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    Caught the Bug bladeolson's Avatar
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    Looking for a suggestion for 3.5" lift... / supporting the sponsors

    Hey WOL crew:

    So , after having my Rubicon since April, I am super hooked. I've already bought a bunch of stuff.

    My wife and I are off on some adventure almost every weekend. We want to lift the Rubicon now, and looking for some suggestions. It was actually my wife's idea. So she has once again proven herself as the coolest wife ever.

    - We want to get a 3.5 inch lift ( with long arms ) : I want something made very well and ideally can still work with my Rubicon auto disconnect. I heard some will allow option to use both the auto one, and manual. I'd prefer not to do crazy surgery to the Jeep too. Black color or charcoal preferred too.

    - Tires : 35" tires ( something nice mostly for trails and some rock riding, but still need to be able to drive to work! ) I am thinking about Nitto tires. I live in NorCal and mostly ride in dusty places. Maybe that gets muddy in winter though. Anyone else in Norcal have suggestions?

    - Wheels , I am not sure at all, but I like the idea of bead lock wheels. ATX Beadlock Slabs? I could only see them on EVO site. I was not too sure if Beadlock wheels are un-realistic for a daily driver though.

    - Shocks : Lastly, will I need to get new shocks when I lift, or will I be able to use the ones I have right now?

    I really love this site and the community around it. I value the advice from you guys. I would ideally like to support the vendors that support our community too.

    Thanks,

    Blade

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    If you mention what your budget is people will know where to start helping you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladeolson View Post
    Hey WOL crew:

    So , after having my Rubicon since April, I am super hooked. I've already bought a bunch of stuff.

    My wife and I are off on some adventure almost every weekend. We want to lift the Rubicon now, and looking for some suggestions. It was actually my wife's idea. So she has once again proven herself as the coolest wife ever.

    - We want to get a 3.5 inch lift ( with long arms ) : I want something made very well and ideally can still work with my Rubicon auto disconnect. I heard some will allow option to use both the auto one, and manual. I'd prefer not to do crazy surgery to the Jeep too. Black color or charcoal preferred too.

    - Tires : 35" tires ( something nice mostly for trails and some rock riding, but still need to be able to drive to work! ) I am thinking about Nitto tires. I live in NorCal and mostly ride in dusty places. Maybe that gets muddy in winter though. Anyone else in Norcal have suggestions?

    - Wheels , I am not sure at all, but I like the idea of bead lock wheels. ATX Beadlock Slabs? I could only see them on EVO site. I was not too sure if Beadlock wheels are un-realistic for a daily driver though.

    - Shocks : Lastly, will I need to get new shocks when I lift, or will I be able to use the ones I have right now?

    I really love this site and the community around it. I value the advice from you guys. I would ideally like to support the vendors that support our community too.

    Thanks,

    Blade
    Tires: Nitto Trail Grapplers

    Wheels: Beadlocks only effect off-road performance so I do not understand your "un-realistic for a daily driver" comment. They handle just like any other rim when the tire is full of air. What makes it a beadlock is its ability to keep the tire on the rim even at low psi.

    Shocks: yes you will need new shocks with a lift... You will also need new driveshafts.

    Rubicon disconnects. This is not effected at all by a lift.

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    For 35's, I think a 3.5" lift might be a bit much. Keep in mind, you will likely get more lift than advertised. With that said, if I were going to go long arms I would look into the EVO Double D with King shocks and 3" plush rides. It's not cheap, but will offer you an improvement both on and off road. Honestly for 35s and the relatively small lift you need to run them, something like a Rancho sport lift or even a BB lift will work. If you let us know your budget and what type of wheeling you plan on, it would be much easier to narrow down some good choices.
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    I live in NorCal and run a 2.5" budget boost with 35" Toyo MTs and love it. I put in Bilstien 5100s and EVO front lower control arms and 4.88gears with gussets. Excellent setup for my daily driver as it maintains stock springs and the upgraded shocks make for a great ride. I've taken it on the Rubicon with no problems so I imagine you'd do fine given your description above. Granted this doesn't get you to long arms, but if 35s are as big as you'll go, I don't know if a long arm is necessary IMO. As previously posted, the EVO Double D is an excellent kit as well just a lot more expensive before you even do gearing, and trust me, you'll want to regear on 35s if it's your DD. if you think you're going to wheel a bit more, go Double D and be done 😄👍🏻✌🏻️

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    Looking for a suggestion for 3.5" lift... / supporting the sponsors

    All suggestions above are good. You're in NorCal and most of us run different lifts. Not sure what your timeline is, but see if you can meet us somewhere and take a ride in each of ours. We represent everything from Budget Boost to DTD and every combo/company in between.

    Budget would be helpful as stated.

    Edit: no matter what Nittto TGs get my vote for tire though. Mines a DD on 35s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladeolson View Post
    Hey WOL crew:

    - Tires : 35" tires ( something nice mostly for trails and some rock riding, but still need to be able to drive to work! ) I am thinking about Nitto tires. I live in NorCal and mostly ride in dusty places. Maybe that gets muddy in winter though. Anyone else in Norcal have suggestions?

    - Wheels , I am not sure at all, but I like the idea of bead lock wheels. ATX Beadlock Slabs? I could only see them on EVO site. I was not too sure if Beadlock wheels are un-realistic for a daily driver
    Nitto TGs for sure. I'm running Method 105 beadlocks. No issues what so ever. After 2000 miles I still haven't had to balance them. Easy to mount. All you really need is a few basic tools and a torque wrench.

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    Awesome feedback. I am expecting this cost to be about $10k but I'm flexible either way.

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    If you're budgeting $10k for suspension, wheels, tires, etc., then take your pick of whatever lift you want. Lots of people in that area swear by EVO stuff, so I suggest something with King coilovers up front (Double Throw Down maybe) and a cantilever rear end. If it were me, if you're only planning on 35's, I'd try to keep it somewhere around 3" or under for stability, especially for on-road purposes. With 3" you can fit 37's easy if you want. If you want other options, look at any of the Rock Krawler systems, as they perform very well, too. And they're a little more budget friendly, although that doesn't seem to be too much of an issue.

    Wheels: Take your pick of anything in the 17" range. 18's are fine, but rubber generally costs more. 17's give you more choices, more sidewall, and tires run a little less. I just paid almost as much per tire for my 33x12.50-18 Toyo Open Couhtry RT's as I would my 37x12.50-17 Nitto Trail Grapplers. Granted, Toyos cost more for some reason, even though they're made in the same plant in GA as the Nittos. Beadlocks are great off-road, as they'll allow you to run pressures in the single digits.

    Tires....as has been mentioned....Nitto Trrail Grapplers. I've got about 40k miles on mine and still have probably another 10k to go. Great on-road manners with minimal noise for a mud terrain and they tend to balance pretty well. Good off-road traction, too, with decent sidewall lugs.

    Happy Jeepin'!

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