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New JK Owner

Signed the papers and trading in the WJ for a JK. Pretty excited to get it

Its going to be a factory order unlimited 6spd with 3:73's, limited slip and tow package along with some other goodies from the factory. I'm hoping its here before the holidays and while I wait, I thought I would ask a couple of questions to the experts here.

Been doing some research on what I want my first mods to be and I've decided it will suspension and tires. All though I am a huge fan of the LED lighting upgrades and the I/H/E, tires and suspension get the nod.

Because this is a daily driver and will see most most of its life on the pavement with mild to fairly moderate off road use at times, I believe I have decided on the Tera Flex 1.5" leveling kit. It's my understanding this kit offers a 1" overall lift and also corrects the factory rake.

For tires, I've decided to keep the factory 5 hole 18s and do a little plasti dip magic on them BUT I have decided I want to replace the factory rubber with Goodyear Duratrac 275/70/18's.

Before I pull the trigger, I was looking/hoping to get at least 1 1/2" maybe 2 out of an economy boost. Are there any decent options to the Tera Flex that might offer 1.5-2" total lift? Could I add additional 1/2" spacers to the leveling kit that Tera Felx offers with out compromising safety? One day, I may decide to go with a full 2.5-3" lift and 35's but that day isnt quite here yet/ I'm working on a budget, hence not down sizing to 17's with 35's and going full lift now. Another thing I am unclear of is would I need spacers to run these tires with the factory rims?

While I'm here, what's the impression on Truck Lite LED Headlights VS JW Speaker? The JW's look very sweet but from what I can tell so far, don't really justify the extra money unless you want the aesthetics.

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:48 PM
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Congrats !! , You maybe able to go with a Rubicon springs and shocks and get about 2" .
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I'd look for the Rubi suspension as stated above. I like the AEV 2 inch spacer lift myself. It corrects the factory rake and is pretty simple to install. I wouldn't add more spacers to a spacer lift.

You'll love the Duratracs. I run them on my JK and so far I am pretty impressed. Actually hoping for some snow this year so I can go play. I think you probably will rub at full lock, and most likely against the air dam at the bottom of the front bumper. You can trim that piece if you are rubbing too much.

We are modding a bunch of JKs here and we decided the Truck Lites for the money were the way to go. I think they are quite a bit less expensive than the JW Speakers. i'm sure there are others that will swear by the truck lites and those that will swear by the JWs. Me personally I'd much rather save the difference between the 2 for other mods.

So what color and options did you order?
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Re: New JK Owner

thanks for the feedback guys.

Pat, I went with the Sahara Unt'd, black on black leather, 430 Nav, Connectivity, trailer tow package, 3:73 gear, limited slip diff, auto climate, 6 spd and slush mats of course

I wrestled back an fourth with painted top or no painted top. I finally decided no paint for longevity. I can see the painted top and removable panels getting scratched or chipped which would annoy the heck out of me. WIth the money I saved I can buy my duratracs so I also agree with your philosophy on the Truck Lites.

How much overall lift did you get with AEV kit?

For the guys who suggested RUBI shocks and springs, one of the reasons I opted out of the RUBI was I found the ride on the pavement to be harsh. I had attributed this to the shocks and springs in the RUBI. Was that wrong?

Anyone have any advice on tire size with the OEM wheel? My initial thought was to run a 275/70/18 but the 295/65/18 is essentially the same OD with a wider track. I believe to run the 275/70/18s I will need to add a 1.25" spacer which should rid any rubbing problems. Wondering if the 295's would stick out too far from the fender with the spacer? I'm going to run a search and see what I can find but any advice here is also welcome.

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thanks for the feedback guys.

Pat, I went with the Sahara Unt'd, black on black leather, 430 Nav, Connectivity, trailer tow package, 3:73 gear, limited slip diff, auto climate, 6 spd and slush mats of course

I wrestled back an fourth with painted top or no painted top. I finally decided no paint for longevity. I can see the painted top and removable panels getting scratched or chipped which would annoy the heck out of me. WIth the money I saved I can buy my duratracs so I also agree with your philosophy on the Truck Lites.

How much overall lift did you get with AEV kit?

For the guys who suggested RUBI shocks and springs, one of the reasons I opted out of the RUBI was I found the ride on the pavement to be harsh. I had attributed this to the shocks and springs in the RUBI. Was that wrong?

Anyone have any advice on tire size with the OEM wheel? My initial thought was to run a 275/70/18 but the 295/65/18 is essentially the same OD with a wider track. I believe to run the 275/70/18s I will need to add a 1.25" spacer which should rid any rubbing problems. Wondering if the 295's would stick out too far from the fender with the spacer? I'm going to run a search and see what I can find but any advice here is also welcome.

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No thats about right , but If i remember correctly , you could put any shocks on . I would recommend the Old Man Emu shocks. They have a nice ride . They are a bit expensive but worth it. one other thing that my contribute to the harsh rideis the tire pressure. if they have the pressure jacked up to 50 psi , then the ride will be harder then the pressure at 35


If you like the ride of the non rubicon models then the spacer lift is the way to go , specifically the ones the mount on the top of the strut . This way you will get the lift but still maintain the factory shocks and struts .
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hmmm....well if my my pentastar blows a head then its an excuse to do some upper end work under warranty lol Thanks Chad, I'll keep an ear out for that. How many have experienced this problem? Is it pretty common?

So I have been doing some more research, I think I will go with the TF 1.5" level kit 2" up front, 1" in the back for a total lift of 1.5" once installed. I will also pick up some spacers, 1.5" to push the wheels out a bit both for clearance and looks once the 33's go on.

One thing I discovered with the Duratracs in 18" rim size, they are E load rated. That means they will ride a little harsher than their C load rated 17" cousins. Its even more important that I keep the factory ride quality via the suspension mods as much as possible now. Think I am leaning towards the 295/65/18 instead of the 275/70/18. The 295 is 33.2" vs the 275 which is 33.4" if I'm not mistaken. 2mm diff is nothing but the 295 is 11.6" wide VS 10.8 on the 275 which is only .6" wider than the OEM 255s at 10.2" so I'm thinking the 295s would look a little meaner for about the same cost of the 275s.

Anyone run an E load rated Duratrac? Any feedback you can provide VS stock or other non E load rated tires you have run in the past? I can probably air them down to 30-32 psi to level out some of the harshness but beyond that I'm sure I'll just be contributing to excessive outside wear.

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The head is becoming a very common thing, several thousand of them so far. Biggest problem is how long a lot of the people had to wait for the replacement parts , some are over 2 months

E rated tire will be ok , but if you ever really lift it you will want 17s

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Really? Any bulletins on this? Should I be letting my dealer know?

I am leaning toward the 17s now with 285/70/17s instead. Im at $1300 with 295/65/18's and 1.5" wheel spacers. For $1700 I can get the XD hoss and 285/70/17's. Almost a no brainer, for $400 more I have complete set of extra wheels and tires. No TPMS though, thats another $150 on top but seems worth it in the long run.

I just wish I had more local modded jeep contacts so I can see some set ups in person. I think my mind is made on wheels and tires, now if I can only decide on the TF 1.5 or RE 2" I think my life would be complete. lol

I was wondering if the spacer leveling kit would cause any issues with towing. Wondering if with a load the rear might sag and the ride gets bumpy due to less shock travel. Because of this, I'm thinking of swapping spacers for springs, TF coil level kit or maybe the RE 2" BB with shocks. I was thinking TF 1.5" and if I dont like the stance I can always add 1/2" spacers on the corners but without shocks and moving up to a full 2" of lift, I would think shock replacement for ones with more travel would be ideal than 2" spacer lift on stock shocks.

If teraflex made a 1.75" level kit, none of this would be an issue. I think with 33's thats the perfect height. 1.5 is a little low, 2" is little high imo. 2.5 lift is perfect with 35s also imo.
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For the height your looking for just go flat fenders and bigger tires, this will give you your 1 1/2" of lift with ease and still drive like new


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