Like I said, I am new to the Jeep scene. I have been a good ole country boy driving trucks for quite a while now but am finally able to afford a play vehicle. The wife has loved Jeeps her whole life and I love the outdoors so I am planning on surprising her with a one for her birthday in July. She loves big tires, gnarly bumpers, loud stereos. I am a practical guy, I want to be able to play but also to drive it when I want to on the road with out it being cumbersome.
In choosing a Jeep I think that I have narrowed it to the JKU, we have 2 kids under 4 plus I am over 6' and she is 5'10". I want to keep the Jeep for a while and the kids and adventures will only get bigger. I have been a truck lover my entire life and have good mechanical sense plus my best friend owns his own shop less then a mile from the house, so all the work will be done by us. I am gonna start with a few questions and keep asking so that there aren't to many and overwhelming. I would appreciate as much info as possible, I love know why and how things work.
So here goes, on a JKU for good off roading, level 2 trails I think is what they are called, 33x12.50 or 35x12.50s? Which lift do I need with each one? Looking at either the Nitto Tera Grappler or the Goodyear Dura trac.
Coming from my truck back ground I love a manual trans but for great off roading you can't beat an auto. Do these trans hold up well over 100k miles with larger tires? I am gonna regear depending on the tire size.
Does the 3.8l engine hold up over 100k like the 4.0 or do I need to/should I do something to it to make it last longer run better? Cold air intake, new exhaust, programmer, bigger trans pan bigger better trans cooler?
Like I said just a few to start with. I want to have some of the things done to it for her birthday and keep adding to it as the time/money allows. Thanks in advance or all the help.