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Helmut_S 05-11-2013 08:07 AM

new to forum initial purchase advice needed
Hi all,
I am planning to buy a Rubicon in the next couple of months. I figure it has already a lot of the needed stuff installed, like lockers, better axles, whatever. OTOH, I would like to lift it and put larger tires on from the start. I checked some websites etc, Metalcloak seems to be the leader of the bolt-on suspension world. If I got one of their 'game changer' suspensions, would the rest of the Rubicon's components be strong enough to support 35" tires? And what about 37"?
I want to mostly be able to get through adverse terrain (mud patches, ledges, whatever comes up) and it needs to drive well on the road, as it would be girlfriend's car :)

octagon pilot 05-11-2013 08:47 AM

welcome to the forum

The quick version:
metalcloak seems to have a good rep, and there are plenty of other lifts to consider, all have pros and cons, some more than others

research "c-gusset" for info about whether the rest of the vehicle will handle 35s. 35s generally are ok, but you may need the gussets depending on your usage style.

37s will require some or all of the following: regearing of the differentials, driveline adjustments, reinforcement of the front axle housing, and probably some other stuff I'm not remembering right now.

btw, a stock rubi will handle plenty of stuff. If you're not pretty heavy into offroading already, I'd strongly recommend using it stock for several months or more. You'll be pleasantly surprised where you can take a stock rubicon, and you'll have a much better idea of what mods you may want/need.

plenty of info here on the forum, good luck...

Helmut_S 05-11-2013 01:35 PM

yes, I know it's capable, but all cars get stuck in mud/wet surfaces/whatever, and big tires rule there. I looked at a local dealer's offerings, they had a Rubicon unlimited with 35s and some lift, I want to say quadratech II, it was something II, not regeared, didn't drive too badly, across the lawn by the dealership etc :)
but they wanted $8k for lift and tires, and I figure approx $300x5 for tires, $100+ x5 for wheels, and the lift can't be more than $1500 for what it is, so someone's ripping me off here :mad:

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