Got my first Jeep couple weeks ago and although I am already in love, I can't stand the way it looks stock!
I was just wondering what you guys think would be the mods to throw on there first. I know for sure I was 36''s and XRC flares, but what kind of lift would I need for the wheels and do I need to do anything else in order to do this? One of my friends that also has a Jeep said I might need to change the differential... I would also appreciate some recommendations on some other cool stuff I can do to my new baby! Thanks!
the 2007 and newer JK's can handle 35's with only 2-2.5 inches of lift and then you start getting in to drive shaft changes etc. Your friend is probably referring to the 06 and older Jeeps that needed 4.5 inches of lift to run 35's and also required changes in drive shafts lengths due to changes in the angles of the shafts in to the differential and tranny.
I have built a few 07 and newer 2 and 4 doors, I would do a budget boost lift, adding pucks to the top of the springs and replace shocks or shock extensions, 35's and a nice bumper with a bull bar and winch if you need it. The back door can handle a 35' tire. That will give you the look you are probably looking for. Budget Boost is 250-500
Or you go for the empty wallet and do a 3 inch coil spring short arm lift and the same tire and wheel and bumper scenario. Then you start at 1250 for the lift and go up, get a harder ride and dont need it unless you are going to really go off road.
36's really dont exist, if you want to go to 37's then we are talking a totally different price range and if your Jeep is not a 2012 or newer you are really going to want to do gears. The minivan motor in the 07-11 Jeeps are good for flat terrain and people that are looking for the outdoor experience. No matter what you do to that motor it falls on its face.
For those that tell you that it is fine with a 4.10 or less to be honest they just have not experienced the other side. It appears that you live in Cally and with 35's and that terrain you are really going to want to re-gear