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    In the Rubicon Buying Process NOW!

    I'm about to pull the trigger on a 2018 Blk Rubicon JKU. I am getting it from Huntington Beach Jeep.
    I might as well add another $7000 for Tera-flex 3 inch lift, cold intake, and exhaust, will put it into the deal. I will be financing the whole thing.
    Yep, I'm jumping in with both feet, been wanting one for years.
    A friend suggested to wait on the lift kit to ease my way in BUT If I'm buying a $40,000 Wrangler I want it to be set up the way I want.
    My wife thinks Im a little crazy to drop that much money on a vehicle that doesn't work well as a daily driver but I'm ready and willing to have this as a Wayalife.

    I haven't bought it yet, supposed to go in in the next few days to make it happen. I'm open to any feedback in the buying process

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    In the Rubicon Buying Process NOW!

    I would skip the CAI. They donít add any performance, they risk allowing dirt into the engine, and they may compromise your warranty.

    Re the lift, Teraflex has a bad reputation for quality and ride. I donít know what your options are, but I would suspect a Mopar lift is one of them and it is probably better than the TF option.

    Re the exhaust, I donít think they add anything other and expense and noise. Lots of people complain about the drone of aftermarket exhausts. Consider what benefit you think youíre getting before you drop the money.

    I would redirect the money from the CAI and exhaust and put it toward tires and maybe a regear if youíre going with larger tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiend View Post
    I would skip the CAI. They donít add any performance, they risk allowing dirt into the engine, and they may compromise your warranty.

    Re the lift, Teraflex has a bad reputation for quality and ride. I donít know what your options are, but I would suspect a Mopar lift is one of them and it is probably better than the TF option.

    Re the exhaust, I donít think they add anything other and expense and noise. Lots of people complain about the drone of aftermarket exhausts. Consider what benefit you think youíre getting before you drop the money.

    I would redirect the money from the CAI and exhaust and put it toward tires and maybe a regear if youíre going with larger tires.
    ^Well said on all.

    OP, It sounds like this is your first Jeep. I suggest get it out, use it, see what it's capable of. THEN make your modification decisions. There are so many options out there and so many people waiting to take your money. I can sadly say I have spend money two or more times on some of the same items on my Jeep and wished I would have slowed down and done it once and done it correctly.
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    Congratulations on getting s jeep!!
    The rubicon out the box is more capable then most people think. Wheel it and see what Direction you want to go with it.
    I can speak from experience with the taraflex lift. It will make the jeep ride like a dump truck. Ride quality is 100 percent subjective, but it's horrible! That being said I've bought two lifts for my jeep now because I didn't do enough research.

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    In the Rubicon Buying Process NOW!

    Congrats on there Rubi! You are going to have so much fun with it. Driving, wheeling, and building!

    Donít add anything to it yet. You can do way better and $7k for that is about $5.5k too much. Iím sure the dealership would treat you like a king though, cause youíd be lining their pockets handsomely!



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    In the Rubicon Buying Process NOW!

    If anything, buy an air compressor, cb radio, Protek skid plates and a tow strap.


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    I would buy a rubicon, then get it the hell away from the dealership as soon as possible. Then research and learn here and you'll find out what the "good" stuff to run is, learn more about your jeep, save money, and have a better rig in the end.

    Are you sure you don't want a new JL? Dropping $40k now for a vehicle that's going to be out of date in a few months seems a little silly to me.

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    Skip all the add ons that the dealership wants to put on your Jeep. Like others have said just buy the Jeep, drive it, wheel it, then see what you need. Participate and read all the information this forum has to offer.

    I have made the mistake also on my first Jeep. I put a Teraflex 3 inch suspension lift on and I regretted the whole time. After numerous amounts of reading I finally made the right choice and I cannot be happier.


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    As many have already said please don't waste your money on a terraflex lift without at least riding in one that has it installed first! It rides so hard and very very uncomfortable. My old rock krawler lift wasn't much better either but there are much better options out there. A lot of other people mentioned wheel it and see how it does first and I'm inclined to agree with them. My first jeep I bought I had your exact thought spend all the money all at once and have it done so I threw on a 3.5" lift and 37s, while yeah it was sweet and I climbed some awesome stuff I really had no finesse on the trail and just powered my way through everything. This time around my phase 1 and 2 is still leaving me on 33s and I am actually more excited for the challenge of seeing what I can do with it.

    If I were you and you want bigger tires spend your money on a budget boost especially one like EVOs get yourself some 33s or 35s, and skid plates and get it out on the trails and you will be amazed what that jeep will be able to do

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    Congrats on pulling the trigger! I went through the same thing recently and ended up with a 17 JKUR in July.... Have you thought about waiting for the 2018 JL to hit the dealer lots? All great advice here... as I am doing exactly that.... Enjoy the Jeep and slow build the right way. Best of Luck!

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