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Old 06-23-2013, 01:55 PM   #1
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Advice on Lift and tires

Hello,

I have been lurking here for nearly a year, purchased my 12 Wrangler Sport 11 months ago and have been enjoying it every since. I have held off doing any mods until now, I keep going back in forth between tire size and lifts.

Thanks to all the great information on this site I have a couple of considerations I would like some help with:

1. This vehicle is first a DD, and my wife and I like our weekend getaways a couple of times a month and we typically travel anywhere from 100 to 400 miles, and next year plan on a 2500 mile trip in the Wrangler. Anytime it warm here in Washington we take the Jeep with the top down. So on road comfort is very important.

2. Currently I have the funds to either put an "upgraded lift", without money leftover for tire carrier, or lesser lift with something like TerraFlex tire carrier. I also will not have the money to truss or purchase new drive lines if I go 35's.

3. I am currently not doing any real off road, but do plan on getting back into as time allows over the next couple of years. So... I am torn between spending a little extra money now, for down the line. Still on road comfort is important.

So far I have narrowed down the lift kits to progressive spring kits. I think that leaves me with the JK DualSport XT Suspension 2.5" and the Metal Cloak DuraFlex 2.5".

Thinking of the future would the new upper and lower control arms improve the stock ride on road? I plan on using the Rancho adjustable shocks with either kit.

Also, thinking I want to run a 17" wheel and am thinking either 33's or 34's curious what your thoughts are on this. Can the 34's be run without needing a tire carrier and new drive lines.

Basically, I have $4000 budgeted and looking for: on road comfort, future off road ability, and somewhat budget conscious.

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Bunch of conflicting stuff here...I'm gonna give you a quick and dirty opinion.

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Old 06-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #3
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Hello,

I have been lurking here for nearly a year, purchased my 12 Wrangler Sport 11 months ago and have been enjoying it every since. I have held off doing any mods until now, I keep going back in forth between tire size and lifts.

Thanks to all the great information on this site I have a couple of considerations I would like some help with:

1. This vehicle is first a DD, and my wife and I like our weekend getaways a couple of times a month and we typically travel anywhere from 100 to 400 miles, and next year plan on a 2500 mile trip in the Wrangler. Anytime it warm here in Washington we take the Jeep with the top down. So on road comfort is very important.

Then don't buy 35" tires. Not only will it wreck your mileage, but that size tire, along with the lift necessary to run em, will pound your kidneys into oatmeal. I drive my Jeep cross country often (3" lift, 35" tires) and, to be honest, it beats me up.

2. Currently I have the funds to either put an "upgraded lift", without money leftover for tire carrier, or lesser lift with something like TerraFlex tire carrier. I also will not have the money to truss or purchase new drive lines if I go 35's.

I'm not sure what an "upgraded lift" is. Upgraded by who...the dealer? Do your homework, and find a reputable 4x4 shop, preferably that knows Jeeps, to advise you and install a lift, if you need help.

You have no need for a TF tire carrier unless you're gonna run tires 35" or larger. And frankly, the install is so easy, you're throwing away $ to pay someone to install it.


3. I am currently not doing any real off road, but do plan on getting back into as time allows over the next couple of years. So... I am torn between spending a little extra money now, for down the line. Still on road comfort is important.

Man, I just keep coming back to that. There really isn't much middle ground...if you run 35" tires, comfort goes out the window, IMO. Some peeps will no doubt tell you otherwise, but it's all subjective.

So far I have narrowed down the lift kits to progressive spring kits. I think that leaves me with the JK DualSport XT Suspension 2.5" and the Metal Cloak DuraFlex 2.5".

Metal Cloak, hands down. Other good brands are TeraFlex, Rock Krawler, OME...

Thinking of the future would the new upper and lower control arms improve the stock ride on road? I plan on using the Rancho adjustable shocks with either kit.

As far as 2.5" lifts go, install it, drive the Jeep, and then decide whether or not you NEED adjustable control arms (for setting caster) or adjustable trackbars (for centering your wheels). Neither is necessary unless you have one of those two needs, which is why they aren't often included in the 2.5" lift size.

Also, thinking I want to run a 17" wheel and am thinking either 33's or 34's curious what your thoughts are on this. Can the 34's be run without needing a tire carrier and new drive lines.

You'll get killed on tires in the 17" size. Even dropping down to a 16" wheel can save you hundreds of dollars. Although some peeps don't like the smaller wheel size, it'll save both weight and money. Up to you...

Basically, I have $4000 budgeted and looking for: on road comfort, future off road ability, and somewhat budget conscious.
Those are the basics. There's a lot more to it...best I can tell you, dig around the site, do your homework, take your time.
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Those are the basics. There's a lot more to it...best I can tell you, dig around the site, do your homework, take your time.
Agreed for a DD 33's are the more obvious thing to do an since you won't really be offroading the 33's will fit with no lift. It'll save you money in the end if you go with 15's or even 16's for wheel size an you wouldnt have to upgrade the tire carrier an some of the other issues you might have to deal with 35's(not saying it couldn't happen with 33's but it is less likely)
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kbw- thanks for all the info. Intuitively I knew this should be my answer, its just hard to say "NO" to 35's. On my Tundra I didn't go with the larger tire and only "regretted" it when next to another Tundra with bigger wheels and lift.

So, I will call Metal Cloak tomorrow to find which lift they recommend. Next question:

Would a 315 70R 17 be a "good" compromise between 33's and 35's?
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kbw- thanks for all the info. Intuitively I knew this should be my answer, its just hard to say "NO" to 35's. On my Tundra I didn't go with the larger tire and only "regretted" it when next to another Tundra with bigger wheels and lift.

So, I will call Metal Cloak tomorrow to find which lift they recommend. Next question:

Would a 315 70R 17 be a "good" compromise between 33's and 35's?
Tire envy...I hear you. But avoid at all costs.

A 315/70R17 is a 35" tire. For something more in-between a 33 and 35, you wanna look at something like a 305.

Here's a tire calculator that you can use to plug in the confusing #'s, to tell you what's what: Tire Dimensions Made Simple - Discount Tire
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Newbie question...what size tires equate to a 33?
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A 285-70-17 Would be a better compromise.
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Thanks for the info.
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My 315/70/17 duratracks measure at 34" with stock bumpers and 34 PSI.
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For what is is worth my AEV 2.5 rides better than stock with 35's. lift and geo brackets = $995, rims = $200 per , tires=285 per. I am happy.

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