05-18-2015, 10:53 AM
Join Date: Apr 2014
New to Jeeps and suspension modifactions
Hello Wrangler Forum!
I purchased my first Jeep just over a year ago.
This is my daily driver.
2014 JK Wrangler Sport
2 Door Hardtop
Stock 17” Sport wheels and Tires 255/75R17
1.5” Spidertrax wheel spacers
I took it off-road for the first time this weekend. And…while we had a good time, I quickly discovered that if I want to continue to make weekend trips like this, I would like to invest in upgrading the suspension.
I am not interested in building a rock crawler or stump jumper.
I am not ready to address gearing issues. So, from what I understand, 33” tires would be the largest diameter tire I can go with.
I will not be upgrading the bumpers or tire carrier.
No winch either
My goals are to maintain or improve its current road characteristics, but make a significant improvement on its off-road handling. (Fire roads, roots, rocks, potholes)
I have read so many opinions on the various kits that are available, that I am completely confused on which way to go.
I have considered the AEV 2.5” kit. But, it seems that it is best suited for JKs that have the added weight of heavier bumpers, winch, and a tire carrier. I do not want to add these items.
I have read that JKs that are lighter (like mine would be) can have flighty or twitchy handling without the added weight.
I have also read about Teraflex, Rock Krawler, and Rancho kits.
I am trying to establish a budget for my wants/needs and learn what my options are.
Main objective is “Function” and if it happens to improve its aesthetics…..well that’s a secondary goal.
So, I am looking for more input.