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Old 01-21-2020, 09:42 PM
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I bought a 2014 Wrangler Unlimited over the summer for my wife and I to enjoy. It was a 3rd vehicle and while I was the one who really wanted a Wrangler, I took her input to make sure she would buy-in and enjoy it too. What I ended up with was a major compromise for me. While I started searching for a 2 door manual transmission, we ended up with a nice Anvil 4 door automatic. Apparently it was exactly what she wanted and after a day of driving it, she commandeered it as her primary vehicle! No worries. At least I get to ride in it, LOL.




While she gave me strict orders to find a Jeep that didn't need to be modified, she immediately began telling me about things she wanted to do to the JKU?!?!? She told me that she wanted it to look more rugged and look lifted without a big lift. She wanted black wheels, LED halo headlights, and a fancy grill. Not my taste but hey, she's customizing it to her taste. So first things first, I ordered a set of Mammoth Boulder wheels and 285/70 Wildpeak A/T3W tires. Unfortunately, the wheels ended up backordered and despite placing an order at the beginning of October to ensure they arrived by Christmas, they still haven't arrived.

Next on the list was the halos. After looking for a high quality set, I couldn't find any, so had to resort to ebay or Amazon. A friend from church installed a set he'd bought from Amazon and seemed to have good luck so I rolled the dice and placed an order. Unfortunately, they didn't turn out to be a good option. The lenses were soft and scratched easily. The beam pattern was somewhat dispersed. And the fog lights from the same company had a plug that was not correct for the JK so I returned those and bought a set of JW Evo 2 headlights which are worlds better. For foglights, I opted for Pro Comp, but those too had the incorrect plug for a JK. Both the original and Pro Comp fog lights had a plug that was the reverse of what was needed. I almost splurged on a higher quality fog lights but ended up with a set of Xprite fog lights that actually have the right connector, and illuminate bright and wide.

On to suspension. Knowing that 33's fit with stock suspension but concerned about the potential for rubbing with 3 kids and gear in the back, I decided to install a teraflex leveling kit. I showed my wife many pictures of the kit installed with stock tires as well as 33's and she loved the look and gave me the green light. Unfortunately, as I was shopping for shocks, I stumbled across the Rancho 2" suspension which promised around the same lift as the teraflex leveling kit but uses springs instead of spacers. The solution ended up being less expensive than buying shocks and the teraflex kit, and reviews promised a better, more controlled on-road ride. Since my wife's idea of offroading is parking on the grass, a better on road ride was exactly what I was looking for and this kit appeared to be the ticket. After Installing the suspension, my Wife didn't like the handling. There was a dead spot on-center, lots of wandering. I Made plans to install geo correction brackets asap and then she dropped the bomb shell on me. She didn't like the increased ride height. What?!?!?! After the initial shock, I began looking at shocks since the 89k mile originals could stand to be refreshed. I found that the front Ranchos are for 0-2" lift and would work but the rear shocks in the kit are for a taller lift. I ordered a set of 0-2" rears to match and theyíll soon be installed along with the stock springs. Iím up in the air whether I should install a small spacer for a touch more clearance. Iíd rather do it now versus having to take the suspension apart again to do it later if she encounters any rub.




Prior to installing the suspension, I installed a magnaflow catback exhaust for a little growl. My wife seemed to like it but my son gave her a hard time about it when he was home from college on winter break, and I think that contributed to her asking me to remove it and reinstall the stock exhaust when I install the stock springs. Itís a bit frustrating to have spent the time and money to install parts only to remove them but at the end of the day, I want my wife to enjoy her Jeep as much as I enjoy mine! And you know what they say, if Momma aint happy, aint nobody happy.

Next update when the wheels and tires arrive.

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nice start, I hear you on the buying parts and removal part, but perhaps she can try it for a while and decide if she likes it some other time, I like the color also! looks good!

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@Jim74656 Negative Ghost Rider. I suggested that she drive it while we waited for the shocks to arrive to which she replied that she was glad we have her old car as a spare to drive.

Thanks! I like the color too! It's not what I was looking for but I'm happy with the color. It's funny though, I see grey (with blue tones depending on the sky/lighting) but wife my insists it's blue.

Where do you like to drive your Wrangler around Stamford? I have family in Darien and have spent a little time in Stamford.
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@Jim74656 Negative Ghost Rider. I suggested that she drive it while we waited for the shocks to arrive to which she replied that she was glad we have her old car as a spare to drive.

Thanks! I like the color too! It's not what I was looking for but I'm happy with the color. It's funny though, I see grey (with blue tones depending on the sky/lighting) but wife my insists it's blue.

Where do you like to drive your Wrangler around Stamford? I have family in Darien and have spent a little time in Stamford.
any where honestly, I mostly use it as my DD going to work and home....got to make my sacrifice for the Jeep
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I hear ya. I work from home so no longer have a long commute. But I get to drive mine daily to pick up my youngest son from school. He has a smile every day when I pull up and he gets to hop in. Priceless.
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Momma got some new wheels and tires today.

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The Jeep oddly seems to be missing, unless you are mounting the to the boxes? I mean the Jeep is boxy so yea I can see it, looking good! makes me want to go get some wheels now for my Jeep in black.
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I was shocked that they shipped in boxes as my previous experiences buying a wheel/tire combo had them delivered with cardboard taped to the front and rear with tire tread exposed. Inside the boxes from Extreme Terrain, there were 2 pieces of cardboard on the front and back of the wheel as well as a thick piece of corrugated cardboard on the botton, presumably to help ensure the wheel/tire dont break through the box. That said, about half of my boxes looked like UPS rolled them like a tire rather than carry them.

I'm installing them shortly! Hope to get a pic of them on the Jeep if I can get an angle for a good picture in my garage.
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Removed the Rancho springs and installed a bumper that she picked out. Need to find a permanent option for mounting the front tag.



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Looks good. I am potentially traveling down that same path because I have a 16 Hard Rock and it is my wifeís DD. I will be seriously ill if I she did not like it after that work.

I am looking at the same Rancho lift, ready to buy the same size tires and already have Quadratec wheels in the shed waiting.

So the questions I have are:
1 - Did you ever sought out the handling challenges? Or just removed the springs?

2- In post 11 is that with or without the springs.? I would love to see a good side picture with the stock springs with the new wheels to get a sense of fender clearance.

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Post 11 is with the rancho springs. I will try to get a picture with the stock springs tonight or tomorrow. That said, seems I left out 1 detail. when I installed the stock springs, I installed a 1" teraflex spacer in the front and a 10mm OME spacer in the rear. I did this because I wanted to make sure there was no risk of rubbing with 285/70's when loaded down with 3 kids and luggage in the back. Plus, she liked the idea of leveling the front a bit. After the install, the rear sits .5" higher than the front measured at the pinch seam.

I wanted to install the geo brackets but my wife really didnt like the additional ride height so. I believe that they would have addressed the dead spot and wandering based on everything I've read. But having not tried it, it's only speculation.
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It looks great. That is what I envision for mine. I just want a little more height and tire nothing crazy. Mine is essentially a beach buggy in the summer.

Look forward to the updates picture. Thanks.

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Here's a side picture. Note I also installed a metal bumper when I installed the stock springs.



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Thank you for that. Looks great and I now know what I am doing. Thanks again.


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I donít see any of the pics in this thread.
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@boosthead . What is the backspacing on those wheels?


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I donít see any of the pics in this thread.
I'll check out the link that was posted on posting pics. The issue is odd because when I post the pics hosted on imgur, they appear but later don't. If you click on the pic and open in a new tab, they will display for you.
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Manufacturer: Mammoth 4x4 Style: Boulder
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Backspacing: 4.7" (121mm) Offset: -6mm (-0.2")
Load Capacity: 1521 lbs (690 kg) Bolt Pattern: 5x5"
Weight: 23.0 lbs Material: Aluminum
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