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Old 03-15-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hey guys! New JK Wrangler questions.

So bought my first wrangler. Few questions now that summer is getting close.

When i take off the hardtop what do i do for doors? riding around with full doors on and no top just doesnt seem right. What is recommended for half doors on a budget? What about side mirrors?

Second question i want to put new rims and tires on it also. Ive pretty much settled on the Mickey Thompson MT-28 steel rims. pretty sure the JK lugnut pattern is 5(please correct me if im wrong)
So what size tire do i go with? I have the 3.73 gearing. I dont plan on lifting, would like a slighting more aggressive look but it will also be a daily driver.

thoughts?

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So bought my first wrangler. Few questions now that summer is getting close.

When i take off the hardtop what do i do for doors? riding around with full doors on and no top just doesnt seem right. What is recommended for half doors on a budget? What about side mirrors?

Second question i want to put new rims and tires on it also. Ive pretty much settled on the Mickey Thompson MT-28 steel rims. pretty sure the JK lugnut pattern is 5(please correct me if im wrong)
So what size tire do i go with? I have the 3.73 gearing. I dont plan on lifting, would like a slighting more aggressive look but it will also be a daily driver.

thoughts?
Can't help much with the doors but you could always take them off. That's what we do although I don't mind the full doors.
Lug pattern is 5x5.
The 2012's and up have the stronger engine so you have some flexibility there. Without a lift I would go with 33's. You should have plenty of room with little to no rubbing. Anything bigger opens up a can of worms. Regear, prob need a lift, drop the 30 upfront or sleeves and such. Stick with the 33's like I mentioned and get some Duratracs......really good DD tire from all I have heard. I will be doing the same but with a 2.5 and some 315/70/17's in the next couple of weeks.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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what are your thoughts on rim size? will 33 look ok on 15s? or should i go to 16s?
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:21 PM   #4
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The vast majority of steel wheels in the 15" size won't fit over your brake calipers. Most of the 15" alloy wheels will, though.

And like m25 said, you can just take your doors off when you remove the roof. That's what most folks do.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:24 PM   #5
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The vast majority of steel wheels in the 15" size won't fit over your brake calipers. Most of the 15" alloy wheels will, though.

And like m25 said, you can just take your doors off when you remove the roof. That's what most folks do.

ok will goin up to 16s fit? or is it just a "steel rim" thing?
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ok will goin up to 16s fit? or is it just a "steel rim" thing?
16" steelies will always fit
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16" steelies will always fit
^^ Yup.

Also, pertaining to doors, you can always buy half doors (which are $$$), or run rock doors. I run Body Armor rock doors in summer...started out as a way to keep the munchkins "caged" in the Jeep, but I liked it enough that I run em now whenever my hard doors are off.

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^^ Yup.

Also, pertaining to doors, you can always buy half doors (which are $$$), or run rock doors. I run Body Armor rock doors in summer...started out as a way to keep the munchkins "caged" in the Jeep, but I liked it enough that I run em now whenever my hard doors are off.
Love those doors. That Jeep is a thing of beauty. How do you like the Duratracs?
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I'll put Bestop's 2-piece soft doors on in a few days and won't put the hard doors back on until sometime late next Fall.
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I'll put Bestop's 2-piece soft doors on in a few days and won't put the hard doors back on until sometime late next Fall.
I'm looking at buying these soon. How do you like them?
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I haven't installed them yet...just took them out of the boxes yesterday. They look great so far. I've been busy installing a sub/amp combo for the last couple of days. I bought the 2-piece doors because they will give me the freedom to go from full door to half door or to no doors at all (and back) on a whim...storing the pieces in the rear of the jeep. I will probably install them toward the end of next week...just have to get them on by Jeep Safari which starts the 23rd.
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Love those doors. That Jeep is a thing of beauty. How do you like the Duratracs?
They rock, for the way I use em. Mine are E-rated (the 16" size), so they're a little heavier than the other DTs, with a thicker sidewall. Also a little harsher on-road, but that's what I like.

So far, I haven't been able to slow them down. Snow, mud, sand...even when I'm on the ice on Lake Winnebago, they get decent traction.

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