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Old 12-19-2016, 09:51 PM
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16 JKU Upgrade Batting Order Recommendations?

Hey guys,

I got a 2016 JKU about two months ago and have been researching upgrades since day one. It's a DD (about 80 miles/day) so nothing outrageous. My plan right now is:

max 2" lift
bumpers (front and back)
maybe a winch later on

So the question is, in what order do I do the upgrades? The plan is to take my time and do all the work over about a year for budget reasons. Could even do the wheels now, put the stock tires on the new rims, and replace the tires later. 33's will fit un-lifted, but if I add bumpers before the lift I'm thinking there will be trouble. If I lift first will it look odd with the stock tires/wheels? Also, the bumpers won't be rediculously heavy but is 2" enough of a lift? Would like to keep the lift simple so I can do it myself, thinking Teraflex Leveling kit.

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 12-20-2016, 03:19 PM   #2
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You'll get a lot of opinions on this, and this is just mine, FWIW:

Nothing made me enjoy my vehicle more than a lift and bigger tires. Since you are only going with 33s, I would do the tires first and add them to the unlifted Jeep. Unless you have the budget to do tires and wheels all at the same time, in which case that will save some hassle. Then I'd go with an AEV 2.5" lift when you get the money. Then wheels (if you haven't already). Then I'd add bumpers as you get around to it.

The solution that requires max budget also makes install a bit less complicated: lift, tires, and wheels all at the same time. That's the best solution if you can afford it, but I understand sometimes you can't do it all exactly the way you'd like.

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Old 12-20-2016, 08:28 PM   #3
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16 JKU Upgrade Batting Order Recommendations?

Do what makes sense to you and have fun. I have a 15 Rubicon, first look at the forum cheap/free mods and knock them out first. I went with bumpers front and rear (protect the jeep from stupid drivers) plus it looks cool. I just bought wheels , level 8 tracker pro , no tires yet. Plan on going 35s. Waiting on a sale and just can't see replacing perfectly good tires. Waiting on my Black Friday purchase. Ace flat wide fenders and inner well covers. Now saving up for MC game changer 2.5 lift. It's almost 2017 and I'm just getting started. So have fun, enjoy the ride and make it yours in whatever order you want or can afford.

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Old 12-20-2016, 08:37 PM   #4
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As others said, no right or wrong order to do it. Regarding if you put a lift on and if the tires will look tiny...subjective. I plan an AEV 2.5" lift, but while I was financially committed to paying for my wedding, I stuck a TeraFlex 2.5" budget boost on. With that lift, I feel my tires look fine. I like the way it looks over stock.

I added bumpers and a winch (higher up in priority if you off-road) and then just recently wheels and use them with my stock Rubicon tires. Even though I want the 35's I find it hard to justify getting rid of perfectly good tires. Maybe in another 15k miles or so I'll be sick of them.

Plenty of cheap mods that you can do. Floor liners, grab bars. No real wrong way to go. Best of luck on the mods!
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bumpers would be low on my priority list. I wheel a lot and bumpers were one of the last things I did. reason is stock bumpers are light and if and when they get damaged you can find cheap take offs. For a daily driver which mine is the most important upgrade I think are LED headlights. Headlights are something that will benefit you every single time you drive in the dark. second would be a gas tank skid as off road that is something especially on a 4 door that drags often due to the poor break over angle. tires would be next and then start adding other upgrades as the pocket book allows.
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bumpers , lift kit , upgrade , wheels & tires 33

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