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Old 02-10-2012, 01:55 AM   #1
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Hello all,

First and foremost I have read way to many stickies and post about what I would like to with my new '12 JKU and even though I read posts none of it really makes any sense to me.

That being said I will just ask my question and hope someone can answer it quickly without having me go back and find 100+ posts with answers to the question I am asking.

I know that I will not be doing any rock crawling or fording any rivers or even driving through lakes for that matter. I will use this as my DD and the weekend getaway to some trails and/or the coastline given the opportunity.

I am looking at a TF 3" and would like to run 35x12.50R17's the wheels that I like are M/T 17x9's with 4.5" backspacing. Haven't decided on tires yet but there are many to choose from.

So the question I am asking is with the lift and tire size listed above will I have to replace or change anything else on my Jeep for this to be efficient. I read about wheel spacers, and something about an exhaust spacer? I have read something about the drive shaft? Plus I am sure I am forgetting something else. I was just hoping that the lift above and tire size would be good to go without having to purchase various other parts to make this work.

I appreciate any comments relating to my question in advance and I am open to any suggestions as well.

One last thing... Anyone know of any nice, yet moderate skill level trails in Louisiana?

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Old 02-10-2012, 06:56 AM   #2
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The first thing you need to figure out is why are you getting a lift and larger tires? You is it for looks or functionality? You certainly don't need either for the type of wheeling you are describing. 3" on a 4 door should be OK with the DS, but you still may need to make some adjustments to the exhaust. You will certainly take a large hit on MPG by going to 35's. You shouldn't need spacers with the wheels you are talking about.

My advice to new Wrangler owners is to take your time and learn what you really want/need.

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Old 02-10-2012, 07:06 AM   #3

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welcome and congrats. Also great advice Tom.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:11 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by daggo66

My advice to new Wrangler owners is to take your time and learn what you really want/need.

Welcome to WF!

I agree!! I've had my Jeep since end of July and have been stalking this forum since September and my mind changes daily on what I WANT or NEED! I suggest starting off small with things like gas covers entry guards etc. before jumping in on the more expensive harder to change mods.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:54 AM   #5
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Enthusiasm is a hallmark of Jeep fans. Many change their ideas from one post to the next.

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Old 02-10-2012, 09:09 AM   #6
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Welcome to the WF! It is hard to argue with the advice already given.

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Old 02-10-2012, 10:47 AM   #7
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I understand your points and take them with a grain assault...

I do like the look of a lifted jeep.. So some may say that I want to lift it for looks but I know that it would see non pavement here and there.

I've been reading all about the TF 3" and sure enough exhaust spacers are required.

So being that I'm currently looking for the nice looking jeep theory and not the climbing/scaling walls and mountains or plowing through 48" mudholes... Maybe just a BB lift and some 33's would cure my appetite and satisfaction until I'm ready for major part swapping...

As far as the mpg goes I'm 2 miles from the base I work at and don't get to travel very often.. So losing the mpg isn't a huge hit to my concern as of yet but thanks for the info...

I have owned a '06 F150 with Fabtech 6" and 35x12,50R20s

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Old 02-10-2012, 12:44 PM   #8

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Now, what U think U will be using your Jeep for today, may well be less than U want to use it for tomorrow

Jeeps love the trails and the trails are addicting, so take your time with tire-size and lift height

I went with the 2" spacer lift and 33's, and am into more 4 wheeling now, then I EVER thought I would be at 65-yo.

My lift height and tire-size are not sufficient for my Mtn adventures, so I will get a bigger-lift w/ springs this time, but will not get the 35's, till my new 33" wear-out

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