I'm the proud owner of a "new to me" 2004 Jeep Wrangler LJ. I've been in search of the right Jeep for over a year and I found this gently used gem sitting in an Audi/Porsche lot. Retirees with a sound portfolio traded in the Wrangler for a Porsche. It's a garaged LJ with 24,000 miles purchased and stored in Sierra Vista, AZ for the past nine years. It's spotless and still sitting on OEM tires. I wasn't thrilled buying from a dealership (taxes/fees...ugh), but I have no regrets. I look forward to gleaning information from other WF folks...and taking on AZ's best trails.
First project: Tires. Lift or not to lift?
The LJ factory tire specs: 30x9.5 15 sitting on 15x8 aluminum wheels. According to the BF Goodrich website, I can pair 33x10.5 15 Terrain T/A tires to these rims.
How do I make this work? There is a reputable alignment/lift garage that comes highly recommended by local off road enthusiasts. The garage recommend a 3" suspension lift (including a 2 week re-torque and a 6 month inspection/re-torque). It sounds like they know what they're doing. They offer Pro-Comp or BDS at the same price...$550 out the door.
Will this work? Concerns include:
Do the factory wheels provide the offset to support a 33x10.5" wheel under a 3" suspension lift? I don't want to rub!
Will my 3.73 ratio provide the torque I need to run a 33x10.5 tire. I love the immediate response of the I6. I'd hate to lose that.
Well, I've already written too much for my introduction.