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kEat 01-08-2013 12:22 AM

DD with offroad capability... Opinions?
 
So I'm back in a Wrangler for the first time in 4 years. I'm now the proud owner of a 2011 JK Sport. It's a stick, not sure on the gear ratio, but I think it has the OE towing package so it's probably 3.73. Stock steelies on it right now. Now I'm brand new to the JK world, having previously owned a TJ, so I'm not really keen on the do's and don'ts when it comes to lifts, tires, wheels, etc. I've read the stickies and got a pretty good idea now, but still need some guidance.

What I'm looking to do is slap on the typical "combo" for wheels and tires (33" Duratracs, 15" MB 72's). The reviews seem to say these are a good all-around tire for on and off road use. I'm not going to be doing any rock crawling or hardcore trail riding, just light offroading to campsites and stuff like that.

As far as a lift goes, I'm kind of lost. I remember with the TJ, if I wanted to go over 3" I'd need to look into paying out the ass for long arm lifts, etc. Is there anything I need to look out for like that in the JK? I'm not really looking for much more than 2" of lift. Is there anything out there that suits my needs that will allow me to save some cash and keep a lot of the stock components? Like I said with the tires, I don't need crazy flex or articulation. This is my DD that I'll take offroad on some bumpy dusty trails every now and then, maybe through a mud puddle if I feel crazy. This thing is really the epitome of a mall crawler. So I just want something that can hold up to light wheeling, is cost effective, and allows me to stay as close to stock as possible.

Is this feasible? Thanks for the tips, guys!

allblackedout 01-08-2013 12:25 AM

try looking at a budget boost or a spacer lift from teraflex, rock krawler, skyjack...ect.

kEat 01-08-2013 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted by allblackedout (Post 3198068)
try looking at a budget boost or a spacer lift from teraflex, rock krawler, skyjack...ect.

Alright thanks. Are there any brands that should definitely be avoided? And is there a certain height where I'd need to start looking into replacing other parts?

Lusus_Naturae 01-08-2013 01:03 AM

If you want just 33's on 15's then you don't need a lift at all, maybe do some flat fenders for a bit more clearance. The Teraflex leveling kit is popular, it puts 2 inches up front and 1 inch in back. Running the leveling kit you can put 35's on it and run mostly street with mild wheeling and be ok.

Once you get into the 3 inch range of lift you'll need to look at the front driveshaft and stuff, but it doesn't sound like you are going that high anyhow. There's a world of difference lifting these then the TJ, the driveshafts are different, they prefer adjustable lower fornt control arms at a lower lift angle, sometimes 2 inches. There's a good thread about all the lift requirements here somewhere, do a search, it's a big thread.

Lusus_Naturae 01-08-2013 01:07 AM

Have a dealer pull the build record for you for free and you'll know the gear ratio (assuming nobody changed them out).

kEat 01-08-2013 01:21 AM

Yeah I saw that you can fit 33"s without a lift. As I'm doing more and more shopping around I'm thinking about keeping the stock steelies more and more and just putting some new shoes on those. As far as lifts go, I'll definitely look into the leveling kit. But in the meantime, can I get some opinions on this? Rough Country 2007 - 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler 1.75" Suspension Lift without Shocks

I'd be ordering it with shocks as well. All in all it's quite inexpensive, but I don't know much about Rough Country's reputation.

tiger3 01-08-2013 02:41 AM

Congrats! I have a DD 2011 sport JK. My gears are 3.73 (now...) they do quite well especially with the Duratracs. Lots of Pics on my web site of it.

My lift is kinda rare. I have 3" springs up front and 2" in rear (Kobe steel springs). They are not from a kit. You will do just fine with a 2-2.5 inch lift. You do not want to go any more than 3 inches, if you do most recommend to replace drive shafts. :wavey:

Sjeupie 01-09-2013 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by tiger3 (Post 3198291)
Congrats! I have a DD 2011 sport JK. My gears are 3.73 (now...) they do quite well especially with the Duratracs. Lots of Pics on my web site of it.

Great website. Love the pics of your installs and checking out some video's now. Needless to say that your Jeep looks great with the Duratracks and Ace sliders. Looks also so much better than all those Suzuki Jimny's! :thumb:

Sjeupie 01-09-2013 02:12 PM

Tiger3, how do you like the Coastal MINICAM221 btw? You mention you use it as a spotter, but could you use it as a 'simple' parking cam as well? Would it connect to the satnav?

tiger3 01-10-2013 03:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Sjeupie (Post 3204636)
Great website. Love the pics of your installs and checking out some video's now. Needless to say that your Jeep looks great with the Duratracks and Ace sliders. Looks also so much better than all those Suzuki Jimny's! :thumb:

Thanks! :whistling: I appreciate the complements. My only regret thus far is not getting 35's from the start.

The Coastal MINICAM221 can be used as a parking camera, just not where I have it mounted. It uses a RCA connector to connect the video.

Sjeupie 01-10-2013 05:06 AM

Where did you mount it?

tiger3 01-10-2013 05:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Sjeupie (Post 3208311)
Where did you mount it?

First it was on my front bumper looking forward, but now it is simply zip tied to the round cross member under the radiator looking backward. I have it looking at my steering stabilizer (been through 4 of them). My next mod is to relocate that, but for RHD it is hard to find.

OP, sorry for the unintentional hijack. :hide:


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