Nwgs Jeep'n Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by nwgs, May 20, 2007.

  1. scoutDad

    scoutDad IBA#203

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    I went the other way, sold a 14 JKU and got a 17 Ram 1500 crew cab with the 6.5' bed.
    Currently looking to add a low mileage 03-06 TJ or a low mileage 10-11 2 door JK to go with the Ram.
    My thinking when making the change was wanting to do more wheeling in a smaller, less expensive vehicle while not worrying about damage to my daily driver, while also having a vehicle with a much more comfortable and quiet ride during trips. Success on all counts so far. The bonus is the Ram gets better fuel mileage than the JKU did, in addition to being much more comfortable, much more passenger room, much quieter, and a 6.5 foot bed that never has to be made.
    :)
    Now I just have to find the right TJ/JK.
  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Almost did the same thing first.

    My next tires will likely be 255/85-17
  3. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer

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    Did you lift yours?

    I was thinking of going that size as well next.
  4. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Do you mean 255/80R17 or 255/85R16?

    I've never seen a 255/85 in a 17 inch wheel.
  5. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    255/80-17 sorry
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  6. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    No, I’m not lifting it.

    I did put a 3/4” leveling spacer above the front springs to take the stink bug out. It sits pretty level.

    Been lightweight thinkin about getting a stiffer set of springs from a rubicon 4 door. What that will do, is net me ~1” or more of lift, and give a slightly stiffer ride.

    Plenty of take off rubi suspension parts on Craigslist, just not sure I need it. I’m sure it couldn’t hurt with the trailer on it.
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  7. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer

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    I will want more clearance but really don't want to sacrifice performance and efficiency everywhere else.

    One of the guys who is in our group has the huge tires with high lift and he gets 30% or worse fuel economy.

    His is the 4 door and pretty much everywhere we have been I have more fuel percentage left over than he does. His with the larger tank as well.
  8. rollinrob

    rollinrob Long timer

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    I put 255/85/16 on my 2015 JKU when it was new on the stock rims, no lift/level. Worked just fine.
  9. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    Just sharing a few more.

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  10. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    My four BFG Mud Terrain T/As that came on my 2012 are starting to rot. The spare is a 2012 and not used. They're still half tread but 10 years old. Didn't realize it when I bought the Jeep in January. Found five 2014 wheels with same BFGs and comparable tread for $500 so I'm hoping to keep these wheels and then upgrade tires later.

    Anyone with 2014-style wheels that put 35s on them? Are spacers needed?
  11. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    For 35’s to clear, definitely going to need spacers or wheels with less backspacing.

    Factory wheels are 6.25” backspacing. Most run 4.5” or less back space, depending on lift height and bump stop distance etc etc
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  12. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Thought so. Thanks!
  13. Devil Dog

    Devil Dog Q-Tip With Ears

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    So a few 2-doors have gone through this week. Hopefully more will be built and hit the dealers soon :thumb
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  14. UtahGuido

    UtahGuido Long timer

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    To followup on my noise issue - I took it to the dealer - actually to two dealers. I made an appointment with the first last week and when I arrived I was informed that the guy I need to see had gone out to lunch and could I come back? Yeah, I said and made another appointment. I then cancelled it a took the car to another shop in the town of Heber where there are actually some hills where I could do a better demonstrating the noise. So that was yesterday and the mechanic who rode with me had only been working there for 7 months. Prior to that he ran a muffler shop that also specialized in Subarus. He didn't thing that what I was hearing was anything other than an engine that was working hard to accelerate (from 1500 to 3000 rpm in 3rd gear up a hill). Okay, fine. I sort of agree and we left it at that. Then we talked about Subarus.

    So I'm just going to keep driving it and listening and if anything changes in the next 22,000 miles I'll haul it back in. Frankly I'm not all that worried.

    In other news I installed a Rancho oil pan skid plate and with that I think I'm done farkling for a while. I've added the sway bar disconnects, 32 inch tires, rock rails, front mud flaps, and airbag overload springs in the back for hauling the bike. That should do it for now.
  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird pew pew pew

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    famous last words :lol3
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  16. Chillis

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    Starting to look at lift kits...

    Wouldn't mind having a little more clearance.

    There is a Mopar kit which seems very inclusive containing even a front drive shaft.

    Too many ways to skin a cat.
  17. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Buy once cry once. You live in Vegas, go all in.

    I’m into the icon coilover system, or the TeraFlex prerunner kit.

    None of it is gunna happen, but I’d love to blast desert at 60.
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  18. rollinrob

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    I did the teraflex level kit, spacers. I also added 18/60 springs from the factory installed 17/58's.

    Look at the RK 1.5 springs/kit. Seems to be a good way to go with not the $$$ of the MOPAR kit. Rancho RS5000X shocks and your set.
  19. spagthorpe

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    There are, and it's possible to drive yourself nuts with it. Most of the quality kits have the same shit in them. Some people recommend going with a longer driveshaft with a lift, but that's only if you're going tall. I'd say that MOST people never change it out, and most don't have problems. It might wear quicker, but worry about it down the road. It also lets YOU decide what driveshaft you want.

    Metalcloak, Rock Krawler, Teraflex, etc, are all giving you pretty much the same stuff. What separates them are adjust ability of the control arms, and type of springs. IMHO, you absolutely need enough adjustable control arms, to get the geometry back to stock. If you don't, you can end up with some funky handling. I originally got a TF kit that has some longer fixed length arms, and I didn't have nearly enough caster.

    You've got a difference in brands in either linear rate, progressive, dual rate, triple rate... I've had both linear (TF) and triple rate (RK) on this Jeep, and the RK springs have been much better in every use case so far. Take a look at the RK X-Factor kits. A lot of people love the AEV kits, but they're expensive for what you get. I rarely see anyone complain about MK, RK, or AEV though. There are others of course, JKS, etc, but it's harder to find a lot of opinions on some of them because they just aren't as popular.

    You also don't have to get a kit. Just piece something together. Go with RK springs, pick up some Falcon shocks, Yeti track bar, etc...
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  20. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer

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    The RK 2.5 Stock Mod looks decent.

    Was thinking AEV 2.5 but the brackets to drop control arms will keep parts in harm's way.