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Old 02-14-2020, 03:29 PM
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Build advice 2 door Rubicon

I have newly acquired 2018 2 door Rubicon Firecracker Red. I want to take this build very methodically. I was wondering if anyone had an opion on this:

1. Do a 2.5-3 inch lift but initially keep my stock rubicon tires- is that going to look silly and do I need to just go ahead and pop some 37s on there? I may go with 35 s though, see below.

2. I have a manual trans and the 2 door is much sportier than my old 4 door, and I don't want to modify all that away... Anyone have experience to say should I not go with 37s

My last 4 door rubicon I built out like a tank and it drove like it. This one needs to maintain it sporty look and feel, I think. Any advice is appreciated!

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I did the same with my 2-door Rubicon JK. Had a 2.5" lift with stock tires till I decided which wheels I wanted. Looked fine for the short time they were on. You will have quite the gap though with the higher Rubi fenders.

It sounds like you know that 37's are going to cost you a whole lot more in steering components, gears, etc than just the tires so make sure you do your research before going that big.

I've got 37's and beadlocks on my 4-door and love them, but was also prepared to spend the money on the other stuff I needed.

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In my humble opinion, we tend to over-report how much "better" large tires are, and under-report their real-life tradeoffs.

My last two Rubicons had 35" tires: yes, they were beasts on the trail, but they drove so-so the 90% of the time they were on pavement. They both had a 2" Mopar lift, which is a good quality lift, and BFG KO2s, which are among the most comfortable tires you can put on a truck. But the fact remained that each wheel and tire weighed 100 lbs, on each corner, and that is going to hurt the Jeep's on-road handling. You really notice the difference when you go from a Jeep with 35+ tires back to a stock Wrangler and realize how much nimbler it feels, and how much nicer it drives.

If you are going to lift your Rubicon, yes, the stock tires are going to look puny. JL Rubicon already comes with a huge tire-to-fender gap, particularly in the front. If I were in that situation, I'd try to find a tire size that is as close as possible to 35 inches, but no more than 285 wide. That will look good and drive okay.

If you plan to wheel regularly, disregard all of the above and get some 35s.

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My current setup: JLU Sahara with 275/70R18 KO2s. It drives close to stock and can still handle quite a bit
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Thanks the the advice guys! Have a great weekend!

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