Looks real clean dude... nicely done. Assimilate like the rest of us, and remove that airdam. lol
Thanks AJ - If I take the airdam off I'll wait 'till I get a front guard (looks stout and clean with that guard under there). I took my airdam off before, at stock height, and it looks too busy, like peices are missing or something. I don't know - maybe I should see what it looks like with the dam off and the front higher in the air. I suppose that's as gooda excuse as any to go wheelin - test the new OME and pull the airdam off so I don't trash it in case I still prefer it.
Went on a short offroad jaunt this morning. Got to test the new suspension a little, as well as the new tires. Everything seems top notch so far!
Bought a Nitto Terra Grappler 265/70/17 off a guy on Craigslist so I can have a full size spare. Did the rear hitch modification. Used an angle grinder with a metal cut-off disc to chop the bolts and the reciever tube down, then a zircomium abrasive flap disc to smooth the edges. Finished up with some black high heat enamel Rustoleum (only rustoleum I had). I aired the tire down to 10psi. Supposed to be getting an MV50 12v compressor delivered today that I will keep on hand. May see about mounting it somewhere under the hood.
...These are easy to put on. Don't forget the locktite on the hub lugs and just make sure you have a torque wrench
on hand and use it to set torque on all 10 lugs per wheel. Take your time and make sure to torque every lug the same and use the star pattern. There are a lot of lugs being torqued so rushing things might cause you to inadvertantly forget to tighten one (this could be catastrophic).
I set all mine at 90-100 ft-lbs. I used the needle type torque wrench so I listed a range. Friday I will have access to the "click" type torque wrench and I will re-torque everything to 95 ft-lbs. The spacers say to set at 80-90 but a didn't figure the extra 5 lbs would hurt and I won't have to reset everytime I go from spacer to wheel lugs on each corner.
After install I drove around the block and later ran an errand to the store. I notice the wider stance gives the steering a little "tighter" feel. Other than that everything seems a-ok....
Describe "tighter." Do you mean the wheel takes a little more effort to move, like the jeep insists more on going straight? or more like it is less prone to wander in the lane?
By "tighter" I mean the rig wants to go straight. It seemed like the steering took more effort. I don't mean to say it felt like the steering pump went out. It just felt less loosy goosy. It could have just been a placebo effect, but, it felt as though when I went to turn there was more inertia pushing straight ahead. I wonder if anyone else felt the same when they put spacers on. Anyway, thanks for following the thread - it's been fun putting everything together and I hope someone out there finds it helpful.
Aren't you glad that the Nitto is worn, otherwise it wouldn't fit. I am looking at those tires as well for my TJ $150 each pretty good for a 31-10.5-15. Are you happy with them so far?
Yeah, the Nitto is worn, quite unevenly infact. The local tire shop that swapped the stock spare w/ this one said they had to put alot of weight on the rim to balance it. But it was cheap - and it will serve it's purpose well (which hopefully its purpose goes no further than either right where it is or if I throw it on top). I would really like to get another GY Authority to put under there before my first rotation and mix it in. After sqeezing the half-tread, deflated to 10 psi Nitto - I don't know.
I got my MV50 12v compressor delivered the same day I did the hitch mod - so it's in the back ready to go if or when needed. I let the air out on my front driver down to 10psi and used it to air back up - good to go!
So far I really like the tires I went with. I've only had them for a week so performance wise the jury's still out - but I have no complaints at this point.
The little bit of off-pavement they've seen they grabbed the dirt and rock pretty readily. We haven't had any rain in the KC metro area in goin on like 6 weeks so I don't know what they do on wet pavement or the mud. The snowy season should be interesting come winter. Hopefully we get the snow we've had around here the last few winters and I get to play around.
The only real mod I did since the hitch is take my airdam off. My older daughter and I got a chance to go down to KS Rocks this weekend with my uncle and cousin. The white TJ is thier ride. The park is only about 90 miles south of us. For anybody that is able to go there I would recommend checking it out. The main loop is for everybody and then they have the rest of the trails marked green (intermediate), blue (moderate), black (expert). Lots of rocky obstacles, good climbs and descents, tight trails to challenge the driving skills. Really got a chance to put the WK to the test. We were able to tackle some awesome runs. One thing I noticed with the WK is that a spotter is very helpful. We would stop and pick our lines on climbs and descents, but it is tough to see over or around the front.
This could probably be in another thread, but it's my build thread so I put it here. For anyone thinking of a similar set-up or tires, the OME suspension is the real deal, the spacers give it solid, wide stability, and I am very pleased with the performance of the GY Authorities.