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Old 06-28-2011, 02:17 AM   #1
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3" lift and 35" tires

I was talking with the local 4x4 shop and they recommended a 3" lift, it comes with shocks and springs...also they said I could fit 35" tires on my 17" rubicon rims. I wanted to do 35x12.50x17 BF MUDS. Oh ya, this is going on a 2011 Sport 2 Door. Can anyone verify this seems like a good setup to start? I am not going to be doing much off roading...I just like the looks for now...Also, would i need to regear to keep some gas mileage with going to 35's? Thanks
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I've got the same set up (3" lift w/ 35s) but I didn't use the stock rims. I've got a standard trans. 2011 Sahara w/ 3.73 gears. The ride I get is better than stock, but naturally the MPG has dropped some. Based on my calculations, the best I ever get is right at 17 MPG give or take.

It should go w/out saying, but be prepared for a power drain. You wouldn't necessarily have to re-gear, but I think you'll be happier if you do. I'll have to put up w/ the lack 'o scoot until I can save up my pennies to re-gear. This should give back the performance lost when the larger tires went on, and maybe give back a mile or two in the MPG dept.

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The tires will rub on stock riums without wheel spacers because of the backspacing. You also need to be aware fo the drive shaft issues, more so if you have an automatic when you go over 2.5" on a 2 door.

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3 inches on a 2 door is right on the edge off having to drop ( rotate your transfer case ) to keep drive line angles close to spec. as daggo said 35's on stock rims you will need 1.5 inch wheel spacers.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:44 AM   #5
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What they said ^^^^. 2.5" and aftermarket wheels and it'll be perfect.

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Old 06-28-2011, 09:56 AM   #6
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Can anyone verify this seems like a good setup to start?
If you're doing this "just for looks" and are even marginally concerned about extra costs and gas mileage, then no, this is a terrible set up.

You will eventually need new driveshafts, as the lift (especially if you've got an auto transmission) is too high and will cause driveshaft problems in the long run. You will need wheel spacers, as the tires will be too wide for the stock wheels and are going to rub on turns unless you add them. You will also need a programmer to adjust your speedometer. You won't "need" to regear but if you have an auto transmission you'll hate it until you do. Even with a manual, you'll be annoyed until you do.

Finally, 35" mud tires are going to be ridiculously heavy and have a tremendous rolling resistance that will kill your MPGs.

Does this jeep not look good enough? That's 1" of lift on 33s. Add another inch of lift (for a total of 2"), get some 15" wheels and 33" tires (like in the video) and call it a day. You won't need wheel spacers, you won't need driveshafts, you probably won't be desperate for a regearing, and you may not even really need a programmer (especially if you've got a manual transmission).

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If you're not going to be doing much off roading I wouldn't recommend it. M/T tires generally have a shorter tread life than an A/T tire an are expensive to replace in that size.

Also figure you're going to need five tires and something to mount the spare on.


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