cut 2″ off the coil spring

I do not recommend cutting the coil spring, it will affect how the vehicle drives; if it even works at all. My suggestion is to experiment with this idea. Find used stock Jeep Wrangler TJ coil springs. Cut them down 1″ at a time, install them and see how it performs. If it works well, then you can continue to test. If it does not work well, then you can install the old coil springs.

How to lower a Jeep Wrangler JK/JKU:

Luckily the Jeep Wrangle JK/JKU has after-market support for a lowering kit. Unfortunately, you only have one manufacture to choose from.


SkyJacker is a manufacturer of quality suspension components, however, this kit only includes the coil springs. New shocks are not required.

How to lower a Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU:

Alongside the Jeep JK aftermarket support is a lowering kit for a Jeep JL/JLU. This kit is also offered by Skyjacker as their LowJacker lineup.


How to lower a Jeep Gladiator JT:

Much like the struggles with other Jeep Wranglers, the Jeep Gladiator JT is another vehicle in the lineup that is hard-pressed to find a lowering kit. The demand is very low for these kits, in combination with this body style being extremely new. However, like anything, it is possible to lower a JT but will require a lot of fabrication to make it work.

Are Jeep lowering kits easy to install?

Yes, if it is in a kit it is very easy to lower a Jeep. If you are wanting to lower a Jeep Wrangler without any after-market support, you will have a difficult time.

How Long does it take to install a lowering kit on a Jeep?

A lowering kit installs on a Jeep Wrangler will take around 6-8 hours to install depending on the installer’s abilities.

Can Jeep Wranglers drift?

With enough skill… Anything can drift. I am sure if a rocket scientist wanted to fly to the moon in style, he would choose a Jeep Wrangler.

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