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post #1 of 18 Old 09-21-2014, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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New jku owner/forum member now time for mods

Hey guys I am happy to say that I am now a new jeep owner. I just purchased a 2015 jku sport. And I am ready to mod it. In matter of fact I already ordered some stuff to put on it. I am getting a 2.5" re lift with 3/4" day star spacers 17" xd rockstar wheels with 35" mt baja atz tires. As well as some rampage bumpers with a warn vr 8000 winch and some Kc led lights.


That being said I never been off-road yet but I really plan on doing it. My jeep is just a sport with 3.73's no lsd. Is there anything you guys will add or take away?

Also I know some will say I should have went off-road before modding. Which is probably the best idea. But I have a opportunity to do it now and maybe not later
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Missed "The Welcome Room" by this [ ] much.

Can't wait to see your Jeep. Not a lot of JKU's running RockStars.

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Lol sorry guys didn't know there was a welcome room. I forgot to mention I also I'm getting swaybar quick disconnects and nfab sidesteps. I can't wait to see it with the rockstar wheels either. I used to hate those wheels but now I love them.
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But I have a opportunity to do it now and maybe not later
Spoken like someone who gambles and loses a lot.

I'm kidding. Don't get offended if you're coming from wol or jkf.

Yea... definitely would have been better to have done some more research and to have gotten some trail-miles logged on the odo before modding, but no biggie.

I'm not a fan of rock-starz but to each his own. I really wouldn't have ever recommended the baja atz's either but more for their lack of performance in certain conditions. For a first tire they'll probably be fine and certainly better than the stock tires, so not necessarily a horrible choice.

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LOL I don't gamble but I am married. What tire would you guys recommend besides the Atz
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I don't think you are going to like wheeling with rockstars, their design seems to get trashed pretty easy if you off road.

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I think you just got the mall crawler starter kit.

Good call on the rocker armour. Especially on a JKU. I'm going to third or fourth the "probably should have wheeled first" notion, but like Pintler said it's not a big deal. I myself have the ATZ's on my 2 door Rubicon. They do okay. But they do tend to pack with mud quick and they will slip on stuff. Especially if you have a heavy right foot...as soon as they start to slip you might as well stop and reset. When ever I wheel I air them down to like 12, that's when they do well because they do flex and grab stuff that way. All that said, they are on the short list of shit to be replaced. My Jeep is also my DD, so I wanted a tire that is a good candidate for both on and off the road. The MTZ seems to work well and makes up for some of the short falls of its all terrain counterpart, as well as the MTR and Cooper STT. One of those three will be my next tire...

The one I'd worry about is the wheels. They are either going to get rashed up quick or you're going to be stressed about dragging them along rocks a lot while you are on the trail. They look nice but that nice design makes them susceptible to damage.

Do yourself a favor and join a local club and get out on the trail a few times. That will help you decide on future mods and the order of importance for each. I'll give you a hint though, go buy a strap and a couple shackles. You don't want to get stuck and be the knob with nothing to hook his winch to a tree with. Little stuff like that will make your life easier and will make off roading a good, enjoyable pass time rather than a stressful one.

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So what wheels would yall recommend. Ps: I really do want to get into the off road world
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Cancel out any true bead-locks until you really become a serious rock-hound. I would honestly stick towards the cheaper side of things in an aluminum flavor. If going steel, then Soft-8s by Cragar will look good and save you a shit-ton of coin. Any black d-window with correct back-spacing would be suitable also. Keep in mind... these are simple wheels... no bling or bullshit like the Porn-starz. If aluminum maybe look into something like a Micky Thompson classic II or something from Pro Comp, Ion, or Black Rock.

Keep in mind that going cheaper for your first set of wheels will be a wise choice... if you ever decide to change your mind... which we all do at some point. The more machining/ fancier that a wheel is... the less happy you're going to be when you grind it across some rocks. The only thing that looks worse than a fancy looking wheel, is a fancy looking wheel that was done in by serious rock rash imo.

Some simulated bead-locks look okay, but imo most just make your rig look like a flat-bill baller-crew bro-trucker wanna-be transport vehicle. Again... some look okay imo but a true trail Jeep looks better with a simple design or a true bead-lock.

Another plus with a simpler wheel is that it will be easier to clean for those times that you wanna cruise to Coach or Chick-Fil-a with the lady.

Choose some styles that you like and then look at width and backspacing and go from there. Depending on what you like and what will work, you can narrow down the field pretty quick.

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^^x2. You can save a lot of money on some simple wheels that still look good like the soft 8s or the Baja 8s from jegs for $52 each shipped. Running a 15'' tire will save you a lot too. I run the Baja 8s with 35x12.50 KM2s. Welcome to the forum BTW.

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Ya, I vote for steelies as far as wheels go. I am functionality & price over aesthetics, though. I paid less than 300 bucks for all 5 of my wheels, can't beat that!

But other mods, Lockers lockers lockers lockers. Oh, did i mention lockers?


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What would be the cheapest way to buy lockers.
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What would be the cheapest way to buy lockers.
I would wheel it first to see what it can do. Lockers are great but they are a big investment. You might decide you want to get skids or bumpers first.

If it ain't broke, fix it 'till it is.

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Lockers are a hug can of worms. It's probably about 1500 bucks for a pair of basic lockers with install. Double and some for a pair of selectable ones. That's without a gear install.

Right now, your Jeep is really capable. Take it offroad. Get it off camber, drive over some rocks. You'll find the limits eventually, but I promise you that it can take more than you can give right now.

Think of wheeling as a sport. Unlike having a fast street car, bolting shit on may not necessarily make the Jeep perform better. Driving offroad is very much a skill. A good driver in a stock Jeep can make a built Jeep with novice driver look stupid. Driving a stock Jeep offroad really builds that skill. And driving with experienced wheelers will too.

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Think of wheeling as a sport. Unlike having a fast street car, bolting shit on may not necessarily make the Jeep perform better. Driving offroad is very much a skill. A good driver in a stock Jeep can make a built Jeep with novice driver look stupid. Driving a stock Jeep offroad really builds that skill. And driving with experienced wheelers will too.
Exactly, you will also save a lot of coin knowing where your weak points are instead of spending money where you might not need it. I still have open diffs because I can go pretty much anywhere I want to go, oh yeah, and because I'm poor.

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With 3.73 gears, 35" tires and heavy steel aftermarket bumpers, body armor and winch, you're likely gonna have to re-gear. Weight is your enemy. Think about spending a few dollars more for aluminum bumpers etc., especially if you don't plan to run her hard offroad. Wish I'd gone with aluminum rock sliders and bumpers myself.

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First, welcome to JKO! Second, go wheel the Jeep before you build it! Okay, now that we have that out of the way, if you have a chance to build it up now (wife approval etc) vs. later, go ahead and put a few parts on.

Everyone above gave you some pretty good advice. Before throwing in my two cents, where are you located, and do you know what type of trails the local clubs go on? Dirt, dunes, rocks, etc? That could influence your tire selection.

When I went to 35's I went with a MT - Cooper, Falken, Goodyear, and Maxxis all have good options. For wheels, I am with the other guys. Get something inexpensive that you don't mind scratching up. Procomp, XD, and Mickey Thompson all make wheels with the correct backspacing. If you want something made in America American Eagle should have a few wheels that fit...

Now, with wheels, tires, and a tuner or Procal to adjust for the new tire diameter, you have all of the other fun stuff! If you are not set on a suspension system I would spend a little extra time here - look at basic options from Synergy/Poly, MetalCloak, and Rockcrawler. All of them have kits that you can build on as you wheel more.

When it comes to bumpers and armor I am with Soonerfan - I like lighter weight gear and think that aluminum makes a lot of sense for the right application. You can also get some fairly light, compact stubby bumpers done in steel from guys on here. Search for VKS fab and see what Vick can do for you. For the rear, the lightest combination you could get would be an aluminum stubby and either a Teraflex or Genright carrier. If you want to save a couple of dollars, or if you want to put a few extra dollars into your suspension, grab a bumper later and just strap your spare tire down in the back when you wheel.

Finally, when it comes to gears and lockers, unless you are up in the mountains at elevation try to get out and wheel once or twice to see how you like it and see how things go without a locker. That said, with 35's you will probably want to regear. Unless you do the install yourself I would go ahead and get a locker or pair of lockers done at the same time - this will cut down on labor charges.

Now go have some fun!
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