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Let the Modding Begin!

2/1/13 - First Day of Ownership

























My other car is a Miata (Marble White GT Spec) with EVERYTHING done to it. It's my daily driver/track beast. It has no problem swallowing Corvettes on twisty tracks & then gettting 35+ MPG on the way home.



I'll say that I don't want to go crazy with it...but I don't have a good record with lightly modding cars. I just want to keep it simple, but functional.

Current Mods : Purchased / Not Purchased

Appearance
Eagle Eyes LED Tail Lights
VLED License Plate Lights
TFP Chrome Fuel Door
Morimoto HID Retrofit
Mopar Bull Bar
Rigid 50231 LEDs
30% Tint

Performance/Protection
1.5" SpiderTrax Spacers
2.25" Rocky Road Lift
265/65/18 Toyo Open Country ATII
Magnaflow 12256 Muffler
RockyRidge Tow Hitch Shackle
OEM Tow Hooks

Audio
Infinity Basslink II
 

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Great looking XK! love the interior.
 

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Nice Commander and Miata. On the Commander, I would suggest a 2" lift, spacers and larger wheels - that is just me though.
 

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Nice Commander and Miata. On the Commander, I would suggest a 2" lift, spacers and larger wheels - that is just me though.
I've got the Rocky Road 2.25 and Spidertrax 1.5" spacers, just not installed. Just waiting for tires. :cheers:
 

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I love the leather in your XK!!!!!
 

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Very nice! Plan on Installing the tires anytime soon? I been considering the same combo.
Within the next few weeks or so. I'll update this thread when I do. I am going with a 265/65/18 Toyo Open Country II. Should be a good fit...those tires are new but hugely popular. A lot of factors went in to picking them from size to weight, to tread pattern and cost.
 

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Very minor rubbing at full lock. Im not sure if its enough to worry me, I will however do the pinch weld mod as a safe gaurd. Looks freak'n sweet going to the road...I can't wait to get it dirty.

I also had a Magnaflow (12256) muffler installed. It's perfectly subtle and is just enough to get some head-turning when started. No drone or weird frequencies....simply perfect!

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Looks great!

Tires have much noise? If you do the pinch weld mod, do you have to cut on the plastic inner fenders?

Do you have measurements on the distance from the hub center to the bottom of the wheel well? I was given some measurements of what to expect with the OME and wonder how it compares to the spacers.
 

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Looks great!

Tires have much noise? If you do the pinch weld mod, do you have to cut on the plastic inner fenders?

Do you have measurements on the distance from the hub center to the bottom of the wheel well? I was given some measurements of what to expect with the OME and wonder how it compares to the spacers.
The tires are surprisingly quiet...as in silent. There is zero noise. There weren't any balancing issues either. I'll reserve judgement until I've got at least 5k miles on them, but all predictions are this is a killer tire.

Measurements from the front are right at 21.5" and the rear right at 22". The rake is still there, but it looks so good that I don't care. I followed my wife home and was in love!
 

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Thanks for the comparitive values. I been told 21.25" (F) and 21.5" (R) with the OME HD setup. Very similar to your height.

I'm torn between the Toyos and the Goodyear Silent Armors. Your making a great argument for the Toyo's. I tend to think the Goodyear Silent Armors may be better snow tires and I do want good snow traction.
 

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Both are great tires. I'm not sure how much a thin layer of Kevlar does for sidewall protection, but every little bit helps. I am taking this Jeep into Ouray this summer and that will be the ultimate test. If I don't blow a tire, ill swear by them!

I know the original Open Countries were great in the snow, I would assume the new version would be good too.

I was able to save about $110/tire by going Toyo in this size from TreadDepot. Plus, they are a one day ground ship from me. Trust me, I considered them all, but in the end, the Toyo was a no brainer for me. Go with what works best for you. There is a slight lack of online reviews for the ATII, because it is relatively new.
 
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