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Old 03-04-2011, 03:39 PM   #1
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I've just ordered a 2011 Wrangler Unlimited (Sahara). It will be my first jeep and I'm excited - but overwhelmed over what to do next! It's loaded with everything but the chrome package. I want to do a lift and change the wheels and tires. Other than hunting, this will be my primary daily driver - but I don't want it to look that way. I'm thinking about a 3' BDS life, 18" XD wheels, and 35" tires. Thoughts? I've heard good things about BDS lifts but I have no clue on tires. The M/T ATZ's look good and I hear they ride well. I've also considered adding a K & N air intake system. I want to do it up right and will spend the money but I don't want to make a mistake. Any advice for an excited newbie would be great! Thanks for being part of this forum.

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Old 03-04-2011, 04:03 PM   #3
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As you'd expect, this question or something similar gets asked all the time.

The universal answer--unless you're already a big time gear head--is just to use your Jeep in its stock condition for a while and stick around this forum learning lots of info before you pull the trigger on lifts, big tires, etc. I can almost promise you that if you pull the trigger on big mods right out of the gate, you'll regret them down the line and wish you made other decisions.

For example, do you know that those 35s are going to have a big impact on your gas mileage? Did you know that you'll need to regear both differentials to lower ratios to compensate for turning those big tires or else your Jeep will feel like a "dog"? Did you know that you'll need to buy a programmer to reprogram your speedometer to read accurately after adding larger tires? Did you know tires for 18" wheels are almost always more expensive than tires for 17" wheels? If you're going to do any serious offroading, did you know that you'll probably want to sleeve and gusset your front axle, which will require welding, to provide sufficient strength to handle those tires? I have an intake, but they really offer only very modest gains and some contend they do nothing at all.

Come say "Hi" in the JK section and flip through some of the threads, maybe do some searches on topics you're interested in, and see what there is to see. Lots to learn!
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MTH had some great points. I think it's a good idea to go out and learn as much as you can before you do anything. That means, get your Jeep out on the trails and interact with other vehicle owners on the trails you do. Find out the limitations of your vehicle, the limitations of yourself as the driver, and see what other people have done to their rigs, and why, and what they like or didn't like (and why). At least, that is the approach I'm taking.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for the insight. I really appreciate the quick responses. I do know that significant changes have to be made to properly go from a stock jeep to a lifted one with bigger wheels and tires. I've done quite a bit of research but the options - and opinions - are numerous. I should probably ask the questions a little differently. Anyone have an opinion on bds lifts or M/T ATZ's versus the competition? I'll check out some other threads as well. Again, thanks for your help - and patience.
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I do know that significant changes have to be made to properly go from a stock jeep to a lifted one with bigger wheels and tires. I've done quite a bit of research but the options - and opinions - are numerous.
Perfect--so long as you're aware, that's great. We love well lifted JKs around here. We just too often see a lot of mistakes too.

I don't know much about the particular tires/lifts you're asking about, but I'm sure others in the JK section will. Dig around and toss up some posts over there. Good luck!
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Look into your warranty to see what you can do without voiding it first. I'd hate to see you do something to void it and have an issue and have to pay it out your own pocket.
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Thanks for the advice. The dealer will install a 2" or 4" mopar lift and cover it under warranty ($1200-1400). Per MTH's advice (thx!), I've been searching threads and trying to learn more on specific questions. As far as lifts, do you think there's much of a difference between mopar (covered) and bds or another product that's not covered? FYI - I will not be doing the lift myself if I don't go thru the dealer so I'm paying someone one way or the other.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:45 PM   #13
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i ended up going with a BDS 3" lift, AEV pintler wheels (argent), 35" terra grapplers, ARB deluxe front and rear bumpers, PIAA lights, recon lights and tinted windows. Love the look and appreciate the advice.

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