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Old 01-01-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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New JK owner...

So, I've never owned such a sweet vehicle in my life! I bought a jeep because I live in Oregon and I would like to be able to enjoy all of what Oregon can offer outdoors.

The first thing I want to do to my Jeep is get a lift and tires. I've been told so many conflicting things that I don't know where to start. I want to be able to go most places with my Jeep and not get stuck. I'm probably not going to bolder crawl but who knows.

Now I was thinking of a 4" lift with 36" tires. Is this going to be too tight? Would smaller tires work and do I only need a 2-3" lift? If I were to get 36" tires should I get 14-15" rims?

I have a black '08 Unlimited X. I want to either upgrade to all black... black rims, black grill guards, black side steps,black EVERYTHING. Or go with chrome grill guards, side steps, chrome winch, and chrome wheels. Do they have all those in chrome?

I'm sorry for all the questions. I know NOTHING about Jeeps except that they are awesome!!!

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Old 01-02-2009, 02:13 AM   #2
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4" lift will clear 36" tires although not alot of people make a 36" tire. Get a 16" rim if you go with a 15, it might not clear your brake calipers. I'd say if you went with like a Procomp Extreme Mud terrain size 325/75/16 with procomps 7189 16x8 with 4.5 inches of back spacing. Look at lifts like full traction or teraflex or even Rough Country makes a good lift. And remember chrome won't get you home.

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Thank you for the reply. That helps a ton! I'll check out those tires. I've decided to go with chrome. If I have to chose between one or the other might as well go with the nicer look. Even though black/black looks mean black/chrome sticks out quite nice.
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:14 AM   #4
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On a different note... are stock suspensions on the JK X good enough or would you recommend anything specific for moderate off-roading?
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IMO you should take it out stock just to see what it can do "out of the box". You'll be impressed.
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Congrats on your new JK
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Old 01-02-2009, 04:37 PM   #7
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Do you know if getting a lift and tires voids the warranty?

Also if I do that do people sell there OEM tires? Is it worth it to keep?
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Do you know if getting a lift and tires voids the warranty?

Also if I do that do people sell there OEM tires? Is it worth it to keep?
The easy answer to that question is "no". Installing a lift does not void your warranty. Of course, it DOES void the warranty on any items you replace. IE springs, shocks, drive shafts, etc, etc.

Successfully negotiating (and you can bet your shiny red hiny if you're lifted over 2" w/ 32's there's assuredly gonna be some discussion about it ) to have repairs performed under warranty is going to vary from dealer to dealer. IMO if you can establish and maintain a steady, positive relationship, IE, be it the dealer you purchased from, go to them for most or all scheduled maintenance, you could go with just about any reasonable lift & tires and be ok. If you already have a dealer, ask your service manager for recommendations even. My dealer sells lifted Wranglers regularly and I have had several discussions with "my service manager" (I go there for just about all service) and they have no issue with me going with a 2.5" lift w/ 33's.

That said, even a mod friendly dealership is going to give you a hard time if you come in w/ 4" lift running 40's and want them to replace that busted axle/u-joint/transmission/transfer case/drive shaft/motor. Heck I wouldn't expect them to.

BUT that does not mean the rest of your bumper to bumper is void.
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Sweet! Thanks scottrock!
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WooT!!! Congrats on the new Jeep!!!!!

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