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Old 07-10-2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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Whats Your Tire/Wheel/Suspension Like?

I have been asking questions about suspension due to my (stupidity) lack of research prior to mounting 33 x 13.5 (I thought it was 13") Mickey Thompson M/T Baja MTZ - rated E4 and having issues with finding solid suspension for the money and to hold on to my tires.

So I'm tired of hearing my complaints and want to hear yours. What are you riding? Get your mind out of the gutter haha. What suspension do you have, right down to the springs? What type of ride did you want to achieve with your suspension lift? How's the highway, high speed stability? What type of tires do you have? Etc. feel free to add pictures. I love seeing your Jeeps and builds.

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Old 07-10-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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The combo, 33X12.50 GYD's on 15" Level 8 Trackers. Installing RK 1.5" front and rear springs (arriving tomorrow), Rancho 9000XL's (29/30), JKS Adjustable rear sway bar links/moving rear links up front, and Rancho Control Arm Brackets. It is a 2 door 2010 JK daily driver with no off roading so I am looking for stock ride or better with a little lift. Will post pictures and thoughts once everything is on.

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Old 07-10-2014, 07:29 PM   #3
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Aint much. TF leveling kit and 255/75 trail grappers. I just like posting pics, lol. Its my daily so I aint going too extreme. It rides like factory other than the slight tire noise.
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The combo, 33X12.50 GYD's on 15" Level 8 Trackers. Installing RK 1.5" front and rear springs (arriving tomorrow), Rancho 9000XL's (29/30), JKS Adjustable rear sway bar links/moving rear links up front, and Rancho Control Arm Brackets. It is a 2 door 2010 JK daily driver with no off roading so I am looking for stock ride or better with a little lift. Will post pictures and thoughts once everything is on.
Seems like you have yourself one solid plan! I've been told Rancho is "OK" but it's definitely relative to what you want to get out of your rig. Definitely let me know how those RK springs work out too. I've been eyeing those for too long. Looking forward to seeing photos!

Thanks for sharing!
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Seems like you have yourself one solid plan! I've been told Rancho is "OK" but it's definitely relative to what you want to get out of your rig. Definitely let me know how those RK springs work out too. I've been eyeing those for too long. Looking forward to seeing photos!

Thanks for sharing!
You got it! First I am hearing about Rancho shocks being "OK". Just about every review about them on here has been outstanding.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:04 PM   #6
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Aint much. TF leveling kit and 255/75 trail grappers. I just like posting pics, lol. Its my daily so I aint going too extreme. It rides like factory other than the slight tire noise.
You saved your pockets a wild ride and you still have yourself a sweet Jeep. I don't think I can look at any Jeep and say "ain't much."
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:05 PM   #7
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You got it! First I am hearing about Rancho shocks being "OK". Just about every review about them on here has been outstanding.
Yeah Docta!! That's what I thought when someone responded to me as such, but like I said to each his/her own.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:05 PM   #8
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There are Rancho shocks and then there are Rancho 9000's. The 5000 and 7000 get mixed reviews. The 9000's are almost universally loved. I really like mine so far.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:10 PM   #9
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I have the 2.5" Rock krawler xfactor, Rancho 9000s and 35s. No complaints about drive ability, can go 80 straight as an arrow no problem.
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I have a Mopar Stage 3, 3" lift. It came with coils, 6 control arms and Fox reservoir shocks. I also added a new front track bar. My tires are Federal Couragia MT 35x12.5x18 on Ballistic Jester rims. It doesn't drive like my wife's Envoy, but I can do 75 down the highway (if I don't mind seeing 14mpg) with no problem. The more the tires wear, the louder they get.
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I have the 2.5" Rock krawler xfactor, Rancho 9000s and 35s. No complaints about drive ability, can go 80 straight as an arrow no problem.
80?! My eyes pried open and my ears went up like a dogs. This mix sounds lovely. I love that Rancho lets you return if you don't like them. Thanks for your sharing your set up. I'm trying to figure out the mix and match and copy whose is (sounds) best. Haha
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I have a Mopar Stage 3, 3" lift. It came with coils, 6 control arms and Fox reservoir shocks. I also added a new front track bar. My tires are Federal Couragia MT 35x12.5x18 on Ballistic Jester rims. It doesn't drive like my wife's Envoy, but I can do 75 down the highway (if I don't mind seeing 14mpg) with no problem. The more the tires wear, the louder they get.
This is one sweet looking rig. I'd need a ladder to climb into something like that.
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I started with stock 14/56 springs, stock shocks, and stock 32" tires. I found a set of 18/59 springs and red shocks from a 4 door JKUR with about 5000 miles on them for sale. Guy was awesome and threw in 4 Daystar .75" spacers. I had all of this installed and also replaced front sway bar links. Total lift gained was 2.25" and it rides really good. I was on a budget, so I did things a little cheaper until I get an actual lift kit. I still have the stock 32" tires, but with my setup, I could run 35's with the proper wheel back spacing (new wheels) or with 1.5" wheel spacers (I currently have these installed just for looks). For now, I am very happy with my setup until my stock tires wear out.
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I went with The combo. 33/12.50/15 durratracs and terra flex 2.5 spring lift with Rancho 9000s. Love the ride and it flexes great on the trail.I is a great setup.Can run 80 plus smooth as butter. 30k on it now and still going great and tires look to have at least another 10k left.
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I went with The combo. 33/12.50/15 durratracs and terra flex 2.5 spring lift with Rancho 9000s. Love the ride and it flexes great on the trail.I is a great setup.Can run 80 plus smooth as butter. 30k on it now and still going great and tires look to have at least another 10k left.
Would love to see pic's.
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Little muddy.
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Little muddy.
Living this color!! Perfect set of tires too. I shoulda just went with 12.5 but I had to have a macho ego! Thanks for sharing!
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I started with stock 14/56 springs, stock shocks, and stock 32" tires. I found a set of 18/59 springs and red shocks from a 4 door JKUR with about 5000 miles on them for sale. Guy was awesome and threw in 4 Daystar .75" spacers. I had all of this installed and also replaced front sway bar links. Total lift gained was 2.25" and it rides really good. I was on a budget, so I did things a little cheaper until I get an actual lift kit. I still have the stock 32" tires, but with my setup, I could run 35's with the proper wheel back spacing (new wheels) or with 1.5" wheel spacers (I currently have these installed just for looks). For now, I am very happy with my setup until my stock tires wear out.
I have the exact same suspension setup, but have AEV Pintlers with 315/70/17, it works great.
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A stock wrangler is more capable than a lot of drivers. I don't car about how it looks, it gets me and the wife where we want to go without any drama.

That being said the stock sport tires are basically passenger car tires, and the side walls aren't all that strong. I'll be putting 265/75-R16 Duratracs on soon.. have no reason for a lift.
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I started with stock 14/56 springs, stock shocks, and stock 32" tires. I found a set of 18/59 springs and red shocks from a 4 door JKUR with about 5000 miles on them for sale. Guy was awesome and threw in 4 Daystar .75" spacers. I had all of this installed and also replaced front sway bar links. Total lift gained was 2.25" and it rides really good. I was on a budget, so I did things a little cheaper until I get an actual lift kit. I still have the stock 32" tires, but with my setup, I could run 35's with the proper wheel back spacing (new wheels) or with 1.5" wheel spacers (I currently have these installed just for looks). For now, I am very happy with my setup until my stock tires wear out.
You are def one crafty person. This setup will def help a new Jeep owner but some time before they get needed up. Wish I woulda known you before my mods.
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OME HD springs front and rear, front Daystar .75" spacers, Bilstein 5100 shocks. Rock Krawler rear track bar bracket. Rancho geometry correction brackets. Rough Country front track bar/steering stabilizer relocate bracket. Teraflex bumpstops all around. Handles beautifully, rides straight and true, even at highway speeds, NO bump steer, shimmies, wobbles etc. Tires are BFG AT/KO 315/70/17's.
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OME HD springs front and rear, front Daystar .75" spacers, Bilstein 5100 shocks. Rock Krawler rear track bar bracket. Rancho geometry correction brackets. Rough Country front track bar/steering stabilizer relocate bracket. Teraflex bumpstops all around. Handles beautifully, rides straight and true, even at highway speeds, NO bump steer, shimmies, wobbles etc. Tires are BFG AT/KO 315/70/17's.
That's the super mix and match. You hit all the necessary areas that some kits I realized do not even fully have. In fact mixing I feel maybe will add a better quality and remove the limitations of getting a good ride.
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That's the super mix and match. You hit all the necessary areas that some kits I realized do not even fully have. In fact mixing I feel maybe will add a better quality and remove the limitations of getting a good ride.
After trying 2 'kits' and being unhappy with the results I started reading. A lot. And then I read some more. (Thanks Kjeeper) Then i started piecing things together and when I had it all I installed it. For me, the results were night and day from my 'kits'. Others may have different experiences, but getting myself outside of the confines of 'boxed kit' has proven worth the research and time.
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After trying 2 'kits' and being unhappy with the results I started reading. A lot. And then I read some more. (Thanks Kjeeper) Then i started piecing things together and when I had it all I installed it. For me, the results were night and day from my 'kits'. Others may have different experiences, but getting myself outside of the confines of 'boxed kit' has proven worth the research and time.
I'm afraid to go out of the "boxed kit" zone for fear that I may buy something wrong and cause myself more of a headache. Also, I've been reding for so long that it's detecting me from driving my Jeep on the highway. Plus, I'm so unsure that all these parts CAN be mixed and matched. I forget which brand it was, but I think there is one brand that only lets you use one brand of shocks...then again, I could be wrong (or dizzy by now).

I'm thinking of going with RK 2.5" Stock replace Spring lift kit (the warranty is nice) and Fox 2.0 performance shocks. Round about should cost me $939. But I get my progressive front springs (for when I pull I to my driveway and highway bumps) and my standard in the back. No bump stops etc. but as I learn more I feel I will add more. But you think this is a good basic start?

P.s. I love the Fox Shocks for speed and handling.
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After trying 2 'kits' and being unhappy with the results I started reading. A lot. And then I read some more. (Thanks Kjeeper) Then i started piecing things together and when I had it all I installed it. For me, the results were night and day from my 'kits'. Others may have different experiences, but getting myself outside of the confines of 'boxed kit' has proven worth the research and time.
Oh and your mix and match is so helpful that I took a screen shot and surely will be copying some of it. ;0)
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I'm afraid to go out of the "boxed kit" zone for fear that I may buy something wrong and cause myself more of a headache. Also, I've been reding for so long that it's detecting me from driving my Jeep on the highway. Plus, I'm so unsure that all these parts CAN be mixed and matched. I forget which brand it was, but I think there is one brand that only lets you use one brand of shocks...then again, I could be wrong (or dizzy by now). I'm thinking of going with RK 2.5" Stock replace Spring lift kit (the warranty is nice) and Fox 2.0 performance shocks. Round about should cost me $939. But I get my progressive front springs (for when I pull I to my driveway and highway bumps) and my standard in the back. No bump stops etc. but as I learn more I feel I will add more. But you think this is a good basic start? P.s. I love the Fox Shocks for speed and handling.
I hear you about the dizzy factor from reading and processing and analyzing and reading some more.

I don't really want to smack talk any brands out there, so all I will say is that my first kit I was not happy with was the RK 2.5" Flex system with Bilstein 5100's. I still have the Bilsteins, and I still have the RK rear track bar bracket. The rest was removed after just over a year. As for the Fox shocks, Fox, Bilstein or Rancho 9000's you can't go wrong. I'm actually considering the Fox shocks myself.

As for getting out of the confines of a 'boxed kit', there are plenty of knowledgable people on here that can help, and I would think that you have some local Jeep clubs where there would be some experienced Jeepers there that could help you out as well. But at the end of the day, it's your Jeep and only YOU have to be happy with your choices. So read on, enjoy your Jeep and enjoy whatever lift/wheel/tire combo you decide on.
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Just (finally!!) bought the 2.5" RK coil lift kit (have to get bump stops I think) and fox 2.0 performance shocks. It's the beginning of a very rocky marriage.
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Just watch the tires you go with. I installed 10A suspension, the ride is great, but very little lift. I had 295/65 18, E rated duratracs. With those, the ride was terrible. Had to have the pressure down to 28psi to keep the jeep on the road. I sold them, and am shopping for a new set of 33s. This time, definitely not e rated, and the rim will be smaller for more sidewall flex.

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