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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-01-2017, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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I've been working on setting up a second set of wheels tires for some hard off road abuse, while keeping my nicer tires for casual driving and much better gas mileage. Doing this on a budget meant that I was really limited in choices, but I finally got a setup that I think fits well.

First up, I found some wheels that came off a WK2. They're a set of 18s, and while they originally were given a silver finish, the amount of curb rash and scratching meant they needed some work. I decided to paint them black to see how they looked, and I think they turned out pretty good.

I also found a set of used Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs to throw on the wheels. They're 275/65R18s, or 32s. They fit pretty well, though even with the pinch weld mod I get some rubbing at full lock.

I'm also running a set of 2" Spidertrax spacers to give me enough backspacing to clear the upper ball joint.

Overall, the setup is working pretty nicely so far. These tires are much louder than my General Grabbers, but they've been great so far. I threw them on for a trip to the dunes this weekend, set them to 15 psi, and they did far better than my Grabbers did. I suspect this is primarily due to the extra width, but they never felt even remotely close to digging in. I was able to climb some hills even the larger rigs struggled with, and there was plenty of grip even on some very sharp descents.

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2006 XK Limited, Hemi, QDII
245/70R17 General Grabber AT2s
Ported/Polished Throttle Body
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I've been working on setting up a second set of wheels tires for some hard off road abuse, while keeping my nicer tires for casual driving and much better gas mileage. Doing this on a budget meant that I was really limited in choices, but I finally got a setup that I think fits well.

First up, I found some wheels that came off a WK2. They're a set of 18s, and while they originally were given a silver finish, the amount of curb rash and scratching meant they needed some work. I decided to paint them black to see how they looked, and I think they turned out pretty good.

I also found a set of used Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs to throw on the wheels. They're 275/65R18s, or 32s. They fit pretty well, though even with the pinch weld mod I get some rubbing at full lock.

I'm also running a set of 2" Spidertrax spacers to give me enough backspacing to clear the upper ball joint.

Overall, the setup is working pretty nicely so far. These tires are much louder than my General Grabbers, but they've been great so far. I threw them on for a trip to the dunes this weekend, set them to 15 psi, and they did far better than my Grabbers did. I suspect this is primarily due to the extra width, but they never felt even remotely close to digging in. I was able to climb some hills even the larger rigs struggled with, and there was plenty of grip even on some very sharp descents.

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That's nice work consumedbywater;

That looks really solid & thanks for sharing the pics.


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Looks Great!!!!!
How many inches if the lift and what type?
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Lift is just a 2" Crown lift, which is identical to a 2" RC lift. I'm also getting a little extra lift in the rear from F150 Monroe Load Levellers.

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Your rig looks great.
After the 1st of the year I am going to start working on mine.
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Just trying to figure out if I am going to go with the RC 2.25" or the 3" lift from top gun.
I plan on running 275 70 17's.
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Just trying to figure out if I am going to go with the RC 2.25" or the 3" lift from top gun.
I plan on running 275 70 17's.
The RC lift, and by extension the Crown lift I have, are tried and proven lifts on this forum. The Top Gun lift seems to be much more obscure, and I haven't been able to find much info on it at all. I think you'd be fine going with the RC lift, and with a properly shaped fender liner I think you should be able to run that tire without too much issue. You'll just have to go with a spacer or properly backspaced wheel.

That being said, you will most likely get rubbing with the RC lift, and I really encourage going for OME springs instead if you can afford them. They may get you a bit more height than the RC, and you'll be running a much more capable setup for serious off roading.

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Thank you!!!
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What mud flaps do you have?
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Looks great!! How many inches are you from ground to fender flare front and rear?

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