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Old 07-14-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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fender flares or lift kit

I cant decide whether or not to get flat fenders or a 2.5 inch lift...what do you thnk would look better with stock wheels, tires and bumpers...this will be my first upgrade

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Old 07-14-2011, 09:25 PM   #2
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I went with lift first, then cut the fenders for bigger tires, then tube fenders .those upgrades are addicting, good luck

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Old 07-14-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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It seems like you have been struggling with this for a while. I have read some of your other post and I think I might even have commented on a few. Here is my thing...if you put a little lift on now you are just going to want a bigger one later. Not trying to be a dick but I think you should save your money for now. Once you get some cash saved up put a decent lift on and throw some good rubber on there too. If your just itching to get your first mod on then go with the flares. That is something that is small in comparison to a lift. That way you can so to speak get your feet wet with the mods. If you are content with a 2 1/2 inch lift then whatever you go with will be good. Good luck...
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I've got a 2" spacer kit and 1" body with 33's and it rawks. I would however like to go to something bigger like 35's and a 4" but that involves way too much money for me right now. So in the meantime I'm wheeling awesome stuff still and saving for the big guns! Only money you will be out of is the tires and rims if you buy bigger ones with your next lift. If it's sooner rather than later you can sell them too along with your spacer kit! I look at it like an investment that allows me to have fun while it looses a little value. Worth the expense if your not ready to fork out big bucks IMO.
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It seems like you have been struggling with this for a while. I have read some of your other post and I think I might even have commented on a few. Here is my thing...if you put a little lift on now you are just going to want a bigger one later. Not trying to be a dick but I think you should save your money for now. Once you get some cash saved up put a decent lift on and throw some good rubber on there too. If your just itching to get your first mod on then go with the flares. That is something that is small in comparison to a lift. That way you can so to speak get your feet wet with the mods. If you are content with a 2 1/2 inch lift then whatever you go with will be good. Good luck...
But will flat fenders with stock tires look stupid
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:22 PM   #6
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^ yes, IMO.

2.5 inches is plenty of lift for a JK, enough to run 35s anways. throw in a small BL and be done lifting, then save for the flares and tires plus regear later on. Your jeep will look good stock tires/fenders with a 2.5 lift.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:29 PM   #7
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Collins just do what you want and dont worry about what other people think. Put whatever size lift on you want. I hate to see you stress yourself out over this. The beauty of a Jeep is that it is a Jeep. No matter what you do to it, its still a Jeep. Lift it or dont lift it. Whatever you do just have fun with it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:55 PM   #8
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Yeah man, you just have to pull the trigger on something.

You're overthinking this.

I say 2" or 2.5" budget boost (spacers) and just be done with it already.
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I say lift first, then when you get bigger/better tires then cut your flares for free.
Here is mine with 2.5" Rough Country BB:
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I say lift first, then when you get bigger/better tires then cut your flares for free.
Here is mine with 2.5" Rough Country BB:
Are your wheels just painted
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:36 PM   #12
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Save your cash.

If you ever invision yourself keeping your Jeep as your baby....then don't get 33's and a small lift. If this is your driver and you take it to work every day then be my guest.

However, if not then save the cash. I put a small starter lift on mine a year ago with mickey 33's which were not cheap. It wasn't enough. I need more....my Jeep needs more. It is begging for more. More $$.
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2.5 or 3 inch lift would be a better start.That would be plenty enough to run 33s or 35s with the proper bumpstop.Flat fenders looks odd to me without a lift.
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flat fenders and 35s no lift but then again i'm an LowCOG fan
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:31 AM   #15
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I'm having the same debate. I am thinking fenders and bumpers before anything else.... just so I don't mess with the ride.... I've never lifted a vehicle and I'm afraid I might not be happy with it... cosmetics can be changed back at home, unlike some of the guys here, I can't undo a lift... I may as well put a live grenade in the center console..haha

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