Howdy, all. I actually joined this site years ago during some other period of Jeep ownership.
I'm in Scottsdale, AZ, and have been a long-time Jeep owner, from street rigs to trailered rock crawlers. I've owned: a YJ, CJ5, CJ7, two TJs, an XJ, a WJ and a JK.
Couple weeks ago, I decided I wanted to lower my car payments, as I actually have a work vehicle I drive during the week. Traded my '13 Ram 1500 in for a 2010 WK Laredo 3.7 4x4 with 60k on the clock.
This is what it looked like when I brought it home.
Two weeks in and I've done the following mods:
-- Curt trailer hitch for my bike rack (I traded in rock crawling for a hobby almost as expensive and much more physically difficult: mountain biking).
-- Plasti-dipped the side rails and "4x4" emblem on rear. Debadged the rest of the truck.
-- 1-inch wheel spacers
-- RT Off-road spacer lift. This is put out by Crown Automotive and was purchased through Kolak (I'm a local and also got my WJ lift from him a few years ago). Not much info out there, but it appears to be identical to the Rough Country kit.
-- Painted stock wheels
-- Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx tires in 255/75r17
-- Got it aligned after lift/tire install.
Here's how it looks today:
Overall, I'm quite pleased.
The lift install was a little involved, but not bad. I've done dozens of lift installs from spring kits to spring-overs to Bilstein struts to regular spacers. As spacer lifts go, it was a bit of a pain, but nothing went really awry. Mostly just a tight area to work in. The lower control arm and steering knuckle doesn't really fall away as much as you'd expect, so getting the strut with a spacer on top back in is a challenge. I brought home some external strut compressors just in case and I did need them.
I like tall/skinny tires and I think the 255s fill up the wheel wells nicely without looking too stuffed. I'm a big fan of the Goodyear Duratrac, but it's not available in that size. Thought I'd give the Coopers a try.
Again, seems like a good choice. Pretty aggressive tire, a little heavier than I would've liked, but they balanced well and drive smooth.
Anyway, this place seems like a good resource and I'm happy to be here.