Hey guys, sorry for the delayed response but I'ts been hard for me to get on the web lately.
It's funny to see all the 'do you wheel it?' comments since that's the #1 question I get asked all the time. The answer is YES....can't a supermodel also be a doctor? This Jeep isn't my daily driver so it sits idle M-F, waiting for the weekend. I documented nearly all of the build of this Jeep on jk-forum.com since Feb 13th of last year (My new 40" tires waiting for wheels!! - JK-Forum.com - The Ultimate Jeep JK Wrangler Bulletin Board), including plenty of trail pics for those that seem to need some sort of justification that it is more than just a show Jeep.
For whoever made a comment about they could wheel what I did in a XJ on 31's, I applaud you ....if you take a look at the some of the pics in my main album those were on a series of trails in Arizona that 85% of the guys on local Jeep forum wouldn't even touch due to their technical nature and equipment requirement. You see, when photos are taken they are usually done when there's a chance for me or someone else in our group to actually stop what they're doing (spotting, wheeling, etc) and take one. People always forget that the craziest most 'hard core' photo opportunities are passed by since everyone is involved in making it through without carnage. My Jeep wasn't built to take a flop (just yet) but rather give my family (with twin boys) a chance to enjoy the AZ back roads without worrying if we can make it through or not. I am not an expert wheeler by any means and my Jeep is more capable than my current skills allow for but that's the reason I get on these forums so I can learn more and find ways to join in on trail runs.
I'm running 40" tires (actually 41" Iroks now) on Rubicon Dana 44s (which stock, are stronger than stock TJ Rubicon D44s) along with Teraflex c-gussets and RCV Performance CV style chromolly front axle shafts (JK TJ YJ Wrangler Axle Upgrade | Editorials Blog & Discussion at Jp Magazine). I'll also be adding Teraflex sleeves soon here. I have run 40" tires for over a year now and gurantee that I have more trail miles than street miles on them with no worries. I learned from others' mistakes early on so I started with the RCV shafts which in the longrun had probably helped me more than I will ever know since it prevented collateral damage that could have weakend other parts of the axle leading to future breakage. I also plan on upgrading to Dana 60's as soon as TeraFlex offers a front one. So just like everything else on the Jeep, the axles will at some point be replaced too but for now, that extra $10k-$20k is better served in my bank account than on my Jeep regardless if a guy on the web needs more proof that my Jeep is more go than show.
2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport Dana 30 Front, Dana 35 Rear, 5 Speed
2.5'' Rough Country Suspension
33x12.50 Mud Grapplers on 17" Black Rock Vipers
Mopar Rubicon Rockers,Warn Front Bumper, Bestop Rear Bumper, Banks Exhaust, K&N FIPK Next: 1.25 Inch Body lift, SAVVY Corner Armor and Steering, PSC Rocker Knockers
Down the Road: Ford 8.8, 3 Inch Springs, 35" Mud Grapplers on Black 20's
Very sexy jk man! People just hate because they can not have it haha. Like another person said you build it to your own personal wants and if you like it then more power to you! This has to be one of my favorite jk's. Great job!!
[COLOR="Lime"][I][B]lets see, we spend a lot of money and time to go out and break them...?? OO i no y! its a jeep thing you other guys wouldnt understand!! [/B][/I][/COLOR]0llll0
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Yep. I do. Thanks. I actually wheel it every weekend.
It's a nice jeep, but it's freaking massive. It looks like a show truck.
At that point, it's less... "my jeep isn't capable enough", and more of... "how are we going to fit that through there?"
But each to his own.
Right on. Wasn't talking about yours though, but the OPs. I know you wheel yours. My xj and I are practically having an affair because of yours.
The JK is crrrazy. I like that you're keeping the looks up to par, but still use it for what it's intended; being a Jeep. My oh my would the bank hurt after doing ANY of what you have. Props to you my friend.
1998 Bright Platinum ZJ 5.9 Limited - 5.9l, 46RE, NV-242, D30/44a (Trac-Loc) w/3.73s - The DD
1999 White XJ Sport - 4.0l, AW4, NP-231, D30/8.25 w/3.55s - The Rig
Man....I give him credit...Id be scared to wheel it...there is more money in that thing than every single vehicle combined Ive owned in my entire life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks knarly, would turn my head if I saw it anywhere!
Im envious to have that kind of cash to build trucks with!! :-)