Currently I'm driving a '98 4 cylinder with 30's on it and, like everyone else, I'm looking to go bigger. The Jeep is my daily driver, and it sees a lot of on road-use as well as a moderate amount of offroad use. I've read and read so much on here, and I think I've got it down to what I want.
I'm looking to run at least 32's. I think I can do this without a new axle (different gear ratio, right?).
I think 32's are gonna make highway ride suck badly
The only way 32's are going to make your ride suck and by suck I mean loud would be if you got some really aggressive mud tires. 32's will be fine, yea your going to lose a bit of highway power but you won't notice at all off road. Really anything over 31" on a 4 banger you should regear but it's not imparative by any means. There's a lot of people on this forum that have a 4 banger with 33's and stock gears, it's slow on the highway but in my mind who cares so what if you have to downshift to go up a hill, I have a 4 banger with 31" tires and I downshift when I go up a hill and it doesn't bother me a bit, My next plan is for 33" when I wear these out and I will be keeping the stock gears until funds permit me to regear, don't do much highway driving so I really don't care about power loss, off road you won't notice the difference in power.
Well, I rarely drive over 60 on the highway anyway..As long as I can hit that speed, I won't have a problem.
nicolas-eric, I'm not mechanically inclined, and I'll probably take the Jeep somewhere to have the lift installed. I'm just looking for a kit with the upgrades I would need for the lift. What would you suggest that is not terribly expensive?
It's not too expsensive and I've heard good things about it. It might be good for you too. I'm looking to get 32's. Theres a guy on here with 32's and this lift and it looks good.He might chime in sometime.