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Old 09-27-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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Wife says jeep looks like a Barbie jeep!?

Well, we made a purchase last week. A new to us '98 TJ with 47k miles. Almost showroom clean and the most basic model. 4 cylinder, 5 speed, no ac, soft top. It's my second jeep, bought a new one back in 95 and had it for two years. Wish I still had it after seeing prices for all these used jeeps!

Anyway, as you can see it has basic wheels and tires. Because its white and not black or masculine, wife calls it a Barbie jeep just to razz me. So, it will need new tires before winter and I'd like to make it a bit more manly looking. It will be a daily driver, which we bought because its fits in our new garage. Now my F250 stays at my shop. I have my second set of BFG AT's on the ford and love them. Will be getting bfg at's on the jeep. Leads me to my question..

Looking for opinions on three options I'm looking at. This jeep will be on road only. Off road in corn fields during hunting season, but that's it. Gears will remain 4.10. Not looking to make this jeep a money pit. First option, just mount 31x10.5 on the stock 15x7 steel rims and be done. Next would be the same it add a 2" BB. Third would be a 2" BB and 33x9.5 AT's on the same stock 15x7's.

I know, just stay with the 31's right? And adjust the steering stops.. Just want to make sure I'm not missing the boat with 33's when I'm spending the money on new tires anyway. Also want the best look so the wife (and all other women!) will respect the white jeep.

Thanks fellas (and ladies). Glad to have found this forum.
Also, back in 95 all of us jeepers always waved to each other when passing on the road. Is this still the case 15 years later? Wife thinks I'm crazy.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Barbie Jeep? Nah. That's a blank slate and a good starting point. Take off the jugs and bedline the flares. For 33s, you'll need more than a 2" BB. You'll also need a 1" BL and I'd recommend a 1" MML to go along with that. However, a 2" spring lift would be a better (along with the BL and MML).

And yeah, Jeepers still wave.

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
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i agree with blk00tj except i know you dont want to put to much money in it but your wife would give it more respect if you just went a lil over budget and just invest into a long arm kit from rough country even though you probably wouldnt need it it would just be fun just in case you decided to use it on a random day
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:11 PM   #4
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Yes,
Waving is still mandatory!!

As a side note, I've noticed lately it's almost all girls driving Jeeps around here any more!! Wonder how many are named Barbie?!!

Hard to get a girl to wave also. What's up with that?
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
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welcome!! yep, we still wave!
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My wife had a Barbie jeep. 89 YJ pink with 4" lift and 33's.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:17 PM   #7
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Your wife just whats to drive it!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:25 PM   #8
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FWIW I found myself in a similar quandary when I first bought my Jeep- it needed new shoes almost immediately, choice of 30 or 31's. I went with 30x9.50 and regretted it (my thought at the time was the 30's would keep me from being tempted to do any suspension mods immediately...but that sh#t didn't work; a 2 inch BB was on it within 3 months), so now I'm plotting & scheming my next tire upgrade already.

Do it nice, or pay twice...lesson learned again.
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A friend called my yellow TJ on 30x9.5's a Barbie Jeep. Once he saw it, his mind changed REAL quick :P still ask for rides every now and then.
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For 33s, you'll need more than a 2" BB.
I bought my jeep with 33's, BB, and bushwacker pocket style flares (which you lose even more tire clearance with) and the only time they rubbed is if I was going too fast and hit a bump on a trail or something. NEVER rubbed on the road at all, even hitting speed bumps. I think you would be just fine (especially only running in a corn field) with that set up.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:40 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies. Lmao. Ok, it isn't pink at least. Yep, she does want t drive it. Had to teach her to drive the manual last Sunday. Ouch, poor jeep...we all have to learn sometime. Poor jeep...
Glad to know waving is still mandatory. What's up with some girls not waving? Seems its always been that way. Some things will never change.
Only reason I ask about 33's and 2" bb only is because I read quite a few posts where guys said that it worked on their jeeps. I figure the skinny 9.5's would fit under the stock fenders neatly. Almost always driven on road only. Who has time for four wheeling fun these days? I'm in St. Louis, so no Rubicon around here.
There's no budget, just have lots of other things to spend money on, new kitchen is #1 priority according to others in the household. Silly women.
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Actually that is a Ken jeep and it needs a dose of Plasti dip spray on the grill and flares for chest hair. And 2 inch BB Heel lifts with size 31 shoes with trimmed flares ought to work to make it taller. Maybe some 1 inch spacers to spread the stance. Now thats a manly jeep.
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Yes,
Waving is still mandatory!!

As a side note, I've noticed lately it's almost all girls driving Jeeps around here any more!! Wonder how many are named Barbie?!!

Hard to get a girl to wave also. What's up with that?
The girls don't wave because they are still trying to figure out how to put on their makeup in a bouncy Jeep....
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That's a nice clean lookin Jeep and it won't take much to make it "manly". Put a set of 31" BFG ATs on it, and like others have suggested, lose the milk jugs, bedline or plasti-dip the fender flares, wheels, grill, headlight bezels, and anything else that looks like it should be black. RE: the wave, yep we still wave, but don't be surprised if you wave at a JK and don't get a wave back. For some reason the word hasn't spread very well in the JK community.
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RE: the wave, yep we still wave, but don't be surprised if you wave at a JK and don't get a wave back. For some reason the word hasn't spread very well in the JK community.
I'm not even sure JKU owners have arms at all
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I went with a little wider tires one my stock jeep, and I'll go anywhere with it! Almost 31s, I went with 255/75 I was looking for the magic 31s, but couldn't afford them.
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Not looking to make this jeep a money pit.
good luck with that, lol. once the bug bites you, it's hard to stop....at least for me anyway.

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Yes, Waving is still mandatory!!
not around me. i wave no matter what, but i usually do not get a wave back.

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just have lots of other things to spend money on......Silly women.
i hear that a lot too.


congrats on the purchase. keep updating your thread. it will be cool to see how your TJ evolves.
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Anyway, as you can see it has basic wheels and tires. Because its white and not black or masculine, wife calls it a Barbie jeep just to razz me. [QUOTE]

I'm probably in the minority around here, but I think the Jeep looks pretty good, Nice and clean. Maybe put some nicer wheels on, but other than that...I pretty much like the stock look.
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Well, jugs came off today. Looks 100 times better. Why they put them on at the factory in the first place is beyond me. Now looks like my old 95 did.

Finally stopped raining so top came down and doors off for the first time. Now it's starting to feel and look a bit tougher. Stopped by my mechanic / tire guy today. Think he convinced me to just stick with the 31's. In stock and he thinks they look pretty solid so I trust his opinion. If I need the extra 2" of bb after that, then so be it. At least I have the option of spending that money or not. For now, the 15x7 steel stays on and tires stay under the flares. I wanted a jeep with canyon wheels, but at least I don't have to worry about scratching the steel ones. Next week the rubber goes on.

Strange question. I didn't notice until today when I went to takeout the back seat. It's an aftermarket seat. I feel dumb for not catching it before. But it has no seatbelts. I see where the bolt goes into the roll bar for factory belts, but nothing there to strap someone in. I'm guessing I can find oem or aftermarket belts and hope they work with the seat I have. But, mainly my question is - could you buy a bare bones jeep in 98 with no back seat and harnesses? There are no options on this thing, so I was just wondering if they sold two seaters back then?

I will will always keep the wave going. First thing ill teach my future kids.
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Go option #1...
If you want to keep it stock and avoid spending too much money in it, I would keep the stock wheels and go with 31's with no lift. Remember that adding a 2" BB and 33's, the cost of the tires/lift go up along with the chance for vibes. You will need longer shocks/bumpstops, along with a small BL and MML. Also there's a chance you may need to regear.
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Wife says jeep looks like a Barbie jeep!?

Talk about a kick to the balls.





p.s. congrats on the new-to-you Jeep.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:45 AM   #23
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Just remind the wife that every time she refers to it as a Barbie Jeep, it starts you thinking about Barbie.
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Girls don't wave cause there's too much power for them and they're too scared to let go of the wheel
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that's a nice looking jeep, have fun with it!
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Man I hate when people say cant but they never tried. I had a 02 TJ 4cyl up until about a month ago. I had 33s BFG AT on a 2"BB and never rubbed or damaged my flares. I did eventually trim my flares (mainly for looks) but didn't need to. Didnt need a BL or MML or shocks.
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Well, jugs came off today. Looks 100 times better. Why they put them on at the factory in the first place is beyond me. Now looks like my old 95 did.

Finally stopped raining so top came down and doors off for the first time. Now it's starting to feel and look a bit tougher. Stopped by my mechanic / tire guy today. Think he convinced me to just stick with the 31's. In stock and he thinks they look pretty solid so I trust his opinion. If I need the extra 2" of bb after that, then so be it. At least I have the option of spending that money or not. For now, the 15x7 steel stays on and tires stay under the flares. I wanted a jeep with canyon wheels, but at least I don't have to worry about scratching the steel ones. Next week the rubber goes on.

Strange question. I didn't notice until today when I went to takeout the back seat. It's an aftermarket seat. I feel dumb for not catching it before. But it has no seatbelts. I see where the bolt goes into the roll bar for factory belts, but nothing there to strap someone in. I'm guessing I can find oem or aftermarket belts and hope they work with the seat I have. But, mainly my question is - could you buy a bare bones jeep in 98 with no back seat and harnesses? There are no options on this thing, so I was just wondering if they sold two seaters back then?

I will will always keep the wave going. First thing ill teach my future kids.

you can buy complete rear seat belt kits form several folks.. check out our vendor on the site I am sure a few can help... as for the rear seat option it self i recall at one point it was an option but I always thought that was on YJ's not the TJ's.
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man i hate when people say cant but they never tried. I had a 02 tj 4cyl up until about a month ago. I had 33s bfg at on a 2"bb and never rubbed or damaged my flares. I did eventually trim my flares (mainly for looks) but didn't need to. Didnt need a bl or mml or shocks.
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You could black out your rims...a little time, can of spray paint, and of course the right prep first, and you'd have a new look for very short money...
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I gave the suggestion to the OP of keeping it stock because he wanted to avoid dropping too much money into the jeep. Stock jeeps can handle what he is using it for. There are always added costs to lift the jeep IF DONE RIGHT. I know some people run stock shocks with a 2"BB but that is not ideal. How can you expect stock shocks to to compensate for the extra 2" of lift without over extending them? New Bumpstops will prevent the shocks from bottoming out..See how long your shocks will last. A BL will prevent rubbing (ex: flares) expecially near full flex. An MML will help everything line up when doing the bodylift, and also help with the driveline angles. 4cyl with 33's may need a regear because it will tend to bog down, especially hwy. Just because you can make it work doesn't make it the right way. Please refer to other threads : http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/33s-...ft-189909.html

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