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Old 01-13-2014, 07:02 AM   #1
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Winch or tires

So my next step is trying to get some new tires. I'm really interested in some nitto terra grapplers285/75/17 to be exact. But it will cost me almost $1200. Or I could get a winch for $300 and mount it myself. I just find it hard to replace these stock tires because they only have 1000 miles on them and they only sell for $100 for a set of 5. But I could convince the wife to let me get the winch now lol.

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Winch First - then tires. Cause if you do it in reverse, those new tires will get you into places where you'd wish you had a winch.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:35 AM   #4
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That's my thought exactly plus the winch is cheaper. I'm going to get a 2.5" lift at the same time. Should run me around 800. Any suggestions on good coils for a coil lift for a winch.
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That's my thought exactly plus the winch is cheaper. I'm going to get a 2.5" lift at the same time. Should run me around 800. Any suggestions on good coils for a coil lift for a winch.
Why not wait on the lift until you see what the winch does to your stance. You will have a better idea on whether you need to level the jeep.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:02 AM   #6
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Ok so winch first. Then look at lift issues. I'm just afraid of the winch not working if it gets wet.
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Piece of advice, on my last truck I put on the Terragrapplers and then after put on the Trailgrapplers. Hands down I would get the Trailgrapplers over the Terra's again. The Terra's were bald after 30k and I got 50k out of the Trails. The Terra's had very slightly better wet traction and were slightly quieter, but overall, I think the Trails are a much better tire and I'm pretty sure when these BFG's wear out, I'll be putting them on the Jeep.
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I would do the tires first. A good set of tires can get you out, or into, of some pretty sticky situations. Go with a buddy and bring a tow rope. As you save up for the winch. If I had to choose only one mod that made my Jeep more capable, it would be tires. These did more than a winch and lockers combined.

With regard to the winch getting wet. Buy one with a water sealed rating.
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Piece of advice, on my last truck I put on the Terragrapplers and then after put on the Trailgrapplers. Hands down I would get the Trailgrapplers over the Terra's again. The Terra's were bald after 30k and I got 50k out of the Trails. The Terra's had very slightly better wet traction and were slightly quieter, but overall, I think the Trails are a much better tire and I'm pretty sure when these BFG's wear out, I'll be putting them on the Jeep.
This. If you are going to run an AT, stick with the Duratracs. If you want a beefy MT, stick with the Trail Grapplers.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:01 PM   #10
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Ok. I really like the trail grapplers. I'm debating on getting 16" wheels with 35" tires or just getting a winch. I went mudding in some deep stuff and my 255/75/17 stock tires did really well. I slipped a lot butt I wasn't scared of hitting bigger piles of mud. I really like the look of a winch and my wife is on board with a winch. She is mad at a price tag of $1200 for tires.
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I went through the same thing but went with a set of used Rubi takeoffs BFG MTs at $800 all 5 plus rims less than 1k on tires and found they will get you where you want to go as long as you go with someone. and have a tow strap & recovery gear #1 thing to have. then got a smittybilt xrc8 winch with synn rope $400 delivered to my door and only used it 1x in close to 2 years to get me out and a bunch for other people.

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