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Stock 2-door and 35's

I'm wondering how many have gone with 35's on a stock suspensioned 2-door JK. If you have, do you have a step by step or pictures of where you trimmed and how you trimmed? Or does anyone have links to show it being done?

I ran a 2" life on my '07 JKU with 35's. I know the 2-door can run a bit bigger combo than the 4-door without as much rubbing. And yes, I know a mild lift or body lift would be bet but i'm looking at possibly doing this with the stock suspension and stock fenders (trimmed) for now.

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It will be pretty obvious where you'll need to trim, but mostly just in the front of the rear wheel well.

This is a two door that I'm currently working on. It is sitting on a completely clapped out 100K+ mile stock suspension on 37" KM2s. You can see where I redneck hacked the rear wheel wells out in the photo. It is getting cut up more than this for a stretch and custom armor, but I needed the stack of tires and wheels out of my way so I installed them and snapped a photo.



Here is my old two door sitting on 35" MTRs with no lift before I installed the suspension on it.



You can do it, but I'd suggest putting some JKU Rubicon springs on there instead of leaving the stock suspension. Maybe throw a 1" spacer on top of those up front so you're level.

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Cool thanks, good info. I figured I could put them on and start checking where to trim. I wasn't sure if there was anything major needed, trimming-wise, or just basic tools like a nice cutting knife. I do have a dremel and a compressor if needed! Sounds like its just basic plastic pieces on the fenders as opposed to any metal.

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I'm running 35's on a 2 door with a 2.5" suspension with extended bump stops. I still get rubbing in the front even with the bump stops. I wouldn't want to run 35's on stock suspension unless I had flat flares and probably some trimming as well.


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You'll want to buy a sawzall for the pinch seam cuts.

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You'll want to buy a sawzall for the pinch seam cuts.

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Ahh yes, I did see something on that! Now, if you go with a set of flat flares like the Rugged Ridge 4pc kit for $270, I'm assuming you wouldn't need to do any cutting etc (except maybe the pinch seam)? I'm not sure how "good looking" the RR kit compared to others, but it seems that at that price it may be worth saving the hassle of trimming the stock fenders.

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I'm leaving right now to pick-up my JK with 35 MTR/K's, XD Enduro Beadlocks and bone stock suspension. I have the Metalcloak Overline fenders and flares. I don't wrench and had a good shop install. The rear pinch seam and rocker rail did have to be trimmed. Also 1.5 inch bump stops in rear only. The stock bumper had to be trimmed of the end caps and aftermarket caps installed. Picture is before the bumper trim.

I cannot report much more since it's so new. Metalcloak and my installer assure me there will be no rubbing issues. Sorry cannot help with install tips.

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Wow those are some serious fenders! They replace the back right and left panel as well it seems. I'm thinking aftermarket fenders now. Just so many of them at such varying prices that I'm not sure what's too cheap and what's just right...

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Stock with cut fenders, RK budget boost/leveling kit. Running 34.5" (metric equivalent) Trail Grapplers. No tub cutting.




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I am running 315/75R17s on aftermarket rims on my 2014 JK Rubi. I had to trim the rails, but the seams were cut from the factory. I also needed to add two washers per side to the steering stops. I rub on all four fenders, since they are not trimmed.
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if you want, look at my profile page, go to the jeep pictures, My two door with 35's and no lift, with the #13 springs on it. full fenders as well.
I drove it like this for about 3 months, never took it off road but it worked fine for around town.


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I'm leaving right now to pick-up my JK with 35 MTR/K's, XD Enduro Beadlocks and bone stock suspension. I have the Metalcloak Overline fenders and flares. I don't wrench and had a good shop install. The rear pinch seam and rocker rail did have to be trimmed. Also 1.5 inch bump stops in rear only. The stock bumper had to be trimmed of the end caps and aftermarket caps installed. Picture is before the bumper trim.

I cannot report much more since it's so new. Metalcloak and my installer assure me there will be no rubbing issues. Sorry cannot help with install tips.
Looks great. Would like to hear how it performs offroad. I've been thinking of going the route of 35s on backspaced wheels & flat fenders flares while I save up/figure out what kind of a lift I want for my JKR.
But would like to hear how that 35's+flat flares+stock suspension setup does offroad before doing that.
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Looks great. Would like to hear how it performs offroad. I've been thinking of going the route of 35s on backspaced wheels & flat fenders flares while I save up/figure out what kind of a lift I want for my JKR.
But would like to hear how that 35's+flat flares+stock suspension setup does offroad before doing that.
Yep, I am anxious to have the answer to your question. I am hoping I can be happy with my setup without a lift or regear. I'm learning that so much is experimentation(which can be expensive) because of lack of others' experiences with the same build.

Anyway I will be your guinea pig, but at this time of year it could be a while before I get in the rocks and mud. Plus to really be confident in performance results it willtake a number of adventures in different terrain.

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35's, JKU Rubi springs, 1" front, .5" rear spacers, no bumpstop extensions, stock fenders:

The Jeep was NOT offroaded in this configuration. The tires would have EATEN the fenders. Did look good, though, IMO.

Same configuration but cut fenders:


I ran that way for a while. It worked well, but I moved my rear shock mounts up for clearance and the ride quality was for shit on my commute at near OEM ride height since I needed to bump stop the rear to keep the shocks from bottoming out. In other words, I needed more uptravel. The keys to "fitting" a tire size are bump stop extensions, cutting stuff away, wheel offset, and steering stop adjustment. "Lift" has nearly nothing to do with it. "Lift" just gives you uptravel (ride quality, on the street) after you've added bump stops to accomodate your big tires. I run RK's 2.5" Max Travel Pro suspension now. With a bit of trimming, ~1-2" more bump stop, and a steering stop adjustment, I could easily run 37's. My Jeep as it is now (suspension-wise, anyway):
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