On May 25, 2013 a buddy of mine & our kids went over to Morris Mountain ORV park for the Wheelin' 4 Warriors Rock Ride 6. We had a good time. The weather was clear and sunny and when we left it was warm so we decided to go with no doors & just the bikini top. The ride over was only an hour and it was ok, but on the ride back at 10pm it was FREEZING. It was then that I decided next time we will take the doors no matter what, and hopefully one day I can buy a truck & trailer to pull the jeep so we can ride home in comfort, and be ok if we broke something. We did have a blast though, and I even taught my 'almost 11 year old daughter' to drive around in 4 low. It was the first time she has come with me on an all day ride since she was too small to remember. Can't wait to go back.
So I've been doing some planning as to what wheels & tires I want to end up with and I really like this wheel:
And I've figured out you can get it in 17x9 with 4.5" of backspacing (-12 degree offset). But I can't find any photos on the internet of these wheels on a TJ. If anyone reading this finds any photos of this setup, or any other 17x9 wheel with 4.5" backspacing on a TJ, please let me know. I'm trying to get a feel for the width of the stance that the jeep would have with these.
The other thing I'm unsure of is whether I want to spend $800 on the wheels pictured above, and then scratch them up on the rocks. But the 75% of the time this jeep will be on the street, I know I would prefer the 17" Mavericks.
I've thought about the Mickey Thompson Classic Lock Black wheels, which would give me the option of replacing the ring if it got messed up from the rocks, without ruining the wheel. The MT's are much cheaper, but also much more common and I like the idea of trying to do something different.
But the thing about these is that I can't get them in 17"...
Picked up something special on the 4th of July!!! I came across a deal I couldn't refuse.
Barely fit in the trunk of the Acura, and the weight made the car look like a low rider in the back, lol.
Next up is to track down a 4L10 disc brake 8.8, or a TJ Dana 44. Probably which ever I come across at the best deal...probably going to be an 8.8 but I'm open to either.
And my Father's Day / birthday present was a gift certificate to Poison Spyder to go toward a set of DeFender XC highline fenders. Probably looking at trying to get all that done through the winter and hopefully buying a new set of wheels & tires next spring. We will see what happens...
Picked this up on July 5. And after working out of a small tool bag for 11 years and NEVER being able to find what I'm looking for, I'm very excited to have this in the garage. It's not the nicest box, and I could use a little more room, but for now this is great.
All the stuff on top is the stuff that didn't fit, lol.