Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Fanning Springs FL
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Let me start this off by I have searched around in here and online for 2 evenings before working up the nerve to ask this. I am sure it is a horse that has been beaten to death, but everywhere I look I get information that kills my understanding and thoughts of the previous thread I read, and sooner or later I find myself back at the beginning with little if any understanding on what I need to do.
So here it goes, please be gentle. All my lift v/s tire knowledge is wrapped around the 4 corner leaf spring riding Jeep. I became very familiar with that setup. This FJ is a completely new monster. Completely new setup, and completely new challenges. What I did learn from my YJ experience is you better play chess rather than checkers or you will spend money twice on the same mission. So this is why I am really working hard to figure out what I need to do. So, when you start typing responses, remember I am new here and may not completely understand some of the acronyms used. But I do understand some.
So without further delay, this is my "want to accomplish" mission. Looking to run 33" tires. I don't want to completely kill my IFS by going bigger, but I still want to go places in my rig. I am looking for reasonable highway manners, but also needing to be able to hit the mud, tackle that off camber trail, a few light rocks and a bunch of dirt hills and piles where high centering tends to stop the ride for a quick retrieval mission if you ain't set up right.. I learned a suspension able to move as much as possible and keep the shoes on the ground is best, just don't quite know the best way to do that in the FJ. And of course budget is a big steering force with this decision.
I am looking at the Pro Comp 3" KB5074B (part number) and the Pro Comp UCA's 57003B. Should this get me where I can run 33" tires without tearing off a fender and make it over some good obstacles and get under the skin of some of my wrangler buddies? Or should I just look at the full Pro Comp K5067B 6"lift. I will be putting tube style bumpers on my rig with a winch at some point, So I will be adding weight but not as much as some of the armor bumper setups. I know there are about a million other lifts out there, but for whatever reason I seem to be drawn to these. Keeps me under 1.5k either way and that is where I need to be. I like the adjust-ability of some of the lifts like the Toy Tec lifts, but there are so many different options I have no idea what to do or what direction to go or which package to pic. I cannot see me going much bigger than 33" tires ever, simply because I will be driving this on the road for a weekend warrior/go to the beach vehicle, but will be wheeling it also. Ran 36" swampers on my jeep, and went anywhere I ever wanted, and some places I had no business going, but from what I can see,the FJ should do with 33" tires what my old YJ did with 36" tires with the difference in suspension setup. I don't want to just put in spacers and go completely cheep, but also don't want to kill the bank.
I have read and searched around in here and just cannot decide. I really liked the write up Jimmy Buffet did, just not sure I can afford all the advise given in there. Not sure if my idea of wheeling on the weekends rises to the level of serious wheeling or not. I used to think I got into serious adventures, but I never went full Moab anywhere. So please help. Completely lost at this point. Not sure if I will ever go bigger than a 33" tire. May one day, but for now, don't plan on it.
Thanks for bearing with me through all that, and I look forward to advise.
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