John, I take mostly videos now, and I haven"t had time to do any of them from the trip yet. When I get them up on FaceBook I will post the links. Probably better post them in the trip report section.
They're US Wheel Rat Rod series, ordered in raw and had them powder coated locally.Got info on those wheels?
Not Superwinch, I have a tigershark 9500S and haven't been able to get parts for a year (since they sold to Westin)Still have made no major decisions except for not going with 37" tires. Heck, the 33" MTR's on my '06 LJ take me everywhere I go. And there is a huge price and weight jump from 35-37! Yikes!
One thing I am flummoxed with is winches. We have a Warn 9.5 on our '06 which has been very faithful. Love the winch. Back when I got it Warn was the only way to go. Now there are many other offerings out there that are a lot less money. I will do the synthetic line of course. My question is the Warn worth the 30%-40% more money? A Warn Zeon 10K with synthetic line runs about 1500 bucks, the Smittybuilt runs about 575. Then there is Westin, Superwinch, Warn VR, which all run under a grand.
On the weight of the wheel and tire topic.
I welded on a piece of tube to the spare tire mount. I lift the tire and wheel onto the tube, then align the lugs. Makes for an easier initial placement.
For a lift I would run the AEV 2.5". My friends JK was the best handling Jeep that I had ever been in. Arguably better than the stock JLUR. He ran the AEV 2.5" with 1" spacers on top of them because he wanted a little extra height after he had everything installed. For him the 3.5" might have been better, but a 35" tire fits with the 2.5" lift.
He also used the AEV geometry correction brackets. Using the correction brackets not only set your geometry at the correct angle to correct anti-squat and other geometry changes, but it also corrects pinion angles. My friend did have to replace the front driveshaft with a Tom Wood shaft because at full droop the factory shaft would rub the oil pan. The Tom Wood is a narrower shaft and had more clearance room. I expect that issue was unique to his Jeep.
In short, I would just do my shopping over at AEV. I know a lot of guys think they are over priced, but as a whole package, they really got it right with the JK. So much so in fact, that if you look at a new JL next to a JK with AEV lift. You will see that Jeep copied every engineering design from AEV for the new JL.
They're US Wheel Rat Rod series, ordered in raw and had them powder coated locally.
Sport cage, I have the EVO chrome molly bolt in stuff. We all neglect to do cage work imho.
Congrats on your son getting an LJ
Summit stocks some sizes and has free shipping.Where did you get them? 17" X 8" or 9"? Can you order direct? I showed the wife and she is all over the US Wheel in flat black.
Winches can be tricky. I know lots of people go crazy for the Harbor Freight brand because with sales and coupons you can get a 12k lbs winch for like $200, but I've hear lots of stories of them not working when needed. Warn is more expensive but they have some of the best warranty and customer service out there. That's what you're paying for. I went with the M8000, it's cheaper than the Zeon series, but a tried and true design. You can save a couple hundred if you get the steel cable. Also watch the advertising, I think twice a year Warn offers some rebates. I shopped around and got my winch off Amazon for less than $600 then $100 back from the rebate.
Summit stocks some sizes and has free shipping.
We went with 9" (5" BS) and use a 1.25" spacer, but for a tire smaller than 37" I'd go with 8" (4.5" BS)
I read where a lot of people have balancing issues with MTR's. On my LJ I've never had an issue, lucky maybe.The MTR/Kevlar is a really good all around street and trail tire and I also like the All Terrain T/A KO2, I run those on my truck. My MTRs needed a lot of weight to balance but my Nitto Trail Grapplers were very true, very little weight was needed.
My thoughts above in REDPossibly go with the High Steer as well. if the 35" tires rub I'll swap out my fenders. To do high steer you'll have to add 3" of bumpstop to keep the drag link from hitting the frame. At 2.5" inches of lift it's more of a negative than a positive IMO
I'll remove the 500 gallon capacity muffler and see how loud it is with just the resonator. If it's too loud I'll add a muffler close to the resonator. Pipe will dump out at the driver side bumper. It's not loud, but it creates a terrible drone from outside the cabin and is louder in the passenger seats for some reason. I won't wheel behind my buddy because the drone is so loud.
Still not sure of my rear bumper? I want to retain the factory hitch and go aluminum. Rock Hard has a beautiful unit, but it is $$$$$! Check out the bumper deletes from EVO and ACE. I run the EVO on our 2014 (pic below) LINK to EVO Link to ACE
Tell me your thoughts etc please. I am in the research phase of this.