With the inch and a quarter adapter, the back spacing works out to be about 4.5". Once the Rubicon flares are installed, I'll have about 2 and a half inches of tire sticking out past the flare.
Makes me want to find a set even more for mine!
Which spacers are you running with them?
This one has me genuinely excited. During the last ten years my wife has literally never taken an interest in any Jeep I've built. When she saw this one, after the "You bought a third Jeep?" discussion, she came back and said she really liked it and asked if she could try to drive it. That is truly a miracle, so I'm going to lean in a direction of keeping it drivable for her. All good parts of course, with a focus on handling and braking improvements. Beyond that, she will be helping define a path forward.
I've done a baseline mechanical assessment during the last couple evenings. Overall, at just a tad over 100,000 miles, the Jeep is in very good condition. However, after 17 years, the usual areas need attention. Starting a mechanical checklist, at a minimum, I'll begin with:
- Replacing all the fluids
- Replacing the valve cover gasket, grommets, and PCV elbows
- Replacing the oil pan gasket and rear main seal
- Inspecting and replacing brake components and hoses (as needed)
- Replacing the entire cooling system
That said, I've ordered the first set of parts, to include:
2004 JEEP WRANGLER 4.0L L6 CONTINENTAL 66692 Radiator Hose CONTINENTAL 62394 Radiator Hose CONTINENTAL 64418 Heater Hose / Pipe CONTINENTAL 64419 Heater Hose / Pipe CONTINENTAL 49256 Belt Tensioner CONTINENTAL 49039 Idler Pulley FEL-PRO 35630 Thermostat / Thermostat Housing / Water Outlet Seal GATES CO34741 Thermostat Housing / Water Outlet STANT 45359 Thermostat STANT 10334 Radiator Cap MOPAR 5503 7653AB Radiator OMIX 17105.12 Fan Clutch MOPAR 5012366AF Water Pump THERMOCURE TC001 Coolant System Rust Remover RED HOUND 2946079 Valve Cover Grommet DORMAN 47128 PCV Rubber Hose Connectors FELPRO 45458 Timing Cover Gasket Set with Repair Sleeve Order # 144016717 MELLING M167HVS High Volume Oil Pump and Screen FELPRO 35629 Water Pump Gasket DORMAN 47079 PCV Elbow (Back of Valve Cover) DORMAN 47057 PCV Elbow (Front of Valve Cover) DORMAN 56398 Water Pump Inlet Tube CLOYES 90385SA Timing Set SKP SK594018 Harmonic Balancer
What I'm struggling with, a little, is the water pump. I've installed several Gates 42293 water pumps recently. The last two were made in USA and had metal impellers. The later isn't a deal breaker, if it is plastic, but I do like the Made in USA piece. However, I'm getting mixed information on the new pump. My plan is to just order it and, if needed, return it.