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Unread 06-08-2013, 07:30 AM   #91
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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.

Here is the link to the facebook album:

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I did end up with a little trail damage - some scratches on the rear passenger side tub & flare from putting it into an embankment while climbing a trail.

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Unread 06-08-2013, 08:01 AM   #92
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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"...
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Unread 06-08-2013, 08:15 AM   #93
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This is interesting...I guess the MT classic locks with an OMF beadlock? How does that work?

http://www.jk-forum.com/jk-show-tell...09/#post406495
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Unread 06-08-2013, 10:03 AM   #94
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This is interesting...I guess the MT classic locks with an OMF beadlock? How does that work?

http://www.jk-forum.com/jk-show-tell...09/#post406495
OMF can make any rim a beadock. They weld on an inner lip that the ring can bolt to.

For the Classic Locks, a guy in our club trashes one almost every time we are out. Makes wheeling a little more costly.

Jeep looks great, love the color
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Unread 06-08-2013, 10:38 AM   #95
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OMF can make any rim a beadock. They weld on an inner lip that the ring can bolt to.

For the Classic Locks, a guy in our club trashes one almost every time we are out. Makes wheeling a little more costly.

Jeep looks great, love the color
Thanks, so when you say trashes one what do you mean? Scratches, bends, etc? So what's do you think is the best approach to wheels & damage from riding?

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Unread 06-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #96
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Guy in are club has 2 sets of rings for MT Classic Locks. A set for wheeling and a set for street use.
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Unread 06-09-2013, 09:20 AM   #97
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Thanks, so when you say trashes one what do you mean? Scratches, bends, etc? So what's do you think is the best approach to wheels & damage from riding?

Thanks,
Matt

Bent to the point it ripped the bolt for the ring out. I don't have any personal experience with them though but figured I would throw that out there if it would help
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Unread 07-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #98
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Picked up something special on the 4th of July!!! I came across a deal I couldn't refuse.

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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...
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Unread 07-08-2013, 09:25 PM   #99
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Looks like fun!!!
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Unread 07-10-2013, 02:43 PM   #100
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Picked up a soft top from another jeepforum member yesterday and used up some gift certificates today for some more goodies...

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Unread 07-10-2013, 02:52 PM   #101
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Picked up a soft top from another jeepforum member yesterday and used up some gift certificates today for some more goodies...

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Unread 07-12-2013, 05:28 PM   #102
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Sold the hard top today....traded for this!

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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:41 PM   #103
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Sold the hard top today....traded for this!

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Unread 07-14-2013, 06:17 AM   #104
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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.

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All the stuff on top is the stuff that didn't fit, lol.
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Unread 07-14-2013, 07:42 AM   #105
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Several comments rolled up here:

Good job on the jeep, and glad to see near the end of the thread that the hard top is gone!

Yet another dave r. fan here; my wife and I did that years ago and things have been unreal since.

Check out the 13 drawer box that harbor freight sells; it's flippin' awesome and can't be beat for the price (359.)

Nice .45 - I'm guessing the guy that got rid of it replaced it with a glock

You will LOVE the tube fenders! Really transforms the look of the jeep, and you won't have to go with 4" of lift to accommodate your tires.
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