I just bought this jeep and I want to put a 3.5 lift kit on it with 35 x12.50 x 18 tires on it. I live in nj so I'm gonna use in on highway and sand. Does anyone have any recommendations for me on this lift and any add on I need to make so it doesn't mess up my drivetrain. I know the warranty will be shot when I do this but I hope that jeep is still making top quality vehicles. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I have a 3 inch with 35ish tires. Works well here in jersey. There is really no need to go higher as the wheeling in NJ is not that extreme. I did stagg hill and 3 was just right. I have even rubbed a few trees with the hard top for being too tall as some trails are tight. If you are using as DD I would stay lower than 3.5. 18 inch tires are expensive. May want to look at smaller diameters.
My 2 cents.
2008 JKUS Banks Monster, 4.88 G2 Gears, PureJeep Rocker Guards, AEV Savegre w/315/70/17 Duratracs, Body Armor Rear w/Tire carrier, Teraflex 3" with Bilsteins, Rough Country Bumper with Engo 10K install, Evo sleeves and gussets, oh yeah and Flat Fenders.
It is a XRC M.O.D. bumper with midwidth end covers. Here are afew more pics. 2.5" Lift with 35's will work. If you are going to be doing alot of flexing i would probably go with a 3.5" or higher. On my 3.5" i went out and disconnected by swaybar and was pretty easy getting my tire entirely up in the fender and even rubbed the fender pretty bad.
Just bought a 2012 JKU Rubicon. Just emailed jeep for my build sheet to see if it came with 4:10s or 3:73s. I know manual trans comes with 4:10s automatically. But automatics it's an option to come with 4:10s. And if that's true, I don't see it on my window sticker in the options list. I'll be pissed if it came with 3:73s.
I plan on puttin 35"s on it maybe fall or spring time and I see everyone running 5:38s is that for the increase in tire size, or better mpgs and power?? Can I get away with 4:10s with 35"s if I even have them ? Lol
On the 2011 Rubicons here in the south. It was standard 4.10's no matter if manual or automatic. As far as the 5.38's go I have read and heard from other that this will help with my MPG and power. When i got the 35's i noticed a loss in power and MPG. While in overdrive i notice it kicking in and out constantly and even shifting down into 2nd gear on a medium incline. But you will not suffer as i do. You have about 80 to 90 more HP with the new engine. If you do re-gear in the future you may only need 4.88's or 5.13's. But i would get on the forum before you do so and verify with other 2012 owners who have re-geared already to get there advice and experience.
Maybe when you get your 35's your jeep will run like mine does with 4.10's since you have the extra horses. Mine is not absolutely terrible right now but I just want to have a some more power and not to be in and out of OD all the time while on a highway.