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Old 03-22-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone, I've been reading and reading this forum getting as much info as I can. I just purchased my first Jeep a 1997 Wrangler, it's going to be for my daughter who's been driving for a year. She's very excited about it as I am. We would like to use it for off roading too as well as it being her back and forth to school vehicle. The Jeep is stock, not lifted or modified. I know I'll need to put some plates in, but my question is this...how much of a lift and how big of tires do you suggest for newbies while still keeping the car a good daily driver? My interests in off road are for little things since the only off roading I've done is on dirt roads in old beater cars I've had! I'd like for us to both get comfortable with the jeep first then, we can get on to bigger and better things! Thanks so much!

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If I were you I would keep it close to stock and see what its capable of first. Maybe throw some aggressive all terrains or mud terrain tires in the 31x10.50.15 flavor, some skid plates, and go to town!

Lift and tires all depends on your needs and budget.

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If I were you I would keep it close to stock and see what its capable of first. Maybe throw some aggressive all terrains or mud terrain tires in the 31x10.50.15 flavor, some skid plates, and go to town!

Lift and tires all depends on your needs and budget.
Thanks! I was wondering about changing out the tires...I would like to keep it as is...for now...
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Tires, shocks, and maybe a small ~2" lift, and you'll be set.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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Upgrading to 31" tires would be a great way to go. They are a bit larger than stock, are available in dozens of models, and could still fit on most OEM wheels (depending what's on the Jeep right now). Suspension wise, I'd suggest installing a 2" spring spacer "budget boost" lift. This will give added clearance for the 31" tires, but the Jeep will still ride like stock... and it costs almost nothing.

The above is what I generally suggest for someone who just wants to "try out" the hobby. If you are happy and want to go further, you can always spend lots more money down the road.
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I had the same problem at first. I'm not a fan of spacers, so I went with the BDS 2" coil/shock replacement. I'm not going any larger that 31's. Mostly for gas milage. I ran stock on the trails for quite a few years. You can do alot of things with stock, I just seperate from my group, when they want to do big rocks and stuff, but we all meet for a beer and stories at the end of the trails. Happy trailing.
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I have a 99 TJ Sport and have kept the suspension stock. I put 31x10.50. Goodyear Duratreks on. Get to know what your Jeep can do with what you have and you will be amazed at its performance. Before I bought the new tires I went mudding on what I would call bald Duratreks and never got stuck. I have added a winch for my next mudd trip. Just in case I get her in to deep. Have Fun with it.

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Sherpa had a good suggestion on the 2" spring spacer. My tires rub just a bit with a tight stir. I just might add the spacers myself.

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