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Old 03-25-2014, 04:23 PM   #1
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I have $2400 to spend..HELP!

What is the best lift, tire combo for running a 35" tire that I can get for at or under $2400?? Please keep in mind that my jeep is my DD and the off-roading that I do/will do is pretty tame...meaning I'm not going to be conducting extreme rock crawling operations!!! Thanks for y'all's help and if you have pics of your rigs matching this criteria, even better!!!!!

Oh and my rig is a '14 JKRU with 4:10s.

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Sweet.......I was just thinking that what this forum needed was another lift/tire combo thread...

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TF 4" lift or RK 3.5" lift, or lots of lights!
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:05 PM   #4
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You can run 315 Duratrac's on your stock Rubi rims with spacers. Otherwise you'll have to buy wheels that have proper backspacing.

Cheapest:
5 Duratracs = $1500
2 sets of Spidertrax 1.5" spacers = $200

That would leave you with $600-$700 for a TF leveling kit, or a Rancho 2" (comes with the 9000 shocks).
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:10 PM   #5
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I personally love my rubicon express lift. You also would only need 2.5 in lift for 35s. Then if you want more clearance you can cut your factory fenders and pinch seam.
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Those stock Rubicon tires and wheels you have are worth about a grand so new tires/wheels may not end up costing you as much as you think.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:10 PM   #7
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I forgot to add that I have 1.75" Spidertrax spacers!!
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Sweet.......I was just thinking that what this forum needed was another lift/tire combo thread...
thanks.... I concur!!! I guess great minds think alike'
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thanks.... I concur!!! I guess great minds think alike'
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I just spent about 4k on lift wheels and tires.

- I had the rubicon express 2.5 lift with mono shocks installed and out the door for about $1100.
- I went with fuel boost wheels and 35" Kevlars and that ran right at 3k for all 5 out the door.

I really like the lift I got. It rides great. If you have to skimp I say skimp on the tires and wheels as that's easier to replace down the road, good luck with your build. Here's how mine sits after the work....

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What is the best lift, tire combo for running a 35" tire that I can get for at or under $2400?? Please keep in mind that my jeep is my DD and the off-roading that I do/will do is pretty tame...meaning I'm not going to be conducting extreme rock crawling operations!!! Thanks for y'all's help and if you have pics of your rigs matching this criteria, even better!!!!!

Oh and my rig is a '14 JKRU with 4:10s.
An extra $2400 is not a bad problem to have but don't try to get it all at once. It could be done but most people spend $2400 (or more) just on wheels and tires. You would probably need to go off brand tire, off brand wheel, and off brand lift.

Or you could find a set of used wheels and tires on craigslist (have a friend who does that) for under $1200 and then replace the tires in a year or so. Aev 2.5 lift, metal cloak 2.5, rancho 3" trail, teraflex 2.5".
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:21 PM   #12
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I completely agree! I've decided to keep the stock wheels, especially considering that I've already invested in 1.75" spacers. I'm looking at the TF BB and keeping my stock shocks. I'm unsure whether to go with the coils or spacers. I'm thinking either the toyo MTs, Nitto trail MTs or the MTRs. I can get the TF coils with 35" toyos for around $2100 in parts and rubber. Because I don't want to pay to install, I'm hoping it isn't too difficult!!! Your thoughts?
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I spent that on (5) wheels and tires.....then add all the rest lol!
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I spent that on (5) wheels and tires.....then add all the rest lol!
we all don't have your cash flow...I've seen your rig!!!
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I completely agree! I've decided to keep the stock wheels, especially considering that I've already invested in 1.75" spacers. I'm looking at the TF BB and keeping my stock shocks. I'm unsure whether to go with the coils or spacers. I'm thinking either the toyo MTs, Nitto trail MTs or the MTRs. I can get the TF coils with 35" toyos for around $2100 in parts and rubber. Because I don't want to pay to install, I'm hoping it isn't too difficult!!! Your thoughts?
I would consider getting new springs and monotube shocks regardless of what lift you decide. It will ride better and you won't be redoing it later. I asked several people with different lifts and eventually selected the rubicon express lift. Here is a writeup someone did with their 2014 rubi.

Rubicon Express 2.5" Lift w/Mono Tube Shocks: Installed

This lift is right at 700 for parts. (you may find a discount). I'm not sure what the other lifts you are considering pricing out at. That leaves 1700 for tires. Since you are keeping the stock rims and already bought spacers you can get nice tires for 1700. Worst case buy 4 and save up for the 5th once you reach 5000 miles. Good luck and post picks of your progress.
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we all don't have your cash flow...
Said the guy who just bought a 2014 JKRU....
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The "Best" lift kit is the one that "Best" fits your needs. The best lift kit that will best reduce the probability of spending more than the initial $2400 is a quality lift kit that will provide 2.5" or less of lift. Quality kits include TF, RK, RE, MC, AEV and maybe even OME and Rancho. They all have different benefits so pick the one that is best for you.
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Ok so the original $2400 grew to around 4k thanks to my beautiful amazing wife's understanding of what it means to have a jeep!! Went with the RE 3.5" coil with mono's, 35x12.5x17 Toyo OC MTs and teraflex HD spare tire hinge!!! Scheduled the install for next week! I'm super happy!! ))
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Ok so the original $2400 grew to around 4k thanks to my beautiful amazing wife's understanding of what it means to have a jeep!! .....
Ahhhh, as someone who's been married 30 years, allow me to translate what she means.

"Multiply this final amount x3 and that's my budget for the next time I want something."

Congrats on your setup.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:47 AM   #20
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Ahhhh, as someone who's been married 30 years, allow me to translate what she means. "Multiply this final amount x3 and that's my budget for the next time I want something." Congrats on your setup.
hahaha!!! I bet you're right!!! Whatever her motive, I'm happy!! and thanks!
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Nice. Post pics when done. Do they have to do anything extra drive shaft or otherwise with the 3.5 vs the 2.5.
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Nice. Post pics when done. Do they have to do anything extra drive shaft or otherwise with the 3.5 vs the 2.5.
nothing for the drive shaft that I'm aware of...only difference is I need an exhaust spacer for the 3.5 . Oh and I can wait to post pics!!!
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If you stick to a 2.5" spring lift like mine (See Sig) then you are open for what ever tire/wheel combo you want, wont have to deal with driveshaft issues and it will still handle on the road. Any lift you do will require spacers for stock rims or more offset on the new wheels. Have fun. I am ready to install my new LOD bumper 14" and 50" light bars. Got to love it when you get some extras $$$$$ to spend.
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If you stick to a 2.5" spring lift like mine (See Sig) then you are open for what ever tire/wheel combo you want, wont have to deal with driveshaft issues and it will still handle on the road. Any lift you do will require spacers for stock rims or more offset on the new wheels. Have fun. I am ready to install my new LOD bumper 14" and 50" light bars. Got to love it when you get some extras $$$$$ to spend.
yea, I already had the spacers so I thought what the hell, go big or go home!!.....but not too big to have to re-gear of course!!
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....and it's done!

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Nice. Post pics when done. Do they have to do anything extra drive shaft or otherwise with the 3.5 vs the 2.5.
Check out the final product on my build page! I couldn't be happier how it turned out!!

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