Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicon: Daily Driving on 37s

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Depending on the setup, 37s on a daily driver Jeep Wrangler may not be as crazy as they sound.

YouTube is the sampler plate of the internet. There’s something for everyone. Want to watch someone play your favorite game and teach you help helpful strategies? There are channels for you. Want to see someone chug dangerous amounts of alcohol just for your entertainment? Take your pick. Maybe watching someone review colognes is more up your alley. If so, you’re in luck; Youtube has channels devoted just to that. If you’re a Jeep-lover wondering how a potential mod may turn out, there are plenty of options for you.

Perhaps you daily drive a JK Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and you’re thinking about putting 37-inch tires on it. It’s understandable if you don’t want to jump right into it without doing a little research. Pricing is important. Which is why the video from the YouTuber BlacknWhiteBuilds423. The host, named Montana, is progressively upgrading his 2016 JKU Rubicon to be bigger and badder than it was before. Thirty-seven-inch tires are a big part (literally) of that process.

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So what are they like to live with? With Montana’s current setup, they’re not too bad, but they’re also not perfect. They don’t rub, although he does also have a six-inch lift. Ride quality hasn’t diminished significantly. Montana still gets about 18 to 19 miles per gallon when HE drives (that figure drops sharply when his wife is behind the wheel). Despite its height, Montana’s rig doesn’t pose a problem to his five-year-old daughter. She may need a little boost to get inside of it, but she loves it the way it is. In fact, she’d love for her dad’s Jeep to be even bigger.

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The main drawback to 37s? Given that Montana is running largely stock steering hardware, you can probably already guess. If you guessed death wobble, you’re right. He plans on beefing up the front end in the future to correct it. He’ll need to, especially because he’s eventually going to swap out the 37s for 40s.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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