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Old 11-14-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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Question Will this inexpensive upgrade work?

So like many others, I'm new to modding jeeps, and I have the itch to hit the trails. Two unfortunate facts is that I will have to drive 90mins+ to offroad from where I live, and I have a limited budget. Although, probably best that I dont have 5k to dump into something I'll do 6 - 10 times per year.

So after much research of tires, lifts, spacing, rubbing, blah blah blah... I've come up with this combo of products which is within striking distance of a budget for me. Please look at it and give me your thoughts on performance, cons of the setup, what i'll be missing out on, etc. Or is it even worth it...

Wheels: 2012 JKU OEM Stock. 17" Alloys
Tires:285/70/17 (Not sure on brand yet, but budgeting $1300 here)
Wheel Spacers: Spidertrax Wheel Spacer Kit: $99
Lift: TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit w/ Shock Adapters: $486
Quick Disconnects: JKS Manu Quicker Disconnects: $160
Bumper Caps: Rough Country JK Bump Caps: $59

All in all this is just over $2k before tax. Is this money well spent towards being able to handle a bit more fun on the trail?

Any recommendations on Tires?

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Yup you are fine. I would upgrade shocks as well. You can run a longer shock to get some more travel of road.

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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Yup you are fine. I would upgrade shocks as well. You can run a longer shock to get some more travel of road.
Hmmm, I was under the impression that kit had new shocks... I will have to look into it more to see what specs I could add in, I guess. If you have any thoughts please feel free to share.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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Hmmm, I was under the impression that kit had new shocks... I will have to look into it more to see what specs I could add in, I guess. If you have any thoughts please feel free to share.
That kit has shock ADAPTORS. Little extension doo-hickeys. They're okay. If you can afford a few more pennies (well, actually, about $400), upgrade to better shocks. You can always do that later as well, and maybe resell the adaptors to someone else.
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Yep

Wait for another Rancho promo. I bought my 9000's online 20% off and $100 mail in rebate. Paid around $250 for 4 shocks and sold the adapters for $50.
May be able to get a few bucks for the stockers. rubi's fetch around $100
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ok, so to continue the education of Manamal, am I right in my understanding that Shock Adapters main purpose is to make sure that the stock shocks are not too short. So now you have a longer distance, but the stock shocks dont have the ideal resistance for the extra distance... Hence the need for longer shocks.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:28 PM   #7
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Sounds good but do you need two or four spacers? That price sounds like two.
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I would say to forget the bumper caps and get some rough country discos. Switching to those 2 things will save you $150 to put towards shocks.
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So like many others, I'm new to modding jeeps, and I have the itch to hit the trails. Two unfortunate facts is that I will have to drive 90mins+ to offroad from where I live, and I have a limited budget. Although, probably best that I dont have 5k to dump into something I'll do 6 - 10 times per year.

So after much research of tires, lifts, spacing, rubbing, blah blah blah... I've come up with this combo of products which is within striking distance of a budget for me. Please look at it and give me your thoughts on performance, cons of the setup, what i'll be missing out on, etc. Or is it even worth it...

Wheels: 2012 JKU OEM Stock. 17" Alloys
Tires:285/70/17 (Not sure on brand yet, but budgeting $1300 here)
Wheel Spacers: Spidertrax Wheel Spacer Kit: $99
Lift: TeraFlex 2.5" Lift Kit w/ Shock Adapters: $486
Quick Disconnects: JKS Manu Quicker Disconnects: $160
Bumper Caps: Rough Country JK Bump Caps: $59

All in all this is just over $2k before tax. Is this money well spent towards being able to handle a bit more fun on the trail?

Any recommendations on Tires?
Sounds like that would work fine but if you are only going to go 6-10x a year I'd recommend getting the TeraFlex Leveling kit for $130. It'll give you 2" in the front and 1" in the rear.

As for tires I just got the Cooper Discovery AT3's in 285/70/17 and they fit perfect with the leveling kit. They also have very good traction and are great on or off road.
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ok, so to continue the education of Manamal, am I right in my understanding that Shock Adapters main purpose is to make sure that the stock shocks are not too short. So now you have a longer distance, but the stock shocks dont have the ideal resistance for the extra distance... Hence the need for longer shocks.
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You will need to budget in another bill since you need two sets of wheel spaces.
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Sounds like that would work fine but if you are only going to go 6-10x a year I'd recommend getting the TeraFlex Leveling kit for $130. It'll give you 2" in the front and 1" in the rear.

As for tires I just got the Cooper Discovery AT3's in 285/70/17 and they fit perfect with the leveling kit. They also have very good traction and are great on or off road.
X2...a 2.5" lift is not needed for 33" tires and the TF leveling kit works great. Skip the bumper caps. This will give you the extra budget for better shocks.
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Looks good!

If you're only going a few times per year, probably want AT (all terrain) tires. Checkout BFG AT or Duratrac.

I agree with the others that you'll eventually want to replace the shocks and get rid of the adapters. It will be a good temporary fix though.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:50 PM   #14
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not sure of your rig, you could always look into used take off springs from other JKs that have upgraded. can be considerably cheaper, even free. I got 2+ inches of lift that way.

your mileage may vary.
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If you are getting new wheels why the spacers. Getting ready to pull my spacers off if you are looking for some. Skip the shock adapters and buy new shocks.
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If you are getting new wheels why the spacers. Getting ready to pull my spacers off if you are looking for some. Skip the shock adapters and buy new shocks.
Not getting new wheels, just putting tires on my OEM Wheels.

What kind of spacers do you have?
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X2...a 2.5" lift is not needed for 33" tires and the TF leveling kit works great. Skip the bumper caps. This will give you the extra budget for better shocks.

I will look into this for sure, thanks for the heads up.
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Thank you everyone for your help thus far, here is the update:

Wheels: OEM Stock: $0
Lift: Teraflex JK Wrangler Leveling Kit: $135
Wheel Spacers: Spidertrax Wheel Spacer Kit x2 : $198
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R w/ Kevlar x5: $1,425
Bumper Caps: Rough Country JK Bump Caps: $59
Quick Disconnects: DIY from Home Depot: $20

Total: $1838.99

My plan will be to pick up everything but the tires and spacers, level the thing and install the rest so I can hit the trails stock for now. I'll pull the triger on the tires after xmas.

Do you think if the jeep goes up an inch or two with the leveling kit that it will negatively effect on road performance?
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Thank you everyone for your help thus far, here is the update:

Wheels: OEM Stock: $0
Lift: Teraflex JK Wrangler Leveling Kit: $135
Wheel Spacers: Spidertrax Wheel Spacer Kit x2 : $198
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R w/ Kevlar x5: $1,425
Bumper Caps: Rough Country JK Bump Caps: $59
Quick Disconnects: DIY from Home Depot: $20

Total: $1838.99

My plan will be to pick up everything but the tires and spacers, level the thing and install the rest so I can hit the trails stock for now. I'll pull the triger on the tires after xmas.

Do you think if the jeep goes up an inch or two with the leveling kit that it will negatively effect on road performance?
2" front and 1" rear. Should not effect anything.

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