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Old 01-02-2011, 11:43 AM   #1
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Questions About My First Mods

I went to the dealer last week and ordered a Black 2011 Wrangler Unlimited Sport S. It comes with the 255/75/R17 tires. It will be a Daily Driver for me, 80% of my driving is on the highway at interstate speeds so ride is important. I do not get to wheel that often, my main purpose for these mods is a "proper" looking jeep. My goal is to get some tires that are 33 inches, a bit more aggressive than the stock, but not over the top so that they would be too loud or kill the MPG. I was thinking maybe something like a BFG AT (any suggestions?). Here is what I am thinking of doing, and would like some feedback if what I have in mind is necessary/good choices.
  1. Add Spidertrax 1.5" spacers
  2. Add Teraflex Leveling kit
  3. Keep stock 17" rims (will most likely change these down the road)
  4. Change tires to a bit more aggressive looking 33" tire - What tires do you recommend?
If a gear change would be necessary I would abandon these changes. Do I need the spacers and leveling kit? Another option would be a Teraflex, RC, or other 2.5" BB lift but I am concerned that this might kill the ride. Any help would be appreciated.


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Old 01-02-2011, 11:48 AM   #2
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Your Jeep already looks "proper". Any change you make to the suspension will affect the ride and handling. Adding larger tires will also adversely affect your gas mileage. If you put wider tires on the stock rims you will need the wheel spacers.

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That was poor word choice by me. I guess I am just going for a little more aggressive looking jeep without taking too big a hit on ride quality and MPG. I am willing to make some compromises, just not looking to go with big lift and huge tires.
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Welcome and congratulations. Excellent choice.

Manual or automatic? If it's an auto--and especially if you're going up to 33s--your first mod should probably be a superchip flashpaq.

Putting that aside, 33s that are the same width as your current tires will fit your stock Jeep, though it'll impact your mpgs a bit and you'll want to recalibrate your speedometer. So no, you don't need spacers or a leveling kit. And unless you're going to add a tow hitch and use it a lot, I don't think you'll need a gear change for 33s.

Also, as to the Spidertrax, I'm getting them on my Jeep next week and am really excited. However, I wouldn't be getting them if I wasn't so in love with my stock wheels (Mountain edition). It's just a better practice to get wheels with the proper backspacing in the first place. I know you mentioned keeping the stock wheels, but if you're not crazy about them you might be able to work some new ones into your budget that obviate the need for spacers at all, particularly if you're not doing the leveling kit either.

I'm not a tire guy, so I can't really help on specific recommendations.

I will note though that there are other mods that can help with an "aggressive" look. Knobby 33s will help even without a leveling kit/spacers (though the knobbier they are, the worse your ride and mpgs will be), but you may also want to consider a grille guard or stubbing your bumper, tail light guards, supplemental lighting, decaling, or body armor, among other possibilities.

Truthfully, my real recommendation would be to drive around for a while, maybe do some wheeling, engage with this forum a lot, and then decide. There were things I "knew" I wanted a couple of months ago that I know now would've been stupid. Just enjoy your Jeep for a while and then start making these decisions.
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Welcome and congratulations. Excellent choice.

Manual or automatic? If it's an auto--and especially if you're going up to 33s--your first mod should probably be a superchip flashpaq.

It is an auto, so the 3.73 gears. I have not heard of the flashpaq, I will start researching that one. Thanks

Putting that aside, 33s that are the same width as your current tires will fit your stock Jeep, though it'll impact your mpgs a bit and you'll want to recalibrate your speedometer. So no, you don't need spacers or a leveling kit. And unless you're going to add a tow hitch and use it a lot, I don't think you'll need a gear change for 33s.

I will not be towing as we have another SUV that handles those duties. It does not look like the BFG ATs come in the same width though. They would be 33x11 instead of 32x10. I will keep an eye out for some tires the same width, or possibly change the wheels/add spacers.

Also, as to the Spidertrax, I'm getting them on my Jeep next week and am really excited. However, I wouldn't be getting them if I wasn't so in love with my stock wheels (Mountain edition). It's just a better practice to get wheels with the proper backspacing in the first place. I know you mentioned keeping the stock wheels, but if you're not crazy about them you might be able to work some new ones into your budget that obviate the need for spacers at all, particularly if you're not doing the leveling kit either.

I'm not a tire guy, so I can't really help on specific recommendations.

I will note though that there are other mods that can help with an "aggressive" look. Knobby 33s will help even without a leveling kit/spacers (though the knobbier they are, the worse your ride and mpgs will be), but you may also want to consider a grille guard or stubbing your bumper, tail light guards, supplemental lighting, decaling, or body armor, among other possibilities.

Truthfully, my real recommendation would be to drive around for a while, maybe do some wheeling, engage with this forum a lot, and then decide. There were things I "knew" I wanted a couple of months ago that I know now would've been stupid. Just enjoy your Jeep for a while and then start making these decisions.
Thanks for the detailed responses! The rest of my responses are above.
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:44 PM   #6
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This will get you started on your superchip research (http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/pro...hip-73887.html).

I have a manual, so it wouldn't do much for me, but for autos I understand it's a great product.

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