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Old 09-03-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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New 33's installed, now questions.....

OK guys I have a 12 JKU Sport. Yesterday I replaced the stockers with 17x8 wheels and 285-70 Duratracs.

My first question is when they're turned full lock they rub what looks like a cheap plastic skid plate or air damn, what exactly is that piece and is there any consequence to just removing or shaving it back?

My second question is what leveling kit do you recommend?

I had a YJ but this is my first JK so I don't really know much about mods. I've been looking at daystar and teraflex. I really like the teraflex but I'm torn on whether to just get the spacers or opt for the performance leveling kit (with springs, no spacers). Also if I opt for the performance kit should I replace my shocks? I'm open for any other brand suggestions as well. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!

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I have a Daystar 2" level lift with longer shocks - and it is great off road. Cost is about $300. You can get someone to install it for probably another hundred or so, it's not hard. If you do that, those 33" tires will be perfect. I can't answer about the rubbing issue.

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:35 PM   #3
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2012 jku-had 2" aev spacer kit installed. kit is 259.00 install w alignment was 300.00. I have 285/70/17 duratracs with mamba mr1 rims. No rubbing anywhere. Kit comes w shock extensions. Might upgrade to bilstein shocks down the road and will then just get a longer shock and ditch the extensions.
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I have a Daystar 2" level lift with longer shocks - and it is great off road. Cost is about $300. You can get someone to install it for probably another hundred or so, it's not hard. If you do that, those 33" tires will be perfect. I can't answer about the rubbing issue.

Can you give me links to the setup you chose. That sounds like something I'm looking for. My main concern is leveling it, but a little lift would just be an added bonus :-) I don't want to go too high though.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:45 PM   #5
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suspensionconnection.com, 4wheelonline.com, quadratec.com. Three good places to start. Look for Daystar 2" level lift. I believe the 2" level lift will be just what you are looking for - it gets it up there nicely, and you won't really notice much difference driving on the road. With those 33" tires it will match perfectly. In my opinion. Some are not happy until the tires are 2' wide and you need a stepladder to get in. Which is fine, just not what I personally want in my Jeep.
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
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What is the backspacing on your wheels? Just curious as to why you are rubbing in the first place.

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backspacing is 4.5 and they only rub at full turn and then they just barely touch the front air dam
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backspacing is 4.5 and they only rub at full turn and then they just barely touch the front air dam
Add a couple of washers on your steer stops and that would fix your rubbing.Heres the link if you dont know how Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Jeep JK Wrangler Steer Stop Adjustment

You can take the air dam off if you choose but your gonna have hood bounce.
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You can also modify the air dam by trimming it a little were it rubs
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You can also modify the air dam by trimming it a little were it rubs
That's my plan while I'm working on the level kit I'm just gonna trim off a smidge
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I agree on the trim. But be conservative!
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You don't need it. It won't protect your front suspension from anything and it will probably get ripped off when you go off-roading. Get an aftermarket front bumper and a skid plate.
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Add a couple of washers on your steer stops and that would fix your rubbing.Heres the link if you dont know how Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Jeep JK Wrangler Steer Stop Adjustment

You can take the air dam off if you choose but your gonna have hood bounce.
Good link. Thank you.

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backspacing is 4.5 and they only rub at full turn and then they just barely touch the front air dam
Wow, I'm surprised they rub. I was expecting your answer to be 5". BTW, your Jeep looks awesome!
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Thanks. First washing will be today and then ill get some better pics up. But yeah like I say it only rubs at full turn and even then it just barely nicks the air dam.
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Looking forward to the pics. My '12 should be here in about a month and I am doing very similar mods to mine as you have done. Going with Mickey Thompson Classic II Black wheels on 33" Duratracs.
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Just finished with the washing and took a few quick shots.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/sho...ml#post1538523

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