Originally Posted by Twisted_Minded
Thought I’d never buy an evolution Harley, but I did and love it. Now I bought a 2000 Wrangler 5 speed 4.0 and love it. But I find myself lost again. Looking for best performance for on & off road, No major rock climbing
Now I need some Wrangler wisdom and this seems to be the place with no BS.
What I’d like to do first is getting rid of these tires & wheels (31x10.5x15 radial xrt wild country). No lift, told its all stock
I’m looking for something a little wider, maybe taller, something more aggressive looking without loosing much performance. I’m looking to be able to drive anywhere and go of road when I want & look good getting there
I run M/T 35X12.50R15LT on my CJ & Willey’s now but there used for short rides and off road
If I was to lift this jeep, what kit should I use to keep a nice road ride? I would think no higher then 3.5” if that and move up to 33”’s. Looking for pro. & cons.
And what’s the thought on intake? Would like to get the best performance I can out of this 4.0, any ideas or tricks would be appreciated. Performance ,aggressive & cool looking.
For beginners, if you search around you will find there is nothing to do to improve your performance by messing around with the intake. Cold air, expensive air filters or anything else will not do anything noticeable to your performance. The airbox is designed to be efficient as is and the best thing to do is keep the air filter clean.
There are also a bunch of threads regarding lifts and tire size. The inexpensive way is a budget boost to raise your Jeep 2 inches. This should fit 32 inch tires okay. If you have stock rims your back spacing will be too much and the tires will rub at full turn. You can shim the steering stops with a couple of washers to stop that and there are also threads regarding that proceedure. Stock wheels have 5 to 5.5 inches of back spacing which keeps them way under the fenders. After market wheels have 3.75 to 4 inches that will push them out a bit for better clearance when turning. If you want to go higher for bigger tires then you can add a small body lift as well and get your Jeep up 3 to 3.25 inches for 33 inche tires. From the sound of your adventures this would be okay for you. 33 inch tires is the max for this set up.
I too had a shovel head years ago and snubbed the evo's. Glad I made the change when I did. Road King for me for many years.