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Old 12-22-2011, 06:42 PM
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NEW TO my wrangler... Where do I start?

Okay, so I just 2008 bought my Wrangler Unlimited and well I do not know where to start...

I would like to have a very small lift on it, with really cool wheels and tires, a winch and some cool bumpers. However, this is gonna sound stupid, I am not going to be doing any off-roading at all. I know that is odd, but basically this is my only vehicle so I do not want to risk off-roading and tearing it up just yet, but I want it to have the traditional bad-a** Jeep look.

SO, for the wheels and ties.. I have standart Sport wheels (17's I think), what should I get. I am only getting a 2 inch lift. I want an aggressive tire, but still functional on the hwy (all my driving is interstate). And, I saw there is options for 16, 17, or 18 inch wheels. Which is better?

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Old 12-22-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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I love my GY duratracs. If you aren't going to offload a winch is a complete waste of $. I would go with a 2.5 budget boost lift based on your wish list. If you ever do go off road you will get the bug.

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if not going off road a jeep is a complete waste of money. other than driving in the snow, they're terrible general propose vehicles. if all your driving is on the freeway, you're going to get real irritated with it's MPGs real fast.

just go off road at least once. you'll be hooked and it wont be a waste of money. and i don't have to loose sleep other the thought of yet another jeep never getting a taste of what it was built to do. :'(
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if not going off road a jeep is a complete waste of money. other than driving in the snow, they're terrible general propose vehicles. if all your driving is on the freeway, you're going to get real irritated with it's MPGs real fast.

just go off road at least once. you'll be hooked and it wont be a waste of money. and i don't have to loose sleep other the thought of yet another jeep never getting a taste of what it was built to do. :'(

HAHA See the problem is im not a skilled enough driver to take it off the road! I would break something.... or maybe die.

However, My 08 is only getting like 17 MGP. I don't really mind. It seems like its about the same as my Grand Cherokee. It's worth the extra $50 a week in fuel to look awesome and drive something so fun. I love how it drives, it handles better than I expected, and I feel 20 ft tall riding around!
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You don't have to be particularly skilled -- everyone here had to go offroad for the first time.

My first time off road was just mostly dirt roads -- no rocks, no deep mud, nothing like that. I probably could have gotten through 80% of it in a Taurus. But that fact didn't make it any less fun.

That said, mod your Jeep how you want, it's yours. But consider the fact that you'll be spending thousands of dollars, and with the extra weight of the bumpers and winch, the extra height from the lift and larger tires, you're going to drop your gas mileage even farther. And there will be no benefit to any of it, other than looks.

Even if you wanted the other stuff for show, why spend hundreds of dollars on a winch you'll never use? But I guess if you still want one, you can save a bunch of money by just getting an old junker winch that doesn't work and mounting that. It'll be a lot cheaper than a working one, and since you're not using it, it won't matter that it's broken.

Sorry I can't help much with lift, wheels and tires. I haven't done any of that stuff myself yet, it's all stock on my Jeep.
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I don't know what kind of landscape you have where you live, but I can tell you driving off-road is very very easy here in Saudi Arabia. We have 2 kinds of land in my region, sand and mountains! I never drove off-road before I got my Jeep. It is a 2011 JK and totally stock. My first day off-road I never got stuck and rescued an X-terra. Second day out, I rescued a Hummer. Third day out, a Nissan pickup. Fourth day our, we found a demon-worship animal sacrifice site (!!!) and the fifth day out we saved a badly injured ATV driver. I still have not been stuck and I drive far out into soft sand and over rocky areas. No lift kit, normal tires, etc. Do yourself a big favor and go out, but make sure you have basic equipment like water, some kind of recovery strap, and a phone, and at least one friend (who is not an idiot who will lose you) in another car, who can pull you out or save you.
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...and know your position so if you are really screwed you can tell someone how to find you.
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SO, for the wheels and ties.. I have standart Sport wheels (17's I think), what should I get. I am only getting a 2 inch lift. I want an aggressive tire, but still functional on the hwy (all my driving is interstate). And, I saw there is options for 16, 17, or 18 inch wheels. Which is better?

You know the saying about opinions...so my armpits say be patient and do a little at at a time because your mods are going to be expensive. Since you are doing a 2"lift stick to 17" rims and no larger than a 34" tire. I really like my Falken wildpeak AT's. Great hwy and up to moderate off roading they wear very evenly and low road noise. For the winch..check out the mod'ed stock bumper threads...they might save some money. Winches add weight to the front end so you may want to beef up the front springs and shocks as you add the lift kit. I also invested in a banks ram air to let the the engine get better air flow and find a superchips flashpaq to change the factory fuel/air mix.
Please go put your jeep in the dirt..you'll love it. As somebody else on here said we all had to start somewhere sometime....find a local club and go have fun!
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