What size tires and lift should I get on my 2011 Sport?
I want to upgrade my 2011 Wrangler Sport by getting bigger offroading tires. I have a few questions regarding this:
1) What size tires? I know this is a broad question, so let me elaborate. I would like to significantly enhance my Jeep's offroading capabilities without turning it into a complete monster truck. Price is not too big an issue, but obviously saving money is nice. So basically I'm looking for the happy medium. From what I have seen and read, my gut feeling would be to get 33 or 35 inch tires, but I'm not sure. From here, can anyone recommend good brands?
2) What size suspension lift? I don't want to risk any rubbing. What's the general rule for tire size vs lift size? Again, can anyone recommend good brands? There are so many different lift choices, how do you pick one?
3) With bigger tires, do I need to upgrade my axles or gearing? I've read I do and I've read I don't on different threads. If so, what should I be looking into?
As a JK newbie, please check out the FAQs as a lot of your questions are addressed there. That said, get the size of tires you either need to show off (mall crawler or DD) or to off road the trails you want to. How you mod your JK depends on what kind of driving you want to do,and lift no more than needed to accommodate tires if you off-road to keep the COG low.
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So, my suggestion is to look up the thread where everyone is posting pics of there Jeeps. (there is one for 2dr and 4dr) find the the look you are going for i.e. tire, wheel, height combo etc and ask the owners what they run so you can replicate the look.. EVERYONE has their opinion but everyone is not you.. Let the mods begin.
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Back when I had the JK, I ran 295/(?)/17 Nitto Terra Grapplers for a while. I also ended up with a broken front axle housing.
I personally think 33" tires look great on a JK and will meet "most" offroading needs while allowing for decent mpg.
If fuel economy isn't a concern, then go for 35"s.
Either way, I would recommend looking at some sleeves for the front axle. I am sure that the vast majority of people have not or possibly will not suffer a broken axle housing, but it can happen. And it doesn't take "hardcore" abuse for it to occur. That's just my own personal feeling.
When I get another JK, it's likely going to be 33"s after a while, but I'm going to invest in bumpers/recovery first.