Hi there all,
So 15+ years after of owning my last Jeep I will finally be putting together a new Rubi Unlimited (13/14) soon and would desperately need some support/advice here. First, regarding the best choice of lift & wheel combo for my usage.
I will be taking this Rubi to Europe next spring as I am planning to explore several countries (France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia...) for a couple of years... I will be experiencing many different conditions, terrain, weather... going mild off-roading to city to autobahn, from summer heat to some winter conditions...
The result of the mods I am planning should be a great combination of touring, off-road capability and a mean look.
This requires a smart wheel set up to begin with and as I am planning on bigger rims (18 or 20) and tires (equivalent to 34.5 - 35s), its even more challenging... In regards to the lift, as I will not be going on extreme off-road trips (at least not planned) I like to stick with a 2 - 2.5 lift if possible and as long as this works OK to clear the wheels from rubbing and sticking out "too" much.
Two of the tires I found so far to be good are the GY DuraTrac and the TOYO Open Country A/T II. I read a lot of reviews on both and they seem to be a great choice for what I am looking for.
The DuraTrac (limited size choices) could be fitted with 18x9, but is a very wide tire to get close to 35. The Open Country A/T II fits well with both, 18x9 and 20x9. The weight on both is about the same. Theoretically speaking, the 20 Open Country A/T II seems to be really great in height, width and weight.
18 Good Year Wrangler DuraTrac: 325/65R18
64 lbs. Wheel size: 9.0-12, Total height: 34.8"
18 TOYO Open Country A/T II: 285/75/18 XT
65 lbs. Wheel size: 7.5-9.5, Total height: 34.8"
20 TOYO Open Country A/T II: 295/65/20 XT
64 lbs. Wheel size: 8-10, Total height: 35.1"
The rims I am looking at are MHT FUEL 1 piece (several size/style choices)... any experience?
Please, fire ahead with your input on this setup, your concerns and any additional info is highly appreciated!
Any of you runs these exact set-ups?
In regards to a lift, will a 2 - 2.5 be sufficient? Any suggestion, also regarding the brand (AEV, Teraflex ...)?
Thank you very much for your help!!!