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Old 09-09-2012, 01:52 PM   #1
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Cheapest/Best Way to fit 35" Tires

So I just got a 2013 Wrangler sport which I love so far. This weekend I ended up getting two flats with the stock tires so obviously I wanna get some bigger knobbier tires.

Im probably gonna get Mickey Thompson MTZ's and I really want to get 35s but dont want to spend 1200 on a lift, thats the quote I got for parts and labor on a budget boost.

So Should I just got with 285s or is there a good way to run 35s without breaking the bank. I was thinking either getting bushwhacker fenders or a coil spring lift or bump stops but have read mixed reviews on some. It is a daily driver that I like to take off road on weekends.

Basically I read this and wonder if any are actually practical and dont make the ride awful on the street.

Ten Ways to Fit 35s on Your Jeep Wrangler JK - Jp Magazine

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Old 09-09-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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You look like your going to be some wheeling, so why not do it right and run at least a 2.5" coil lift along with those 35's or even 33's. Your a brave soul going in that mud with those tires and it also looks like your alone too.

Truth is you get what you pay for and when you cut corners something always suffers.

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Old 09-09-2012, 03:29 PM   #3
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Chop the factory flares and see how it goes. It really depends a great deal on how and where you wheel. My JKU ran 33's at stock height without the flare cut and did ok until a particularly fun wheeling trip... with the flares chopped I've had zero issues.
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:34 PM   #4
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Well not surprise those tire popped at all your lucky you didn't get stuck or drown out there with those things lol 2 tires gone seems like a decent scenario from the looks of it. Those tires are tires you see on like a mid size car not the best offroad choice lok
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for the quick replies. I'll probably just stay stock for a little bit until I have money for a lift. Like you said might as well do it right if im gonna do it.
In those pictures I was alone and did get stuck in that mud at my ranch but had people nearby to get me out. I was actually really surprised how the jeep did stock in the mud. You can see I went through it a few times before going to deep and getting stuck. This actually isnt the trip where I popped the tires, I did that a buddies place and drove over some deadwood and cactus. Also I checked this morning and the tire that was flat and had to fill up with air (only had one spare) is still holding air after 24 hours but will probably have to plug soon.
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Run 35's the right way or don't do it at all. Separate the word cheap with running 35's. First, what's your gearing? If you are on 3.21, you'll want to regear. You'll need a lift and properly backspaced wheels. Also since you wheel your Jeep you'll want to reinforce the "c's" with some gussets. Additionally, an aftermarket tire carrier to carry a spare 35" tire.

Once you do all that, you are probably in it a couple grand.

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I have 3.73 gearing and a manual transmission. From what ive read on here I think ill be ok right? Does 1200 sound about right for a 2.5" budget boost, and would that be the route yall would recommend for around that price. It looks like its about $500 online with shocks so all the rest is labor i guess.
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I was in the same position last year, new jeep owner with a vision of what I wanted my jeep to look like. Reality was I had no off-roading experience and wanted to do do it the right way. I decided to wait for one of the many 4x4 or jeep show to come to my area and buy my lift kit and tires w/ wheels then to take advantage of the discount prices. I paid $375 for a 2.5" Pro Comp lift with coils and Pro Comp ES 9000 nitro shocks that retails for approx $520. I know there are better lift kits out their that offer far better technology for off roading. I have alot to learn and my thinking was to start off with a lift that I could gain the basics with and slowly build up my skill level while still running 35" tires and achieving the look I wanted. I figure after running this set up for a year I will invest the money and go up to a 4" inch lift and who knows what will be available then. I'll then sell the pro comp lift
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Run 35's the right way or don't do it at all. Separate the word cheap with running 35's. First, what's your gearing? If you are on 3.21, you'll want to regear. You'll need a lift and properly backspaced wheels. Also since you wheel your Jeep you'll want to reinforce the "c's" with some gussets. Additionally, an aftermarket tire carrier to carry a spare 35" tire.

Once you do all that, you are probably in it a couple grand.

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^^^ Great info here. You can slap some 35's on your Jeep, but if you don't address the issues mentioned above, sooner or later you'll pay for it.

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I have 3.73 gearing and a manual transmission. From what ive read on here I think ill be ok right? Does 1200 sound about right for a 2.5" budget boost, and would that be the route yall would recommend for around that price. It looks like its about $500 online with shocks so all the rest is labor i guess.
I've got 3.73 gears and 35's on my '12, and it's right at the edge of being okay. I don't use 6th gear on hills of any length or height, or for passing slower traffic on the freeway. I'm getting 4.56 gears installed soon.

If I had 4.10's I wouldn't waste the $$. That's how close it is. And it's better in a manual because you can simply stay in 5th gear on the highway.

As for the budget boost...$1200? Install it yourself. You'll save a pile. Even if you're not handy with a wrench, there are plenty of Jeepers out there who would help you for some cold beverages and pizza. Put out feelers on the forum (see individual states, regions, etc @ bottom of main page). Much better than paying some shop to do it, and trusting that they'll do it properly (some of them won't).

Plus, you'll learn about your Jeep by working on it. So when you have problems in the future – which will happen, if you wheel – you'll be able to fix most of them yourself.
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I have 3.73 gearing and a manual transmission. From what ive read on here I think ill be ok right? Does 1200 sound about right for a 2.5" budget boost, and would that be the route yall would recommend for around that price. It looks like its about $500 online with shocks so all the rest is labor i guess.
If you are a 2012, you will be barely ok as KBWWOLF said but, you'll want to address it later on.

As for the budget boost, $1200 is a lot. Sounds like they are taking you for a ride. Install yourself. It is simple, time consuming, but simple.

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$150 Rough Country Budget Boost
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Where did u find BW flat flares for $450? I need a set for that price!
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Yeah ill see how it goes with 3.73 and then maybe change then later down the line. I do love how zippy my jeep is now with these tiny street tires.

Ill look into installing it myself cause i do wanna learn how it all works and to fix it if i need to. Also if a professional were to do it how long should it take them?

ranjr that looks like a really good setup for the price. Ive heard good things about the teryflex budget boost, how does the Rough Country hold up? I could run that setup a lot sooner which would be awesome!
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Where did u find BW flat flares for $450? I need a set for that price!
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ranjr that looks like a really good setup for the price. Ive heard good things about the teryflex budget boost, how does the Rough Country hold up? I could run that setup a lot sooner which would be awesome!
It's a steel spacer so it holds up great. You can pay extra for a name with the Teraflex or you can buy more mods with the RC. Spring lifts are different but we're talking about a spacer here.

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