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Build the rig to fit the trail

Rob80x

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Thanks guys. Still weird to see it on smaller tires compared to the 35's but man does it drive sooooo much better.

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glwood

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Thanks guys. Still weird to see it on smaller tires compared to the 35's but man does it drive sooooo much better.

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Wanted to see them next to each other. Looks great IMO, much more usable with 32s. I really like how the wheels came out, and I love those tires!
 
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Rob80x

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I was hoping they would have ended up on the same page but of course it had to be on the next page. Thanks for doing the side by side for me.

I really liked the looks of the Ravines, so I bought 5 of them from a junk yard for $200 and had them sand blasted and triple powder coated (Primer, Sparkle Silver, Clear) as Michigan road salt kills wheels so finding 10 year old wheels in good shape is next to impossible. I will have to take some pictures the next time the sun is out.

I have some 1" spring spacers I am thinking of adding to the front as the rear sits about 1.5" higher right now.
 

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You may have said before, if so I missed it...Those wheels mounted appear to have wheel spacers. Yes?

Just noticing from all the photos - there isn't a lot of difference in how the Jeep sits before and after, so going down from 'huge' tires, didn't change up the look as much as one would think; but as you said, noticeably better in the driveability factor.
 
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@StG58, thanks for starting this thread. Very informative and a lot of good ideas flying around.
You're very welcome! :) This thread has taken on a life of its own.

Weird concept, I know, but building a TJ is more than just slapping the latest and greatest parts on it and going wheeling.
 
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Rob80x

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Took a few new pictures this morning with hopefully the last snow I see until December lol

The wheel center caps were pretty corroded so I peeled the aluminum overlay off and painted them to match the wheels. I think they came out pretty nice.

Next up is a set of Rubicon flares I think.

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Sorry I feel like I have taken over this thread. But it was a big part of my decision to downsize my Jeep. I'm sure it's helping others as well.

I just finished adding leveling spacers to the front and I think it sits much better now.

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