The Jeep is a '14 JKUR Auto w/ 3.73. I've had it for two weeks and have already let you guys fill my head with the fun and fascinating world of upgrades and mods!
So now I'm hoping for a wee bit of feedback just to make me feel better about my plan so far.
I've zero off-road driving experience but I do want to find local groups, run beginner trails and learn what the JKUR can do. My wheeling area will be Ohio and states adjacent so no big rock trails found out west. This is my daily driver and I will be towing and taking the family of 5 on short trips on and off-road.
My goal is to increase ground clearance for running light to moderate trails that I'd find in my area while minimizing the chain reaction of causal affects inherent with lifting. This is my daily driver and I need it to be reliable and not a work-in-progress. With whatever lift and tires I go with I want the factory ESC to perform it's job, no re-gearing, no need to address caster angle, minimal impact power, braking and MPG,
The stock Rubicon rims are what I prefer to keep. I like them and want to avoid the additional expense of replacing them. I've decided to go no larger than 285/75r17 in order to stay on stock Rubicon 17"x7.5" rims. I understand this tire size will just barely fit on the factory rear tire carrier (w/ a 5/16" spacer), barely touching the bumper and allowing the factory 3rd brake light to also barely clear. I also prefer the tread of the tire to stay under the factory fenders. With that in mind, the 1.25" spacers seems the be the smallest that would prevent rubbing and allow me to keep the tread under the factory fenders or out no more than 1/3"(?).
Lift kit and budget range: 1.5" TF Perf. Lift (keep Rubi shocks) to a TF or RK 2.5" Stock Mod lift kit with new shocks.
So far I think the TF 1.5" Performance leveling (coils) kit is all that I need to accommodate the tires and trails I'd want to run. Anyone running TF1.5" on 285/75's have any issues with rubbing on the trails?
OK with Rubicon electronic sway bar disconnect? Any chance the longer sway bar links in these kits won't play nice with the electronic disconnect?
ESC gotchas less likely with smaller lift and/or tire size from stock? 1.5" TF Peff Leveling kit or 2.5" lift either any greater or less risk of gotchas?