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Old 07-26-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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New Jeep Enthusiast -- looking for advice

Hey everyone, I'm looking to join the Jeep Wrangler community here in the near future and had some general questions that I am hopeful someone can answer for me... this will help me gauge what type of Wrangler to pick up.

I'm looking at buying a JK and am unsure about the "aftermarket" investment that might be in the future for me. Let me start off by saying that I wish I knew all about what is involved in lifting a jeep, what the right terminology is that you all use, etc., but I'm literally as green as it gets. I've never owned a Jeep before and I don't have many friends that have one, so my exposure to them has been limited to fantasizing about having one and that's really about it. I am interested in finding out what really is involved in "lifting" a Jeep. Please keep in mind that I live in Tampa and we literally have no hills, the vehicle will see 99% paved roads (unfortunately).

Any suggestions for maybe a basic lift and tire combination that will help me put together a Jeep that stands out, but isn't going to be tens of thousands of dollars of aftermarket investment?

I have been googling 2-4" lifts and the different wheel/tire combos and just going basically off pictures to see what I like but I have no clue what really is involved in this. Is it as simple as buying a lift kit and new wheels/tires and being done with it? Or are there a number of other things that are "hidden" that I'm going to end up finding out about after the fact?

Anyhow, sorry for the rant, but I look forward to getting to know you all on here and become a TRUE Jeep enthusiast!

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Old 07-27-2011, 06:43 AM   #2
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Stay with a modest 2" to 2.5" BB with 33's and you shouldn't run into any expensive issues. Go to the JK forum and read the lift reviews. Then ask more questions and keep reading!


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Old 07-27-2011, 06:03 PM   #3
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Stay with a modest 2" to 2.5" BB with 33's and you shouldn't run into any expensive issues. Go to the JK forum and read the lift reviews. Then ask more questions and keep reading!
+1. Like he said. Buy the jeep, then modify to fit your wants/needs as you figure out what they are.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:41 AM   #4
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Hi PittHeep - I just saw your comment on my photo. to answer your questions: I do not have a lift and the tires are the stock 32" tires that come on the Rubicon. Good Luck with your new Jeep and welcome to the forum.
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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When I got my Jeep I didn't know anything about lifts either so what I did was the 4" susoension lift and 33" tires and had a proffesional install it so I didn't have to worry about it and it's been great ever since
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