New guy looking for some help/advice
Hey, everyone! I recently purchased a '15 Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock. This is my first step into the world of Jeeps. Needless to say, I'm a little lost with so many options for aftermarket parts.
This is my daily driver. I have about a 30 mile drive into work through town and some backroads (one way). The longest drives I would probably make in this vehicle would 200 miles or less. Anything longer than that and we would probably take my wife's Buick Enclave for family comfort (we have daughters 4 years old and 1 year old). I have never done any off-roading, other than the years I grew up racing dirt bikes. Never done any on four wheels, though. However, I'd like to do it. Obviously, I'd be starting with mild stuff until I learned my way around the vehicle and how to handle it off-road.
I'm wanting to give this Jeep a more stout look (like pretty much everyone else does). After tons of reading that has confused and clouded my thoughts, I've got some thoughts as to what I think I want. I'm looking to you guys to offer me some help and advice, so I know I'm on the right track.
I love the look of 35s, but I think I'm just going to go with 33s. I think they would handle pretty much anything I would throw at them, plus I wouldn't have to sacrifice as much in power and fuel economy (I know, it's a Jeep!), and I wouldn't have to add a new tire carrier to handle the larger 35" spare. To get a more stout look, I'm thinking I want 12.5" wide tires. I think the 33s would be a nice balance for daily driver and a little off-road fun.
To go with the 33s, I'd like to get some 15" wheels. Going down in wheel size will give more sidewall and help the more rugged look. A plus to that is also lower costs for wheels and tires. I'm not sure which wheels to get. I'm thinking I'd like to go with aluminum, but I'm not sure what backspacing I need to not have any rubbing. I'm not wanting to grind anything off the calipers. Any help in regards to which 15s and what backspacing would be greatly appreciated. If 15s are too much trouble, I guess I could go with 16s, but I'd have the same questions.
To gain a little more clearance, I'm looking to do a 2.5" suspension lift. I talked to someone at Terra Flex, and got some good advice about which kit to go with (although when I talked to him I was planning on 35" tires). He suggested the 2.5" suspension lift with shocks. From the reading I've done, Terra Flex seems to get good product reviews. I talked to my local Jeep dealer about the Mopar 2" lift, and to my surprise, they said they only install Rough Country lifts. I told them one thing I liked about the Mopar lift was that I would be able to maintain my warranty. I was told I would maintain my warranty if they installed the Rough Country lift. I haven't read too much about Rough Country for the Jeeps, so I'm not sure how their quality stacks up to the others. Any insight into this would be helpful. I'd really like to maintain my factory warranty, so the dealer install is attractive. However, I also don't want to toss some junk on my Jeep, just to lift it. Too much invested in the vehicle to ruin it with junk parts. How do the stock shocks on the Hard Rock compare to the offerings that come with the different comparable suspension lifts? Is it worth replacing them, or should I just continue using them?
So is my thought process going on the right track with these mods (33x12.5x15 and 2.5" suspension lift)? Sorry for all the questions. I've read so much that I have information overload and it has my head spinning. Figured I'd finally post something so I can talk things out and get some direct thoughts from you guys. Thank you for your patience with me and thanks for having me!