I have a '14 Willys Wheeler Unlimited on order and I can't wait for it to arrive! The first thing I am going to do is lift it, outfit it with 35" tires, and put on new front/rear bumpers and tire carrier. I have previously owned a Wrangler ('08) but I am new to aftermarket upgrades so I could really use some advice.
I have a few questions. Overall, I do not want to go cheap but I also do not have a $10k budget. Any advice I can get would be fantastic.
- I like the wheels on the Willys Wheeler (17" rubicon wheels in black) so I am planning on keeping those, does anyone have any suggestions for the best 35" tires I could mount on the stock wheels? I will be driving to/from work on paved roads during the week and hitting trails on weekends. I will be doing some off roading but probably nothing that would go viral on youtube.
I love my KM2's. My buddy just got pitbull rockers and I might get them next. Tires have so much character and work great yet are not that loud.
- Any suggestions on lift kits? I can't go too high (so my wife can still get the baby in the car seat, ha!) but I also do not want any rubbing issues. This is the one I'm most concerned about because I want to get the best lift for my budget.
I currently have a 2 in old man emu lift. But I had a chance to drive AEV's jeep they take to show dealers. It had a phenomenal ride. It will definitely be my next lift. But will still be their 2.5 in. I only plan on 35's because as a daily driver I don't want to deal with the climb of a larger lift and larger tires. Plus at 2ish in a lot less strain on everything else
- Is a rear tire carrier absolutely needed for 35" tires? I've heard yes and no... just wondering if anyone knows for sure.
I personally do not think so. Only time will tell with a late model jeep. Fact is earlier models did. But the back door has been beefed up. If you plan on keeping it a long time (which I don't) might be better safe than sorry
- Finally, as far as bumpers, I'm loving OR-Fab front and rear bumpers (and the tire carrier). Has anyone had any issues with these or would you recommend a different brand?
No experience with these.
Thank you very much for the advice. All of this research is making my head hurt and I'm hoping this will help me narrow down my decisions.