Originally Posted by s1234
A few other questions - do I need to regear my JK if I go to 35" atv tires (stock tires are goodyear wrangler 32"x10)? When regearing is it only the rear axle, or does the front axle get regeared also.
Daggo66 - initially my main reason for lifting was to get a better breakover angle (when I did some offroading my diffs were not hitting, but my skids were, on the big bumps). I'm mostly a highway driver, but I want the capability to do some moderate/serious offroading.
Shell - thanks a bunch!
Hitting your skids that way may be more of a factor of the lines you are taking.
You need to plan on a budget of at least $5k for what you are planning. Anything over 3" with a 2 dr and automatic is going to require new driveshafts. Your going to need a new rear bumper with a swing-out tire carrier to hold the 35" spare. You're also going to need to regear for the 35's. You'll also need a programmer to calibrate your speedometer.
Depending on how mod friendly your dealer is, you can kiss your warranty goodbye. Your warranty will still be intact for things unaffected by the mods. The issue is that everything affects everything and they could find a way to deny the warranty. If an axle goes for instance, they could blame it on the 35" tires.
You throw all this equipment on your Jeep and there is still one weak link. you'll still be inexperienced off road. Get a complete set of armor as I previously suggested and get back out there to get more experince. Start with the easier trails and build your way up.
A stock Jeep can do amazing things if you know what you're doing. Wheeling can be extremely exhausting mentally as well as physically. Your eyes need to be glued to the trail and you have to make split second decisions regarding which approch to make on each obstacle. My advice would be to never go first. Let 2 or 3 Jeeps go ahead of you and watch what they do. That doesn't mean follow them exactly. Figure out what they did right and what they did wrong, then make your approach based on that information.
I looked at the pictures of the YJ that nearly flopped. That only happened because he put 2 wheels up on the side of that mudhole. With something like that the first thing to do is get out and find out how deep it is. If it's not to deep then go through it. If it is, then go around it. He choose half of each and look where it got him.