A common problem when you run larger than stock tires on the OEM wheels is that they hit at full lock. You can either ran spacers or upgrade to wheels with the correct backspacing. In October I purchased a set of 5 Moabs I intended to have powdercoated which would require spacers.
I stumped across two pairs of brand new Spidertrax 1-1/4" spacers (WHS-002) for a great price on eBay and snatched them up.
The spacers are very high quality and nicely packaged.
As expected the install is very straight forward; remove the wheels, add loctite to the studs and install the spacers using the supplied lug nuts. It was really nice to see Spidertrax include loctite where as many other companies would have just suggested the use of it.
Yes, although it did not go so well. Yesterday we headed up Gold Mtn Rd (3N69) off of Shore Dr (Hwy 18). The switchbacks were easy and we stopped to grab a cache.
The trouble started when we came up to a shelf that I immediately had some doubts about (Why do pictures never turn out as extreme as the situation looks in person? ).
I took a bad line and managed to hang up on the front passenger control arm (Easily bending the mounts). Fortunately we managed to strategically place some rocks and got unstuck. It was getting late so we turned around and headed back down.
Today we stopped by the Discovery Center to pick up a Gold Fever Trail map to take it slow. We took Polique Canyon Rd to Holcomb Valley Rd and continued all the way to the Lucky Baldwin Mine behind Gold Mountain.
Seeing the entrance to Gold Mtn Rd (3N69) off of Holcomb Valley Rd I am glad we did not make it all the way through (At least until I can get Savvy under amour and lockers) considering we were alone (Another reason never to wheel alone).
We headed back West on Holcomb Valley Rd and turned north on to Arctic Canyon Road. We followed Arctic Canyon Road as it turned west and eventually opened up to a clearing where we were greeted with the entrance to John Bull Trail. Along the way we ran in to a three-wheeler that did not make it. Along the whole route and up the John Bull Trail there were orange arrows spray painted which I assume were from a recent run.
That ledge is stacked a lot! Fun trail, you should try it again when you feel more confident. That's really the only hard part. I ran gold Mtn, to 3n16, to the gatekeeper of John Bull. At the time I didn't have an engine skid so I stopped there.
Whenever I get my regear done and have 4x4 again you'll have to come along with us. We can spot ya to keep you out of trouble.
Before rocker guards, engine skid, and corner guards. Gotta pick your lines wisely!
Looks like you still had a good time. I'm itching to get up there again.
Lots of big things coming. I ordered a Jeeperman JSPUex tire carrier on Monday which should be here in a few weeks.
I am still shopping front axles (I really do not want to spend any money on the D30 but a ProRock 44 is just outside of my budget at the moment). There is a D44 with an ARB and 4.88 in the classifieds by Long Beach I am thinking about picking up. Seeing as I am a light wheeler and will probably never go above 35" it should be more than enough. If I ever break it I could go up to a ProRock 44.
As soon as Savvy is ready to go with the modular under armor I should be getting one. I just need to get the JB SS SYE and a driveshaft in prep of the motor mount and transfer case lift (I still need to install the Novak 2K2XC cable shifter kit I picked up a few months back as well).
Finally, I still need to finish the build thread to include the Savvy control arms, 33" and Fox shocks.
KC Windshield SlimLite and Carling Contura rocker switches
Around this time we had made several trips to Yucca Valley for camping. This often included some night time excursus and I felt the headlamps just were not cutting it. Being a nut for lighting as you learned earlier I ordered up a pair of KC HiLiTES windshield light mount brackets and KC HiLiTES 121 slimLite black 130-Watt long range light.
I did not care much for the included KC switch so I started looking for options. I was quickly directed to OTRATTW. I went a bit over board when placing the order but my mind was racing with different mounting options. I knew I wanted to maintain as stock a look as possible. For the time being an sPOD was not an option.
I decided the blank space next to the 12v outlets (On 97-02 the ashtray is installed here. For the 03-06 they switched to a cup holder ashtray) would make a great spot. I busted out the trusty dremel and quickly had a OEM looking setup.
Tell me where you got those 3 switches from. Windshield, backup, and driving lights from?
I finally decided that a replacement axle was just not in the budget. Robert at RWK Haus Supply knocked out my re-gear from 3.73 to 4.88 on Saturday. It really is night and day and I am very happy with the outcome. I still need to burn through a few more tanks to compile data on MPG increases if any.
I did a lot of research before deciding on 4.88 and it was definitely the right choice for my 33". Below are some of the threads I used to influence my decision in addition to consulting with Gerald at Savvy.
I never found pictures of the Moab I picked up off of eBay in October of 2011 but they looked just like every other set. In March of 2012 I finally got around to dropping them off at Islands Powder Coating to be powder coated semi-gloss black. I picked them up a week later in April and they really came out great. Looking forward to finally completing the suspension and getting the tires mounted.
During the JeepForum 2012 Big Giveaway! I discovered the SpeedoHealer Jeep Plug-n-Play Kit (SHV4A-J01) that Blue Monkey Motorsports was giving away. I tossed my entry in the thread but like the others I came up empty handy.
With the onset of new tires and eventual gear changes I did not want to waste money on speedo gears. I contacted Blue Monkey Motorsports and placed my order directly with Todd who added on the JeepForum discount. Mid march the SpeedoHealer units were back ordered but a few weeks later the unit showed up.
I will cover the install and configuration later on with the new tires and gear change.
Nice. I still need to regear. Should have it done by December, I hope.
Have you done an SYE yet? Since going up to 4.88 the transfer case is "howling" on de-acceleration (Verified on jack stands with a second opinion). It looks like the increased RPM brought to light problems with the driveshaft/angle.
I ordered a JB Conversions SS SYE last week and need to figure out the driveshaft length (Plus wiggle room for the MML).