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post #1 of 4 Old 08-30-2021, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Lost in the wheel world...

Ok so I'm partially not a noob but I feel like one getting back into the wheeling scene after a 15 year hiatus. So call me what you will, but I'm totally confused as to the wheel route I should go.

Here's what I have going on, 04 LJ, 6" Metal Cloak Long arm kit, going to 4.88's in the pumpkins and eventually either a NP241 or an Atlas Tcase. I'm planning on sticking with 5x4.5, 17" with 37" BFG's MK3s but I'm stuck on what brand and model of wheels. I'm leaning towards beadlocks cuz I like taking it low when I crawl and popped a few beads back in the day when I used to wheel but am open to non beadlock if the technology has gotten better. So would love some feedback and get a consensus of what's good and what's not. I'm more about functionality than esthetics and budget around $300/400 a wheel.


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post #2 of 4 Old 08-31-2021, 09:19 AM
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you don't say if thats an auto or a manual transmission, but 4.88 is not enough gear for 37's, also you will need to upgrade your front axle at the very least. Wheel technology has not changed, if you popped beads back in the day then get beadlocks this time around.

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It's an auto transmission and new front axle (G2, 4.88s) is on order (back order). I was told 4.88s would be sufficient for 37s, but maybe I should bump it up to 5.12s? I'm zeroing in on Spyderlock wheels. Any experience with those?
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Those 4 speed autos need deep gears. 4.88 is nowhere near enough for 37" tires.

I'd use 5.89 gears which would put you at about 2,700 RPM at 70 MPH. That is perfect highway RPM for a TJ with 37" tires.

4.88 ~ 2,250 RPM at 70
5.13 ~ 2,350 RPM at 70
5.38 ~ 2,500 RPM at 70
5.89 ~ 2,700 RPM at 70
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