Soft top can wait
Tires and stuff
The List (with some explanation)
BF Goodrich LT315./70R70 KO2
These tires were on sale and they get great reviews, so I went with them over the Duratrac tires I was considering.
Pro Comp Series 7005 Wheels (17x8)
These are relatively inexpensive wheels. I can get 5 wheels for $600. My Jeep came with 18 inch rims, so I needed new wheels to support the change.
1. Teraflex 2.5 Lift Kit without springs
2. Rancho RS9000XL shocks
3. Geometry correction bracket
The reason I am getting a lift is because the Jeep needs it to be able to support the 35 inch tires. The reason I picked the Teraflex and Rancho combo is that it was the most popular recommendation on the Jeep Wrangler forums. The Ranchos have a $100 rebate, so that helped with the decision to go with them rather than a cheaper option.
The Tire Handler
Smittybilt Pivot Heavy-Duty Oversize Tire Carrier
When you update the tire size, it is best to update the rear tire carrier. I could get by with a $50 option in the short run, but I would eventually need to go with something more beefy and the Smittybilt will work for my purposes.
I am also going to re-gear my Jeep. I have the 3.21 gearing that is meant to run base 26 inch tires and I was planning on making a gear change regardless of what tires I was using. The chart below has the proper gears for tire size. As you can see, even with the stock 32 inch tires that came with my Jeep it was already setup to have sluggish behavior.
Superchips 3571 Flashcal F5 Tuner to recalibrate my Jeep for the tires and gear change. If I don't need it after the updates, I will send it back. I see it recommended anytime someone updates their Jeep tires, so it seems like a necessity, so I went ahead and ordered it since Amazon had it on sale.
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A Couple Security Updates
I really wanted a soft top for the summer, but I will probably hold off on that until next summer. I hope to have all of these changes paid for before the end of the year, but I planned on putting the hard top on about that time, so there won't be any hurry to get the soft top at that point in the year. Once I get the Hoist installed, I can take off the top on the weekends when I am pretty sure that it is not going to rain. I don't really want to pay for a cheap Bimini top, since I won't use it when I get the soft top, so I may just have to live with the Freedom Panels during the week.
The Wrap Up
Once I have most of the list done, I will post some pics and a new article about it.