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Old 03-18-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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Rainy weekend mod fun

Seeing as how I don't yet have any mud tires, I took advantage of the rainy weekend to tint my windows and plasti-dip my wheels. Man, I love the change!! This really makes me think about powder coating these rims for a more long-term solution, suddenly the crazy upgrade and Sahara 18" wheels don't feel so foolish as they had before. I missed hitting the trails for sure, but it was kinda fun to spend my weekend on projects and dreaming of the next set of mods. Anyone else do anything cool this weekend?


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Old 03-18-2012, 07:34 PM   #2
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looks good.

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Old 03-18-2012, 07:39 PM   #3
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Looks really good. Nice job.
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Nice! I like the look of the all black wheels with a white Jeep!

Are you getting tires? If so, you'll probably want to go with new rims.
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How was the tinting? Is that hard to do? What brand did you use?
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #6
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Looks good Scott! Looks meaner...
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:39 PM   #7
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Are you getting tires? If so, you'll probably want to go with new rims.
Yeah, it's probably going to be a few months until I can lift it, and then swing that purchase, so I'm just playing to help make those decisions when the time comes. I'm (at this point) convinced to go with 2-2.5" lift, 35's, and am weighing the gazillion options on rims. Ironically, buying 35" tires for 18" rims is just slightly cheaper than buying the tires with brand new 15" rims. Unfortunately, I'm running 3.21's, so I'll have to re-gear too...

All of that gets a little humbling, so buying a few cans of PlastiDip was a surprisingly cheap and impactful weekend project.
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How was the tinting? Is that hard to do? What brand did you use?
The tinting was a breeze. Dropped it off at the tint shop on Sat morning, ate breakfast, and then picked it back up

The tint is basic (Renegade) 35% on the front two windows (just in case I get a ticket and have to remove it), and Llumar Air Blue 78% on the windshield. The color doesn't really match the factory smoke on the back windows, at least not from the inside, but I really dig the look from the outside.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:36 PM   #9
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Yeah, it's probably going to be a few months until I can lift it, and then swing that purchase, so I'm just playing to help make those decisions when the time comes. I'm (at this point) convinced to go with 2-2.5" lift, 35's, and am weighing the gazillion options on rims. Ironically, buying 35" tires for 18" rims is just slightly cheaper than buying the tires with brand new 15" rims. Unfortunately, I'm running 3.21's, so I'll have to re-gear too...

All of that gets a little humbling, so buying a few cans of PlastiDip was a surprisingly cheap and impactful weekend project.
Yeah, it is odd that buying tires for larger rims is more expensive considering that they use less material. Pretty sure it should be significantly less expensive to go all the way down to 15's though. This is because the tires are less expensive as already mentioned. You would also need wheel spacers to keep the stock rims though. So when you factor those in, it should be much less expensive to go with a smaller rim. When I was looking at using the stock rims + spacers and 17 X 33" tires, it was already less expensive to go with new rims.

Just check into it before you make the move though. Not all 15's will work with the 2012 because the brakes are larger than previous years. I know the MB72 will work. The discount Tire rep has a list of all the others that will work. I ended up going with 16's because the rims I wanted wouldn't work with a 15.

As you mentioned, if you go with 35's, you will want to eventually re-gear. 35's even on the 3.73 are borderline, most want to re-gear. I will probably move up to 35's at some point and will try it out with the 3.73 and go from there.

As far as the lift, if you want 35's, you will either have to do the lift first, or do flat fenders. A budget boost would also be a quick fix and you could sell the spacers when you get a suspension lift. I would say go with the 2.5" over the 2" if you're doing 35's, but not a big difference there.

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