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Unread 01-26-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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How capable is your kk?

I'm thinking about getting a kk. It's a 4x4. I was thinking I'd do a 2 inch lift with some 31" m/ts. How capable would that be off road? Would I be better off in a grand cherokee or something like a pickup? I do camp a lot and I will be on a few trails. Also, how expensive would it be to get that lift and tire combo? Anybody who's done this and wheels their Jeep, or anybody who just wheels their kk period, speak up. Pictures appreciated, thanks.

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Unread 01-26-2014, 10:57 PM   #2
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I bought a KK not too long ago in the same pool as you i was stuck between a cherokee and a pick up and i ended up going with the KK and i love it. I do a lot of camping, and i go on trails in the woods in NY and NJ as well as drive it on the beach all the time especially in the summer. Overall its a great truck.Very fun to go off roading with my friends with wranglers are always surprised and how well it is off road. The most popular lift kit for it is a daystar spacer kit, which is 2 inches. I recently lifted mine and it looks great and after i get my tax check i will add good year duratrac tires with some black XD rims. Its a great truck, not to bad on gas, and hey its something different to work on and make better.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/dy...06bk/overview/ = lift kit
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...5&rd=16&cs=245
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Unread 01-27-2014, 04:08 AM   #3
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Most people on the forums hate the daystar.....

For what I do with my KK, it's plenty capable. It won't be a huge rock crawler, but it will hold it's own and even surprise a lot of Wrangler guys. There's a few guys on here that have a lot of pics from wheeling, they're bound to post.

As for a lift, stay away from spacer lifts. With spacer lifts, sure they're cheap, but they use the stock springs which are garbage, and you're gonna need new shocks so that bumps the price up some more. If you want to stay relatively cheap, I say go Old Man Emu(OME) 927 front springs, OME 731 rear springs and Bilstein shocks. If you do it all from jeepinbyal.com You can do it for about $700 and it will get you about 2.5" of lift. You can add the a-arms, which would help, but not necessary for that height. Then if you want more height you can squeeze about 3.5" by adding some extras, of course you will need the a-arms at that point.

Btw this is 3.5" of lift and 245/75-16(31s) Duratracs.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 07:04 AM   #4
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I found a forum member's trip reports. Idk if he's on this forum, but this will give you an idea of how capable the KK is.

http://www.lostjeeps.com/forum/phpBB...hp?f=6&t=71703
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Unread 01-27-2014, 08:29 AM   #5
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I bought a KK not too long ago in the same pool as you i was stuck between a cherokee and a pick up and i ended up going with the KK and i love it. I do a lot of camping, and i go on trails in the woods in NY and NJ as well as drive it on the beach all the time especially in the summer. Overall its a great truck.Very fun to go off roading with my friends with wranglers are always surprised and how well it is off road. The most popular lift kit for it is a daystar spacer kit, which is 2 inches. I recently lifted mine and it looks great and after i get my tax check i will add good year duratrac tires with some black XD rims. Its a great truck, not to bad on gas, and hey its something different to work on and make better.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/dy...06bk/overview/ = lift kit
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...5&rd=16&cs=245
Please no spacer lifts , waste of $$$$ unless you only want to run it for 2 months and then upgrade. Of course still wasting $$$

Also to the OP if you stay with a 30 inch tire like 245-75-16 then you won't lose as much power or gas mileage. Going to 31s ( which you need more than 2 inches of lift with ) you'd be wise to regear the diffs.
Good lift like OME you're in the 825-850 range, then add that much for tires at least plus depending on if you can handle the install.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 09:18 AM   #6
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I see you've already adjusted for the new OME shocks lol. That would officially make the OME/Bilstein combo the cheapest out there right?
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Unread 01-27-2014, 12:45 PM   #7
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I've had more than my share of jeeps, 72 CJ V8, 87 YJ, 99 XJ, 90 YJ, 05 LJ Rubicon, 74 CJ, 88 MJ, and now my 12 KK and its my favorite so far. Its nearly the equal of the Rubicon offroad with more cargo/passenger room for road trips and better climate control / weatherproofing. You can sleep two in it comfortably. Like other have said, a good quality lift is the main ingredient. 31 inch tires are not necessary




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Unread 01-27-2014, 03:30 PM   #8
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[QUOTE="Drednot"]I've had more than my share of jeeps, 72 CJ V8, 87 YJ, 99 XJ, 90 YJ, 05 LJ Rubicon, 74 CJ, 88 MJ, and now my 12 KK and its my favorite so far. Its nearly the equal of the Rubicon offroad with more cargo/passenger room for road trips and better climate control / weatherproofing. You can sleep two in it comfortably. Like other have said, a good quality lift is the main ingredient. 31 inch tires are not necessary

Hey Dred, did you out the good vinyl on or it came stock? If so where did you get it from? I'm dying to get some vinyl but everyone's prices are out of control.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 03:42 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=Drednot;19801673]I've had more than my share of jeeps, 72 CJ V8, 87 YJ, 99 XJ, 90 YJ, 05 LJ Rubicon, 74 CJ, 88 MJ, and now my 12 KK and its my favorite so far. Its nearly the equal of the Rubicon offroad with more cargo/passenger room for road trips and better climate control / weatherproofing.

i'm just gonna go copy and paste this in the Wrangler forum and see what those fine folks with Rubicons think of this opinion................
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Unread 01-27-2014, 08:34 PM   #10
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I'm sure they will go bonkers!
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Unread 01-27-2014, 08:36 PM   #11
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The hood decal was a mopar accessory. Installed myself
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Unread 01-27-2014, 10:42 PM   #12
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The hood decal was a mopar accessory. Installed myself
Dam. I guess you paid a pretty penny for it.
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Unread 01-28-2014, 02:43 AM   #13
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I got it tho'd in with the purchase deal.

P/N 1-82212888

$169

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Unread 01-28-2014, 03:06 AM   #14
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This video shows the KK's capability. Better than mine for sure.


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Unread 01-28-2014, 03:40 AM   #15
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This video shows the KK's capability. Better than mine for sure.
Pfft that guy in the red KK is such a n00b I prefer these short videos myself.



And just for something different, some sand driving. YouTube "Indian Head Bypass" if you want to see countless people getting bogged

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