im extremely new to the "jeep" world, and i am currently purchasing a 2006 rubicon that has no previous upgrades to it. i love the look of lifted jeeps with decently big tires, and i am looking at purchasing goodyear duratracs as ive heard they are one of the best for both offroad use and street use. can someone please give me a general idea of what else i should do to make it look better (what type and size lift)? im not an offroading enthusiast, but i do sometimes go with my good friends, but nothing crazy, just hill climbing and basic stuff.
Do nothing to it for at least six months. Drive it on and off road. Learn what you like about it and where it is lacking based on your needs. During that time read a lot here on JF. Just about any and every mod out there has been discussed in detail here. Form your own opinions as to what you want to do based on how you use the jeep.
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It sounds like you want the lift and bigger tires more for look than functionality. That being said, how much of a lift depends on how big of a tire you want to run and how big your pocket book is. If you wanna just run 32's, and don't plan doing crazy amounts of flex or rocks, you can do a 2" budget boost, with no need to really do anything else. The sky is the limit. Anything more than 2", imho, would need a lot of different components replaced....springs, shocks, steering, bump stop extentions, sway bar extentions, longer drive shaft, etc. The list goes on the higher you go.
Personally, I like the LCOG (low center of gravity) builds more. Less tipsy.
I've got a 2006 Rubi too. The OPDA will probably be an issue at some point. Read about it here that way you won't be like "WTF" when it appears.
As for mods, going up one tire size from stock and adding a nice 2" lift, such as Old Man Emu makes for a nice daily driver, weekend warrior....ask me how I know...or look at my build thread for my take on the whole upgrade thing.
But you should wheel it stock a time or two, before you do anything to it.
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