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Old 12-02-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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Lift, Tires, Wheels & Increasing Horsepower advice

I have a stock 2002 Wrangler Sahara with very low mileage. I am not very mechanically inclined so I will be have any and all work done at a shop.

First question would I be further ahead buying a new Wrangler with the new engine or do some of the following to my existing vehicle?

1. What is the maximum tire and wheel I can put on my vehicle without lifting the suspension? And do I need spacers?

2. If I were to lift it what height and kit would you recommend, keeping in mind this vehicle will probably never go off road. This just cosmetic. And if lifted what tire and wheel size would look good.

3. What kind of tires would you recommend? Something good in snow and sand but not too noisy on the highway?

4. What is the fastest and easiest way to increase the horsepower? And would headers help do this alone or in addition to any recommendations?

Christmas is coming and I would like to make a list for Santa.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:08 AM   #2
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The choice is really yours as to owning a modded TJ or a modded JK.... money and time are your only setbacks.

1. 31x10.50's ... no spacers needed. Maybe a slight mod to turnlocks by adding washers to them if you rub.

2. IMHO... 4" lift and 33x12.50's on 15x8 wheels with 3.75" Backspacing look best... the way the TJ should have come off the showroom floor. There are plenty of threads on lifts... from $500 to $2500 and all have reviews and stories.

3. I like my Goodyear Duratracs for all around use.... Great off road, quiet on the street, GREAT in the snow and ice. BFG A/T's are a better choice for you since you won't be going off pavement much... if at all.

4. LOL.... well... you can do a HEMI swap.... add a supercharger.. or buy all the hyped up stuff that looks and sounds good, but really does nothing for performance. Header will add a little flow, not much.... exhaust will, too... again.. not much. Chip? I doubt it from all the posts I read. TB spacer? Got one... did nothing. CAI? nothing.... factory airbox with good air cleaner is more than enough.

To be honest... when you lift it with bigger tires, your best performance upgrade will be regearing the axles to match the engine RPM's back with the oversize tires. This is the NUMBER #1 upgrade I recommend after a lift and tires if you know you are done and happy with the lift and tires you choose..

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:15 PM   #3
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Thanks

I went to the Jeep dealership yeasterday. I am going to take your advice and spend money on my 2002 Jeep rather than spend money on a new one only to to the same things I would on the 2013.
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