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Old 04-29-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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My lift and tire dilemma..

I need some help with my personal Jeep dilemma...

I am debating two options in my head for my 2014 JKU:

Option 1: No Lift and 33's (aftermarket wheels)

Option 2: 2.5" Lift and 35's (aftermarket wheels)

Can you guys help flush out some of the pros and cons for either option you would recommend? My JKU is geared at 3.73 for your reference.

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Will you be off roading? If so, what kind of terrain? What year is your JKU? Are you open to flat fenders?

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Old 04-29-2014, 10:51 PM   #3
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The question u need to honestly ask yourself is...how do I plan on using my jeep.? Daily pavement pounder? Full time off road? A mix of both? What type of wheeling? I went with the 2.5" lift and 35's. Mines mostly pavement. But I'm building it for the future of trails.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:38 PM   #4
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I need some help with my personal Jeep dilemma... I am debating two options in my head for my 2014 JKU: Option 1: No Lift and 33's (aftermarket wheels) Option 2: 2.5" Lift and 35's (aftermarket wheels) Can you guys help flush out some of the pros and cons for either option you would recommend? My JKU is geared at 3.73 for your reference.
I feel your pain. I have been racking my brain over this same subject for days. My next problem is I can only afford to lift it right now. I can't afford new wheels and tires. Not to mention all the other stuff I want for the Jeep. Downside to just purchasing the vehicle I guess.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:24 AM   #5
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Lift it and go with 35's. Its a Jeep not a sports car. You can build from there. You have the 3.6 "5 Star" engine and 3.73's aren't bad. I have done it and its great and I still run 3.21's for now. It makes the Jeep look like a Jeep should in my opinion. Now don't go cheap with things but you don't need a coil over set up either. I did lots of research and after thousands of threads and hundreds of hours I decided what worked for me. Get going, summer is near.
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Will you be off roading? If so, what kind of terrain? What year is your JKU? Are you open to flat fenders?
I will be mostly on pavement with the occasional weekend trip to some standard dirt road trails. MY JKU is 2014 and not sure about flat fenders yet
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I guess because I will not be off-roading "too" much I am going for aesthetics. I guess my main concern is how well will the Jeep hold up with 35's and 3.73, what is the impact short-term and long-term. Do any of you guys run no lift and 33's? If so can I see some pictures of your rig?
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This is the RK2.5 max travel lift with 35's. I also have 3.73 gears. Auto. It does good on the highway and pulls hills better than most cars on the road.

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This is the RK2.5 max travel lift with 35's. I also have 3.73 gears. Auto. It does good on the highway and pulls hills better than most cars on the road.
Dusthol, so you haven't noticed any considerable performance or wear and tear issues with that setup?
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This is the RK2.5 max travel lift with 35's. I also have 3.73 gears. Auto. It does good on the highway and pulls hills better than most cars on the road.
Btw, what is you wheel and tire set up? Also, what brand is that fastback I've been looking for a nice one.
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I haven't had any issues with the performance of the jeep. I still have my power. The wheels are made by MB. I got them from discount tire direct. The tires are duratracs
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315/75/16. The fastback is off road heros. It's part of the multi top. He hand makes the tops. Expect a long wait to get one.
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315/75/16. The fastback is off road heros. It's part of the multi top. He hand makes the tops. Expect a long wait to get one.
That's what I have heard. They are awesome looking though. I have heard the fastback tops don't fold down like the convertible regular soft tops, is that true?
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Here is mine with 33s and no lift from slightly different angles if that helps. I like the look a lot and have gotten a lot of complaments in the past couple of days since I got them and the Jeep.

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The top doesn't fold back. The front half rolls up to the windshield. The rest unzips and u remove the pieces.
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[QUOTE="Dusthol;10294458"]The top doesn't fold back. The front half rolls up to the windshield. The rest unzips and u remove the pieces.[/QUOTE

That's depressing, I really like the look of the fastback but I want a soft top to be convenient to out up and down overnight when I want to drive with the top off. I guess the fastback wouldn't be best suited for that
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After the initial install. It's only a few minutes to put back together
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Here is mine with 33s and no lift from slightly different angles if that helps. I like the look a lot and have gotten a lot of complaments in the past couple of days since I got them and the Jeep.


Any issues with rubbing when offroad?
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After the initial install. It's only a few minutes to put back together
So do you think it would not be much more work than the regular soft top to take down and put on at the end of every day?
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I went with a 2.5 in rubicon express lift and 35s on my 2012 and I'm happy with the setup so far. Only 1100 miles since the lift so time will tell. I did get a Superchips flashpaq and adjusted for the tire size. I have gone over 90 several times on the highway and it seems as stable as it was prior. Naturally one downside is my mpg is around 14.5 with mixed driving.
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It's the tires and wheels the drive the cost. The difference between 33's and 35's is minimal and a modest 2.5 inch lift can be had for less than the cost of new wheels. I'd lift it. The lift is a big performance increase off road for not a lot of extra money. You'll probably regret not doing it later.
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Any issues with rubbing when offroad?
Just got the new ride and tire setup Monday, so don't know yet. It seems to have enough clearance, but I think I might get som rub as I heard there may be some with 33s
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295/70/18 nitto terra grapplers on AEV 2.5" lift and I love it
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295/70/18 nitto terra grapplers on AEV 2.5" lift and I love it
That's a good looking setup, what kind of wheels?
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This is the RK2.5 max travel lift with 35's. I also have 3.73 gears. Auto. It does good on the highway and pulls hills better than most cars on the road.

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What front bumper are you running? Your setup looks really good!

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That's a good looking setup, what kind of wheels?
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What front bumper are you running? Your setup looks really good!

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I have the rugged ridge xhd modular bumper. I left it stubby. Also has the hoop from them.

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