Jeep Wrangler (2007-2017 JK) Overhaul: 35″ MT Tires, Teraflex 3″ Lift Kit, Superchips

Jeep Wrangler (2007-2017 JK) Overhaul: 35″ MT Tires, Teraflex 3″ Lift Kit, Superchips


Hey, guys. I’m Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com,
and today we have a 2016 Black Bear Edition JKU. Now, this Jeep had a couple of mods on
it, but we took care of the big ones. Let me walk you through the build. When putting
together the list of materials for this build, we wanted something that would be able to
take on the trails on the weekend but also still be a daily driver. We knew we wanted
to put 35s under it, and we would need enough lift to accommodate those, but we didn’t want
to completely break the bank. I think what we ended up with is a really good mix of both
form and function, all without completely destroying our budget. So with that in mind,
we decided to go with the Teraflex 3-inch Lift Kit with Shocks. We like this lift kit because it’s really,
really complete. It has everything you need to get the Jeep lifted and back on the road,
from brake lines to bump stop extensions to your sway bar disconnects. It’s literally
everything. The only thing you might want to add would be a front adjustable track bar,
but it’s definitely not necessary. It’s just something you can add if you want to completely
re-center that front axle. Now we went with the 3-inch because we wanted to fit 35s under
this Jeep. We needed some additional clearance for that. Now, flat fenders help and we’ll
talk about those in a minute. This lift install is just like any other lift
kit, and it really went on very easy. The first thing you’ll have to do is support the
Jeep from the frame so that you can remove or disconnect anything that keeps the axle
from completely drooping. Once the axle is drooped, you can remove the springs, the shocks,
all of those other components, put in the new stuff, and put it all back together. This
lift kit is a little less expensive than some of the other ones on the market, but the nice
thing about a lift is that you can always upgrade. You can change things like shocks
and control arms as your needs see fit. Any time you’re lifting your Jeep in the 3
to 3 ½ inch range, you are going to throw off some of that factory geometry. Things
like your castor and your pinion angle, they’re going to change, and that’s something you
might notice going down the road with a little bit of a flighty feel where the steering wheel
doesn’t want to center itself like it did when it was stock. Now, there are a couple
of different ways to fix that, one of those being control arms, but they can be expensive
so with the budget in mind, we decided to go with these Rough Country Control Arm Geometry
Brackets, and what they do is lower the mounting points and put the upper and lower control
arms to get those specs a little closer to stock. Now, the only drawback to brackets like this
you can see right here. You will lower your ground clearance a little bit, so depending
on what you plan on doing with your Jeep, that might be a drawback, it might not be.
But for the money you save over control arms, a lot of people would say it’s worth it. There
are some additional benefits to control arms as far as articulation from better joints,
so we have both options on the website. You really have to decide which is best for you
and for your build. We knew we wanted 35-inch tires on this Jeep so we decided to go with
a set of 315/75-16s which is roughly the metric equivalent. As far as wheels, we went with
the Mammoth type 88s in a 16×8 inch size. When you’re shopping for wheels for your tires,
there are a couple different specs to keep in mind and after that, it’s all about aesthetics.
We decided to go with a 16-inch wheel as opposed to a 17 because it gives us a little bit more
sidewall, which is really nice for gripping obstacles and rocks off-road. We went with
an 8-inch wide wheel instead of a 9-inch because when you mount a nice wide tire on there,
you get some additional sidewall pressure, which is good for airing down off-road to
make sure you don’t lose the bead. The other spec to keep in mind with wheels is backspacing.
These have a 3.75-inch backspacing which means that even when we have this big, wide tire
mounted on there, you’ll be able to turn the steering wheel lock to lock without rubbing
on the frame or on the control arms. As far as aesthetics go, I really like this
wheel especially on a silver Jeep like this. There’s a black center with a polished lip
and these charcoal inserts here are completely removable so you can customize the color to
whatever you like. So anytime you change the tire size, and especially the gear ration
on your Jeep, you want to re-calibrate the computer so that your speedometer and odometer
and all of those numbers that those two affect are accurate. I really like the Superchips
FlashCal Programmer for that. It does all of those things plus more with an easy to
use LCD screen and buttons as opposed to some of the other programmers on the market that
use dip switches. Now in addition to re-calibrating for tires
and gear ratio, you also have some additional settings like headlight and turn signal, horn
chirp, and you’ll be able to read and clear check engine lights. One of the features I
really like, especially for you guys who are running larger off-road tires, is that you’ll
be able to adjust your TPMS system. With a free download from the Superchips website,
you’ll be able to have full control of the TPMS system so you’re not driving around with
that light on the dash or that annoying dinging every time you start the Jeep. Now, one thing
that it’s really important to remember with this calibrator is that it will not increase
fuel mileage. If you’ve been driving around for a while with larger tires and you haven’t
re-calibrated, you’ll notice that your fuel mileage on the dashboard has gone down and
when you re-calibrate, it’s going to go back up, but you’re not actually gaining fuel mileage,
you’re just getting an accurate reading now. So the Superchips FlashCal puts a lot of features
into a small, easy-to-use package all at an affordable price. Flat fender flares are great
when running a large off-road tire. They give some additional clearance so that the tire
doesn’t come up and contact that factory flare and pop it off. If that happens, you’ll be
picking it up off the side of the trail and that’s no good. And we installed a 3-inch
lift kit on our Jeep so chances are we don’t need the additional clearance, but we love
the look of these so much, we just couldn’t resist. These are the Rugged Ridge Hurricane Flat
Fender Flares which are a hybrid of a flat flare and a pocket style rivet flare. You
usually get one or the other, but this is a really nice combination of both. These flares
include everything you need to get them installed including the lighting and the wiring which
is something that some other companies will leave out. These even include two different
sets of rivets, one black and one silver, so you can customize the look for whatever
you like for your Jeep. One of the features I really, really like about these flat flares
is that they’re designed to be used with a factory inner fender flares. You don’t need
to purchase other ones and you don’t need to run without them. These are designed specifically
to work with the trim factory inners and they give you instructions on how to trim them,
and having the inner fenders is really important. I personally like the look better, but it’s
also functional. It’ll keep junk and mud out of the engine bay, which is especially important
on the passenger side where you have the wiring harness right there. Now that we’ve got the Jeep ready to go off-road,
we wanted to add some recovery gear. The winch is really nice to have if you find yourself
stuck in a mud puddle, or high centered on an obstacle, or to help out a friend. We chose
the rugged ridge 8,500 pound winch, but they also offer this winch in a 10,500 pound capacity
and they offer both of them in a few different configurations. We really like Rugged Ridge
for this application because it’s a no-frills winch. This particular one has a steel cable.
It doesn’t have any sort of wireless winch controller. It’s really no frills and all
of those things help to keep the cost down. Now if you’re out there every single weekend
and you’re doing a lot of really long hard pulls, you might want to look into one of
the more expensive winches on the market. You generally do get what you pay for with
these. However, if you’re a weekend warrior and you’re out there on the trails with your
friends, this winch will more than do it for you and it’ll save you a couple of dollars. All right, so now for the fun part. We’ve
got the lift kit installed, wheels and tires are rolling, we’re calibrated, fender flares,
wench, the whole nine. Now we get to drive it. It’s the second best part after seeing
it on the ground after the lift kit and wheels and tires are bolted on. And I’ve got to say,
I thought that the Teraflex shocks were going to ride a little bit harsher. This actually
rides really, really nice. I said before that some more expensive kits might have some nicer
shocks that’ll improve on road ride quality, and while that still might be true, there’s
nothing wrong with this as it sits. Right out of the box, this thing rides really, really
well. It feels really stable and I think that has something to do with the rear track bar
brace and the rear track bar bracket that come in the lift kit. You’re able to adjust
that roll center and even if you don’t know really what that means, it’s going to readjust
your geometry so the Jeep rides much more like it would have right out of the factory. Another benefit to running a slightly smaller
wheel with a big tire is that additional sidewall. And we talked about the benefits off-road
as far as being able to grip rocks and different obstacles, but it’s also a benefit on road.
You want to make sure that you’re running the correct tire pressure in a big tire. It’s
usually lower than what it says in your factory service manual for your vehicle. But if you
get the tire pressure correct and you have some larger side walls, they’re actually going
to help with cushioning and the suspension. They can create a little bit of a spongy ride
if you’re taking a corner really fast, but let’s face it. This isn’t a sports car. You
shouldn’t be doing that in a Jeep anyway, so if it helps your ride quality during your
everyday driving, I’d say it’s a good move. So now that we’re on the road, the calibrator
really shows where it comes into play. This is an automatic Jeep, and having bigger tires
on it means that without a calibration, the Jeep would be shifting in weird spots. It
would be lugging the motor. We don’t have any of that. We re-calibrated, and this thing
shifts just like a factory Jeep would. On top of that, I can drive with confidence knowing
that the speedometer is accurate, so I’m not going to be busted for speeding and the odometer
is accurate, which is going to help from everything from oil change intervals to well, everything.
You need your odometer to be accurate. Now I know that a calibrator isn’t the most exciting
part of building a Jeep, but you definitely need one, and the Superchips calibrator makes
everything really, really easy. Now that we’ve felt how it rides on road,
let’s take it off-road. We’re not going to do anything serious today, but I just want
to get a feel for how everything is on a little bit of a bumpy road. So we have the Jeep out
here on a bit of a fire trail. It’s not hard core wheeling. We’re not rock-crawling, but
we’re off the road we’re on a bumpy dirt road, and I just wanted to get a feel for the suspension.
We’re not disconnecting sway bars we’re not going to flex it out today, we’re just going
to get a feel for it. And I’ve got to say, like I said on the road, this suspension handles
the bumps really well. I mean, I’m cruising along here at 5-7 miles an hour, normal speeds
that you’d be going off-road, and this is pretty rutted out. It’s handling really well.
It feels good. It’s really smooth. I’m really happy with this. Even though we’re just on a fire trail and
we’re not really flexing out the suspension, you can still see the benefit of having the
flat fender flares. The hurricane flares that we installed here are still wide enough to
give you plenty of coverage from the tires throwing junk up on the body, but they give
you that additional up travel clearance that will clear these big tires even when you do
go over these big obstacles, and they look really good. It’s great the first time you
get to hit the trail after adding a bunch of new mods to your Jeep, and even though
we’re just on a fire trail now, it’s always nice to have a winch just in case. When we
started out this build, we wanted to put something together that would have great on-road manners
that you can daily drive to work but also take out on the weekend and have fun on the
trails with it, and after taking it both on the street and on the trail, I think we hit
all of those points. This thing works really good on road and really
good off-road, and it’s just really well-rounded. We did it all without completely breaking
the budget. So for all the mods you need for your Jeep and for more cool content like this,
make sure you check out ExtremeTerrain.com, but for now, I’m Ryan. Thanks for watching.

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  1. So you didnt need to put a new driveshaft on the jeep after the lift.I thought over 2.5 inches of lift you could have problems with the front driveshaft.Ty

  2. Just curious I have the same jeep with 35s and not sure what to set the gear ratio at. I have calibrated tires but not gear ratio . Mine is the same set up as that one ….please help

  3. You mentioned regearing. What gears are you running in this Jeep? I am running a JKU Rubicon and going to lift and add 35s. Mine is an auto as well and I am worried about power loss and excessive shifting during on road inclines.

  4. I have a 2015 Rubicon Unlimited Automatic, I am planning on buying a 3" Zone Suspension Lift Kit with Nitro Shocks which also comes with Rear Sway Bar Links. I am wondering if I also need to buy Font Sway Bar Links? I do have the Electronic Sway Bar Disconnects and Axle Locks.

  5. Love all the videos. I just put on a 2 inch lift and want to get 35 inch tires ko2. I have a 2015 auto with 3.21 gears. Is this a bad idea? Do I need to re gear or will a super chip fix my issues? People said I would need to regear.

  6. I hear so many conflicting opinions on what additional work needs to be done if you go higher than 2.5". I've got a 2011 Rubicon UL, and I've got Bushwacker flat flares, currently running 33" tires. I'm about to lift it, and have primarily been looking at the Teraflex 2.5" lift, as I'd read that more than that and you need to start looking at driveline mods, etc. But then I see videos like this with a 3" lift, and no mention of any other driveline or suspension mods. What am I missing?

  7. So i have a stock 2016 JKU automatic in 3.73gear ratio. I just took added a 3.5" lift and replaced the stock 32 tires with 35×12.50 tires. I am looking at getting a FlashCal as seen in this video, but am curious about its ability to adjust shift switching. Does this system automatically adjust shift points when the new tire size is input…I wont be changing the stock 3.73 gear ratio so dont see the need to change it in the Flash cal either, but wasnt sure if this will accomplish what want with better shift points..

    Any help?

  8. I have a brand new 2016 jeep wrangler, and I'm looking to put 35s on it. I would like to get it done right by someone who knows what they are doing like the man in this video. anybody know where I should go close to the Dallas forth worth area?

  9. I heard lift kits are murder on your driveshafts, and that you will have to get them replaced regularly. How much stock should I put in that?

  10. I just bought a 2016 Jeep Wrangler but I am starting to wonder if I should have waited for the 2018
    What do you guys think ?

  11. I was just about to pull the trigger on buying one of these Superchips Flashcal Tuners to tune my JK for 35's. Every other reviewer on Amazon says that this company does not answer their telephone when they have an issue. Customer support is a HUGE thing with me. Will look elsewhere.

  12. If i get 35 tires with a 2.5 spacer lift, would I need to adjust the gear ratio? Also, dont want to do it if it changes my drive too much. Thanks for the great video guys! Hope you can respond

  13. Like this build, there are a few more things I would add, my focus is going to be overlanding and really want a winch with a synthetic rope.

  14. Youve got to be kidding me. These new import Jeeps really need all this crap?
    Willys conqured the world on 28s, 60hp, and no lift.
    70 year tech advantage and Chrysler still cant build a proper Jeep?

  15. Love the videos I personally would change a few things like respond to potential customers in the comments not all of course and I’d show the price of each mod as you go over them. IMO of course

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