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Old 04-10-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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Looking for 2nd opinions or things I should consider

I think I finally have money saved up to get a lift kit, wheels and tires. But I really don't know what to consider, so I went to a local place for advice. I'd like to run it by the forum for a 2nd opinion or validation. Thanks in advance.

I have a 2012 sport standard tranny and want to be able to do moderate trails at a minimum. It's my daily driver too, so need to take that into consideration. I'm not interested in lockers right now or having to change my gears.

-Looking at a 4inch lift (that was my # pick, only because a local annual event has 4" as a minimum for one of the trails they do, wanted to leave my options open)
-I was told to get a dual stabilizer with this and I was going to get the swaybar disconnect
-I was told a 18 or 20 inch wheel with 9inch depth. I was leaning towards 18, but I have no idea what the considerations are around this decision. I'm looking at a set of fuel wheels.
-I was told 33 or 35 inch tires, I plan on getting the BF Goodrich mud tires. Basically I was going to look at a bunch of jeeps and see what I liked better from a look perspective on the size. Or should I be considering something else?

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Old 04-13-2014, 07:29 PM   #2
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To each their own but some of the advice is strange.

1. a 4" lift is a big lift particularly on a 2 Dr. If you want to maintain reliability and more expenses down the road stick with a 2.5". It provides plenty of lift for 35" tires. If the event is that important to you then go with 4" lift but it will be expensive in the long if it just a nice thing to do. Go with a quality lift. The taller the higher quality. TF, RE, RK, MC and AEV are some of the best.
2. You flat out don't need a dual stabilizer - that alone proves they don't know what they are talking about
3. This is obviously a road shop. Off road shops do not recommend bigger wheels. 18" tires are not abundant and are more expensive. 20" rims are too vulnerable off road and shorten the tire sidewall too much so you get highly reduced cushioning. Go with 16 or 17" rims.
4. 33 or 35" tires is fine. The BFGs are good tires but there are a lot of great choices depending on how much and what type of off road driving you will do. KM2s, Duratracs, MTR, Coopers, etc,etc are all good choices.

Read the sticky at the top of the forum and search for threads on lift kits and tires. You'll ge the hang of it. It will help you make the right choice for you; not the shop or other owners.

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Old 04-13-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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