I have wanted a Jeep since I was about six, and now, at 37 years old, I have made a childhood dream come true.
I bought my first Jeep the day before yesterday, a 2006 TJ, Flame Red.
Thanks to getting her at a great price with a low interest used car loan (it pays to pay your bills on time, lol) I am left with the ability to burn any money that I get for selling my old truck on extras for the Jeep. This is going to fun.
So let's start with a picture of her as I received her.
I will post pictures as she develops and I am sure that I will be asking plenty of questions.
I don't really know what to do with it. I could just leave the lift and put 33's but would that cause me to have to do anything with the gearing? It has a 4.0/6 speed manual.
Judging how it performs now, I think I would be ok. With the 265's on it I still start off in second gear with no issues.
The other option was to swap the lift for a 2" and put 32's. That would be more work, but I don't think 32's would fill it out the way I like with the 3" lift.
I know that suspension lifts or a combination of that with a minor body lift is preferred, but this is what I have. And for $10,650 I wasn't going to complain.
To be honest, I think I will be fine with just a body lift. I live in Louisiana and it's pretty flat around here. lol
I do know this much, I want the red letter Grabbers on a set of black Soft 8's.
Could I do 33's with my engine/transmission? That is the first question.
As for the lift, I will at some point in the not too far off future get rid of the 3" BL. Maybe do something like you recommend, that sounds good, but I have to learn more about these things before jumping into changing the body lift, adding a suspension lift, etc. It would also help to make some Jeep friends locally that would be willing to help. I'm sure it's not really a one man job.
I had Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor tires on my Ranger, I loved them and I thought about getting the Wrangler MT/r's.... they are a bit expensive though. (It would cost $325 more to go with the MT/r's) The only reason I had the Silent Armors was that I got a heavy discount because I used to deliver their auto parts. I no longer get that discount.
The Wrangler MT/r looks very nice but I get the feeling that the Grabbers would be a better ride on the highway as well.
I originally wanted yellow, wasn't too fond of the red, but it is growing on me... quickly.
She should be getting the black rims and red letter tires soon, a Rampage frame-less top with tinted windows has been ordered along with some lights and I ordered her new zombie badges last night. I think the red is going to work out just fine.