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I have a pretty clear idea of what I want to do with my JK, but I don't know if what I want to do is feasible, at all practical, or possibly even contradictory. I could really use some advice on how to go about building the Jeep I want.

So here's what I want to do. First, I absolutely have my heart set on Rock-Slide Engineering's Rigid Series bumpers and rock sliders. This is what they look like:




Of course, my Jeep is a 2-door and dark green, so it'll look different, but equally awesome. The thing is, the RSE stuff is designed to work with the stock flares, which I like quite a bit. I don't want to do flats or any other brand. Like I said, my heart is set on this profile. It's very sci-fi looking, and I know that's not everyone's taste, but I totally dig it.

I'd also like to run 35" tires, so I'm pretty much assuming I'm going to need a lift kit. I know jack about lift kits. I know that lifting my Jeep could require changing the gear differential, reinforcing or replacing the axles, whole lot of stuff that I know very little about.

The reason I'd be installing heavy duty bumpers and rock sliders, plus putting 35s on it is twofold. I want to be able to drive this here:


That's a trail and the play area at the Walker Valley ORV park, the closest ORV park to me. It's pretty burly, and I'd like to be able to tackle terrain like this without breaking down.

I also want to be able to do this:


Being able to drive across a river is just awesome, and I want to be able to handle a Washington mountain river, which tend to have a lot of fallen logs and big river rocks.

How big should I go? What tech should I be looking at? This also needs to be street legal, and I'd like it to be comfortable to drive in the city, so not too crazy.
 

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Anything is possible given time, money, and research.

I don't really have any input for you but I do wish you luck.
 

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So first of all if you want deep water with onstacles, a snorkel is a good idea for you as well as extending axle breathers. Both aren't hard. Lifting a jeep is much easier than you think. A good 2.5-3" lift would do well for you.

If you read the stickeys at the top, you'll be a able to learn a bunch about lifting jeeps, the importance of extending breather tubes, and any other question You could need.

Also welcome to the forum!
 

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So first of all if you want deep water with onstacles, a snorkel is a good idea for you as well as extending axle breathers. Both aren't hard. Lifting a jeep is much easier than you think. A good 2.5-3" lift would do well for you.

If you read the stickeys at the top, you'll be a able to learn a bunch about lifting jeeps, the importance of extending breather tubes, and any other question You could need.

Also welcome to the forum!
Welcome .. Read/research as much as you can. You've come to the right place :)

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Welcome aboard! It is great that you have a plan and that your Jeep knows what it wants to be when it grows up! I do like that front bumper too! I actually like the whole profile on that red Jeep. And my Jeep happens to be red 4 door too lol!

I don't think a small lift is as "everything changing" as when you get into the bigger lifts.

What kind of gearing do you have to be pulling 35 inch tires plus armor (I think you mentioned in another post), a bunch of big heavy bumper stuff and so on, up big hills, rocks, mud and water? Is the Jeep also your daily driver?

Very curious to see how you go with this build!
 

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What kind of gearing do you have to be pulling 35 inch tires plus armor (I think you mentioned in another post), a bunch of big heavy bumper stuff and so on, up big hills, rocks, mud and water? Is the Jeep also your daily driver?
Right now it just has the stock gearing, and I'm assuming I'm going to need to go up in gearing. I'm not really worried about the mileage lost -- as long as I stay above 12 mpg, I'm a happy camper. And yes, this will also be my daily driver, for at least a little while. I'm a writer though, and work from home, so I don't have a daily commute or anything.

I just watched the Teraflex video in the stickies, and I see why folks are recommending the 3" lifts, but I have a pretty outrageous budget for modding this Jeep, and I think I just kinda want to go bigger than that for the sheer hell of it. Maybe even go up to something that would let me run 37s. I'm thinking that Teraflex 4" system looks to be about the right size fit for me, which will mean modifying the driveshaft (and installing steps!). I'll have to look at other companies too though.

Thanks to everyone for their advice and the links!

And yes, I'll definitely be putting in a snorkel. I'm thinking the Rugged Road modular model, as I like how it can be switched back and forth from the roofline snorkel to the more subtle hoodline snorkel.
 

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The equipment is only a small part of the equation. Developing the skill to drive in those conditions is 90% of it. Start small and learn.
 

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I have the 3.5" Metal Cloak OME lift and it is just awesome. Street riding is better than stock and off-road it is awesome. Can't be happier. Spend lots of time doing research. My next mod is the Tom Woods drive shaft and artec armor on the from axel.
This is addictive, and it is nice to have deep pockets for this.
 

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I have the 3.5" Metal Cloak OME lift and it is just awesome. Street riding is better than stock and off-road it is awesome. Can't be happier. Spend lots of time doing research. My next mod is the Tom Woods drive shaft and artec armor on the from axel.
This is addictive, and it is nice to have deep pockets for this.
This one? The video advertising for that suspension is sick. That is exactly the kind of performance I'm looking for.
 

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I have the Rse front and rear bumpers and the powered Rse rock sliders. I have the aev 3.5 lift running 315 duratracs. I even have the Rse light bar mounts. I'm running

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373 gears. Drives great on and off. Will be rehearing to 456 this summer. I installed everything and am glad to help. I'm standing on the power step in the carwash picture. It's very stout.

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You are gonna have so much fun. I looked at your jeep. You don't have much info on it. I have the RSE step sliders and love them. I agree on research. A lot is going to depend on what your looking for as ride quality. My buddy has a Old Man Emu 2.5 spring and shock setup on his JK with 35's and it is so much smoother on the road than my Rock Krawler 3.5. But on the trails I can handle the rough stuff faster than he can. It is a tradeoff. I have 35's and stock flares on mine and it is just about into the flares at full flex. I don't think I could get a 37 on there and not hit. Any good CA kit is gonna let you stuff your tires pretty high into the flare. You can bump stop to keep them out though. My jeep is a 13 with the auto. I went from 3.73's and 32's to 4.56 and 35's. Since it is a Rubicon I have lockers. I love it. It is my daily driver. My worst mileage is about 15 and best is about 20 on total highway runs. And there has been so much good advise about the vents if your gonna do water.
 

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JThrasher: How is the power step? I looked at that thing, and it's three times the cost of the rock sliders alone, plus it looks like it would break easily. How well protected are the mechanisms?

Also, does the light bar interfere with running a rack? I really like the look of the light bar, but I want to be able to mount my kayak up there, and I want to put a snorkel in, and and at some point too much stuff is trying to mount to the passenger side frame corner.
 

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Right now it just has the stock gearing, and I'm assuming I'm going to need to go up in gearing. I'm not really worried about the mileage lost -- as long as I stay above 12 mpg, I'm a happy camper. And yes, this will also be my daily driver, for at least a little while. I'm a writer though, and work from home, so I don't have a daily commute or anything.

I just watched the Teraflex video in the stickies, and I see why folks are recommending the 3" lifts, but I have a pretty outrageous budget for modding this Jeep, and I think I just kinda want to go bigger than that for the sheer hell of it. Maybe even go up to something that would let me run 37s. I'm thinking that Teraflex 4" system looks to be about the right size fit for me, which will mean modifying the driveshaft (and installing steps!). I'll have to look at other companies too though.

Thanks to everyone for their advice and the links!

And yes, I'll definitely be putting in a snorkel. I'm thinking the Rugged Road modular model, as I like how it can be switched back and forth from the roofline snorkel to the more subtle hoodline snorkel.
It's good to see you know exactly what you want. That is half the battle in the beginning. The other half is budget and it sounds like you have that handled. :thumb:

Given that you have a 2 DR and you really plan on pushing it hard off road I would reconsider the 37"s and 4" lift at least as long as it's your DD. TF is a very good choice in brand but the impact on the stress on your steering and driveline will go up more than the off road capability specially if you are just starting. You'll probably want to drive to other parks that are farther away and reliability will become more important.

Enjoy building your Jeep!
 

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JThrasher: How is the power step? I looked at that thing, and it's three times the cost of the rock sliders alone, plus it looks like it would break easily. How well protected are the mechanisms? Also, does the light bar interfere with running a rack? I really like the look of the light bar, but I want to be able to mount my kayak up there, and I want to put a snorkel in, and and at some point too much stuff is trying to mount to the passenger side frame corner.

There are very well built. When closed the steps fit inside the slides. Nothing to tear off on rocks. And the motors are inside. I can post a video later when I get home. The hardest part was drilling holes thru my rockers. I mean it drilled easy. I just cried a little on the inside.
 
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