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Old 07-29-2009, 06:33 PM
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Wrangler Parts Shopping Advice

Hi everybody!

i got a few questions regarding some parts i'm considering to buy for my 06 sahara (manual). so far, i have a 2.5" OME lift installed, some IPF lights (but i might replace the square fog lights since they are orange) and yokohama mud digger V 31's. the tires and rims and sidesteps came with the car when i bought it last november. pics below.

in switzerland, we often have snow on the streets so i'm going to need some winter tires that go with my lift soon, i can't go back to the mini winter tires they put on non-lifted wranglers! as for the profile, i'm not talking about deep powder material here, just some tires with that fine kind of siping to improve traction on the street when it's covered with hard snow and/or ice. my non-siped mud diggers are an absolute no-go in this respect (cf. the pics below). i'm thinking about getting some all-terrain tires since i do a lot of street driving and only the occasional offroad action (it's mostly forbidden in switzerland), but i do like the aggressive look. what would you say? will the BFG A/T's work on hard snow? or any better suggestions for such conditions?
and is this a good deal here? it sounds okay to me...
BF Goodrich All Terrain KO Tires : JC Whitney: Auto Parts & Accessories

also, what size would you recommend? could i go 32 without loosing too much extra power? and what width? (i have factory fender flares and tires are NOT allowed to stick out in switzy!)

if, however, i were to take wider tires, i'd also need to add wider fender flares. i don't think my budget allows for such extra action at this point, but what do you guys think of this value series stuff? bushwacker is just sooo expensive...
Bushwacker BCY1000 - Value Series 6" Pocket Style Fender Flares for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

as for the rims, the ones i have now (15 inches, unknown width) are too slim for the 31 yokohama's. i need something wider, and i might go with 16 inches. i'm looking at these wheels right now:
CRAGAR Wheels 365-5712 - CRAGAR Series 365 Black V5 Wheel for Jeep® Vehicles with 5x4.5 Bolt Pattern - Quadratec
which dimensions would you recommend? what about backspacing? will a 15" wheel drive much different than a 16" one?

to compensate for some of the power lost to bigger wheels, i'm thinking about getting one of these power-and-efficiency-improving air intakes. somewhere on this forum i've read about one of them being really good, but i can't remember which one that was. what do you guys think about these two:
the AIRAID cool air dam
AIRAID 310-158 - AIRAID® Cool Air Dam Intake System for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited TJ with 4.0L Engine - Quadratec
the banks ram -air
Gale Banks Engineering 41816 - Banks Ram-Air Intake System for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited with 4.0L I-6 Gasoline Engine - Quadratec

or how about getting a safari snorkel? will that increase any efficiency?

finally, i'm considering to get a better horn. i know this might sound stupid – and in fact i hardly ever use the horn in my daily driving – but the factory horn i have on my jeep is simply ridiculous. i want something more elegant, in a loud-but-not-squeaky way. how about these two, and what's the difference?
hella twin supertone
Warrior Products WAR816PC - Warrior Products Short Corners for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
hella dual tone air horn
Hella Lighting 003001601 - Hella Dual Tone Air Horn Kit - Quadratec

thanks in advance, i highly appreciate any input i can get!

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I too am looking at the Hella Dual Air Horn...actually purchased it and the instructions leave a lot to be desired. Quadradec says it uses the existing wiring...doesn't. Needs to be modified and now I'm trying to figure out the best method. Did you ever buy them and install them ? Any tips ?
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:54 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by drivebytruckerz View Post
I will buy from Quadratec when an exhaustive search proves that absolutely no one else has what I need... and I can't wait for it... and I'm desperate.... absolutely desperate... and I'm temporarily out of my mind. I SO dislike their predatory pricing practice that I believe it to be unethical. They post outrageously high prices that snag most people because few shop around. And then when someone finds a more reasonable price from a smaller dealer willing to take less $$$ with more risk, some low-lifes will simply take that lower price to QT who will match that price without having risked anything. Which has put way too many smaller dealers out of business who tried to sell for less $$$ through that unethical business model.

Did I say I am no fan of Quadratec?
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