Originally Posted by bgschelble
I have a 2008 JK X with 18" wheels, I'm looking to put 35" tires on it and I want to know if anyone would happen to know the lowest level of lift possible to comfortably put 35's on as well as the absolute cheapest. Do I have to make any modifications to the engine to roll the tires and it also wouldn't hurt to know some good tires that balance quality with cost. Basically I want to know who's got the cheapest stuff...
So if you are looking for cheap then a 2" spacer lift and either cutting your fenders or putting on flat flares would be the cheapest. It would ride the same as stock because you would keep your factory springs.
For engine modifications: no. But maybe drivetrain. If you have an automatic, it may be tolerable for you, but it may not. It may shift in and out of overdrive a lot on the highway plus you will see a loss of power due to the larger tires. If you want to remedy this, you can regear to 5.13 gears for ~$1500-2000. I know that's not cheap so you should try it for a few months before deciding to go for the regear
For cheap but good 35's look at a Kelly safari tsr in 315/75/16, sell your rims and tires for $300-450 and buy new 16" rims with 4.75" of backspacing or less. You'd have to buy wheel spacers anyway to run your stock wheels so that's already a $200 investment as well as another maintenance thing. It'd be cheaper to just sell your rims and buy new ones and skip the spacers
Not sure how much you are looking to spend but I'd think:
$230-250 per tire
100-250 per wheel depending on type
$250 for the lift
$600 for flat fenders or cut yours for free