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wrangler noob 09-29-2010 08:23 PM

General Questions
 
HI everyone,
Im 16 and bought a jeep as my first car. its a 2002 wrangler x. i put a new dynomax super turbo cat back system and auxiliary fog lights on it so far. what do you thing the next thing i should do is. i here tires are a good idea. i dont have a lift or anything. any thought?
thanks

jforse 09-29-2010 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by wrangler noob (Post 794411)
HI everyone,
Im 16 and bought a jeep as my first car. its a 2002 wrangler x. i put a new dynomax super turbo cat back system and auxiliary fog lights on it so far. what do you thing the next thing i should do is. i here tires are a good idea. i dont have a lift or anything. any thought?
thanks


What do you plan to do with your Jeep? Daily Driver? Offroad driving? In mud? In rocks?

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 08:34 PM

i am a daily driver now, but would definatly like to get into off roading. maybe mud.

JeepnJim 09-29-2010 08:41 PM

Go exploring with it as it is and see what you think.Sometimes less is better. It's a great offroad vehicle in stock form. Good all terrain tires would be almost a must. Just my 2 cents worth of advice.

InvertChaos 09-29-2010 08:43 PM

I'm in the same boat as you I'm 16 and just got my 04 Sport recently. It's my DD but I want to trail ride and do some moderate offroading. The first thing I'm going to do is buy some 31" Duratracs. I already have aftermarket wheels that came on it when I bought it so that's one thing out of the way. Also with 31's a lift is not needed. Although I'm kinda getting an itch for a 2in lift.

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 08:44 PM

Yeah.i agree. do you know if i can put 31s right on my stock rims or if they wont fit? i like you jeep picture. i looks like it was kept nice. also like the rims.

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepnJim (Post 794438)
Go exploring with it as it is and see what you think.Sometimes less is better. It's a great offroad vehicle in stock form. Good all terrain tires would be almost a must. Just my 2 cents worth of advice.

thanks. i will definitely do so. Just another final question. Do you guys think its ok to offroad in a hard top. i have a hard and soft top, but just wondering if it will hurt the hard top in any way.

jforse 09-29-2010 08:51 PM

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Originally Posted by wrangler noob (Post 794428)
i am a daily driver now, but would definatly like to get into off roading. maybe mud.

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Originally Posted by JeepnJim (Post 794438)
Go exploring with it as it is and see what you think.Sometimes less is better. It's a great offroad vehicle in stock form. Good all terrain tires would be almost a must. Just my 2 cents worth of advice.

This is very good advice for you. After that you could start with a 1.5" budget boost and some 31" tires. That would be a good start for you. Find a local Jeep or offroad club and go with to see what you like to do.

InvertChaos 09-29-2010 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by wrangler noob (Post 794442)
Yeah.i agree. do you know if i can put 31s right on my stock rims or if they wont fit? i like you jeep picture. i looks like it was kept nice. also like the rims.

Umm I'm not sure. Maybe some of these old guys can chime in :rolleyes: Yeah the guy babied it pretty much. Thanks by the way. It's an '04 with 62,XXX miles on it. Not bad at all for a 7 year old vehicle. I love it. The rims are Granite Alloy GA9's. I was really happy I didn't have to put those on there myself as they are pretty expensive. I've done a lot of research lately about what kind of tires to get and the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 31X10.5R15 tires look the best for the price. $141/tire is going to hurt though. Also I suggest going somewhere to get the tires dirty at least. I had a blast just riding through fields and abandoned construction sites.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....TOWL&tab=Specs

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by jforse (Post 794458)
This is very good advice for you. After that you could start with a 1.5" budget boost and some 31" tires. That would be a good start for you. Find a local Jeep or offroad club and go with to see what you like to do.

Awsome. i love this web site. you guys are so helpful.
Thanks everyone

InvertChaos 09-29-2010 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by jforse (Post 794458)
This is very good advice for you. After that you could start with a 1.5" budget boost and some 31" tires. That would be a good start for you. Find a local Jeep or offroad club and go with to see what you like to do.

What are some of the downsides to a budget boost? Less articulation?

JeepnJim 09-29-2010 08:58 PM

I also have both tops and I run 'em both through the hairy woods without any trouble. Scratches will happen and I call them the true "Trail Rated" badges. If you go with no top on at all don't get bitchslapped by any branches!

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 08:59 PM

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Originally Posted by InvertChaos (Post 794466)
Umm I'm not sure. Maybe some of these old guys can chime in :rolleyes: Yeah the guy babied it pretty much. Thanks by the way. It's an '04 with 62,XXX miles on it. Not bad at all for a 7 year old vehicle. I love it. The rims are Granite Alloy GA9's. I was really happy I didn't have to put those on there myself as they are pretty expensive. I've done a lot of research lately about what kind of tires to get and the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 31X10.5R15 tires look the best for the price. $141/tire is going to hurt though. Also I suggest going somewhere to get the tires dirty at least. I had a blast just riding through fields and abandoned construction sites.

Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Nice. Thats great millage for that old of a vehicle. ill look into those tires.Thanks a lot.

InvertChaos 09-29-2010 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by wrangler noob (Post 794445)
thanks. i will definitely do so. Just another final question. Do you guys think its ok to offroad in a hard top. i have a hard and soft top, but just wondering if it will hurt the hard top in any way.

I really wanted a hardtop but they're like $1300. Not exactly in my budget right now

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepnJim (Post 794472)
I also have both tops and I run 'em both through the hairy woods without any trouble. Scratches will happen and I call them the true "Trail Rated" badges. If you go with no top on at all don't get bitchslapped by any branches!

HAHAHA. yeah. ill consider that. thanks.

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by InvertChaos (Post 794479)
I really wanted a hardtop but they're like $1300. Not exactly in my budget right now

Mine didnt come with it. my uncle got one for free and didnt fit his so i took it. it didnt exactly "fit" mine perfectly. there is a small gap above the doors, but some weather stripping solved that. otherwise, i needed to drill some new hols for the bolts and rig my old clamps to the part under the visor and it works good now. they also keep the noise out soooo much more than soft tops.

GoldTJ 09-29-2010 09:05 PM

31.10.50.15 tires fit w/o any trouble on your stock wheels,no problem!

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by GoldTJ (Post 794492)
31.10.50.15 tires fit w/o any trouble on your stock wheels,no problem!

Nice. do you have any other recommendations of brand or type?

JeepnJim 09-29-2010 09:28 PM

You being a new driver I would like to forewarn you that short wheelbase vehicles like wranglers require strict attention in the steering department. Very unforgiving if you're too quick on the wheel at highway speeds. My daughter rolled her first Jeep at 16 (thank God for seatbelts,use them). Gain experience and stay safe my man.

wrangler noob 09-29-2010 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepnJim (Post 794528)
You being a new driver I would like to forewarn you that short wheelbase vehicles like wranglers require strict attention in the steering department. Very unforgiving if you're too quick on the wheel at highway speeds. My daughter rolled her first Jeep at 16 (thank God for seatbelts,use them). Gain experience and stay safe my man.

Will do. thank you for the advice.

Kristavsmichigan 09-29-2010 10:40 PM

Freshhhh meattt

Haha. Welcome to the jeep bug

Stock wheels can hold 31" tires and if you want bigger you can get some cheap cragar rims I run 33" duratracs. 33" tires are as big as you can go before having to regear and drop and lift stuff on your jeep for 35". My lift is rough country it's afforable and pretty straight forward install don't try and go crap and buy a 3" body lift. Be careful with off road stores they try to sellcrap to new people. ( they did to me). Just don't be cheap with your jeep and it will be good to u

Wallygator 09-29-2010 10:49 PM

The 31s fit great on my jeep stock rims but did rub the flares a little when I was going over some rougher stuff. I solved that with a 2 inch spacer lift and since then no more problems. Mine is my daily driver and I dont go extreme like some of the guys here and I found that combo works well for me. A good all terrain tire is a must. And the shorrt wheelbase thing is definitely something to get used to. I dang near soiled myself a few times the first time I was on an icy highway in mine. Just remember it aint a sports car and you cant drive it like it is and you'll be fine.

Sekstrand3 09-29-2010 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by jforse

What do you plan to do with your Jeep? Daily Driver? Offroad driving? In mud? In rocks?

What would be different for mud then rocks???

bobjenkins 09-29-2010 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Sekstrand3 (Post 794743)
What would be different for mud then rocks???

some rocks youd want some armor under the jeep. for mud you want some extra towels in the back of jeep:D

Sekstrand3 09-29-2010 11:26 PM

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Originally Posted by bobjenkins

some rocks youd want some armor under the jeep. for mud you want some extra towels in the back of jeep:D

Haha good thinking =P

I do a lot of mudding and was wondering if there's anything I should get for that??

doclouie 09-29-2010 11:34 PM

Lots of tokens at the car wash is about all you will need for mudding. 31s with a 2" BB, budget boost, will run 80% of the trails in Moab Utah. Very different terrain than mud, but oh so nice. You can also run stock shocks with the 2" BB as long as you do not take it on too hairy of a off road adventure.

Sekstrand3 09-29-2010 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by doclouie
Lots of tokens at the car wash is about all you will need for mudding. 31s with a 2" BB, budget boost, will run 80% of the trails in Moab Utah. Very different terrain than mud, but oh so nice. You can also run stock shocks with the 2" BB as long as you do not take it on too hairy of a off road adventure.

Wellll i got a 3" suspension and 1" body lift with 33's =P and the car wash I go to takes plastic :) I just swipe and get to work!

bobjenkins 09-29-2010 11:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Sekstrand3 (Post 794789)
Haha good thinking =P

I do a lot of mudding and was wondering if there's anything I should get for that??

recovery gear (recovery strap) and someone else to pull you out :)

Sekstrand3 09-30-2010 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by bobjenkins

recovery gear (recovery strap) and someone else to pull you out :)

Damn looks like im already built for mud :)


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