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Old 08-15-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Considering a Wrangler Unlimited [Advice]

I'm considering trading in my 2011 Dodge Ram Larime for a 2010 (ish) Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (4x4, 6 speed). It will be my daily driver but I would also like to use it to go off the pavement as well. I don't want to go too crazy but I would like to lift it to gain some extra clearance as well as put some nicer rims and some bigger tires on it. I want something that will look stylish but also hold its own off the road as well. I've been perusing the forums a bit and have taken a look at the non-lifted pictures with bigger tires and like what I see there (some good looking vehicles). I still would like to lift mine though, but it's encouraging to see that I probably won't have to get too crazy. Without needing a bunch of extras, I'm guessing I would only need a 2.5" to 3.5" lift. I'm considering the 18" rims with Nitto Terra Grappler
285/60/18 tires listed in the link below. Let me know if I'm in the ballpark here or tell me if I'm way off in my direction of thinking. Thanks guys (and gals).



v-rock vr3-recon rims and tires packages. v-rock vr3-recon black flat wheels and tires packages at WheelsNext.com

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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I have no lift, & stock wheels and tires, but if it makes you happy, I say go for it! Check the wheel & tire threads for advice about wheel back spacing, the 285x60/18 tire will be too wide to fit with the stock backspacing. The other thing I would advise is to get five wheels & tires, don't forget the spare, the ad specified the package was for four wheels & tires.

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Unless you want to worry about the extras, stay at 2.5" or less.
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You can safely go 3" on 4d without driveshaft or control arm issues. There more forgiving then a two door
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One word of advice for you. If you plan on wheeling it get ready to drag your belly a lot. Not saying its a bad thing, its just something you have to think about when picking your lines.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:52 AM   #6
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Some good stuff, thanks guys. I was definitely going to get that extra wheel and tire as well. I don't like when I see custom wheels with the stock spare on the back.

Based on the info I've given, any recommendations on a lift kit (and other accessories) to check out? Sounds like 2.5" - 3" will work. 3" would be preferable if I can get away with it without the extras, like was mentioned.
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3" Plus bigger tires will eventually equal Front and potentially Rear Driveshaft replacement. Also you will want a new adjustable trac bar. I love mine with the lift but there is some unspoken expense that adds up. Just be prepared
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Won't doing sleeves and gussets from the outset avoid the axle issues on a Rubicon?

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3" Plus bigger tires will eventually equal Front and potentially Rear Driveshaft replacement. Also you will want a new adjustable trac bar. I love mine with the lift but there is some unspoken expense that adds up. Just be prepared
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Won't doing sleeves and gussets from the outset avoid the axle issues on a Rubicon?
Couldn't speak to the Rubi, I have a 2012 unlimited sport
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:41 AM   #10
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depending on how much your looking to spend check out the Rock Krawler 2.5" lifts
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depending on how much your looking to spend check out the Rock Krawler 2.5" lifts
Is this the one you're talking about? If so, that's reasonable.

Rock Krawler Suspension RKJK25MT - Rock Krawler Max Travel 2.5" System for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

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