needs wide track axles imo. looks sweet tho, hadn't seen the updates in quite awhile
After the work he put into these axles, I'd recommend wheel spacers before new axles.
Thanks CjAl but I think that Grewe02 is right that spacers would happen before the WT axles unless a set just happened to fall in my lap.
Woah . . . . . . That Jeep is INCREDIBLE!!!! Amazing job! It must sound SICK!!!!
Thank you. I'll post a video in the week or so with a drive by or two so people can hear what it sounds like. I still need to repair a small exhaust leak at the driver's side collector.
now you have to go get it muddy! haha kidding mike, looks amazing and congrats
Thanks Stopper. It is built more for rock crawling but I have a feeling there is more mud around here than rocks. We'll just have to wait and see where my first wheeling trip takes me.
Mike, forgive me if I missed it, but IMO it would look awesome if you had white Jeep decals for the tailgate. I also think it looks perfect with the 33s. I also like the black wheels, or chrome, for contrast. Again, IMO, I think white rims would be too much. But either way, if you ever tell me to hop in, I won't be slow!
I thought about white letters for the Jeep in the tailgate but am still not sure. It is kind of hard to read the Jeep on the tailgate in the pictures but not in person. Considering the tire carrier will cover most of that up I will probably just leave it all black.
please never ruin that work of art with chrome anything!
I'm not a big fan of chrome either. I am still undecided over polished or black though.
I like the 33's, but with white lettering inside, and I would also go with all black wheels...paint the ones you have to start with...
I probably will repaint the ones I have even if I don't keep them. It will give me a chance to see how it looks with clean black wheels and it should make them worth a bit more if I do end up selling them. I am also considering keeping the 33's.
Mike, I remember you mentioning it before but there are just way too many pages to search through. What are your plans for wheels / tires?
As hard as it is for me to say this, I think chrome rims would look halfway decent on your Jeep. I'm normally anti-chrome but on such a beautiful Jeep I think chrome would suit it quite well.
I think you're right about the chrome that it would probably look good but I think I would prefer polished over chrome. As far as what I am considering, I'll post that up in a little bit.
Now it makes sense to me, you built a museum piece and other than some small details the "lots of work" is in reference to the glass front addition to your house where you will display the Cobra CJ...will you charge an entrance fee
Early in the thread you were looking at wheels and posted a number of examples; these are my favorites that in my opinion blend the classic look of Jeep CJ with your Cobra and racing stripes. I can understand the "stealth" look for Jeep that is mostly trail but for a daily driver, hotrod/occasional trail Jeep a nice set of wheels ties it together.
Classic drag racing...
If it must be black....
Very nice blend with Classic II's and fake beadlocks...
I also think classic II's would look great on your jeep. I think they look good on all cj's. Personally I would skip the beadlock.
I actually like the Classic II's but it seems that every built Jeep I see has them. If I were to go with beadlock looks, I would want them to be functional.
Deciding on tires and wheels is also more than just color and style. Certain styles I like have terrible back spacing options. Some of them only come in 17's which instantly raises the price of the tires by ~$100 each. Not a huge deal but something I have to consider.
As I used to stare at the Jeep in the garage all I could picture was 35's, especially since I cut the fender wells and added 1.5" of lift since before I started, but the more I look at the Jeep from a distance I think the 33's still fit well. If I switch to the 35's I'll have to take into account the heavier weight, poorer braking performance, effectively higher gear ratio and will have to recalibrate my speedometer gear.
I'll post up some of my ideas and options in a bit to give you guys an idea of what I think I've narrowed my choices down to.