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Old 05-30-2013, 10:51 AM
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Re: Thinking about building a ridiculous WK2 on 35's.... Thoughts?

Just throwing this out there for a few people to look at... maybe ask some questions if you are really serious about going with 35's...

There is a company called AEV. They have a "guinea pig" WK2 that is currently rolling 35's... Do they think they will mass produce it?... No. It is an awesome chance to pick the brains of the people who made it happen?... Yes!
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I'm sure if you send some emails to the right people you would get some answers about the current R&D going on... Here is the wk2 factory lifted model with what looks like a 33"??? Any ideas?
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Re: Thinking about building a ridiculous WK2 on 35's.... Thoughts?

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I'm sure if you send some emails to the right people you would get some answers about the current R&D going on... Here is the wk2 factory lifted model with what looks like a 33"??? Any ideas?
those are 35" on the concept '14 trailhawk
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those are 35" on the concept '14 trailhawk

Yes they are. If anyone is serious though, I would talk to AEV.. Not bease it off of Trailhawk. Those 35's RUBBBB.
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Re: Thinking about building a ridiculous WK2 on 35's.... Thoughts?

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They even cut out the fenders & they still rubbed on certain turns.

I think if you did something like that you'd have to cut it out more & put on the Bushwacker fender flares.

Back to the Trailhawk II. They'll probably put on 33s as stock, kinda like the Rubicon- it'll also keep the MPGs better than with the 35s.
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Re: Thinking about building a ridiculous WK2 on 35's.... Thoughts?

Alright well I have since learned this vehicle inside out, I test drove a WK2 at a dealer just to see what I was getting into (not a CRD, just a new Hemi with the 8 speed to get a feel for it, he didn't have any CRD's yet). As I had said, I have a good relationship with this dealer and picked his brain. He let me pour over a dealer order form, and here's what I found out: you can't get the ELSD without the air suspension, you can't get the ELSD and the air suspension without the Offroad II group, you can't get that with the diesel without it being a limited with the Luxury package and blah blah blah blah blah.... it snowballed into a $55,000 Jeep full of a bunch of crap I didn't want. He called Jeep to see if there was a way to make an exception and the answer was no.

What I did find:

Icon Vehicle Dynamics is making 2" coilovers and shocks (which was my plan after playing with the air suspension and deciding it was stupid).

There are enough skid plates and armor from Rocky Road to protect the truck enough to beat the crap out of it (I was still planning on flat bellying it at the shop).

I found out that Jeepin By Al might be looking for a WK2 test mule to develop a kit, someone should call them, I've installed one of their kits on a Liberty before and it was pretty cool.

If you're smart about where you cut you can use the Bushwacker flares to widen your wheel wells to easily accommodate 33's, maybe bigger but it will require you cutting the body A LOT. What you'll do is drill out the fake rivets in the flares and replace them with actual hardware, using that area as your mounting surface (I did it on a monster XJ I built, worked great) then cut the body along the line that arches over the wheel wells. It flattens nicely and you should be able to carefully cut it and roll the fenders upwards. You would then cut the Bushwaker flares a la Trailhawk II. With some creativity you should be able to push the fender liners up and around your cuts.

ARB hasn't even started developing air lockers and no one is sure about suspension.

And finally: WK2 SRT 8 3.7:1 gears should install in the same diffs and carrier as the 3.45:1 gears, no one had any answers as to weather that would freak out the TCS like it does on a JK without a Pro Cal Module.

I have decided the WK2 isn't for me, and it's not the platform or even the lack of aftermarket support. Jeep made it too hard to get the options I want. While the WK2 is definitely a more upscale vehicle than its predecessors, it's a Jeep and I should be able to get it without F-ing Tv's in the headrests, heated leather seats and a Nav system. I know I know, some crusty old jaded weirdo geezer is going to hop on this thread and start bitching "Well that's not what its for, get a Rubicon, I lack creativity and hate my life...." and I say shut up you! Keep your conformist propaganda to yourself!

I hope the Trailhawk II is cool and uses all this modern tech and a nice Diesel engine to get create a badass American 4x4 that gets decent fuel economy and burns cleanly at the pipe. I hope one of you guys picks up where I left off and builds a ridiculous WK2 on 35" tires, breaks in and repairs it doing something stupid on the Rubicon and sends me a picture!

I stumbled across a nice FZJ80 Land Cruiser for way less money than it should have been, I decided to buy that as a baby hauler/camping mobile keep my stinky FJ40 with me. In the end I'm a Toyota guy, a pre made in Mexico and America Toyota guy. A Jeep made in Toledo would have been nice, but I didn't want a Rubicon because my FJ40 is just more fun and so far has done a great job of pulling friends Jeep's out of holes after their axle parts broke.
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Re: Thinking about building a ridiculous WK2 on 35's.... Thoughts?

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Here's a couple of WK2 OR related thread links, there's more you should surf around for on a search. We have a few JG WK2 offroaders, but my guess is you're talking about another level perhaps towards rock crawling, not sure.

Also suggest you call Rocky Road in Utah, they've put out a great fender mounted winch, roof racks, rockrails, and perhaps some lift options (non QL IIRC).

Lets see what your WK2 can DO!

Winch Mount and bumper

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Article Link from recent 2014 Trailhawk thread: Six Concept 4x4s Revealed By Jeep and Mopar | Editorials Blog & Opinions at Four Wheeler Magazine

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Bit50,

Just wondering, I have been eyeing the 7036 pro comps for a while and wanted to know how large of a tire/wheel can I fit on the ride before rubbing starts on my truck? I have a 2013 e group.

Also, I don't have a lift and most likely won't get one. Just trying to fill the wheel wells as much as possible with a meatier tire/rim combo
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Re: Thinking about building a ridiculous WK2 on 35's.... Thoughts?

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So I got the new tires on, I had to bang that pinch seam back flat like you talked about, I cut out a bunch of the inner fender because it sits out a bit with air behind it and was rubbing. now I only rub just before full lock.

wondering what else you ended up doing?

what did you do about the big open cavity rear of the wheel that is filled with that foam bag? I cut away the inner fender now the foam bag keeps trying to fall out.

I was thinking of bending up some thin steel to create a cover for it and securing it under the inner fender and finding a way to fasten it inside the wheel well ??
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