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Hi all. I bought my 2012 sport about 4 months ago. I have about 4 thousand road miles and about 100 trail miles on it. I took my jeep to Trick Trucks in Chantilly VA to get an estimate on the work I wanted done to it. $4500 estimate and a "ARE YOU FREAKING CRAZY!!":banghead:(from my wife), I have come to the realization that I need to come up with some less expensive alternatives.

Thanks to this site I have learned A TON! soooo here's my question

Does anyone have any pros and or cons if I get a 2" AEV spacer suspension system ($259) and 5 Nitto Trail Grapplers 285/70r17 ($269 each) to put on my stock rims.

My goal is to add a little more flex and clearance while maintaining its daily driver functionality.
 

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If your trail-to-road ratio is 1-40, as you say, you can get better road tires than the Nittos (cheaper, too) that'll perform as well or better.

Look at Cooper, GY DuraTracs, BFG's, etc.
 

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I have heard and read nothing but good things about the trail grapplers. why do you say not good, just curious becuase i was thinking of getting some 37's
 

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I have heard and read nothing but good things about the trail grapplers. why do you say not good, just curious becuase i was thinking of getting some 37's
I didn't say not good. I said if the OP spends that much time on-road, and so little time off, there are better tires out there.

Doesn't mean anybody has to do anything they don't wanna do. You want Nittos, have at it. :thumb:
 

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I didn't say not good. I said if the OP spends that much time on-road, and so little time off, there are better tires out there.

Doesn't mean anybody has to do anything they don't wanna do. You want Nittos, have at it. :thumb:
I've thought about the Duratracs and thats actually my 2nd choice... I am just a huge fan of the aggressive tread that the trail grapplers posses... plus the price seems to be more than fair.
 

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Do the work yourself and save a ton of money.
 

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Being in Chantilly, I am sure there are other jeepers that would help you for the cost of some adult beverages and pizza. Check out novajeepers.net
 

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Hi all. I bought my 2012 sport about 4 months ago. I have about 4 thousand road miles and about 100 trail miles on it. I took my jeep to Trick Trucks in Chantilly VA to get an estimate on the work I wanted done to it. $4500 estimate and a "ARE YOU FREAKING CRAZY!!":banghead:(from my wife), I have come to the realization that I need to come up with some less expensive alternatives. ...
Take this with a grain of salt, but:

Over the years, I have have plenty of work done at Trick Trucks and more-recently, High Tech in Chantilly. There's just no comparison whatsoever. Go see Bobby at High Tech.
 

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If you want more flex, go with coils. Bugdet boost will give you tire clearance, but you don't gain articulation.
 

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It's not that the Nittro trail's are not good tires because they are BUT......They are noisy on the road and one of the heavier tires you can buy putting strain on your drive train and excess weight that isn't needed for a build. Just not a great Jeep choice if you plan to drive it on the pavement. Great trail tire though.
 

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It's not that the Nittro trail's are not good tires because they are BUT......They are noisy on the road and one of the heavier tires you can buy putting strain on your drive train and excess weight that isn't needed for a build. Just not a great Jeep choice if you plan to drive it on the pavement. Great trail tire though.
Thanks for the input... I was definately concerned with the weight because of my gears..when I am on these tire sites looking at all thee specs I never see the weight.
 

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I am strongly considering it. It would be my first time but I think I can do it.
It's a lot easier than you might think. Other than normal tools, you;ll need a good floor jack and jack stands for safety. Harbor Freight can save you money there and they will prove useful later as well.

Check out google "project JK" and you can find complete write ups for doing most things for your Wrangler and you tube has tons of videos.
 
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