Originally Posted by it_felt_so_good
I think the smallest they offer the rim I want is a 18x9... You think I'd be able to get away with an 18 & 35 ? There are couple Jeeps in my town that run the 35/17 set-up, would an 18 inch make a huge difference?
I'm not 100% stuck on the 962 rims, I could always go 16/17 if I find a rim I like. I seem to be liking a lot of Moto's rims & the KMC's XD series.
Yes you can get away with 18/35 rims. While NFRs2000NYC's comment is correct for your usage you should be fine and you can compensate the contact patch by increasing the rim width and tire width. Airing down is commonly used by people off-roading in challenging conditions.
Best thing to remember about moding your Jeep is why you are doing it: Looks or Function. Looks you buy the 20 inch rims and keep it on easy to mild trails, Function you get a similar looking 16/17 inch rim and you are prepared for everything from a wheel perspective. Compromise get the 18inch rims and know your constraints.
As for the rest of your Mods here is what I know:
Tires do some research but the BFG's seem to be a really safe bet. I have run the stock MTR's on my 03, Pro Comp 35's in the Mud and Sand of Hawaii, and Hankook AT's in Snow and Mud of Colorado. All of them were solid do some research and pay attention to reviews of people in similar environments that you are going to be running in.
Lift I am not 100% sure about since I just got my JK too but I have heard as little as 2" is all that is required to fit 35's. as for BDS I have heard good things, I would also look at Zone if you are tight on finance, Rock Krawler lifts have had the best reviews I have seen, or if you are willing to get crazy check out Metal Cloak. Stay away from Rancho and Rough Country.
Gears is also something I am not 100% sure of with the JKs but if your max speed is going to be 40 mph I would definitely consider a gear change to give you better low end, 4.56 or 4.88 would be my suggestion. I ran 4.88 in my 03 Rubi running 35's and it handled all the offroading I threw at it.
These are just my suggestions based on 10 years of my first Rubicon and the knowledge I have gained on planning my next Rubi's transformation. Good Luck