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Old 09-01-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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New From Indiana and need advice

Been an avid Wrangler fan since the time I was 14 but could never afford one until now. After being out of college for over a year and working a sales job the time has come to afford a new Wrangler but I need advice.

I'm going to buy an 07' Unlimited (White) with a manual shift as soon as one becomes available in my area. I want to buy an X and build it from there. I've already got the rims picked out but am unsure of on the wheels and don't know much about lift kits. After I purchase the jeep I will have right around $5000 to work with on upgrading the jeep. I plan on having 35" tires, KMC Monster XD Series rims, and a 4-5" lift. I don't plan on offroading the jeep outside of riding through a few farm fields when I go fishing/mushroom hunting. So I'm much more concerned with the jeep riding well than offroad preformance.

So for the more experienced Jeep builders and owners I ask these questions.

1. I really like the Toyo M/T tires but have read that they are expensive and horrible in the snow. Living in Norhern Indiana I can't have a jeep that won't preform in the snow. Furthermore with 35" tires lifted up it'd be embarassing to not handle the snow. What would be your reccomendation on tires that look good, are cost efficient, ride well (minimal noise), and preform in the snow? Possibly a good looking set of AT's?

2. What would be your reccomendation for a lift? With the price I've given for rims, tires, and lift do you have any advice? Again I'm looking for ride quality as opposed to offroad performance.

3. Does anyone know any good 4x4 places in the Northern Indiana area? I have friends that can do the job but not sure I trust them to put the lift kit on and have it ride smoothly.


All advice and recommendations would be welcome! I'll leave you guys with a picture of what I'd like my jeep to look like after its done minus the color (white instead of read).


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Can't help you much with JK related technical questions, but I can say welcome to WF.

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I have a teraflex 2.5" lift on my JK and it rides like stock.
I like the Toyo tires but I know some guys at work that have them on heavier trucks and they don't wear as well as the BFG's. They may do okay on the lighter jeep.
I have BFG KM2's on my YJ and Goodyear MTR's on my JK and I like both. Its hard to beat the wear on the BFG's.
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The Toyo MT's are heavy tires and are not that good in the snow and have pretty high rolling resistance. A friend has them on a little Toyota xtra cab,he likes them for rocks and mud but says they can be scary in the rain and light snow/ice. If your not going to go in the rocks and need something good for snow,light mud,trail an A/T is the way to go. I run 35" Nokian Vatiiva MT's on my YJ for street and light trail/snow they run great you might want to check them out.
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Go to 4wd.com. They also have shops nation wide. BFG's are best. Pro comp MUDs make good snow tires Might try tirerack.com to get some advice also. Good prices at both sites.

That's a little high to just be going fishing and shrooming. Your going to have to upgrade the steering gearbox also. The stock one won't last more then 6months before your steering gets scary especially in snow. Don't forget steps, still got to climb in. Do some more homework before you spend, it's sounds like your going to need more money for the upgrade. Lifts affect every part. 4wd.com has good advice. Have fun.
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Go to 4wd.com. They also have shops nation wide. BFG's are best. Pro comp MUDs make good snow tires Might try tirerack.com to get some advice also. Good prices at both sites.

That's a little high to just be going fishing and shrooming. Your going to have to upgrade the steering gearbox also. The stock one won't last more then 6months before your steering gets scary especially in snow. Don't forget steps, still got to climb in. Do some more homework before you spend, it's sounds like your going to need more money for the upgrade. Lifts affect every part. 4wd.com has good advice. Have fun.
Thanks for the advice its really appreciated. I've been doing homework for a while and thats how I ended up here. How low of a lift can I go and still fit 35's? Again I'm looking at the jeep more aesthetically than offroad performance. All advice/suggestions would be welcome!

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