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Unread 10-12-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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Completley Re-doing my 1997 wrangler tj 4 banger

Okay so i had a plan to do multiple things to my baby. Number one I wanted to do exhaust. What sounds the cleanest and the best with my 4 banger.?

Next I wanted to lift it. I was lookin at the RC 3.25 progressive lift. Good?

Then last i wanted tires. 33/12.5/15 tires is the size i want but i cant decide to choose whether i shoulg get the goodyear duratraks or the bfg A/T tko... help much appreciated

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Unread 10-12-2011, 09:02 PM   #2
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What do you intend to do with your rig?

I can't speak on the exhaust or the RC lift, but I have 31x10.5 GY DuraTracs and they are phenomenal tires. Great on road characteristics in dry, wet, snowy, or icy conditions. Off road, they really shine. Big lugs and deep voids are great in mud. Also, if you air them down, the upper sidewall lugs become effective treads. Really an outstanding all around tire, especially for a DD/weekend warrior.
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Unread 10-12-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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I redid a 1997 4 banger recently too.

Don't go over 31" without a regear if you do any sort of DD duty. (IMO)

Don't do an exhaust, I had mine break before the cat converter and it sounded like a sick rally car, stock and quiet with a new cat converter are what you need. Essentially, the loud exhaust makes you hate the lack of power more than you would with a regular exhaust, because the engine sounds tapped out. You shift earlier, more often, and I doubt theres a performance gain. That again is IMO. I love my quiet Jeep.

You cant go wrong with a set of BFG A/Ts. In theory, I like alot of Goodyear tires. I even went through college with the help of Goodyear scholarships, but they make some shabby, out of round, loud, fast wearing pieces of SHIP. I have two family members with Goodyear tires on vehicles and they are not happy with them. Tread carefully if you do buy them.
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Unread 10-12-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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In theory, I like alot of Goodyear tires, but they make some shabby, out of round, loud, fast wearing pieces of SHIP. Tread carefully if you do buy them.
Do you have any substantiating evidence to support this claim, besides two family members who are unhappy with their tires? Because that seems like a fairly biased statement. I would argue that many people, including lots of forum members here, are very, very satisfied with their Goodyear DuraTrac and MT/R tires.
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Unread 10-12-2011, 10:00 PM   #5
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Do you have any substantiating evidence to support this claim, besides two family members who are unhappy with their tires? Because that seems like a fairly biased statement. I would argue that many people, including lots of forum members here, are very, very satisfied with their Goodyear DuraTrac and MT/R tires.
All opinions are biased, good or bad. I almost purchased Duratrac tires for my Jeep as well, but after seeing the experience people close to me had with other models in the Goodyear lineup (not specifically the Duratrac or MT/R mind you) I decided I didn't want to deal with the same problems with my first set of new tires.

I apologize if my opinion came out in an unfortunate manner.
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Unread 10-12-2011, 10:19 PM   #6
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I can't speak for the rest of the Goodyear lineup, but I, and many others, have had nothing but outstanding experiences with Duratracs. And MT/Rs are very highly rated.

Saying "tread carefully" if you buy Duratracs because you had problems with other Goodyears is like saying to be careful buying a Viper because you had problems with a Neon. Two items from the same brand can be very different products.
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Unread 10-13-2011, 08:26 PM   #7
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whats "DD" ? lol sorry new/young jeeper.
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Unread 10-13-2011, 09:41 PM   #9
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Get the duratracs. I'm running the Bfgs right now and absolutely hate them. Even in small amounts of water they hydroplane. I've only heard good things about the Goodyears and id absolutely love to get a hold of Mtr-Ks
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Unread 10-14-2011, 04:18 PM   #10
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Okay so i had a plan to do multiple things to my baby. Number one I wanted to do exhaust. What sounds the cleanest and the best with my 4 banger.? take a look at this link,here

Next I wanted to lift it. I was lookin at the RC 3.25 progressive lift. Good?
Can't really comment on the 3.25". I do have the 3.75" (2.5 suspension +1.25 body). I like it, but I plan on doing a tummy tuck, etc down the road. RC isn't all that bad, from my standpoint. BUT,in hindsight, I wish I went with a company with better reputation. To elaborate, it's a rough ridinng suspension (to my standards), I ended up getting the 6cyl springs up front and it still didn't even out the jeep as advertised. The shocks definitely leave something to be desired. One good thing I will say is that it does flex VERY well. But this is my first TJ and my first lift so my experience is limited in that aspect.

Then last i wanted tires. 33/12.5/15 tires is the size i want but i cant decide to choose whether i shoulg get the goodyear duratraks or the bfg A/T tko... help much appreciated ]I would DEFINITELY go for the duratracs. I had a set of the 33s and they are amazing on road and did better than expected (for an a/t tire). They are great in the snow/ice, not so great in the thick mud, and do pretty well in rocks.
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Unread 10-14-2011, 11:15 PM   #11
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I have to disagree with whoever suggested don't do an exhaust. If you need it upgrade. I replaced my 99 2.5L rotten OEM exhaust with with a dynomax ultraflow muffler, and tailpipe and it sounds better, low tones not too loud, and I saw an increase in MPG's , not much but some.

Also I have had alot of success in the past with goodyear as well!, right now I have the 31" Bridgestone duelers revos I got during a sale and they've been great. Not as loud as the meaty MTR's I used to run, and they have a nice smooth ride.
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