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post #1 of 8 Old 07-03-2018, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Question New to Jeep Modding

I just picked up a 2018 JKU Sport and I am planning the perfect on-road build that can do some light to descent off-roading and some beach driving. Although this is my second jeep (the first being a 2015 Rubicon I leased), I am new to the performance modding world.

Looking for recommendations on parts and modifications.

Current build plan:
2.5 inch lift (nitro shocks)
20x12 wheels (open to different suggestions) wrapped in 35" tires
Forced induction until I can afford a Hellcat swap.

This are the specs I am pretty set on so far, but open to all suggestions.

Main goal is to gain on-road performance and comfortable enough to be a daily driver.

Thanks in advance!!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-04-2018, 02:22 PM
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-05-2018, 07:06 AM
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kill the 20x12 wheels, they are no good on a jeep.17"x9" is as big as you should go. Cost, tire choices, ride quality, off road performance, people laughing, wear and tear on your front axle, clearance issues, scrub radius.

Shocks with adjusters would be a good thing to research so you can change the settings for on road and off. 10" travel should be plenty. Consider on board air for inflating tires after wheeling. When running in sand you want to be down around 8 psi.

Look at metal cloak for your lift and don't cheap out there. Make sure you get a complete kit with adjustable everything including steering. Your drive lines should be fine and you really don't need to look into aftermarket driveshafts. Look into the exhaust mod for extra clearance for front driveline droop .Do some C gussets. You can upgrade the axles once you put that motor in.The factory motor with 35's is plenty of power. No need for engine mods.

Good luck with the build.

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kill the 20x12 wheels, they are no good on a jeep.17"x9" is as big as you should go. Cost, tire choices, ride quality, off road performance, people laughing, wear and tear on your front axle, clearance issues, scrub radius.

Shocks with adjusters would be a good thing to research so you can change the settings for on road and off. 10" travel should be plenty. Consider on board air for inflating tires after wheeling. When running in sand you want to be down around 8 psi.

Look at metal cloak for your lift and don't cheap out there. Make sure you get a complete kit with adjustable everything including steering. Your drive lines should be fine and you really don't need to look into aftermarket driveshafts. Look into the exhaust mod for extra clearance for front driveline droop .Do some C gussets. You can upgrade the axles once you put that motor in.The factory motor with 35's is plenty of power. No need for engine mods.

Good luck with the build.
Thanks @thedirtman ,

Will I be able to fit a big brake kit in 17's? I wanted to go wider for on road stability, what do you think?

Thanks for the other info! I am coming from a corvette and miss my power... that's why I want to do power upgrades.
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I have 20x9.5s without much offset on 35s and dirtman is right because in 3 months they killed my front and rear wheel-bearings.
I only have a 3.8 and my other dd is a scat pack challenger... it takes some getting used to when you want to pass someone lol

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Thanks @thedirtman ,

Will I be able to fit a big brake kit in 17's? I wanted to go wider for on road stability, what do you think?

Thanks for the other info! I am coming from a corvette and miss my power... that's why I want to do power upgrades.
Yeah you'll be able to fit a BBKit with 17s, make sure you have enough backspacing though. To gain your power back your first priority should be a re-gear.

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welcome to the forum.

Your prescription could be filled with 35s, some nice 17” , 4.5” backspaced wheels and a leveling kit or nice 1” front / .75” rear poly spacer lift that’d eliminate factory rake. Then you can gusset the C’s and boom; you can daily drive then hit moderate trails all year long on your weekends w/ out goofing your jeep up .




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