Advice for Newb - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > Community Forums > WF New Member Check In

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on
Old 05-24-2012, 10:33 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 3
MKIS is on a distinguished road
Advice for Newb

Hello all:
My first ever forum so please forgive any newb missteps.
Did much reading in archives prior to buying.
Ordered on 4/29/12: Unlimited Rubicon, 6spd, 4.10, silver, dualtops, connectivity, air bags, heated seats.
Waiting patiently for factory to build. Periodically checking status on
Upgrading from my trusted but aging '96 RAV4 2dr 5spd AWD.
Previously owned '87 Wrangler.
My other jeep is a 2 wheeler- '96 KLR 650.

Chose new Jeep based on combination of fun/utility and personal needs/tastes. Short list included Xterra, FJ-40, Tacoma, and WRX-STI.
Don't plan hardcore offroading or rockcrawling, but love to play on trails when an opportunity arises. Mostly, I need a reliable fun vehicle to get to work year round during days and nights, with frequent drives between long island NY and Poconos in PA. Main family ride is an Odyssey, but everyone wants to ride in the Jeep. Originally I wanted a 2 door, but my wife and 3 kids convinced me to get a 4 Dr, but also "letting" me move up to a Rubicon.

Trying to be sensible about mods. Mostly would like to get better fuel efficiency and on road performance. In case you wonder why Rubicon vs Sahara or Sport- mostly visceral decision but also wanted the lower axle ratio, heated seats, and the price was not that much higher than Sahara.

Please allow me to pick your brains for some advice:
1. Wheels/Tires.
Rubicon stock tires no good for winter. Would like to stay close to stock diameter and width. Not sure about lifts, wheel spacers, or backspacing.
Need help with following choices:
A. Get year round all season tires (I can hear some of you laughing With disgust).
Michelin Latitude Tour/ GY Wrangler SR-A: both same size as stock.
Michelin LTX MS2: 265/75/16 (diam 31.7" width 10.5") or 265/70/17 (31.7 x 10.7).
B. Keep stock tires for summer and get dedicated winter tires.
Continental or General in 235/85/16 (31.7 x 9.2)
C. Get Duratracs
33x10.5R15- would need lift/spacers?
265/76/16 or 265/70/17 with C load rating. Diam 31.7" width 10.7".

*Anyone have experience with Cragar wheels for the jeep? I see them on Cragar website but not on Tire Rack or Discount Tire.

2. Cold air intake/exhaust/chip. Very emotional topic with lots of seat of the pants Dynos. Any evidence based advice re brands and power/MPG gains would be appreciated. The cool sound would help drown out the laughter over the all season tires.

3. Any updates re rear view cameras? I did not get the fancy media/GPS options.

4. I plan to keep the Jeep for a long time and don't want to share it with bad guys. Any suggestions for security measures beyond the factory alarm?

Thanks for your attention.
Be well,
MKIS is offline   Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
Thank you veterans

5-Year WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
Beastmaster's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Old Pubelo
Posts: 36,071
Beastmaster is on a distinguished road
Wow, lots of good questions, I suggest you check out some of the forum areas and post your questions there if you can't find the information you're looking for.

JK Jeep Wrangler Forum - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Tires & Wheels - Jeep Wrangler Forum

In the mean time . . .

Welcome to the forum!

/l ,[____],
l---L -OlllllllO-
()_) ()_)--o-)_)

My Builds:
Sarge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Colonel
Beastmaster is offline   Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 06:08 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 3
MKIS is on a distinguished road
Thanks for the reply.
Pardon the ignorance- do I just repost my questions by starting a new thread in the areas that are attached to your message?

MKIS is offline   Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 06:46 PM   #4
Zed's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: PA
Posts: 1,523
Zed is on a distinguished road
Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new jeep!!! If i were you I'd start a different post for each question. I know the folks here have helped me out A LOT! Good luck.....oh and for added security i put an NRA sticker on my jeep :-)
KC3AUV - Hamming it up since 2013
Zed is offline   Quote
Old 05-25-2012, 12:11 AM   #5
SilverSport's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 26,921
SilverSport is on a distinguished road
Send a message via Yahoo to SilverSport
MK, Welcome Aboard!
"Own a Jeep and own a piece of history."

"The Hunter is not concerned with the opinion of the Bear or the Wolf."
SilverSport is offline   Quote
Old 05-25-2012, 01:21 AM   #6
RedBones's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Wv
Posts: 2,824
RedBones is on a distinguished road
14 JK WW
11 JK
03 TJ
97 TJ
95 YJ
RedBones is offline   Quote
Old 05-25-2012, 03:22 AM   #7
MrSig's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Davie, Fl
Posts: 28,523
MrSig is on a distinguished road
Welcome and enjoy the forum!
07 JKU to see my mods or Jeep in action go to
CEO of Black Sheep 4x4s org,
Member of CCJ, White Jeep Club Member #137.
MrSig is offline   Quote
Old 05-25-2012, 04:19 AM   #8
blkrubi88's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Clayton NC
Posts: 29,464
blkrubi88 is on a distinguished road
I can only please one person a day and today is not your day and tomorrow is not looking good either!

blkrubi88 is offline   Quote
Old 05-25-2012, 05:27 AM   #9
I am JD and it's My Dream

WF Supporting Member
::WF Administrator::
JDsDream's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: The Peach State
Posts: 29,579
JDsDream is on a distinguished road
Welcome to the Forum

The kind of woman that when my feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, She's up!"

To All Of Our Forum Veterans and Active Service Members.
Our Debt To You Is Greater Than We Could Ever Repay.
Thank You


Become a Supporting Member!
JDsDream is offline   Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:42 PM.

User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC. is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC
« Back

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner