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Old 03-09-2017, 02:33 AM   #1
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Finally ready to buy tires and wheels - questions

I have had my Jeep a year and have been waiting for this day. Finally able to get her some new shoes.

I know I want to Nitto Ridge Grapplers
I have narrowed down between 3 Fuel wheels
I want a 3" to 3.5" lift

Here is what I am still deciding on and maybe you guys can chime in with opinions.

2015 Wrangler Unlimited - stock wheels on it now
Mostly daily driving but will take it off road from time to time

I like the look of 20" wheels but I hear what everyone is saying about not being practical for off roading. Thinking 18" may be the compromise

What are the downsides of going higher with a lift? I want to go as high as I can.

I want to do an offset but also wondering if there is anything I need to worry about with that.


Thanks in advance!
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What size tire are you considering?
Also, what type of off roading do you do?

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35x12.50

Pismo Dunes, Hollister hills off road - nothing too rocky or extreme
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I wouldn't go with anything larger than 18" wheels with 35s. I've seen and wheeled with someone with 37s on 20s and I wouldn't do that!
However, without rocky terrain, if you really want the 20s, you could get away with it. You just won't have as much rubber to air down with.
There's really no need to go higher than a 3.5" lift with 35s. I'll leave that for others though as I'm not expert on that. There are TONS of lift threads if you want to read about it yourself.
As for offset, you didn't specify wheel width, so it's simpler to talk backspace. Ideally you want 4.5" to 5" backspace on your wheels.
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The biggest downside to lifting as high as you can just because you can do it as far as actual performance (i.e. not counting parts $$$ to do the big lift right in the first place) is that you raise your center of gravity. Not really an issue on the street as much unless you're trying to race it around corners like a sports car, but offroad depending on the trail it could be the difference between tipping over in an off camber section of trail or staying upright. On a JK 2.5" of lift is enough for 35's, so going 5 or 6 for example would be overkill and a wasted change in your COG.
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Thanks for the information! I found a place local that specializes in Jeep builds and the guy spent a lot of time going over everything with me. I think I am pretty set on a 3.5" lift with 35" tires and 17" wheels. I have to re-gear and I want to add a larger brake kit too. J-E-E-P just empty every pocket is right.
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Thanks for the information! I found a place local that specializes in Jeep builds and the guy spent a lot of time going over everything with me. I think I am pretty set on a 3.5" lift with 35" tires and 17" wheels. I have to re-gear and I want to add a larger brake kit too. J-E-E-P just empty every pocket is right.
You might also look at Teraflex Big Rotor Kit...
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A true 3" should be perfect with 35s and stock fenders. 3.5" is fine to but approach 4" and then the fender gap starts to look tacky. Wheels- definitely 17s. No real debate there...much better choice of tires and much better performance offroad with 17s.

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