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How to transform your JK for under 2 grand. (Lift, 35s)

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Just want to start out by saying this is my first post. I purchased my 2007 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara almost a year ago and love the thing. I bought it completely stock and spent more effort than I really should have to figure out what lift/tire/wheel combo I should do. Digging through the forums forever. I was really on a tight budget and read and heard you really need to spend 4-5 grand to do a lift and 35s. I decided against 33s because a lot of people on here said "when you get 33s, you'll just want 35s" which I now believe is absolutely true. I found a way to do 35s for much cheaper but it requires doing exactly what I did so if you maybe don't like the wheels I chose or the lift, it might not work out like it did for me. If you want 35s but don't want to spend a lot, here's your guide. Here it goes:



For the lift I don't do any really serious wheeling. Just the occasional trip to the park so a spacer lift fit my needs just fine. I settled on the Teraflex 2.5 lift. I read Teraflex makes some great BB lifts and having it on the Jeep for almost a year I would agree.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009X25Q5A/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Here's where most of the savings come in. Going down to a 15 in wheel not only makes for a much less expensive wheel, but cuts the cost of the tire's almost in half. If I would have used the stock 18in wheels, each tire would cost me $410. Each. Tire. Going down to a 15in wheel is the key here. Took me a while to find a 15 wheel that would clear the calipers but I learned certain ProComps would. I settled on this exact wheel:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/pcw-52-5873/overview/


I wanted a mud terrain tire. All-terrains don't look good IMO in 35in size. Cant go wrong with BFGs:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

Another big part of the savings is installing this yourself. I have some experience installing spacer lifts and I was fortunate enough to have access to a lift so that saved some time but it wasn't difficult. Could easily be done in one day with the right tools. The instructions that came with the lift were also very clear and helpful.

Lift - $340
Wheels - $55x5 = $275
Tires - $227x5 = ~$1,200 shipped

Grand total - $1,815


Let me know if you have any questions.







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looks great!thanks for posting this as i was looking to do the same.
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Looks good and I too have used the 15" wheels to save money on tires.
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Nice rig. Welcome aboard.

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Cut your flares so those tires have more room to move when you do take it offroad. Although you will end up wanting 37s once you do that. I knew I would not be happy with 35s on mine in the end so I just got the size I knew I would want in the end.
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Nice. How does she ride on the highway? Do you notice the Jeep wanting to wander more at highway speed than before?

I also bought 15" wheels and tires, but mostly it was a preference for the look vs larger wheels. Of course, saving $400 on the package didn't hurt either.

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Digging through the forums forever. I was really on a tight budget and read and heard you really need to spend 4-5 grand to do a lift and 35s.
That's news to me [and most].

I don't think I have 4 grand wrapped up under my Jeep with beadlocks, ram-assist and 37s..

Rig looks good, welcome to the forum.

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Cool! Just wanted to know if you used any spacers and can you give me a front and back angle so I can see how much the wheels and tires stick out? Thanks so far this is the look I want in my 08 Jk Sahara.
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I did pretty much the same initial build with my '09 Rubicon. 2.5" BB, 33's on 15's and then some other stuff. After I sold the stock Rubicon wheels, I was on into the build for like $600.


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I did pretty much the same initial build with my '09 Rubicon. 2.5" BB, 33's on 15's and then some other stuff. After I sold the stock Rubicon wheels, I was on into the build for like $600.
I sold my 2013 Rubicon wheels and tires for $1200 for all 5. I paid $2300 shipped, mounted, and balanced (roadforced) for my 40 x 13.50 17 Trail Grapplers on 17x9 Vtec Raptors (4 no spare). Not bad for $1100. I have about $1600 total in my suspension right now but I need another 700-800 worth of parts to make it complete for now.
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