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Old 05-18-2015, 10:53 AM
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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
Automatic
Stock 17” Sport wheels and Tires 255/75R17
1.5” Spidertrax wheel spacers
3.21 gears

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.

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I have almost the same setup and am very interested feedback.. I am currently trying to decide what to do for lift and tires.

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Subscribed, but in my case for a JKUR
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:05 AM   #4
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TeraFlex 2.5" performance Budget Boost and later on better shocks like Rancho 9000 adjustables. This will retain the factory ride yet give you more clearance for the bigger tire.
Going with aftermarket springs will give you a harsh ride if you don't have the added weight of bumpers winches armor etc.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:28 PM   #5
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JTPhoto, Did you rechip your Jeep to account for the larger tires? I am thinking that will also be something that I would want to budget for.

Also, Does the 3.21 gears impact tire size choices performance wise?
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