Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Long Island, NY
I have about 45k miles on my rubi, 27k with 35" tires, I wheel 3-5 times per year. I ran 35s with no lift and flat front fenders for a year (you can cut the stock fenders to achieve the same clearance), with stock fenders a 2.5" lift or even a 2" budget boost is all you need to run 35s. I have a 3.5" AEV lift and it killed my rear driveshaft because I ended up with 4+ inches of lift (no rear fenders, stock rear plastic bumper and soft top) when I emailed AEV to ask about it they told me to put a heavy bumper and tire carrier or 150-200lbs of sandbags in the Jeep to drop the rear and lower the angle on the driveshaft. With a 4 door I don't think you'll have those issues. From wheeling with 4 doors I recommend either getting a soft top or taking the hard top off before wheeling. I've seen multiple windows blown out and damaged hard tops only on 4 doors. The fenders are likely to get damaged on the trails so that's a good thing to replace, or just not care about if they get banged up or torn off. Running without rear fenders I've done a lot of damage to my rear quarter-panels, so corner guards are in my very near future. Skid plates are always a good idea especially with the reduced breakover angle on the JKU. The rubi comes with rock rails, but they run pretty flush with the body, I'm looking to upgrade to something that sticks out a couple of inches to better keep rocks and such from damaging the body.
Silver 2014 2dr Rubicon Metal Cloak Aluminum Overland Fenders with aluminum inners, GenRight aluminum front bumper, Warn M8000, 17" AEV Savegre wheels, 35-12.5-17 Goodyear MTR Kevlar tires, AEV 3.5" lift, Metal Cloak adjustable control arms, Solid Differential covers with lube lockers, Adams drive-shafts