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Old 08-21-2010, 10:01 PM   #1
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wants vs needs vs finances

Ok so I'm new to this forum and there's a lot of great in fo here.
I'm also kinda new to jeep and the infinate configurations of lits tire accessories.
Unfortunatly I'm not a mechanic by any means but I got a few friends in the trade, but loads of tools, a warehouse not used all winter and 4 months of vacation starting in november. Id love to say...massive tires, big ol beadlock rims, all kinda nifty racks and winches and snorkels(why no scuba kit?) Etc etc.unfortunatly I make like 30 grand a year so a quick build isn't really an option.

Where do I start?
Assuming a lil bigger tires than I have. Pathetic lil 217 75 15's. Essentiall 27 by 8 1/2
The tires are gimps but the rims are special to the willys special edition.
Matte moss green rally wheels. Id like to keep them until I actually. Can get a suspension lift t. Which I'm guessing sholud be step two. But then don't I have to get bigger tires and bigger rims to hold them? What about stronger lugs for the bigger tires.

As you can see I'm lost.

Got a free old skool kc bar and lights though the lights need replacing as the lenses broke and the insides are kida rusty and the reflective is almost gone

So.
Advise?

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Old 08-21-2010, 10:07 PM   #2
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Just my 2 cents but you can get a 2" spring spacer kit that comes with shock extensions and then you would be able to run 31 or 32 inch tires. Most spacer kits that I have found are pretty cheap.

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It kind of depends on what you want to use your Jeep for as those needs will dictate what equipment you will need to add to your rig. Like 05tjrubi said, a budget boost will allow you to run 31 - 32 inch tires with no problem. The larger tire you go, then you need to worry more than about the lift as the heavy tire can be a strain on a stock axle. take it out wheeling first and see what does and doesn't work for you and also watch others on the trail and watch how their rig performs as you can get a lot of ideas of what to and what not to do.
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:25 PM   #4
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And by all means, post pics
We all love to see Jeeps, right?
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:46 PM   #5
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Lift + R&P Gears + Tires = The first step. Focus your energy and funds on those 3 areas all at once. Don't try to do them as separate modifications as they all work in concert together. Avoid body lifts if possible or use a mild one (1-2") in conjunction with a quality suspension lift to help clear bigger tires, gaining ground clearance. If you want to keep your stock wheels you will need to go with wheels spacers, be careful! Good luck!
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If you want a more aggressive look without the expense of a lift, just put a more aggressive tire on it. You can fit a 31x10.5x15 on your stock wheels with your stock suspension and not have to worry about rubbing at all. You will be surprised at the difference that it will make in the profile of your Jeep. If you go to a 32, you will possibly have some rubbing in tight turns, but should otherwise be okay.
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If you want a more aggressive look without the expense of a lift, just put a more aggressive tire on it. You can fit a 31x10.5x15 on your stock wheels with your stock suspension and not have to worry about rubbing at all. You will be surprised at the difference that it will make in the profile of your Jeep. If you go to a 32, you will possibly have some rubbing in tight turns, but should otherwise be okay.
Just a note...some 31's will rub slightly at full lock, but this can be remedied by putting a washer or two underneath your steering stops (which will only slightly limit your turn radius).
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If you want a more aggressive look without the expense of a lift, just put a more aggressive tire on it. You can fit a 31x10.5x15 on your stock wheels with your stock suspension and not have to worry about rubbing at all. You will be surprised at the difference that it will make in the profile of your Jeep. If you go to a 32, you will possibly have some rubbing in tight turns, but should otherwise be okay.
+1 I'd go with 31's on the stock rims. We need photos of your heep, I've always dug the willys edition
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Just keep pouring the money into it until your broke like the rest of us Just Empty Every Pocket!
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Just keep pouring the money into it until your broke like the rest of us Just Empty Every Pocket!
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