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Old 02-20-2019, 02:25 PM   #2101
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Did this set up rub at all? I have the same lift and I've been thinking about going with this wheel/tire combo for highway and trail riding use. My Lj is my DD and I feel like my current steel wheel and tire 32x11.5 combo is a little too heavy for prolonged highway usage. I wouldn't mind gaining back some zip and maybe an mpg!
I have this setup on two different LJs. My '05 LJR has the 16" wheels and I run 255/85R16 Toyo MTs. They made OD virtually useless and I spent more time turning off OD around town and on hilly highways it downshifted quite a bit. A good headwind on the highway and I was toast. I finally re-geared with 4.88s and it's fun to drive again. I've never stuffed the tires enough to rub but it will rub at full lock.

On my '04 LJ (the picture you referenced) I have the 33 x 10.5 R15s and they will rub when fully stuffed and at full lock. I've never had a problem with it while trail riding but, then again, I'm not tackling any Moab like terrain. For some reason, the stock 3.73s in it have never bothered me the way they did in my Rubi with 4.10s.

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I have this setup on two different LJs. My '05 LJR has the 16" wheels and I run 255/85R16 Toyo MTs. They made OD virtually useless and I spent more time turning off OD around town and on hilly highways it downshifted quite a bit. A good headwind on the highway and I was toast. I finally re-geared with 4.88s and it's fun to drive again. I've never stuffed the tires enough to rub but it will rub at full lock.

On my '04 LJ (the picture you referenced) I have the 33 x 10.5 R15s and they will rub when fully stuffed and at full lock. I've never had a problem with it while trail riding but, then again, I'm not tackling any Moab like terrain. For some reason, the stock 3.73s in it have never bothered me the way they did in my Rubi with 4.10s.
Interesting... The higher gear didn't mind the big tire as much as the lower one. Thats a head scratcher there! Were you using the stock 16" "moab" rim? Mine has the 6 speed stick in it. I found 1st gear useless on the highway before I lifted and went to a bigger wheel and tire. Its useable now, but I feel like the extra weight and BS takes a little bit too much juice to turn. They took a lot of weights to balance too. It vibrates a little at 70-75. Thats why I asked about yours. Thinking about goin back to the stock 15's. Here she is today. Put my half doors on to dream of summer a little after I finished a throwout bearing swap earlier!
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Old 02-25-2019, 08:22 PM   #2103
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Interesting... The higher gear didn't mind the big tire as much as the lower one. Thats a head scratcher there! Were you using the stock 16" "moab" rim? Mine has the 6 speed stick in it. I found 1st gear useless on the highway before I lifted and went to a bigger wheel and tire. Its useable now, but I feel like the extra weight and BS takes a little bit too much juice to turn. They took a lot of weights to balance too. It vibrates a little at 70-75. Thats why I asked about yours. Thinking about goin back to the stock 15's. Here she is today. Put my half doors on to dream of summer a little after I finished a throwout bearing swap earlier!
Rim diameter will do nothing more than give you more sidewall for the same tire height. This in turn may give you more balancing problems as well. Not that going from 16s to 15s is that big of a deal (at only .5" smaller in radius). Not as much as going from 17s to 15s would impact the equation. However, there will be more flex in cornering for the given height and the same PSI.

Just thinking outloud. Don't mind me. [/soapbox] Back to your regular scheduled programming.
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Rim diameter will do nothing more than give you more sidewall for the same tire height. This in turn may give you more balancing problems as well. Not that going from 16s to 15s is that big of a deal (at only .5" smaller in radius). Not as much as going from 17s to 15s would impact the equation. However, there will be more flex in cornering for the given height and the same PSI.

Just thinking outloud. Don't mind me. [/soapbox] Back to your regular scheduled programming.
Thats the beauty of this place! All constructive conjecture is welcomed (especially by me)! My perceived balancing issues and vibration problems stem from the wheels being el cheapo china specials. I bought a set of 4 of these wheels initially and one was bent from the factory. Didn't install them for a good while after buying so I couldn't exchange it when I did figure it out. My stockers are just gathering dust with the old 30x9.5's on them and I hate clutter. I'd rather set them up and have them be useful ya know? Eventually, I'd like to put an MT on these d-windows for wheeling and have my stockers set up with something milder for on highway/light trail use.
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Thats the beauty of this place! All constructive conjecture is welcomed (especially by me)! My perceived balancing issues and vibration problems stem from the wheels being el cheapo china specials. I bought a set of 4 of these wheels initially and one was bent from the factory. Didn't install them for a good while after buying so I couldn't exchange it when I did figure it out. My stockers are just gathering dust with the old 30x9.5's on them and I hate clutter. I'd rather set them up and have them be useful ya know? Eventually, I'd like to put an MT on these d-windows for wheeling and have my stockers set up with something milder for on highway/light trail use.
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Ran across this one. Lightly modified by the PO. Looks like he did a really nice job. Ive been without a Jeep for a couple of years, and it was time to scratch the itch. Never had a LJ, so this should be exciting. I thought about holding our for a Rubi, but after realizing I never really wheeled my last Rubi like it was meant to be, I really don't need lockers and a 4:1 for the type of wheeling I do.
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I'll toss some pics in this thread now that our LJ is a little better looking. Mechanically pretty sound when purchased, aesthetically a little rough (cheap flares, repaint that was part rattle can, etc).

My additions:
New cooling system
All new fluids
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New A/C evap
New door, window, and tailgate seals
New axle seals and bearings
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Centric rotors and Yellowstuffs

Now painted Ford avalanche gray - pics were taken on the way home from the paint shop.

Going to hack up the front bumper next to make it a stubby - having a bumper that extends into thin air bothers me. Then maybe new wheels? Hardtop for the summer? Otherwise, I'm into maintenance mode and we'll see how many more miles the old 4.0 has in her.

It's been a fun project so far. I think it's been about 3 years since we bought it? First Jeep, we're hooked. I love it.
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Old 10-24-2019, 10:46 AM   #2108
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Picked up this 84k miles light khaki metallic LJR a couple weeks ago. It's pretty much everything I want already. But I have already swapped the headlights to JL speaker ones, and I have a new Warn VR10 EVO waiting to go on.
Has OME 2.5" lift
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@FL05LJ , what model of Corbeau? How you like em?

I'm at the point of needing better seats. I'm looking at PRP Enduro Elite or Corbeau TrailCats
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@MrHolland - I think they're called Moabs? They're OK. Better than the junk that was in there (nasty). They feel a bit narrow and outside of that they're a pretty basic seat. My neighbor has the Trailcats though....I couldn't then but wish I spent the extra $$$ on a higher end seat. I used the Corbeau mounts and also wished the front was a bit higher, though I can probably fix that myself.

End of the day they aren't uncomfortable. Maybe on long drives. They look nice, seem to be wearing well, and are easy to clean/dry off (vinyl). Not a bad Jeep seat.
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Ran across this one. Lightly modified by the PO. Looks like he did a really nice job. Ive been without a Jeep for a couple of years, and it was time to scratch the itch. Never had a LJ, so this should be exciting. I thought about holding our for a Rubi, but after realizing I never really wheeled my last Rubi like it was meant to be, I really don't need lockers and a 4:1 for the type of wheeling I do.
Suggest painting the light bezels black. Chrome doesn't belong on a Jeep.
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Suggest painting the light bezels black. Chrome doesn't belong on a Jeep.
You are absolutely right. Those are the only chrome on the Jeep, and it annoys me.
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You are absolutely right. Those are the only chrome on the Jeep, and it annoys me.
The '99 TJ I bought was trimmed out in chrome and I had fun replacing all chrome for black steel. The PO even went as far as adding stick-on chrome diamond plate panels below the doors, and those are a bugger to remove.

Plsti-dip paint works great for the bezels in case you want to go back to the chrome look. I used paint on my last two wranglers, but I used plasti-dip on one and it worked pretty well.
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Decided to give the Dip a try. The trade-off of durability is outweighed by the ease of coating. Much easier than removing the whole grill and painting.
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Man, the pics in this thread really solidifies me wanting to get an LJ as my first Wrangler. I started off wanting a TJ, but the longer wheelbase really has me hooked now. Kinda sucks that they don't pop up for sale as often, especially since I'm leaning more towards a manual.
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I think the pics in the snow are all-time
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Man, the pics in this thread really solidifies me wanting to get an LJ as my first Wrangler. I started off wanting a TJ, but the longer wheelbase really has me hooked now. Kinda sucks that they don't pop up for sale as often, especially since I'm leaning more towards a manual.
You won't regret it. I appreciate the better driving characteristics and the wheelbase seems perfect off-road. Add on actually having space for your crap in the back and it's a winner. I can get my cooler and rubbermaid bin of recovery gear in side by side (lengthwise) just by folding the rear seat forward.
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You won't regret it. I appreciate the better driving characteristics and the wheelbase seems perfect off-road. Add on actually having space for your crap in the back and it's a winner. I can get my cooler and rubbermaid bin of recovery gear in side by side (lengthwise) just by folding the rear seat forward.
I agree. However, my wife got in mine within a couple of weeks and took out the back seat. She says "we don't need this back here".
the upside is lots of space to carry stuff.
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I like ours better without it but it takes up space in the garage lol
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I like ours better without it but it takes up space in the garage lol
mine went to the attic.. been resting there for years now
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Mine is named "Sanchez" often times he is dirty. Had some custom decals made for the hood to celebrate his Hispanic name. Some folks ask if it's a "special model" lol. VAQUERO is Wrangler in Espanol. I'm not Hispanic, but i do love Mexican food!
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Here’s my ‘05, started off bone stock....now it’s not. Picking up my hardtop Thursday! Pumped! I’ve since replaced the shocks with Fox 2.0’s.
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New member from Oregon with 2006 LJ just turned 70,000. It came with a soft top and after looking around I purchased a Rally Top (that I hope was a good choice) with split rear windows. Changed all the fluids & serpentine belt. Looking at new shocks and possibly seats as they feel wore out.
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New member from Oregon with 2006 LJ just turned 70,000. It came with a soft top and after looking around I purchased a Rally Top (that I hope was a good choice) with split rear windows. Changed all the fluids & serpentine belt. Looking at new shocks and possibly seats as they feel wore out.
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