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Old 03-25-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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New guy advice!

Hey everyone,
So I got wrangler fever and want to trade in my rav4 for a unlimited wrangler. I'm wondering what model to get? I want to hook it up an get it raised an put 35's on it. It will be for 90% looks only maybe go on a light trail or beach eventually for fishing. I figured maybe get the base model just with power an auto so I don't waste money on a model with alloy rims because I will change them anyway. Any advice would be appreciated. Also if I went with 35's would I need to get regeared? An what other parts that are stock would need to be changed.

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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Here's my serious advice for new guys. Drive it stock for a couple of months. If you plan on doing light trails or the beach, do that stock first. Go with people who have experience on the trails and you will learn very quickly what you need, even if only cosmetic.

If all you do is read on here without driving it stock, you will end up building an expedition ready Jeep and spending way more than you should.

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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Slow down bud

Most advise to buy the jeep. Learn its capabilities before throwing money at mods. Look around the forum some. Sticky's are a great place for info on lifts/tires/etc

Are you looking to go new or pre owned ?
2 door/4 door <--- answered already
6 speed/auto?

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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I agree with above posts. Drive it stock for a while. You would be surprised where it will go! I was going to do 4in lift and 35's, but after plugging around the desert stock, I decided on a 2.5 lift and 33's. 4in would have been over kill and way to much money.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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That the beauty of a forum, I respectfully disagree! I am currently in my first Jeep and bought it for many of the same reason you are. any light wheeling and I wanted it to look good. I did spend 6+ months on here reading thread after thread so I had some idea of what I was doing but I had my Jeep lifted and sitting on 35s before it had 500 miles on it. I had no interest in driving around the stock Jeep because a stock Jeep is not what I was interested in. You do need to learn the basics before going to much further. You need to know the differences between the JKs and the JKUs, the Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. And, you need to understand that on a forum like this you can ask 1 seemingly simple question and get 40 different answers all with a certain amount of truth.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:35 PM   #6
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Slow down bud

Most advise to buy the jeep. Learn its capabilities before throwing money at mods. Look around the forum some. Sticky's are a great place for info on lifts/tires/etc

Are you looking to go new or pre owned ?
2 door/4 door <--- answered already
6 speed/auto?

My 07 2 door 2.5 and 35's
Was looking new an auto
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:37 PM   #7
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I'm def in no rush.. I saw the Moab an rubicon today with dealer 32's an looked nice but I'm not sure i kinda like the bigger Tire look.. I might want navi an good stereo too but don't wanna pay for premium wheels if I'm gonna change em
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I'm def in no rush.. I saw the Moab an rubicon today with dealer 32's an looked nice but I'm not sure i kinda like the bigger Tire look.. I might want navi an good stereo too but don't wanna pay for premium wheels if I'm gonna change em
You have no choice with the Rubi. You could quick sale for $750. Wait a bit and maybe $1K plus for new Rubi tires/wheels.

Throw a 2.5" budget boost on it. 35's and be done.

That's the cheapest way to go. Once you start adding bumpers/winches ie all the heavy stuff. Later upgrade with better coils. There's no need to go crazy with lift height on a JK. 2.5" is the norm and can accommodate a 35" nicely.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:06 PM   #9
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A 2.5" lift and 35s is a great way to go. You do need to be careful about doing mods too quickly. You will get to a point where it doesn't feel right unless you have some new part on the way! I have 4 orders outstanding right now!
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #10
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hi, if you get power windows and door locks you get aluminum wheels. there are several after market stereos with gps that fit perfect and you can buy adaptors so your steering wheel controls work. power door locks off of ebay $28. just pick out what you want and get ready to spend money on it the mods never seem to end theres always one more thing you have to have.
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You have no choice with the Rubi. You could quick sale for $750. Wait a bit and maybe $1K plus for new Rubi tires/wheels.

Throw a 2.5" budget boost on it. 35's and be done.

That's the cheapest way to go. Once you start adding bumpers/winches ie all the heavy stuff. Later upgrade with better coils. There's no need to go crazy with lift height on a JK. 2.5" is the norm and can accommodate a 35" nicely.
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A 2.5" lift and 35s is a great way to go. You do need to be careful about doing mods too quickly. You will get to a point where it doesn't feel right unless you have some new part on the way! I have 4 orders outstanding right now!
All I need is 2.5" lift an that's it? I won't need axles replaced or another parts to accommodate or gears done ? I'm not really concerned about mpg but outta curiosity what is average mpg with these mods added on new jk's ?
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Since you said 90% looks and easy off road, I think the sport would be great. Like stated, you could go with a small lift and the 35's will be ok. I am a strong advocate of regearing, which runs around $1500 give or take. Build one out at Jeeps website, but certain options are only available with select models.

For mpg I am still in stock form on my '13 with 255 (32') tires and 3.73 gears. In stop and go driving I am getting 16 and change. On 1 tank of all highway I pulled 20 and that was up to the mountains and back. I currently have 1500 miles so this is a small sample. Never bothered checking when I had a TJ or YJ....
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All I need is 2.5" lift an that's it? I won't need axles replaced or another parts to accommodate or gears done ? I'm not really concerned about mpg but outta curiosity what is average mpg with these mods added on new jk's ?
Yes, you only need 2.5" to clear 35s. Stock axles should be fine but if you are buying new make sure you get 3.73 or 4.10 gears. As far as MPGs, I have a 2013 JKU with a 4" lift, 35s, 3.73s and am getting 15mpg. You will also want a ProCal to calibrate your speedometer when you jump to 35s.

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