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Old 06-06-2014, 04:09 PM   #1
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$2k tires/lift/suspension budget. Help!

Hey all - first post...

I've been lurking and learning for a while now. :-) This is such a great forum -- thx for making this a cool place for people to learn about their Jeeps.

Tho not new to Jeeps, I had a '94 that I bought new and kept until '10, I got the itch for a Jeep again and just bought an '09 JK 4D X. It's a DD and I have a modest budget of $2k to do some mods.

Was hoping to keep the stock aluminum '17s and put some new A/T tires and a decent lift/suspension. And, if possible include a new front bumper, too.

What should I get? The $2k has to factor in installation, too. Thx

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Hey all - first post... I've been lurking and learning for a while now. :-) This is such a great forum -- thx for making this a cool place for people to learn about their Jeeps. Tho not new to Jeeps, I had a '94 that I bought new and kept until '10, I got the itch for a Jeep again and just bought an '09 JK 4D X. It's a DD and I have a modest budget of $2k to do some mods. Was hoping to keep the stock aluminum '17s and put some new A/T tires and a decent lift/suspension. And, if possible include a new front bumper, too. What should I get? The $2k has to factor in installation, too. Thx
You could save some money and just get the stock size 255/75 R17 DuraTrac tires.

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I'd like to go bigger. Not a fan of the stock size 32's. 35's would be cool.
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Welcome! Suggest you read around the forums a bit before making a decision.

Your budget is very low especially if including install. Jeeps are not a cheap hobby lol.
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I'd like to go bigger. Not a fan of the stock size 32's. 35's would be cool.
You'll struggle to find new 35" tires and a lift installed for 2k. The tires (5, 35") alone will be about 1.5k installed. Then you'll need wheel spacers for the stock rims. That's $200. A quality 2.5"(minimum needed for 35s) suspension lift is about 1k. Then you'll need a new spare tire carrier. That's another couple hundred. Make sure you have at least 3.73 gears for running 35s.
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Go for 15X8 level 8 wheels 30 or 19mm offset, 33x12.50x15 GYear Duratracs, 1" Tera front ss level kit. Well under 2k. Lot less hassle than 35's and look just about as good and ride better or more stock. Don't forget alignment.
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Go for 15X8 level 8 wheels 30 or 19mm offset, 33x12.50x15 GYear Duratracs, 1" Tera front ss level kit. Well under 2k. Lot less hassle than 35's and look just about as good and ride better or more stock. Don't forget alignment.
Thanks. Yeah I think the 35s was getting greedy. Lol. Maybe I didn't do as much research as I thought.

I like this solution. A 1" kit is all I'd need for 33s... Cool. Figure 5x$300 for tires , balance and mount = $1500. Another $200 for the lift installed (?). ~$1700 get me there?
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Thanks. Yeah I think the 35s was getting greedy. Lol. Maybe I didn't do as much research as I thought. I like this solution. A 1" kit is all I'd need for 33s... Cool. Figure 5x$300 for tires , balance and mount = $1500. Another $200 for the lift installed (?). ~$1700 get me there?
Actually you don't "need" a lift for 33s but it looks good with a small lift.

You can get 33x12.5 R15 DuraTrac tires for less than $200 each but of course you'd need rims (average $90 each).

The LT285/70R17 (33s) are about $260 each but you will still need wheel spacers ($200).
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Thanks. Yeah I think the 35s was getting greedy. Lol. Maybe I didn't do as much research as I thought.

I like this solution. A 1" kit is all I'd need for 33s... Cool. Figure 5x$300 for tires , balance and mount = $1500. Another $200 for the lift installed (?). ~$1700 get me there?
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:13 PM   #10
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go to discount tire direct i got a set of 285/75/16 for like 160 a tire and rims for like 110 and they got it so if a tires goes bad they will replace it. for 5 tires and 5 rims i paid 1400.
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I was thinking Rancho's 2" sport with 9000 shocks.
A 33" with stock flares or a 35" with trimmed or flat flares.
Tires/wheels alone are going to eat up most of the 2k
You can try fining a tire and keep the stock wheels. Add spacers to lesson back space.
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Where abouts in MA ?

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I was thinking Rancho's 2" sport with 9000 shocks.
A 33" with stock flares or a 35" with trimmed or flat flares.
Tires/wheels alone are going to eat up most of the 2k
You can try fining a tire and keep the stock wheels. Add spacers to lesson back space.
Per kjeeper - Rancho 2" Sport with RS9000XL's and a set of Falken 285/70r17's to fit the stock wheels. That tire is 11.5" wide and basically a 33 and will need spacers to avoid rub - Spidertrax, I used RedRock 4x4 and they were a few bucks less from a forum supporter. Also, Bestop High Rock bumper, nice look and decent price.

Lift - $310 install yourself.
Tires - $720 install $80
Spacers - $200 or RedRock for $120
Bumper - $500 install yourself.

Leaves about $200 for install if you don't want to do it yourself.

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Get Kelly TSR Safari tires 315/70/R17 for $1200 (you can probably find them cheaper I just googled real quick) Treaddepot, they are basically the same as GY Duratracs. http://www.treaddepot.com/group/stsr.html

Teraflex budget boost for $250 (Amazon)

Wheel Spacers (100 to 150) Amazon or Ebay

Bestop Narrow Bumper $282 Amazon.com: Bestop 42933-01 HighRock Black 4 x 4 Narrow Style Front Bumper for JK: Automotive

For spare tires... http://www.amazon.com/130718-Black-C...ire+adapter+jk

Boom... you have money left over to buy me a beer.

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Where abouts in MA ?

Install = feed me
Now THATS a heck of a deal... Kjeeper is THE suspension guru on the forums lol

Wish I could have him help me install my lift when the time comes!
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33x12.5x15 duratracs, level 8 trackers, teraflex leveling kit (2 options. I replaced coils) and a procal. Total around 1900.



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DIY and spend the extra on parts.
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Per kjeeper - Rancho 2" Sport with RS9000XL's and a set of Falken 285/70r17's to fit the stock wheels. That tire is 11.5" wide and basically a 33 and will need spacers to avoid rub - Spidertrax, I used RedRock 4x4 and they were a few bucks less from a forum supporter. Also, Bestop High Rock bumper, nice look and decent price. Lift - $310 install yourself. Tires - $720 install $80 Spacers - $200 or RedRock for $120 Bumper - $500 install yourself. Leaves about $200 for install if you don't want to do it yourself. Cheers.
Awesome.

Dudes thx for this great advice!!
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33x12.5x15 duratracs, level 8 trackers, teraflex leveling kit (2 options. I replaced coils) and a procal. Total around 1900.
I second this as it's what I did.
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33x12.5x15 duratracs, level 8 trackers, teraflex leveling kit (2 options. I replaced coils) and a procal. Total around 1900.



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Where did you get all that for $1900? At discount tire, they want $1675 for the wheel and tire combo alone!
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Discount tire direct. Watch for sales. I think I gave 1425. Procal,leveling kit, and daystar bump stops put it just over 1900 or there about

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