I had my TJ stock with 31's and still accomplished what many upgraded SUV's were doin. You gotta remember, it's a wrangler. It's a different breed. You don't need a lift more than likely where you're goin. I'm from MN so i know about the lake thing and landings and trails. PO very well could have just put a small budget boost on, and that would do just fine. If you want a lift, i would actually go with Teraflex. RE has had some bad readings with bushings. Although they are a good brand altogether. I would still go with Teraflex. To be completely honest: Every company has taken a hit from the economy, and has began using more filling in their bushings to offset cost. It's more about What company is producing more lemons at the time. Hard to tell between those two. My build link has my stock BFG's i had on there. I got through so much stuff i didn't think i would. You have a 4 banger, but it's auto. Low miles, and all you need is a little more of a heavy foot to get what the 4L gets. You don't need a lift for 31's. You have all the clearance you need with no rub. If you get a lift, You might as well spend an extra 40 bucks or so and get 32.5's with the lift. That's all BFG's cost for that much more. BFG AT's are what you are looking for too. Great offroad, and same on road, and last for freakin ever. So if you get a lift, long arm keeps a good ride. With the 3" lift, short arm should be almost as good. You don't need new wheels either. All you need is that 5x4.5 bolt pattern, unless you are looking for a new style and they got it.
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