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Old 06-12-2011, 08:47 PM   #1
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Wheel & Tire upgrade AAR

Issue: Wheel and Tire Upgrade
Discussion: I bought a stripped down JK with the 16" steelies knowing that I could find the bigger tires on craig's list for a few hundred $$. 18 months later, I found 17" factory wheels with new tires on craig's list. Drove to the seller's location, learned that the sensors were not installed (used on new tires/wheels). I still bought the tires and wheels for $600. Took all 10 wheels to a local self-help shop, broked down the steelies, pulled the sensors, broke down the first 17" tire, discovered the sensors were still there. Decision Point, would the jk be able to pick-up these sensors or would it look for the original factory sensors from the steelies? I assessed greater probability for success by using the original sensors, so I broke the rest of the wheels down and replaced the sensors, and put the tires back on the 17" rims. Balanced the tires for a nominal fee. Drove home, everything was fine, but the speedo was off as to be expected. Few days later discovered a "shaking" in the steering wheel. Took the jeep to the dealership for them to re-calibrate the speedo for $105. Had the tires re-balanced a few days later to my satisfaction. By the end of the day, I had about $800 invested for the larger tires and wheels..... looks a lot better.
Recommendation: Spend the extra $1-2K for the package upgrade when buying from the stealership and be done with it!

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