should I do lift kit and 35's???

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    I know this has been discussed but ready to pull the trigger on a lift and tires. I have some concerns though. I have a 2020 Willys with 6 speed manual and 3.45 gears. As most of you know the Willys came with 32 inch mud tires from factory. The 5th and 6th gear are really close together. I live in the mountains of western North Carolina and it is hilly. I run in 5th gear a lot climbing hills on the interstate. I want to do a Mopar 2 inch lift and either 315/70/17 or 35/12.5/17. These will be mounted on the factory 7.5 inch wheels for now. I dont have the money to rehear right now. Just enough for lift and tires. Is it a mistake to lift and go 35's with manual and 3.45 gears? Should I stay with it factory setup for now? How bad is it going to be power wise? It's my daily driver. 20 miles round trip to work. I will also be off roading 2-3 times a month. Mainly light to medium wheeling. Thanks, in advance for your help.
     
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    Wheel it as is and you will gain your own knowledge.
     
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    It's gonna be a dog in the mountains, hard on the clutch also. I spend a few weeks a year up there in Waynesville. 4.88s make it bearable. Wait and do gears and lift all at once.
     
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    is there something you want to do with your jeep you cant do as it is?
     
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    No not really. I just like the look mainly.
     
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    Just asking because there's a price associated with a lift/big tires that goes beyond just the original purchase/installation. The fuel economy will take a dive. The performance too. Then there's the cornering/handling. Potentially, the life of the U-joints in the driveshafts are affected and ride quality could get worse. I looked into a lift and 35s and decided to stick with the Rubicon as is.
     
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    Get some bad ass 33s and have fun!
     
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    If you're set on doing it, Rubicon take-off suspension and wheels/tires are the best bargain going, if money is a consideration. I would guess you can get all the suspension and wheels/tires for $800-1000.
     
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    The Willys actually comes with Rubicon suspension, heavy duty brakes and Rubicon style wheels and 32 inch mud tires. I need the gearing.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the Willys comes stock with Rubicon shocks and sport springs.
     
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    This, it does not come with he rubicon springs from what I have read and seen.
     
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    Id do what was stated above. Rubicon springs for more lift and 33s or regear and go to 35s

    my jeep : 2dr sport manual.

    I put 35s on stock (had the tires before jeep and knew i wanted 35s)
    It sucked like everyone said so I geared to 4.56, made it amazing.

    then I did rubi suspension for 1.5” lift roughly with mopar LCA and it drove perfect like this with gears lift and 35s


    Now I have the 2.5” aev lift and its also good.

    but yeah, manual and 35s on 3.45 is pretty bad. Its okay for on street, but say goodbye too 6th gear
     
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    As you have found your gearing is marginal as it is with 32" tires. You will definitely want more gear if you go to taller tires.
     
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    It seems okay now. I really dont use 6th gear until I'm at 70mph or higher. I'm trying to decide if I should buy a Dana 44 axle with 4.88 gears already in them or just regear mine.
     
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