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Old 04-02-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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Need help for starting modifications

2 years ago I bought a stock 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK. I took it off-roading for the first time a year ago with stock tires and got stuck 3 times and had to have someone use a winch to get me out.

I absolutely loved the day of off-roading and have had the desire to make modifications to my jeep.

My Idea is to put 33 or 35 all terrain tires with a 2.5 body lift. Also to get a bumper with a winch installed.

With Price and being new to North Carolina (as well as being a new Jeep owner) and no knowledge of Modifications...I need Help!!!

This is the best place i can think of to get advice for what kinds of modifications to do to my jeep.

Oh and side note, my jeep is also my commuter car (30-45 min one way/5 days a week). Thank you in advance for your help!!! - Lisa

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Old 04-02-2014, 08:16 PM   #2
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Look at teraflex leveling kit. You can get it pretty cheap and run up to 34 inch tires. There is a ton of information on this particular kit over in the jk section.

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Old 04-03-2014, 07:23 AM   #3
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A good set of tires is about the best modification you can do for off-roading. Add some more trail-riding experience and you should be good! I have wheeled alot without a winch and gotten thru some really tricky places. And yes, I have needed a strap now and then ... never go alone. Having recovery gear, tow points, and a buddy is a must.
Enjoy the addiction! Hook up with some groups going wheeing to get ideas and help, and stay tuned to this forum.
I'll post next time I plan on heading out to Uwharrie.
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:12 PM   #4
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A good set of tires is about the best modification you can do for off-roading. Add some more trail-riding experience and you should be good! I have wheeled alot without a winch and gotten thru some really tricky places. And yes, I have needed a strap now and then ... never go alone. Having recovery gear, tow points, and a buddy is a must. Enjoy the addiction! Hook up with some groups going wheeing to get ideas and help, and stay tuned to this forum. I'll post next time I plan on heading out to Uwharrie.
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Tires were my first thought all terrain either good year or nitto I have heard good things about. I absolutely need to find a group to go wheeling with as I am very new to the area and that is something I am missing . Thanks for the input and help
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:25 PM   #5
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With just a body lift you may want to consider flat fender flares and new wheels with proper back spacing to run 35's and good driving skills is a must since you will still have minimal ground clearance at the frame and axles. There are plenty of JK owners in the Charlotte area to hook up with at meet n greets, trips to URE, etc. also, check at the guys over at AJTR forum, base out of the upstate SC area but great bunch of folks, family oriented and knowledgable as well. I'm Triad not to far. I also run Goodyear Duratracs in a 35" size and they are great all around tires, mine is DD vehicle also.

However you will have a loss of power depending on your axle ratios especially with 3.21 gears so something to consider.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:42 PM   #6
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If I were you I'd look at a budget boost. You could also do some springs to clear some bigger tires. It really depends on the money you want to spend! If you're staying with stock wheels and want to run larger tires you might need wheel spacers depending on the size. There are a ton of options, and you'll have to consider what you ultimately want. I run a 2.5 lift with 35 inch Nittos. I have 4:10 gears and get 17-18 on the highway. I'm very happy with my Jeep on the trail. I do all my own work on my Jeep, and I'd be glad to help you out. I'm in Greensboro. Welcome to NC.
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:59 PM   #7
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If I were you I'd look at a budget boost. You could also do some springs to clear some bigger tires. It really depends on the money you want to spend! If you're staying with stock wheels and want to run larger tires you might need wheel spacers depending on the size. There are a ton of options, and you'll have to consider what you ultimately want. I run a 2.5 lift with 35 inch Nittos. I have 4:10 gears and get 17-18 on the highway. I'm very happy with my Jeep on the trail. I do all my own work on my Jeep, and I'd be glad to help you out. I'm in Greensboro. Welcome to NC.
35 with a 2.5 lift sounds like it would work well with my jeep. I'm thinking all terrain tires as I need more traction when I go wheeling. Do you have a coil lift, suspension lift, or body lift? I want to do it right so I know I am going to have to put some money into it upfront but I want to make sure that it lasts and is safe. If you could help I will take whatever help you can offer. Thank you so much!!
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35 with a 2.5 lift sounds like it would work well with my jeep. I'm thinking all terrain tires as I need more traction when I go wheeling. Do you have a coil lift, suspension lift, or body lift? I want to do it right so I know I am going to have to put some money into it upfront but I want to make sure that it lasts and is safe. If you could help I will take whatever help you can offer. Thank you so much!!
Assuming your profile pic is accurate it looks like you have a JK Sport likely with D30 up front. Unless you have the factory tow package which I think includes 3.73 axles, you will struggle with power loss especially with automatic trans. Let us know exactly what you have stock and go from there.

A dealer can run your VIN# for a build sheet, if you don't have the original window sticker. I think a 2-2.5 leveling kit and 33's with flat fenders is a good compromise with 3.21's and automatic. For comparison, my 315/75-16 GYW Duratracs measure about 34.6" and with 6 speed manual trans and Rubicon 4.10's I'm averaging about 17MPG. Figure at least $1000 to regear for 35's
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35 with a 2.5 lift sounds like it would work well with my jeep. I'm thinking all terrain tires as I need more traction when I go wheeling. Do you have a coil lift, suspension lift, or body lift? I want to do it right so I know I am going to have to put some money into it upfront but I want to make sure that it lasts and is safe. If you could help I will take whatever help you can offer. Thank you so much!!
No problem. I wouldn't do a body lift on a JK. Looks weird IMO and with budget boosts and 2.5 springs at a reasonable price it doesn't make much sense. I would do spacers or springs. Yeah, I would stay with an AT tire and a light one too if you have a sport. A heavy tire like a Toyo or Nitto will stress your front end, kill, your low end mpg's and slow you down. Send me a PM if you want to talk it over and I'll give you as much advice as I can.
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Assuming your profile pic is accurate it looks like you have a JK Sport likely with D30 up front. Unless you have the factory tow package which I think includes 3.73 axles, you will struggle with power loss especially with automatic trans. Let us know exactly what you have stock and go from there. A dealer can run your VIN# for a build sheet, if you don't have the original window sticker. I think a 2-2.5 leveling kit and 33's with flat fenders is a good compromise with 3.21's and automatic. For comparison, my 315/75-16 GYW Duratracs measure about 34.6" and with 6 speed manual trans and Rubicon 4.10's I'm averaging about 17MPG. Figure at least $1000 to regear for 35's
I didn't know dealerships provided that information, that is something I will definitely get!! I am browsing the quadratec magazine and there is just so much information and so many different brands it can be overwhelming at the start if you don't have someone to get good advice from. Which is why I came here. I have found everyone is so willing to help and give advice it's great to have this available. Now I just need to get these mods done and find some fun places to go wheeling with some fun people but one step at a time right thank you so much for your help and advice.
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I didn't know dealerships provided that information, that is something I will definitely get!! I am browsing the quadratec magazine and there is just so much information and so many different brands it can be overwhelming at the start if you don't have someone to get good advice from. Which is why I came here. I have found everyone is so willing to help and give advice it's great to have this available. Now I just need to get these mods done and find some fun places to go wheeling with some fun people but one step at a time right thank you so much for your help and advice.
Just go to any DCJ dealership and ask them for your build sheet, just provide them your VIN # and it will print out all your Jeeps configuration, axle ratios, tow package if included, rim and tire size, etc. This will help forum members give you better advice. Good luck!
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Don't get All Terrains, My JKU had a 2.5 in rubicon express lift, bumpers winch rock sliders, everything.... The only mistake I made was I bought BFG All Terrains and as soon as I got to Uwharrie I wanted Mud Terrains. Spend the extra cash and get the MT's
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Don't get All Terrains, My JKU had a 2.5 in rubicon express lift, bumpers winch rock sliders, everything.... The only mistake I made was I bought BFG All Terrains and as soon as I got to Uwharrie I wanted Mud Terrains. Spend the extra cash and get the MT's
Is your jeep your daily vehicle also? I have heard that mud tires make for a rough ride on pavement and since it's my commute vehicle I am wondering if mid terrain are too aggressive? How is the drive on the highway or back roads on MTs?
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Is your jeep your daily vehicle also? I have heard that mud tires make for a rough ride on pavement and since it's my commute vehicle I am wondering if mid terrain are too aggressive? How is the drive on the highway or back roads on MTs?
The ATs are great, if it's dry. I had BFG ATs and did pretty good. The MT's are a bit noisier on the road, but awesome on the trails. It's a trade off... where is most of your driving? For a DD, the ATs are a good choice, IMHO, but I prefer the look and aggression of MT tires. I bought some Wild Country MTs but haven't trail-tested them yet. They are surprisingly quiet on the road tho.
The ride isn't necessarily rougher with mud tires, just more road noise.

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