I've read through lots of the threads on this subject and think I have a solution that will work but before I start opening boxes, jacking up the jeep, have my hands full of dirt and grease and find that something doesn't work I thought I'd run this stuff by the experts here and see if you might be able to "School me"....Please
To start with I'm starting with a stock '06 LJ Rubicon (hard top)....which was previously owned by the TX department of prisons.....and seemed to spend a good deal of time off road in it's previous life. Currently has 80K miles and I'm beginning down the road of restoring this to an around town driver and weekend off-road (mild) explorer.
The mechanicals seem to be rock solid as it likely was on perpetual maintenance but all small stuff is in need of attention.
Currently she rides on 31X10.5X15 aftermarket wheels.....which I don't like shod with Falken Rocky Mountain tires....which I do like.
According to the build sheet from Chrysler it came with 16" Moab wheels but those are long gone. I like the look of Moab's and have decided to add a set of 17" JK Moab's with the appropriate spacers. According to what I have read the JK wheels have 6.25" of backspace vs. the TJ Moabs with 5" but with the adapters @1.25" I thinking that I'll end up with a very similar set-up to the TJ Moabs (is this correct?)
I found a set of 2013 Moab takeoffs with Wrangler AT-S tires which are less aggressive (good for town, not as good for off-road) 255/75/17 which seem to be approx. 32"......so 1 inch larger than what's there now (and factory set-up).
I'm also planning on adding H&R Springs (LJ Specific) and Bilstein shocks.....they are spec'd for 1.5" front and 1.1 Rear.......but from others who have done it they have seen a little over 2 in the back......likely because their stock springs were worn.......as mine likely are.
I was figuring that I would start with these as I'll be on road and fire roads like 95% of the time......and this set-up got great reviews, caused little related issues is priced reasonably, blah, blah, blah.
I bought the wheels and tires for $400 and I'm thinking I'll get at least 1/2 of that for the wheels and tires I'm taking off so if I need to upgrade the tires (which I likely will) I should be OK.
I plan on keeping this Jeep for some time.....and even if I buy a newer one in the future I'll keep it at our 2nd home so I want to spend a little effort now getting it right and dependable.
Am I going down a rat-hole or do you thin this will get me off to a good start.......especially since I plan to learn a lot about doing this so if I need to make a change in the future I'll be better prepared.
I'd love to hear from the experts and gain from any experience here.....I have time to return this stuff if I'm way off base so please open up if you would!!!
All the best,