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Old 10-26-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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$1.5-2K for mods. Is it possible?

2013 stock JKU Sport S black. Only modification so far is grab handles.
I am afraid of showing this plan to my wife but... the show must go on!

Could u tell me the cheapest way to have those mods below?

TF 2.5 lift kit + Rancho XL9000 shocks (x4) + 35" tires (I cannot find 33" Duratec or other tires) + 15" or 16" rims (x4)

I will trade in my stock tires & rims while getting those mods for some $.

100% on-road, DD, live in Boston, MA.
I know I'm stupid but only for better looking & smoother riding than stock's.

Do I have to buy all things through on-line then go to a local shop to install? (If yes, how can I know they are good at this or not?)
or go to a local 4x4 shop and buy everything & install?
How much would it be including labor, roughly?

I can only make $1500-2000. No skill, knowledge, place or tools to do it by myself.

I know my questions are too broad to answer but...
Thank you.

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Old 10-26-2013, 12:59 AM   #2
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2013 stock JKU Sport S black. Only modification so far is grab handles. I am afraid of showing this plan to my wife but... the show must go on! Could u tell me the cheapest way to have those mods below? TF 2.5 lift kit + Rancho XL9000 shocks (x4) + 35" tires (I cannot find 33" Duratec or other tires) + 15" or 16" rims (x4) I will trade in my stock tires & rims while getting those mods for some $. 100% on-road, DD, live in Boston, MA. I know I'm stupid but only for better looking & smoother riding than stock's. Do I have to buy all things through on-line then go to a local shop to install? (If yes, how can I know they are good at this or not?) or go to a local 4x4 shop and buy everything & install? How much would it be including labor, roughly? I can only make $1500-2000. No skill, knowledge, place or tools to do it by myself. I know my questions are too broad to answer but... Thank you.
1) You can buy all mods online or go to a local 4x4 shop- they match online prices.

2) Do your own research prior to going to 4x4 shop. They may sell you things you may not need. There are plenty of info on this forum. Time is your friend.

3) $1500- 2000 is only enough for new shoes. Teraflex 2.5" lift with rancho shocks could be another $1000 in parts only. 4x4 shop will charge you approximately $500-600 to install. They did install for my jeep since i didn't know much at that time. I slowly learned more. If i have a new jeep in the future, i will do lift on my own.

Good luck with your project. Take your time, learn the jeep in its stock format before you start doing major upgrades.

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Old 10-26-2013, 07:16 AM   #3
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I started with the same questions but have the ability and resources to do almost everything myself or thru friends. That saves a bunch of cash. Read here and at all other J/K related forums. Realize that your vehicle is very capable as a stock unit. There is so much written about these things that it is hard to find what you need or dont need.
Lifting a vehicle from stock begins to change things. The higher the lift the lower your pocketbook gets.
Consider slowly moving upward with 33's mounted on your stock rims. This way you dont need the expense of new rims saving about 500 to 1000 depending on what you would buy. No lift needed with the 33's for dd on surface streets and hiways. If you want a little height a budget boost puck system from daystar or teraflex is all you need. Thats a couple hundred bucks new or less if you find a used one. The 33's will cost you around a grand and if money is really tight you can fake the spare and leave it stock and just buy a cover for it for 60 bucks. It will function fine with 33's as a spare.
Go slow, learn and keep it a work in progress. You can do it in this budget range but you really cant do exactly what you think you want (TF lift, 35's rims)
You can actually do a BB by yourself or you can do a body lift even simpler and cheaper. You really don't need a TF lift for dd and no off road. Its like using a 50 caliber rifle to shoot rabbits. You could do the same with less.
Now I am a newbee on these boards too and I am slowly building my JK so take it for what its worth but I have invested hundreds if not thousands of hours reading here as well as elsewhere. I am sure others will give their opinions but this one is mine. Good Luck, you have lots of reading to do. Keep saving your pennies and keep your wife in the loop.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:37 AM   #4
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OP - did you mean you couldn't find DuraTracs in stock? Or you couldn't find a 33" DuraTrac model at all?

They definitely make them; that's what we run on our 2013 JKU. We got them from Discount Tires Direct about a year ago. We run them on 15" MB TKO wheels.

This is a picture of our jeep with those wheels/tires, with Rancho 9000 XL shocks and a 2.5" TeraFlex lift.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:47 AM   #5
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I did a 2" AEV lift, Poison Spyder spacers and 285/70-17 duratracs on the stock wheels.
Did all the work myself and came in about $1800.

If you can find local guys to help with the install you might hit your budget.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:52 AM   #6
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Where in Ma are you? I'm always game for install
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:47 AM   #7
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Look at the Teraflex 2.5" BB if you don't plan on doing any wheeling. It will save you a lot of money.

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