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Hey, y'all,

I just picked up a '15' JKUR Hard Rock, 6 spd., 4.10, and I'm looking to lift it and go with some 35"s. I'm close to settled on the Teraflex 2.5" coil lift and retain my Rubi shocks with extenders for now and, while I'm totally open to insight and opinions on the TF lift, I'd really appreciate some advise on what folks are loving in 35" tires on my stock 17" wheels.

I'd love to hear opinions regarding ride, cost and tread life, etc.


My Jeep will definitely be a daily driver, however, I will be diligent in getting in over my head, off-road. Not much real rock crawling but lots of Michigan trails and seasonal roads.

(Rigged a hoist in my garage and put the soft top on yesterday. Sure is great to get back into a Wrangler state of mind! )
 

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If you in Michigan then I'm assuming that your jeep will see a fair amount of snowy roads in the winter. If that's the case then I would suggest you stay away from mud tires and focus your efforts in the newer crop of various more aggressive all terrains that also are either snow rated or are proven to work well in the snow. Honestly most people don't need more tire than an all terrain offers anyhow.

My first suggestion would be the goodyear duratracs. (What I'm currently running) they are an aggressive looking tire that is also winter rated and handles surprisingly well on road in both wet and dry scenarios. They have a very loyal following on the forums and for good reason.

There are also a number of other tires similar to the duratracs that would work as well.

Cooper ST maxx
BFG k02
Toyo AT3

Then there are the tires that are a little more mild but strike a better balance of on road drivablility and longevity.

General grabber AT2
Cooper AT3
Kumho just came out with a new one
Nitto Terra grappler
Hankook atm

This is by no means an exhaustive list but should be a good list to start your search.
In my experience its best to be honest with what your needs are and what your looking for we all want the most wicked looking tire possible, but if that's not the tire you need your likely to hate it once your past the honeymoon phase (atleast that's been my experience) what's your priority, on road, longevity, off-road, winter? Then pick what tire suits you best.

As far as size with all of these 315/70r17 or 35x12.5x17 will work on stock wheels with a set of wheel spacers and the teraflex 2.5. If you give us a bit more specific usage for your jeep and your tire we can certainly help you narrow it down.

Based off what you have said so far tho... Duratracs!
 

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Thanks, HTB!

That''so a lot of input, I appreciate it. I have been looking at the Duratracs and the Goodyear mtr/Kevlar and I have the stock BFGs on there now.

Regarding the lift, as I'm learning more it appears there's always something else to add. I can't just buy the TF 2.5" coil lift and use my own shocks. That $500 dollar path swells to over a thousand, without shocks or a pro cal.

However, if my Jeep ends up looking the way yours does, I'll be pretty happy!
 

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There is nothing wrong with shock extensions until you save up for better shocks, (or maybe you will like the setup) should work great for trails/DD duties.

I could be mistaken but I think if you order the kit with shock extensions it comes with the frame side rear trackbar bracket. So you would want to order the kit with no shocks and just buy the extensions outright (they are cheap). Teraflex makes two different rear trackbar brackets to recenter your rear axle after the lift, one goes on the frame side and is weaker and the other goes on the axle side, is stronger, and increases roll center which results in better handling.

Moral of the story is whoever you order it from just make sure you tell them you want the kit with the axle side rear trackbar bracket. Past that should be a sweet setup even with shock extensions. But you will need a procal, and if you plan on running stock wheels, wheel spacers as well.

Imho that's why the 2.5" range is great, sure you can add caster correction, and trackbars to make it stronger and ride a little better but they are not needed at that height, you can lift it and add to it based on your budget and needs.

Have you checked out this thread yet?

http://www.wranglerforum.com/#/forumsite/20561/topics/1136938

There is a wealth of info on the TF kit in that thread. My opinion is tho don't get too sucked into "needing this or needed that" I ran mine for a lot of miles with no caster correction and just an adjustable front trackbar and it ran smooth and strait. Sure It handles better now that I have added (front and rear adjustable track bars, front lower adjustable arms, fox ATS stabilizer, attenuator, ball joints, etc.) But it wasn't like she was running off the road before or anything.

Hope that helps, the teraflex lift is a great choice.

Also thanks for the kind words about my jeep.
 

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I currently have GY Dura but looking to switch to 37 BFG Ko2 by reading the reviews on the Ko2 they are superb tires except for mud which I don't do anyway.
I would probably run k02s next go round if they offered a 35 in something other than E rated, I was disappointed to see both the 35x12.5x17 and the 315x70r17 were both E rated, come on bfg...
 

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Take a look at the Cooper STT Pro's
 

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I have the duratracs and they are great. I also have the TF 2.5 coils and I ran shock extensions for last 15k miles and worked great on and off road. I can tell you the Duratracs are better in snow than the BFG KM 2s that came on my Rubi, and quiter too.
 
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