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Old 02-14-2014, 11:48 PM   #1
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Finally started the mods

Finally started getting some mods done for my overland Jeep build. Nothing exciting. Did a 2" boost and then drove over to Discount Tires to have my new wheels and tires put on. Went with the MB Chaos 5 wheels with Goodyear DT 285/75/R16. That's pretty much it for now. This year I would like to get a winch bumper put on, looking at this one: JcrOffroad, Inc. JK Wrangler Vanguard Full Width Front Winch Bumper. Not sure which winch I want to go with yet. Only other mod I'm considering this year is possibly some additional off-road lighting. Vehicle is a 2007 X.
Before the lift and new shoes:


Today:




Had some fun driving home with the fresh snow. Not sure if I'm going to chip the ends off the factory bumper and mount a winch on it, or go with a bumper like the one linked above. I'll have to see what the wife will let me spend.

On a side note, haven't purchased the spare tire yet. Anyone know if a 33" will fit on the factory rack? This is probably all the bigger I'll go with a lift and tires. It's my DD so I don't want to get too crazy with it. I'm glad I have 4.10 gearing, can't imagine what it would be like driving it with 3.21.
I definitely noticed a difference with the 70 miles I've put on it today.

Any suggestions for mods would be greatly appreciated.

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Finally started getting some mods done for my overland Jeep build. Nothing exciting. Did a 2" boost and then drove over to Discount Tires to have my new wheels and tires put on. Went with the MB Chaos 5 wheels with Goodyear DT 285/75/R16. That's pretty much it for now. This year I would like to get a winch bumper put on, looking at this one: JcrOffroad, Inc. JK Wrangler Vanguard Full Width Front Winch Bumper. Not sure which winch I want to go with yet. Only other mod I'm considering this year is possibly some additional off-road lighting. Vehicle is a 2007 X. Before the lift and new shoes: Today: Had some fun driving home with the fresh snow. Not sure if I'm going to chip the ends off the factory bumper and mount a winch on it, or go with a bumper like the one linked above. I'll have to see what the wife will let me spend. On a side note, haven't purchased the spare tire yet. Anyone know if a 33" will fit on the factory rack? This is probably all the bigger I'll go with a lift and tires. It's my DD so I don't want to get too crazy with it. I'm glad I have 4.10 gearing, can't imagine what it would be like driving it with 3.21. I definitely noticed a difference with the 70 miles I've put on it today. Any suggestions for mods would be greatly appreciated.
Looks good!

What is an overland jeep?

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Old 02-15-2014, 12:01 AM   #3
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Thanks. It's another term I've picked up on the forums. Same as "expedition". I'm more into seeing the hard to reach places around the county, than climbing rocks. Which is another reason I'm not getting too crazy with the lift. A snorkel may be in the near future though.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:26 AM   #4
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You can totally run a 33 back there. I'm running a tire that's almost 34" actually. Some people worry about breaking welds since you'll about double the weight that's already on the spare tire carrier. Honestly though, I know guys running 35" Nitto Mud Grapplers back there on the stock carrier. I personally think you'll be fine.
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Thank you for the reply. I got a $125 rebate at Discount Tire and I'm going to put it toward my spare. I guess I'll go ahead and get it done.
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more pictures of your jeep please im going with that set up and im trying to convince my self that 33" is all i need
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:08 AM   #7
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more pictures of your jeep please im going with that set up and im trying to convince my self that 33" is all i need
Agreed! I'd love to rock some 35s, but then I'd have to regear...and while I'm at it might as well put an air locker in there too...and the extra cost of the larger tires, etc, etc, etc... If I can be satisfied with 33's I'll be a happy camper!

...so yeah, more pics! Looks really good man!
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Those are some really great looking wheels! The Jeep definitely has more "personality" in the after pic than in the before-huge difference.
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Thanks everyone. I will get some more pics posted today from different angles. I'm going to give it a bath first since it's pretty filthy from the road salt and dirt.

And thanks mommymallcrawler, I spent two months looking at various wheels till I finally decided on these. I really like them.
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More pics as requested. Didn't wash it since we've got another storm system moving in this afternoon. I took some closer up wheel shots. 2" boost with new shocks. I like the 33's. Went with the 2" because it's my daily driver. Between the lift and going from 29's to 33's, I've gained about 4" of height total. Also notice, I did not eliminate the front rake. I'm not concerned with it till I put on the new bumper and winch. I'll then probably do something to level it.

Front tire clearance:


Rear tire clearance:


Rear stance:


Front stance:


Not a big fan of the stock bumper. Can't wait to either chop the ends off or get a new bumper. Either a mid or stubby. Not sure yet.
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Maybe it's just me, but dirty Jeeps always look happy...haha

That looks really good. This is probably the same setup that I'll run (although with 15's instead). I always figured that 33's wouldn't fill in the wheel wells with a small lift...guess I've been proven wrong!

Did you get a budget boost or a "proper" lift?
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Hello Eric, it's a budget boost with new shocks. I didn't want the extensions since I do take it off-road. I'm going to drive it this way for a year or two and decide whether or not I really want a suspension lift. My concern is, once I go that route, then I'll be spending more money replacing other parts. For the off-roading I do, the Jeep already has enough clearance for most of what I'll encounter. I am going to be looking at skid plates and rock rails though. And yes, just like a pig, it's happier when it's dirty
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Trucks has the axial g6 look.......
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Hello Eric, it's a budget boost with new shocks. I didn't want the extensions since I do take it off-road. I'm going to drive it this way for a year or two and decide whether or not I really want a suspension lift. My concern is, once I go that route, then I'll be spending more money replacing other parts. For the off-roading I do, the Jeep already has enough clearance for most of what I'll encounter. I am going to be looking at skid plates and rock rails though. And yes, just like a pig, it's happier when it's dirty
This sounds exactly like my current situation. Thanks for the input Shawn. Glad you're having fun with your Jeep!

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