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  1. camarozz
    07-29-2012 11:04 PM
    camarozz
    So I cannot say for sure what gearing would be good for you until you can get all the numbers together, and mostly that power band, and the trans/tc gearing will help determine that.

    But I suspect anything in the 4.10-4.56 ish range will probably be good for 33-35 inch tires.
  2. camarozz
    07-29-2012 11:03 PM
    camarozz
    Im old school so I have no information about the Rubicons; but I suspect if you can get the lowest gear possible stock, then upgrading tires wont be as dramatic.

    To determine the tire size requires knowing the power band of the motor and trying to get the combo to stay within that range in top gear. So say it makes power at 2000 to 5000 rpm, getting the tire/gearing in that range (probably the lower range for best MPG) for the top gear and top speed you wish to go.

    For example, my jeep has 4.10 with 33" tires, and the power band is about 1500 to 3500 RPM, but I need it to go hwy speeds up to 70, so I need it to be in the middle, about 2200-2500 in fifth to keep it moving otherwise it lugs and cannot keep speed. Thats what the 4.10 was for, anything lower lugged, anything higher (numerically) revs too high for hwy speeds (for me, its kind of a preference thing)

    It depends on the transmission/and TC gearing as well.
  3. camarozz
    07-29-2012 10:20 PM
    camarozz
    But to me it sounds like it may be a small range that would work for you; as you may know even the stock Jeeps do pretty well on the off road assuming no rock crawling or really rough stuff, so you may be very fine with a stock to slightly modified rig keeping in mind some things need to be considered with certain mods. Like the oversized tire idea, its nice for clearance and traction; but the gear ratio should be adequate as well or youre stressing things. One thing you could do is just find one you like for a decent price, and go for it. Worse case you find it doesnt quite fit what you want to do and then you can modify it or sell it and find the one the does fit. Knowledge is power, literally in this case.

    BTW... Thank you for your service! I have a soft spot for our military personnel.
  4. camarozz
    07-29-2012 10:19 PM
    camarozz
    Im in the NW, been here all my life... Washington and Oregon, and I love the moutains and back road 4x. But really my background is mostly enduro riding, but growing up we hit the back roads, forest service roads with the Jeeps. Nothing too extreme or difficult, but we could high center or get stuck in mud and such; lots of fun. Most of the time our rigs were dead stock, or slightly oversized tires.
  5. camarozz
    07-29-2012 07:06 PM
    camarozz
    I would just be as realistic as possible with my expectations for the jeep, and just keep looking till I find just the right one. For example if you have visions of grandeur about rock crawling, that will influence the type of jeep you get. But if you want it for general off roading, and a daily driver, then that will influence it as well. Define it as best you can and dont fall for all the "flash" because there are a lot of guys out there with those visions and dont build the jeep right. Mine was that way, the previous owner took a stock '87 and stuffed a 4" lift, 33" tires, but didnt upgrade the transmission or axles and they were the first to wear out/break. Thats why I got it so cheap, I fix and upgrade those things and now its just what I need it to be, a DD with off road capability.
  6. camarozz
    07-29-2012 07:05 PM
    camarozz
    You are not being a bother at all... quick question though are you military, and that is why you are over seas?

    But no problem, and I like to help where I can. Anyway, to answer your questions, my preference is to typically buy used. Mostly because I dont have the money, and value drops dramatically as soon as you drive it off the lot. Of course as money is no object, there is nothing wrong with brand new then you get to break it in and get all warranties and such. But I can understand getting one near new with all the mods you want; so from talking with you I suspect that would be a good route.
  7. camarozz
    07-29-2012 08:31 AM
    camarozz
    Pretty nice too; I personally dont worry about the salvage title issue, as long as you know that the repairs were done professionally. That and to total a $18,000 rig means it was not just "flopped over" but significantly damaged. (assuming that was its book value at the time, moreso if it were higher).

    Problem with salvage titles though, typically your insurance company will not insure it under comp coverage; only liability. Something to check on with them just in case if that could be a concern.

    Granted, there are a lot of mods that make this a very nice rig; but retail book for a clean rig is only about $19k; which makes me think this is a bit over priced. Again, it looks like negotiating room, and its your money, but look at it real good, and have a professional you trust look it over real good and that could give you an idea of whether or not to go for it.

    Good luck.

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