As part of my promise to Ford that they can kiss my hairy white ass, in the next few weeks I may be selling my Bronco on 38s (as well as all kinds of other useless crap in my garage) to dive into this whole JK thing. I've been looking at tires, wheels, lift kits, fenders, bumpers...
This is my first Wrangler. I've had a couple XJs, a couple FSBs, a Sami, and an Explorer, so I'm accustomed to having to scavenge the junk yards and message boards for crap someone else built so I can try to make it work on my junk- never before have I had an off-road vehicle with such an aftermarket support system. It's overwhelming, to say the least.
Most of you guys have a lot of experience under your belts (referencing your off-road/wheeling/4x4 experiences, not that Mexican hooker who left you itching for two and a half weeks), so I figure, "Why not go to the guys who have gone different routes and fucked up on their dimes, so I don't have to fuck up on mine?" So here I am.
If you had a budget of $3k what would you do?
In one ride, eight days after I bought the Jeep, I crunched the passenger ends of both bumpers... so those are on the list, but they also eat up A LOT of the cash. I've seen the threads to cut the stock front down to a stubby as well as add a winch with the stock front in place. I may wind up doing that to save a bit of coin while I get started. (I do already have replacement stock front bumpers that were donated by a generous local wheeler who was sympathetic to my cries to get my wife to STFU.)
Ideally, I'm leaning toward going straight to 35s with 15" wheels and flat fenders with a minimal lift, but I'm not going anywhere near a body lift. I'd rather delay some upgrades than settle for a body lift.
Here's what I'm thinking thus far:
(5) 35x12.50x15 BFG KM2 = $1050
(5) 15x8 3.75BS Cragars = $ 250
Teraflex 2.5" lift with shocks = $750
That leaves me with roughly $1k for bumpers, which I realize will be hard to do. I rarely fit my budget, but I'm hoping to at least stay very close. I'd rather "complete" each aspect than have things halfway there, like saving money to get the lift without shocks only to order them later on- I'd rather just order the lift with shocks from the beginning and not have to go back into that any time soon. I'm open to other lift kits; the Teraflex is just a name I hear very often. The bumper I'm told to get is the Rugged Ridge, but it says it accomodates UP TO a 35" tire. Seriously, guys? That's gotta be a joke. We had several JKs on the ride last weekend hanging 35s from their tailgates.
So anyway- I'll open the floor for constructive input, as well as the occasional, "STFU and search, Noob!!!!111!!11!1!"