• Come Ride With Me! Daily Life with a Lifted Jeep Wrangler JK (Video)


    Welcome back to another installment of our new series Come Ride With Me! This series shows you exactly what it is like to live with a vehicle. On this episode we take a look at Tommy’s own personal vehicle, a lifted 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport that has seen a number of mild and also wild modifications.

    Visual Mods and Accessories

    Many of Tommy’s modifications on his Jeep are aesthetic mods. He has a set of Bestop front and rear steel bumpers to replace the plastic ones that came stock from Jeep. On the front bumper is a pair of Rugged Ridge LED lights as well as a beefy Warn winch. The soft-top was also provided to us by Bestop, giving Tommy easy access to the great outdoors. One of the more recent additions was the new spare wheel mount for the tailgate from Rugged Ridge. Now that he has an upgraded spare mount, he is able to carry a full-size 35″ spare tire at all times, perfect for going off-road.

    Performance Mods

    Two of the most significant mods to this JK have to be the 35″ Firestone tires and the Teraflex lift kit. The tires are Firestone Destination MT 2s, which are 35″ diameter as I mentioned before. This, alongside the Teraflex CT3 Alpine lift kit helped to add around 4-5″ of ground clearance to Tommy’s Jeep. While this has made the Jeep even more capable off road, there have been some drawbacks for day-to-day usage.

    Daily Life

    As you would expect with a lift and bigger tires, fuel mileage has gone down by roughly 1 MPG (from 17 to 16). Furthermore, it has gotten noticeably harder to get in and out of the Jeep, especially for the rear seat passengers. However, ride quality is still there and the off-road performance more than makes up for it.

    To see what else Tommy has to say about daily life with his Jeep Wrangler JK, be sure to watch the whole video. Also be sure to stay tuned to TFLtruck and TFLnow for more episodes of Come Ride With Me!

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    11 thoughts on “Come Ride With Me! Daily Life with a Lifted Jeep Wrangler JK (Video)

      1. Marc – – –

        M: “Jeep Wranglers are not that great in snow.”

        You are right. To my surprise, my 2DR JK jumps sideways a bit and wanders in slippery snow, whether in 2WD or 4WD. This May be short wheel-base and solid-axle characteristic? Braking is also much worse. I put the poor thing up for the winter and use the old ’96 Ram instead: stable as a rock.

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        1. Big reason is they are lite. Tires also play a role to. Them tires on Tommy’s Wrangler are mud or rock climbing tires, NOT snow tires.

    1. Tommy – – –

      You did a great job with this video and exposition of the lifted Wrangler. You have nice, well-balanced delivery of information.
      But, I missed the “ride-along” part! (Yes, you did the 0-to-60 run.) Would have liked to see how the lifted JK Jeep actually worked in a mild off-road situation for which it was intended, even if it was something we know about like Goldmine Hill of Cliffhanger 2.0..(^_^)…

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      1. There’s great off-road videos of it on TFLcar.com you can google them for an easier find.

        Cliffhanger wouldn’t show any of this vehicles capabilities as well as the trail they took it on for TFLcar.

        I wish they would stop using cliffhanger for dedicated off road vehicles (like lifted Jeeps, power wagons, TRDs etc.)

        1. Joe – – –

          J: “I wish they would stop using cliffhanger for dedicated off road vehicles (like lifted Jeeps, power wagons, TRDs etc.)”

          Yup. A few months ago, I suggested to Roman two other OR trails in CO that are both more demanding (but not ridiculous) and have a greater variety of challenges (not just slipping rocks).
          However, they are a little farther away and perhaps not as convenient to get to…

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    2. I like the led brake light ring. Was sure I would hate it, but it looks pretty damn cool. Raising the old brake light would look silly.

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