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Old 11-14-2014, 12:55 PM
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New guy here- Want to make sure I have everything correct

Hello all. As you can see I am new here but I have been checking out the forum for a few months now have used the "search" function fairly thoroughly. I may have missed something along the way so if you see something below that I should do or need to do please let me know. I hope I started this thread in the right place but if not would a MOD please move it where it needs to go. Thanks.

I bought a used 2012 Jk Unlimited Sport about six months ago and have kept it stock. I get into mud on occasion (checking cows in pastures) but I also use my Jk on the road a fair amount. I am looking to do some minor upgrades of wheels, tires and a leveling kit. I am not ready just yet to do a lift and 37s but that may be in my future.

1st the leveling kit- I have decided on Terra Flex's 1.5" leveling kit (1.5" in the front and 1" in the back I believe).

2nd the wheels- Currently have stock but am switching them out to 17x8s with 4.50" of backspacing.

3rd the tires- Currently stock also but I am wanting to go to Toyo's Open Country A/T II in a 285/75/17. Any issues you guys can foresee here?

Finally a question. I am thinking of switching out the shocks to something aftermarket but don't know where to start or even if I really should. The current shocks feel good (they have about 48k miles on them) but I figured if I was going to do the leveling kit I may as well do shocks also. If I do go with new shocks which ones should I give a look?

If you have made it this far I appreciate the time and any and all feedback.

-GopherGuts

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Old 11-14-2014, 06:29 PM   #2
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Those is all simple and moderate changes so you shouldn't have any problems. If the pastures are wet and muddy you might consider an MT tire instead of AT.

For moderate builds the Rancho 9000XL shocks are good choice since you can adjust the ride quality, otherwise look at ones from Teraflex and OME.

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Thanks for the advice. I do appreciate it.
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Sounds like you are on the right track

I am new to this furum as well as JK as well. My opinion would be scratch the shocks and def get a decent set of MTs. Those tires and wheels you mentioned are great for the Tflex leveling kit. The kit I installed on mine (1155200) actually brought up the front about 3" and 1.5" in the rear. It settled after two days of wheelin but looks right and rides even better! I would hold off on shocks until you install the lift that you really want later on down the road/trail.
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If you go shocks Rancho 9000, as far as the rest goes I agree with spinlock and rok, mts may be a good option pastures can get soupy in a hurry, what part of the country are you in? Is snow a concern?
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I am down in Southeast Texas so snow isn't an issue. The pastures that I do tend to get into can definitely getting nasty at times but my main concern (or at least my thinking) was that a M/T tire would have much more road noise than an A/T tire. Since my Jk does see a fair amount of the road I think it would get annoying and I figured I would see a bigger difference in my mpg.

Any thoughts either way on Bilstein shocks?
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I am down in Southeast Texas so snow isn't an issue. The pastures that I do tend to get into can definitely getting nasty at times but my main concern (or at least my thinking) was that a M/T tire would have much more road noise than an A/T tire. Since my Jk does see a fair amount of the road I think it would get annoying and I figured I would see a bigger difference in my mpg.

Any thoughts either way on Bilstein shocks?
Understand completely. Its good your being honest with yourself about how your going to use the jeep. There are a ton of good AT choices out there. Were you thinking 33s or staying close to stock size? There are some tires offered in a 255/80r 17 size which would pretty much be a skinny 33, the narrower width would help with mpgs but still help u gain a little more height if that's what u were looking for.

As far as bilsteins go there are lots of people running them on their jeeps on this forum. And lits of happy customers. I have heard there a bit stiff for 2 doors but that doesn't seem to be as much of an issue with the heavier 4 doors.
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Sorry just reread your original post the toyos are well liked and seem to be a good tire as well solid choice there. Pretty sure jadmt on here is running that size and tire.

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