Funny enough, I've already lifted her BU. We're still running stock tires, because we haven't found anything that we really like to fit the 18's. We may end up having to find some 17's which will give us a lot more tire options that fit under the BU.I drive a Renegade too. With bigger tires and a lift, it's so much fun to drive.
But what exactly about the Renegade prompted you to get a JL?
A friend of mine said, the JL feels like a mixture of JK and BU (Renegade) to him.
As for what about it prompted me to buy the JL. I've been driving Rams since '04, and each one gets a little bigger than the last. My last one (a 2014) was a crew cab with a lift and oversize tires, etc. It was a beast. We referred to it as "the Beluga" because it was a whale (and it was white). I'd drive her Renegade and it felt nimble and fun to drive. It was also surprisingly roomy for as small as it was. I've wanted a Wrangler since we rented one on vacation back in '03. I'd also been drooling over the JT for the last few years, when the rumors of them started floating around. I'd been missing my Dakota (it was a '99) for some time, and the JT looked like a good choice to fill that void. However after driving the BU, I realized a SUV may fill the same void. It only took 1 test drive to realize the JL felt a lot like my Dakota used to, and I wouldn't have to wait for the JT any more.
So basically, just because it was comfortable, and easy/fun to drive.
I actually considered doing exactly that. The problem was I had no idea how much they were going to cost, or how hard it would be to find one once they hit the market. I was also a little concerned about a first year vehicle. I realize the JL is a "first year", but it's more of a face lift than a brand new vehicle. The JT, may share a lot with the JL, but there's still a lot of newly designed stuff to make it a truck, so I decided to go with the JL and maybe get a JT in a few years.... or wait a little and get a JT so you’ll still have a truck for stuff.