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Buying a rebuilt 94 YJ with six cylinder motor. Very sweet build with 4” lift and a focus on functionality rather than glitz.
I’m new to Jeeps, but first tasted 4WD madness in a new ‘78 International Harvester Scout as a 16 year old — much to my parents dismay! 😉.


1st up — it needs new wheels and tires. The first and most obvious question is the wheel size (and aluminum versus steel)?
As for tires, This vehicle is NOT going to be a full-time crawler. Rather, I’m looking to use it year-round (second vehicle) with a focus on FUN — remote camping, mountain biking, and dirt biking (if I can figure out how to carry my dirt bike on the back?). On weekends, I want to be able to go beyond fire trails and tackle goat paths and shallow stream crossings, while being able to do the normal things that civilized society wants folks to lose sleep over during the week.

Bonus points for winter snow and mud traction that still lets me keep what’s left of my hearing if I have to (reluctantly) do some highway time. Wouldn’t mind softening the ride, as well.
Yeah, Holy Grail setup, right? 😄
If I were to prioritize, just think about what a ‘78 International Harvester Scout can do and that’s good enough for me. 🙂 On top of that, I really, really, really, hate getting stuck in remote areas by myself! (No problem with using a winch in case I accidentally over-extend myself.)

As yet, unsure if gearing is stock or modified. Guidance welcomed...

(THE BACKSTORY: A very detail-oriented guy completely stripped it down to nothing & sandblasted everythingand repainted it, then put it back together with all sorts of nice touches for his soon-to-be 16-year-old daughter.
Spent three years on the project. Then, to his GREAT dismay, realized that his daughter was not a confident driver to begin with AND driving a stick was COMPLETELY out of the question.
Decided to cut his losses and try and recoup at least what he had in it, not including hours and hours and hours of time. You can feel the love in every nut and bolt in the thing!)
 

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Your requirements sound very similar to mine. I arrived at the Goodyear Duratracs because they were said to be ok at everything, though not great at anything.

They are reasonably quiet on the highway. They handle rain and puddles well. Crossed a mountain pass with light snow just fine when chains were required (mountain snowflake rated). Work well enough in sand and gravel so far. Desert mud hasn't been an issue, though I would still balk at soupy forest mud.

The biggest problem I've encountered is vibration. They just randomly vibe a little occasionally particularly at highway speed. It either starts or stops after rotating sometimes after sitting in the garage a few days. I do have a plug in one so that doesn't help, and their are numerous chunks out of the tread so they may no t be perfectly balanced anymore.

Frankly, I've been considering a more highway friendly tire, but these have gotten me home every time so far, so I am definitely a fan and open to purchasing another set.

My second choice would probably be the Cooper ST MAXX. It has a similarly aggressive tread to the DT, but it has 3-ply sidewalls for better durability. However, it is not mountain snowflake rated, so it would probably be a little more shy in the winter.
 
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