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Old 03-25-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Jeep and Oregon Newbie - HELP!

Hi Guys, my wife and I just relocated in September to the Portland area (work in Hillsboro) after living our entire lives in Ohio.....

Yesterday we purchased a Black 2012 JKUR and I'm so excited!!

Would appreciate advice on Shops and Mods as well as any experience with Town & Country in Milwaukie.

I'm considering 35x12.5x18's with a dealer installed 2" Mopar Suspension lift....

Would love to hook up with anyone near Portland to learn the ropes and trails; we live in Beaverton near Cooper Mtn.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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Welcome to the area. My wife and I just moved here this summer. I was born and raised in North East Ohio.

My advice is to take the Jeep out stock before you decide on mods. Get a feel for it.

And I wouldn't buy a mopar lift. There are way better options out there. Also IMO you'd be better off going with a 35x12.50-15... way cheaper and more sidewall for improved ride and traction off road. If you ever plan on going bigger then 35's then get a 17" wheel. More tire size options and better prices for 17" vs 18".

I've had my Jeep in at T&C twice for warranty work. Haven't been disappointed.

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Old 03-26-2012, 12:35 AM   #3
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Hi Dr! Thanks for the input!! Greatly appreciated; I get a discount through work at America's Tire so I'll check out their options.

I to have been very pleased with T&C so far. I was going to let them do the Mopar Lift ($1900 installed) to protect my warranty.

Do you live in the Portland area? Curious if there are any novice trails worth checking out. I used to four wheel a ton but I'm a bit rusty from being caught up in the corporate rat race.
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Welcome to the State and to Jeeps! I live just on the other side of Cooper mountain. I drive over it every day for work. I moved up here a number of years ago from Arizona.

Have you ever been to Browns Camp? TSF- Tillamook State Forest. They have lots of trails, all ranges of difficulty. Just make sure you get a permit. This forums has regular runs out there. I think they had one today. Check out the sticky in this area. They have regular meetings as well.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:37 AM   #5
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Sounds awesome! I've heard of Browns Camp and kept seeing TSF but didn't know what it was.....

Thanks a bunch!
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Welcome!! You will like it here in Oregon/Washington after you get over our weirdness....just kidding :laugh. still waiting on my first one to get back from AEV but ill be out there too....good bunch of folks here, and good people to learn from....
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:27 AM   #7
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Thanks, pardon my ignorance....AEV?
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:52 AM   #8
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No Problem American Expedition Vehicles.... go to this post or check out my site you will see what it looks like.....click on the adventures of nemisys
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:10 AM   #9
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Nice, love the AEV site but my wife may hate you!!

Sweet looking Rig!
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So I am convinced a 2-4" Lift from either AEV, Teraflex or Rubicon Express is the best option....dealer says $1900 for a Mopar installed 2" Lift. What would I expect to pay for one of these aftermarkets to be installed?
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:58 AM   #11
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Best shop in Portland area that would know their stuff about these lifts?
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You have a lot of options open to you, do your research, what best fits your budget. Wouldn't worry to much about a lift voiding your warranty, there are a few laws that protect the consumer with aftermarket.
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So I am convinced a 2-4" Lift from either AEV, Teraflex or Rubicon Express is the best option....dealer says $1900 for a Mopar installed 2" Lift. What would I expect to pay for one of these aftermarkets to be installed?
Some beer and pizza can get it done in your driveway. (I installed my lift with the help of a forum member)

I lifted my Jeep after my first time out on harder trails. All its done is made me go on even harder trails, lol.

I'm a huge fan of Rock Krawler lift kits myself. The quality and ability of the lift is amazing. Plus they have a lifetime abuse proof warranty on the lift.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:17 PM   #14
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I can get 5 Fuel Offroad Wheels in a 20" x 9" for a steal....less than $600 for all 5....I know that's not an ideal size but for the price are they worth considering?
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I can get 5 Fuel Offroad Wheels in a 20" x 9" for a steal....less than $600 for all 5....I know that's not an ideal size but for the price are they worth considering?

That depends on if your jeep is going to be just a pavemnt pounder or do you want to take it off road. The ride you will get off road will be horriable unless you go with 40's+ tires. Thres not enough side wall on 35's to give you enough flex in the tire when you air down for traction or ride. Plus you will bang the crap out of your wheels rocks even on the easy trails. Thats just my thought.
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Hi and welcome! Sorry I missed this post yesterday! Welcome to Oregon, and to Jeepdom. :-)

Hope to meet you soon! We have monthly meetings and plan runs frequently. Oregon work and my self are in Aloha.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:48 PM   #17
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I recommend 17's as well if ur going off road. Tires are cheaper too with a smaller rim. You can go safely up to a 37 tire as well
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So I am convinced a 2-4" Lift from either AEV, Teraflex or Rubicon Express is the best option....dealer says $1900 for a Mopar installed 2" Lift. What would I expect to pay for one of these aftermarkets to be installed?
Rubicon Express got bought out by 4 Wheel Parts, I hear the new Rubicon Express stuff is re-branded ProComp.

A lot of people love Teraflex; supposedly they have good customer service. I have never dealt with them. However, I have heard too much about sagging once heavier aftermarket bumpers were added.

If you are planning on staying at 35's, I would consider either Rock Krawler, AEV, Old Man Emu.

Also, I agree with Dr, have a lift install party!
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Hey I am always up for an install party!
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Sounds like a plan coming together!! I'm a hell of a cook and barkeep!
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I think Phase 1 is going to be a 2.5" Teraflex Coil Lift....Accessory Outfitters my best option if I pay for an install?
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I think Phase 1 is going to be a 2.5" Teraflex Coil Lift....Accessory Outfitters my best option if I pay for an install?
Accessory Outfitters will not do you wrong! They have done both mine and Oregonwolfs jeep builds. They stand behind their work. They have gone above and beyond for both of us. if you chose them tell them David and Doris sent you :-)

If it is not a factory warranted fix, they are the only ones that touch our Jeeps.
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Awesome!! Thanks so much!!
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Awesome!! Thanks so much!!
You are very welcome! I love the guys down there! They both off road so they understand off road vehicles and what is needed.
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Awesome recommendation!!! Patrick may be my new best friend!!! Great advice and very reasonable price! He also hooked me up with a managers name at America's Tire...great guy as well!!!!
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Awesome recommendation!!! Patrick may be my new best friend!!! Great advice and very reasonable price! He also hooked me up with a managers name at America's Tire...great guy as well!!!!
Hooked us up with America's Tire too :-) So glad you gave him a call!
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Didn't just call, I spent a good 45 mins in the shop picking his brain!!!

Awesome!!
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Didn't just call, I spent a good 45 mins in the shop picking his brain!!!

Awesome!!
Lol yeah you can't just stop in. I always spend about an hour when I stop by to say hi lol
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Decided on Nitto Trail Grapplers in a 35x12.5x17.....

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