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Old 03-30-2011, 01:05 AM   #1
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Jeep NEWBY!!! Advice would be great

I just purchased a 09 Wrangler X literally last night. BONE STOCK!!! But I got a pretty sweet deal on it so I have a little bit of money I can throw into it. I didnt buy the jeep for gas mileage, but i have about a 50 mile commute daily to work. problem is...I CANT DRIVE A STOCK VEHICLE never have NEVER WILL. That being said, I'd like to throw some 35's on there just for looks mostly, and maybe LIGHT off roading here in AZ maybe once or twice a month.

Everything I keep reading on here says that 35's are the breaking point for needing a lift, gears, drive train, fenders, etc... Being a total newbie at jeeps, is this really true for people who dont plan to actually off-road the thing very often? Is 33's really my safer bet since I dont really want to spend the $$ on a lift kit, or is that needed for those tires too? i just want the thing to look tuff, have some nice looking tires on it, and MAYBE do light trails every now and then..

Any help you guys could give me is MUCH appreciated... thanks

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Old 03-30-2011, 07:34 AM   #2
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If it's a 2 dr automatic, you don't want to go over 2.5" of lift or you will need new drive shafts eventually. That will still give you enough clearance for 35's. You'll also want to get a programmer to adjust your speedometer for the larger tires and adjust your shift points if it's an atuomatic transmission. You may also find the need to re-gear to compensate for the 35's.

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Old 04-02-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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Thanks... i ended up going with a 2.5" "budget lift" they called it. As i understand its basically spacers for the suspension to bump it up a couple inches for the tires to fit. 35" BFG All-Terrains w/ a set of 16" procomp flat black wheels on it. Just have to wait for them to come in, and I'll be a happy man...
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