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Old 10-28-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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Hi..from Dubai

Hi everyone...

My name is Abdul Rehman aka Danny and I live in Dubai.

I currently have a 05 TJ, with a 2.5" suspension lift, 1" body lift, 31" Cooper HTs on 15x10" Ballistic Rims..and honestly I don't think I have enjoyed a 4x4 as much as I have the TJ

The bad news is that I am selling the TJ, and the good news is I am going for the 2012 JK...

Now because we use our Jeeps here for the desert, I need some info/help in regards to modding the new JK, so here goes:

1) All the JK's here come with the 3.21 gear ratio. What is the max recommended tire/rim size before I have to re-gear? I don't want to re-gear a new car as I might lose warranty.

2) Is it recommended to go for wide tires/rims on a stock suspension? If yes what size? The biggest problem we face in the desert are popouts

2) Has anyone tested the new JK on a steep climb?? The only problem I have had with my TJ (also auto) was that everytime I was climbing a high dune, I lost power and had to turn down. I am hoping the 12 JK doesn't have this issue - please share some real life experiences

3) This will be my daily driver as well..so what brand of tire do you guys recommend? I loved the Cooper HTs and I have heard the Geolanders are good as well.

Appreciate the help...hoping to put up pics of the new JK soon.

Till then, here are the pics of my old TJ.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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hi back to Dubai.....gotta love all them dunes to mess around in.....I don't have much to answer as I live in the Pacific North West.....wet much of the year, mud very common off pavement, or gravel logging roads winding thru the forests.

Last dune climbing I did was in a stock skinny tire 1945 CJ2 about 50 years ago.....and it didn't work out so well.

Good luck finding the mods you need. Thanks for the photos.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:28 AM   #4
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Hi Danny

When will the 2012 euro wranglers be available there?No word on them here in Africa yet

Good luck with the mods
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:39 AM   #5
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Nice looking Jeep, Danny.

Especially like the photo with the passenger side off the ground.

I'll try to answer what I can of your questions...more folks will probably chime in tomorrow.

1) All the JK's here come with the 3.21 gear ratio. What is the max recommended tire/rim size before I have to re-gear? I don't want to re-gear a new car as I might lose warranty.

The 3.21 gearing is a slug. Chrysler shouldn't even offer it on the Wrangler, but they do. However, the 3.6L Pentastar engine – with its extra hp and flatter power curve – eases some of the pain. You should be fine with 33" tires, as long as you watch the backspacing on the rims (4.5 is ideal.)

2) Is it recommended to go for wide tires/rims on a stock suspension? If yes what size? The biggest problem we face in the desert are popouts

Again, that's going to be governed somewhat by the backspacing on the rims. You can go with wheels that are wider than stock, but you'll want to make sure what you buy isn't going to rub in hard turns, etc. When you narrow down what rim/tire combos you like, throw 'em out to the masses here on WF. Somebody will be able to tell you about them.

2) Has anyone tested the new JK on a steep climb?? The only problem I have had with my TJ (also auto) was that everytime I was climbing a high dune, I lost power and had to turn down. I am hoping the 12 JK doesn't have this issue - please share some real life experiences

The '12 has more power than earlier model years, but with a 3.21 gear ratio and larger tires it's not gonna be a dune buggy. That said, the 2012 should still outperform your '05, power-wise.

3) This will be my daily driver as well..so what brand of tire do you guys recommend? I loved the Cooper HTs and I have heard the Geolanders are good as well.

The Coopers are good, from what I've read. I live in the Upper Midwest, and need a tire that I can use on the road year-round (we get a good bit of snow in winter), so I went with Goodyear DuraTracs. They've got a fairly long tread life, and work well in almost all conditions.

For desert driving, I can't say...maybe somebody from the southwest and west will chime in with some suggestions.

Anyway, hope this at least gave you a start.

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Old 10-29-2011, 12:51 AM   #6
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Nice photos, sorry to hear about your rangers :P
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:18 AM   #7
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Hi Danny,

Just make sure you dont get the 18" rims as tyres for that size in the UAE is very limited. I have the 2011 JKu it has 3.73 gearset in that. Mine was from Oman.

Check with the gys at Off Road Zone near MOE they will be able to help you out plenty.

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Old 10-29-2011, 07:52 AM   #8
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Nitto Dune Grappler it is what I am going to be running on my set up down in da south.
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I like your TJ, and you have good taste in suspension components. (OME) Welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy your new JK when you get it, and be sure to post pics!
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:17 PM   #10
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Hey Danny,
I am in Al Ain, How much do you want for the TJ? I have a YJ and love it, but if the price is right...! Lol
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:37 PM   #11
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Hey Bink..I sold it for 41k AED...so far the guy hasn't picked it up

If he doesn't but it for any reason...ill let you know

Thanks a lot guys for the advice on the tires/rims

I am thinking 15" rims..8" width and 32's should do the job for the stock jeep...Bigger tires drain power and I don't want to change the drivetrain or re-gear till I have the dealer warranty (100k kms).

Will have pictures up as soon as I get the new ride...

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