Originally Posted by Cameron West
Sorry, not waiting on the flares. I have $1200 to spend on anything that I might need. Keep in mind that i already have the flares, the top, and the bumper. What do you guys think i should do next? Leveling kit? sell my stock tires and use that money to get new ones? post pics please!
Always good to ask these questions BEFORE buying things.
You can't put substantially bigger tires on the stock wheels without wheel spacers. So to go to bigger tires, you'll need either new wheels or wheel spacers in addition to the new tires.
If you must install the flares and you must keep your stock tires and wheels, I would not add any extra height to the jeep yet (via either a leveling kit or a coil lift), as that'll only make it look more ridiculous. In other words, with flat flares and stock tires, I'd stay at stock height until I could get bigger tires.
So if the flat flares are going on, my recommendation as to what to do next would be to immediately sell your tires/wheels in favor of a wheels that allow for bigger tires and a set of bigger tires. Or to sell your stock tires in favor of bigger tires and wheel spacers.
When you do move up in height, I would discourage a leveling kit in favor of a real coil lift. Most leveling kits (or "budget boosts") use spacers that sit in top of your current coil springs. That's fine if you're not adding a winch and a steel bumper.
But if you are adding well over 100 lbs worth of weight hanging off the nose, your stock coil springs were never meant to handle that kind of weight. The result will be the jeep will nose dive pretty strong under hard braking, and over time the stock coils will sag.
The better bet is to get a real coil lift that replaces your stock coils with sturdier aftermarket coils that are meant to handle the weight.
EDIT - Here are some pics of stock tires under flat flares:
EDIT II - If you're on a budget, the best way to go given what you've already bought is probably to get some 33x12.5" tires on 15" wheels and just add a single coil spacer on each side up front to compensate for the sag. It'll nose dive when you brake hard, but should otherwise be alright. With no real lift, 33x12.5R15s should look good under flat flares.