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Old 09-23-2010, 10:18 PM   #1
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Newbie scared to ask, but...tires, wheels and bumpers?

This is my first real post, so forgive if I sound like an idiot!

I bought a '98 Sahara (auto) and she just came out of the shop with all the mechanicals perfected. My beloved mechanic saved me so much money that it's time for some of the fun stuff. I'd like to start with tires, wheels and bumpers. I've looked at lots of pics online, but haven't been able to check out anything in real 3-D yet. I'm ready to go out shopping, but here are some decisions I am having trouble with:

Wheels: Black or Chrome/Silver? She's dark green. I love the look of black wheels in the catalogs, but how do they look on a dark jeep?

Tires: I'm torn between the Goodyear Wrangler Authority (inexpensive and easy to find locally) and any BFG.

Bumpers: Tube or not to tube?

Yes, yes, I know there is a lot more to it than aesthetics, but I gotta have someplace to start! Thanks for your opinions!

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Before that money burns a hole in your pocket, consider some things... Have you wheeled it yet? Do you plan to wheel it often? What kind of terrain? How big a tire do you want? What kind of lift are you going to need to accommodate the tires you want?

To be more specific, my vote is yes, black wheels look tough as Hell on a Wrangler.
No tube bumpers are old school.
And tires depend on where you'll be doing most of your driving.... And then, how big do you want to go, how soon, and you get into axles and gearing and all kinds of other fun stuff when you go messing with the way Chrysler engineered the Jeep to be vs. how you want it to be....

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IMO
i like the black wheels. but mine are on a silver wrangler. procomp steelies
i stay away from the chrome as much as possible
Im thinking about getting the Goodyear w/ kevlar for my next tire.
but i have always heard good things about bfg. except with snow.
Personally im not a fan of the tube bumpers. im looking into getting the genright bumper with stinger. or having a custom built. right now i have a Sh!ttybuilt bumper. not diggin it.
hope this helps a little
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:34 PM   #4
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I thought about the Authorities too. I had BFGs on it when I bought it and I loved those. I had to buy new tires though and went w/ Uniroyal Liberators though. Went from a 33x10.5 to a 31 bc of price. I agree w/ inferno on the tube bumpers. Many cooler bumpers to get. Black wheels are awesome. They really are. But tires definitely depend on your current height. If you have a stock lift you are a little limited. If you have a 5" lift you can throw 35s on w/out much trouble. And like everything on a Jeep no matter what anyone says its all personnel preference and a Jeep is whatever you want to make it. Nothing you do will make it look bad.
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I'm still learning the ropes about lifts and spacers and may opt to do the simpler thing right now and save a serious lift for later. I do plan on adding a couple of inches and going with a bigger tire than I have now.

I am glad to get the feedback about the black wheels!! Decided! Thanks ya'll!
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Photoshop will do wonders for you...if you can find someone to do it for you (unless you have the skill yourself) then you can pretty much add whatever you want onto your jeep and see what you think.

Also, seein what the top choices on accessories are is a good use of the search button...you should be able to find a lot of good threads on most things you've got questions about.

Personally i dont like tube bumpers, i think they look cheap and actually take away from the look of the jeep. I also dont like chrome on pretty much anything and my main preference for a 4x4 is black. As for tires, i really dont have an opinion. I'm going to be goin with BFG' TA's when i pick up my new tires in the next couple/few months.

Heres a good thread to show you the look of the tube bumpers. I'm a big fan of this members new bumpers vs the tube style.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/got-...day-62706.html
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I wish I had a set of black wheels. I have a chili pepper red Jeep and they would look awesome on it. Especially since the inside was bedlinered black. And if you are going to hit some trails and such I'd go for a bumper that you can put a winch on that will also help protect the winch. Those things aren't cheap. I want one like this one Smittybilt 76721 - Smittybilt Front SRC Bumper in Textured Black for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
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Thanks Owen! I saw those before and afters and that is what inspired me to ask my questions. To be honest, I haven't really liked the tube bumpers I've seen, but since I've seen so many I thought that was "the thing". I'm glad I'm learning that is not the case here on WF.
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I wish I had a set of black wheels. I have a chili pepper red Jeep and they would look awesome on it. Especially since the inside was bedlinered black. And if you are going to hit some trails and such I'd go for a bumper that you can put a winch on that will also help protect the winch. Those things aren't cheap. I want one like this one Smittybilt 76721 - Smittybilt Front SRC Bumper in Textured Black for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
Holy smokes, that's the exact bumper I've been leaning towards, but wasn't sure of the brand. There seems to be some consternation over it, but I'd read it was bought out by a more respectable name? Am I totally off-base here?
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Its a Smittybilt which I've never heard good or bad from. Before I go to get any I will definitely read every review I can get my hands on. You should too for anything you buy that costs more than a tank of gas. If you are going for a winch though Warn is supposed to be the best company. As far as a bumper goes though I think the Smitty should be fine. I mean if you hit a rock hard or a tree or something no bumper will go w/out being beat up some. Like I said though reviews are key. Chances are great that someone else has gotten it and put it through the ringer. People can be brutally honest online.
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Well, I must be old skool then. I just added a rear double tube bumper and love it.

AND BLACK EVERYTHING. As has been said before, CHROME WON'T GET YOU HOME.
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Heck no it won't. No reason to blind yourself w/ all the shiny. Visors are useless. I took mine off bc they did negative good I decided. All they did was get in the way when I had to put the top on. I'd also like to have the total black diamond plate armor stuff or for us visual people Rugged Ridge 11650.50 - Rugged Ridge 9 Piece Body Armor Set for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ without Bushwacker Flares - Quadratec which would be great in the woods.
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I almost added the tube bumpers to my jeep as well but decided not to and am going to go with stubby bumpers with links

I've been looking at these bumpers. I dont need anything with a winch since my 2.5L wont be seeing hardcore wheeling. Some trails here and there with the occasional stream but that's about it!

I like the look of these and they're decently priced. Havent done any research on them yet so not sure if i'll do this or another better option but wanna stay at this price

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http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.as...21&partID=9768
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I wouldn't put a winch on mine but I'm afraid that I'll pick some mud that is just too deep and I don't have any friends here w/ Jeeps that could pull me out. They all have big trucks and I don't always play in big truck territory. So in my case its a better safe than sorry sort of thing.
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Chrome has no place on any Jeep!Anything that's not chrome will do!31-33 tires are within reach,anything else requires extreme cash!Although many say that tube bumpers are old school,and out of style,I love my front tube bumper!On the rear,I have a recovery bumper,and I am happy with it all!Go for what you like,but leave the chrome alone!
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Heck no it won't. No reason to blind yourself w/ all the shiny. Visors are useless. I took mine off bc they did negative good I decided. All they did was get in the way when I had to put the top on. I'd also like to have the total black diamond plate armor stuff or for us visual people Rugged Ridge 11650.50 - Rugged Ridge 9 Piece Body Armor Set for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ without Bushwacker Flares - Quadratec which would be great in the woods.

Black diamond plate armor is on my "wish list"....
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Mine too. Makes me think of that I want to be a billionaire song. I wish I had thousands of dollars that I could blow. If I did I'd do something ridiculous like buying an extra Jeep and putting the AEV Brute kit w/ mattracks on. We can all dream right?
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Heck no it won't. No reason to blind yourself w/ all the shiny. Visors are useless. I took mine off bc they did negative good I decided. All they did was get in the way when I had to put the top on. I'd also like to have the total black diamond plate armor stuff or for us visual people Rugged Ridge 11650.50 - Rugged Ridge 9 Piece Body Armor Set for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ without Bushwacker Flares - Quadratec which would be great in the woods.
'k you know that stuff is plastic, and it won't protect anything right? It might protect from bugs and sand, but if you bump it with a tree or rock, it's gonna break along with the sheet metal underneath. If you like the look, it's your Jeep, do with it what you must, but if you want protection, you gotta have metal that actually is "armor".
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Haha now that you have mentioned it I reread it and saw plastic. It may help to pay attention the first time. I want that stuff in real black diamond plate. Not plastic. Stupid plastic. Does anyone make it w/ real metal?
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Plenty of actual armor out there, google is your friend... It's expensive tho' gotta start saving those pennies.... Poison Spider, Savvy to name a couple...
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Don't bother with the Crapwhacker line, I've heard nothing but bad about that brand. Friend of mine has had multiple 'warranty' replacements on his 'whackers' just about every time he goes out on a trail. I recommend Xenon flares-you can bend them right around and they won't crack...I got a USED set for my rubicon 4 years ago and haven't trashed one yet-and bought all new ones for my YJ.
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Hey hey hey, I liked my tube bumpers but yes I like my new ones better. I see that your mostly looking at only the one site, look around at all of them bc they all price differently and have promos that'll give you free stuff. do you have a 4WD store near you, if so they would be a good choice bc they price match and then charge no shipping bc you pick it up from there store. But if you dont, check the other sites you may get a better deal. 4wheelonline, quadratec, tirerack, 4wd, anythingjeep just a few. good luck
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Personally on a dark jeep I like silver (not chrome) wheels. you'll just have to find pics of jeeps your color, and see what you like.

avoid tube bumpers, as I'm sure others have said

BFG over goodyear IMO

for armor look up Rokmen. if you have questions call them...they are some of the nicest people I've ever encountered, and didn't have a problem discussing plans with me over the phone for 20 mins at a time. I was impressed.
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In my opinion i like the tube rear bumper. I have the double tube on the back of my jeep and i believe it looks pretty sweet. But as you can see everyone has their opinion and theres so many choices to make the jeep personally yours!

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I too agree the tube bumpers have been done to death. If your looking to tow anything, make sure the rear is rated to tow, most are for extraction only (pulling someone, or yourself out from being stuck). But a lot of the newer gen are rated to tow, they require some drilling but that's okay as long as the correct bolts are used.
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Maybe this will help with rims.
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Black Wheels, 31 or 32 BFG's, and definitely no tube bumper.
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Thanks! This is super cool!
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here is a smitty front bumper i found on ebay for a lil over $200 shipped
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lilmatty5dimes...I like that!

But I am a tube-bumper gal...have an olympic double tube on the back with receiver.

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