We wanted to look around at wheels. When we bought our Pro Comp rims, we didn’t think we needed bead locks (at least I didn’t). They haven’t held up as well as we expected so at some point we’ll upgrade. TOGM really likes the engineering behind the Hutchenson Rock Monster Wheels (he has Hutchenson brand on one of his restored military trucks and are DOT compliant). They don’t have a rock ring but the rep said in a couple of months we should see one available. I actually liked the looks of the Method Racing Wheels. We are still researching and trying to decide. Didn’t order wheels at the show.
Ha Ha ... Nope we thought long and hard about the tire size and kept it at 35" for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is the local club we wheel with has a max tire size of 35" to try to preserve the quality of the trails. The North East has few enough areas to legally wheel, we want to keep those areas open. Plus, I'm kind of old school in my thinking ... a good spotter, a good driver, and a moderately built Jeep can usually keep up with the big boys just fine.
The order for the corner armor came in and we did the dry fit and install prep. Integrated fenders would have been preferable but we already have the Poison Spyder fenders and the body armor behind the rocker knockers installed so we just went with the corners. All in all they fit up pretty well, just had to trim about 1/8” off where each side met the body armor.
Clean, I love when Jeeps are built right... How do you like your Safari Straps? Quality, Fit, Etc...
Thank you for reading the build thread! We love the Safari Straps ... this is the 3rd year we've had them and they are exposed to the weather for most of the summer months. We just put on the shorter net when we put the trail cage in and there is no difference in the wear, color, fading, etc. between the new netting and the old side panels. No flapping or noise.