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Unread 01-12-2012, 07:06 AM   #16
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Good rock Rails, and Skid Plates etc are a lot more useful on the trail than the menacing looking 35" MT's and a 3" lift. Plenty of Jeeps have run 28"-31" tires for Decades and literally gone almost everywhere on earth. Not saying lift & tires can't be a great asset, but they can be a liability if done wrong = Mall Crawler / Fail Rated.
Lot of truth there. Armor before lift/tires isn't a bad move. Run trails...and if you feel like the limiting factor on what you can do is clearance...then go for it. Most of the time it's not, though. And a good armor package will suffice (it's ok to bang stuff...when it's armored )

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Unread 01-13-2012, 06:56 AM   #17
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One of our club memebers as an LJ Rubi he decided to install a lot of armor on and keep stock in terms of suspension and tires. We strap him a lot.
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Unread 01-13-2012, 07:39 AM   #18
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Good rock Rails, and Skid Plates etc are a lot more useful on the trail than the menacing looking 35" MT's and a 3" lift. Plenty of Jeeps have run 28"-31" tires for Decades and literally gone almost everywhere on earth. Not saying lift & tires can't be a great asset, but they can be a liability if done wrong = Mall Crawler / Fail Rated.
Some what true I was wheeling back in 1975, never seen a 35 on a Jeep ever. we ran the rubicon alot since that was our back yard on 29' or so I had sun valley's LOL. No one aired down too. BUT we stacked alot of rocks too. A lift only improves front/rear attack angle and break over angle. But tires do that and its the only way to lift the dif.

These days the bigger is better has some value. IF you are trailing at 4-5 rated trails 37+ is the way to keep the heep from grinding less on the bottom, stack less rocks. But 90% of the Jeeps the biggest thing they go over is a curb at the mall. so most of this and these treads are just for looks.
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