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Old 05-11-2017, 03:56 AM
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My plan so far. Suggestions?

Hey guys I have a stock 2015 unlimited Sahara jeep I want to change up a bit. Looking to get a lift tires and wheels to start. My plan is not exactly set but for now I'm looking to get 20s xs heist wheels with a 35 tire. I don't do much off-roading beside getting into where I'm not supposed to, I do plan on checking some trails out but nothing too crazy right now, I have been starting out small to get some experience and stuff. as this is my first jeep. But maybe in time I can get to another level. Looks fun!! I have been looking at lifts I was checking the zone 3 lift, smallest lift they have. Have heard good things about zone. Was also looking into quadratec kits.. I'm thinking since I won't be doing anything too major I wouldn't need the most expensive shocks for example fox that comes with quadratec but has two lower options in the kit, I should be good with something priced in the middle right? Don't want to go over 800 but also don't want to jack up my jeep so much when it's not needed. BUT I'd say I'm pretty set on having 35 tires maybe 34. Any suggestions on kits? Or anyone with 20s, what's up set up.

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Wheels, just say no to 20's unless you are going to run 40's or larger. Going to a larger wheel just makes the ride worse but some people like the looks. While on the subject of tires and wheels do you happen to know what gears you have in there? When going to 35's you really need to re-gear, 4.56 or 4.88. IMO stock 4.10 gears are just barely livable. Oh don't forget you are going to need a tuner to change wheel size and if you have an automatic shift points.

I won't comment on the lift other than to say do it right the first time. Other than the obvious items like shocks, springs and sway bar end links you need to address the following:

Geometry correction/castor - control arms or drop brackets. Brackets provide the best street manners.

Keeping the axles centered - Adjustable track bars and/or relocation brackets.

Since I am a Metalcloak fan these are what complete kits look like:

JK Wrangler True Dual-Rate Lift Kit, 2.5"/3.5", RockSport Edition
JK Overland Sport Kit RockSport Shocks

You will also need exhaust spacers for clearance.

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Pretty good chance your stock Sahara has 3.21 gears, 3.73 on a few special orders, but you'll want to change that before you just bolt on bigger tires.
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Say no to cheap lift kits. Look at MetalCloak, Rock Krawler, AEV, Teraflex. If you do not have the budget now, take some time and save up. Good shocks aren't always expensive. I love my Rancho 7000, about $80 a piece.

Say no to 20 inch wheels if you Offroad at all. These do not leave enough sidewall once aired down. Most common size is 17.

Say yes to regearing. As TerryC6 mentioned, 4.56 or 4.88 for 35s.

Say yes to some type of axle reinforcement - look at Artec Front Axle Armor kit.

Big lifted Jeeps on big tires are a pay to play sport. You spent a lot of money on the vehicle itself, build it with quality parts rather than the bargain basement things like Zone, Rough Country, etc.
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