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Hi all. Im fairly new to the forum and am absolutely loving it!! Thanks much so far. I do have a question tho. I've read thru many threads on tire/rims and picked up some good pointers, but am still a little unsure what I wanna do. Right now im sitting on stock Sahara rims and tires. Obviously I wanna upgrade. I love the look of beefyass tires and sweet rims, but have no offroad experience yet. I would love to get into it a bit, but nothing extreme as she's my daily driver and I can't afford to break stuff that I can't afford to fix at this point. So for lite offroad, but beefy looks do ya think 35s would be my best bet? I have someone from the forum who offered me a 2.5" lift for free when he installs a new one. Would that be a good fit? Also would upgraded tires look halfass on the stock rims (to keep cost down), tho I think the 18" rims, kinda big right? I also thought it might be smart to find nice used rims w/ ok tires on them, then I could worry about payin for better tires down the road. Stretch the expense out a bit, ya know. Last thing, will a 35 be ok on stock spare carrier? Sorry for the list of ?s, but feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. Thanks for any input guys...
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17" wheels have more tire options plus cheaper prices than 18" wheels.

35" tires would be fine with the sahara and light wheeling. just some minor trimming on the pinch seams and either flat fenders, trim stock fenders (most wont when they have a Sahara), or extend the bumpstops half an inch or a full inch.

the bumpstop extention would be the cheapest and easiest route. you dont really need a 2.5" suspension lift to fit 35" tires. plus the JKs look great with 35" tires and no suspension lift.


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Thanks Liquor, for info so far, but.... one thing is I don't really want to have to change gearing or extend things, etc. Just put new rims and tires on and go. Would 35s still be a safe bet? Also, I read a few posts that reccomend 2.5 lift w 35s, is it just a preference? Also big news question here... what are bumpstops and how do u change them? Thanks again
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Thanks Liquor, for info so far, but.... one thing is I don't really want to have to change gearing or extend things, etc. Just put new rims and tires on and go. Would 35s still be a safe bet? Also, I read a few posts that reccomend 2.5 lift w 35s, is it just a preference? Also big news question here... what are bumpstops and how do u change them? Thanks again
You will want to regear if your 3:73
Or lose mpg"s oh and your overdrive...you could just get a programer and you could be ok..really depends on how heavy a wheel/tire you go with..at the very least recalibrate you speedometer


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Whats the biggest I can go without needing to rehear?
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Biggest at a SAFE bet w/o regearing is 35's.

I drive an excess of 100 miles a day and I'm running a 3.25" Rough Country lift and 35" Goodyear MT-Rs w/ Kevlar. I've done snow, rain, and hot/cold pavement without a single issue. The treadwear is pretty decent and the price is an easy $280 per tire on the wallet.

Rough Country's lifts are VERY well priced and it sounds like it would be right up your alley. As for wheels... You could stay with the stock ones, but I'd get a set of PROCOMP or AEV wheels. They'll withstand a better beating than any cheaper options. I'm selling my stock wheels from my Rubicon (same ones on the Sahara I believe) If you're looking for an extra set for offroad, beat the hell out of the stuff options.

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I don't think the Sahara rims look all that bad with my tires. Running 275/70R18 Duratracs on my stock rims, which is essentially a 33" tire - I do want to paint them black at some point this summer though.

I also installed the RK 2.5" Stock Mod kit with a few additions:

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I don't think the Sahara rims look all that bad with my tires. Running 275/70R18 Duratracs on my stock rims, which is essentially a 33" tire - I do want to paint them black at some point this summer though.

I also installed the RK 2.5" Stock Mod kit with a few additions:

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Like the lift Dan I hadn't seen pics yet. Glad you got it installed.

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Thanks for all the advice guys, ya gave me a lot to consider. Dan yer ride does look nice!
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More than welcome buddy.
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