I'll try too.
Like you Jeepbowhunter, I'm new to Jks after having several other Jeeps. I have a 2dr 2007 Rubi and absolutely love it! It is my daily driver, but my commute is only 5 miles each way. When I bought it, it came with a 2 inch budget boost and stock tires. The thing wheels great and I have only locked the axles once just to make sure they work. I do belong to a 4 wheel club, so I use it regularly off road.
The ride with the budget boost is ok, but I want to run 35 inch tires without cutting the fenders. (My wife doesn't like the look of flat fenders and a happy wife is a happy life) So, after reading (a lot) on this site, I have bought a Rock Krawler 2.5 stock mod lift. Once the kit is installed, I will buy a set of Duratrac 315/70/17 tires (they are just shy of 35 inchs) to use on my stock rims. To use the stock rims, I will need to buy 1.5 inch wheel spacers. I've decided on using Spidertrax spacers based on the recommendations from most of the people on this site and others.
Also, because the tires are close to 35 inches, I will be cutting about 2 inches off the rear pinch seams. This is to keep the tire from being cut while off road.
Why I will use the above stuff:
RK 2.5 lift... RK makes a great product and they support veterans and the military at every opportunity.
Duratrac tires... From everything I've read, they are great all around tires. I regularly have my family in the Jeep and I want the JK to handle on the road as good as possible. I would have bought a true 35 inch tires if the Duratrac came in that size.
Spidertrax 1.5 spacer... As I researched the site, it became obvious that most people run a spacer for tires with a size of 285/70/17 or larger. This is to keep the tire from rubbing on the sway bar. Spidertrax seems to be the spacer of choice because it is hub centric. I'm not completely sure what that means, but almost everyone on the site that appears to know much more than me (which is almost everyone) mentions it as a "must have."
I did think about running a Toyo 285/75/17 (33.8 inches if I remember right) and keeping the 2 inch budget boost. But like you, I have a 2 door and running an E rated tire with such a light JK didn't make since to me. Also, with some of the runs the club goes on here in Northern California, the guys in my club thought I should get at least a 315/ 70/17 tire.
All of this is what I am doing... I do not portray myself as an expert in any way. The guys on this site are very helpful, but make sure you take the time to post in a way that is as easy as possible to read. Like someone else wrote... If you take the time, so will they. Oh and by the way... SEARCH the site to see if your questions have been asked and answered previously.
Last edited by Bart; 02-16-2014 at 09:22 PM.