So after doing a few minor things to my JK, its time... I was showing some wheeling pics to a female friend of mine the other day and she liked the pics, then told me that it looked "too small" and "dinky"!
So, I've been thinking and reading for a while and this is what I have put together. I'm going to do it in phases for cash flow and to make sure I don't change my mind/directions. However, please take a look at my plans and let me know if I am missing anything. This is a daily driver and sees maybe 5-10% offroad.
Falken WildPeaks 37x12.50r17
Mickey Thompson Classic Lock Black 17x9 4.5" BS
Artec Truss, Gussets, Trackbar bar mount, & skids
Metal Cloak Overline Fenders & Rockers
Metal Cloak Bumpstop Kit (3")
Metal Cloak Sway Bar Disconnect Relocate Bolt
I've only had it off-road a few times and it was just on moderate trails. It did fine aside from a lot of belly scraping. I didn't notice any issues with the power steering, but again, it was very muddy and the trails were moderate.
As much as I'd like to say differently, my jeep is essentially going to be a weekend warrior - much like about 95% or more of the folks on here, I'd say! I really debated 35's versus 37's for a long while and chose the 37's purely for looks - 35's on a JKU just look "normal" to me.
I guess the approach I am taking is get the tires on and protect the expensive stuff first (axle tubes and knuckles), then make it more drive-able (gears), then make it more capable (lift). And, as stuff starts breaking/wearing I reinforce and replace with time. I figure ball joints and steering upgrades are in the future, maybe driveshafts/axles?
On the 2007-11 in general there is no need to modify the exhaust for driveshaft droop. On the 2012-13 over 2.5" or so you should look at either spacers, driveshaft or a crossover exhaust pipe like ours.
Originally Posted by BigBlue7
Didn't know they had an exhaust kit. Sounds good. Maybe someone else can confirm for me, but, I really don't think a relo is necessary on the 11.
Axleshafts and I would think about putting a sleeve (outter or inner or both) for those 37s. If you are going to truss it you might as well get that out of the way now and save on labor since the axle is being pulled anyway. Also would reccomend ball joints.
Edit: I also went with HD Knuckes and I have had zero problems not having Hydro assist steering. For a 5-10% off road I really can't see why you would need it. I do have a RK high steer kit.
then told me that it looked "too small" and "dinky"!
J Wm Bishop EA, ASADE
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