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  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I'm sure that they'd be fine, and you might give some thought to Bilsteins as well.
  • I'm kind of new to this. What are Bilsteins? I have not heard of them.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    It does my heart good to see a family enjoying their Jeep together! Glad you guys are having fun with that Rubicon.

    Thanks for sharing the pics. Those are some cute little Jeepers you have there.

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    ......What are Bilsteins?....

    They're another make of shock with a good rep. Made by a Germany company so it ties in with your Jeeps' current heritage. :P

    Here's a pic:


    If you use the excellent search feature, you'll find a fairly recent discussion covering the correct part numbers and best pricing (I think it was from Autozone).
  • the price on the new bfg mt's at Sams is $150 / each, when I bought my tires a year ago,, they were the best on pricing by far anywhere in Central IL.


    if you want them, get them.
  • I've been in contact with the shop who did my gearing since I found this problem and the guy said the possiblity exists the shop could have put in the wrong gears. He said he's seen box's come mis-marked and incorrect gears get put in.

    When I called him back with what I found, he said to bring it in and he'll fix it for free. Nice guy the entire time. I don't think I'll have any problems but I'll let you know when it's done.

    Leason learned: Check the driveability in 2H, 4H, and 4L when you have gears replaced. I'm glad I dropped it into 4WD prior to going 4X4ing this weekend...

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591

    Do you think that there might be some damage caused by your short time in 4WD? I would certainly have the guy check things out the best he can. Sounds like an honest guy, so maybe he would tell you if you have done any damage because of their mistake.

  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    That was me; Autozone had the best price I could find and it only took a couple of days to get them.
    BTW Mac, while we were installing the Bilsteins we found that the front anti-roll bar links WERE shot. Now the Sahara rides and handles 100% better!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    .......BTW Mac, while we were installing the Bilsteins we found that the front anti-roll bar links WERE shot.......

  • Hey guys. Finally got around to buying my new tires and rims. I decided on all of your advice, and got 5 bfg mt's 31x10.5 and the black AR wheels, 15x8 with 4" backspacing. They'll be in by next Friday, and I can't wait!!!! It's like waiting for my jeep all over again--my second x-mas in as many weeks. I told them I'd likely prefer blackwall out...does this sound good?

    By the way, the total price (balancing, mounting, lugs, taxes, etc.) came to $1500 and change Canadian getting just over $100 dollars for my worn GSA's. Not too shabby considering I got a set of five, and the tires alone are $200ish.

    Happy in jeepland!

  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Happy for ya, Ryan! I hope you will post a pic once the tires and new wheels are on your Jeep.

    Blackwall or white letter out is totally a personal preference type of thing. There is no "right or wrong."

    Did you get chrome lug nuts and the chrome center pieces for those AR767's? I'm NOT a fan of chrome on a Jeep, but that little bit of chrome looks pretty good.

    I'll try to find a pic of Thelma Jane when she first got her new wheels and tires.

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

    OK, found a pic for you in time to include it in this post. Boy, Thelma Jane looks weird without that winch up front! I had not yet gotten a winch when I took that pic.

  • I don't think there was any damage. I did play with it a little in 4WD based on some advice from people but I didn't force anything to a point where I thought I'd do damage to the gears or transfer case. If there is any damage then I'll cross that bridge if/when it happens.

    Funny thing, my manual says I can shift from 2H to 4H going as fast as 55mph, that just doesn't sound healthy in any case. I did try it going about 2mph max a couple times but the Jeep just slewed to a stop. No noises or ground up gearing rattleing around and I'll have him look at everything when he's in there.


  • Nah, I got the stainless steel centre caps and lugs for slightly more money, though I don't think the caps say American Racing on them, which is no big deal. Not sure if the stainless is as shiny as the chrome, but at least they'll hold up a bit longer, hopefully.

    The whitewalls out look good on Thelma Jane...guesss I'll have a week or so to decide. Maybe the white out will look good since my entire jeep is black. The beefier spare and wheel on the back (spare) should look sharp as well.

    So excited...

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I doubt that there's any damage if you were as careful as you say. It's perfectly ok to engage 4WD high at speed as long as you're on a loose or low traction surface (assuming the same ratio in each axle of course!).
  • Hey, won't believe this, but I have a question about axle ratio and tire sizes....... ;)

    Seriously, those tires and wheels are awesome. Are they still clean????

    In case all forum members weren't fully aware of this, Tom is one heck of a friend and mentor to us all. He's been giving me private advice vie e-mail with respect to dumb questions I have, and his patience is admirable! I appreciate it very much.

    Happy and Safe New Year Everyone!

  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    advice vie e-mail with respect to dumb questions I have

    And a lot of lurking newbies are missing out on some great advice.... :sick:

    C'mon you two - share!

    Steve, Host
  • Well, I was at the salvage/part yard for something else today, and they have a set of Mickey Thopmson Classic 2s (I believe) with a "Hercules" all terrain tire set in 31x10.5. There are only four, and tread is half or so on the tires (I have no illusions that the Hercules is probably a discount brand), but the wheels look really good. Didn't have a tape measure with me so I'm not sure about the backspacing, but the counter guy said they came off a 97 TJ, so at least I know they're the standard bolt pattern and would go back on. I'll check just to make sure they weren't the pimpin roller-skate type that stick way out, but assuming they're in the 4-4.5 range, is it worth it? They want 400 for all four.
  • Steve: It's really too embarrassing. I'm still having trouble "decoding" the difference between 3.07 and 3.73 ratios, how each affects performance/mileage, etc., and upgrading to beefier tires.

    Truthfully, most of what I needed I found by doing discussion searches, but I needed Tom to spell it out for me using "Dick and Jane" as Jeep owners.

    "....oh, NOW I get it!"

    I tend to overthink things that I'm not familiar with, and get confused :confuse:

    I suspect our lurkers aren't as dense as I've been this past week!

  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Lol, ok but we have to rename the book "Tom and Mtngal." And we've had some great Spot pics over the years. :shades:

    Steve, Host
  • Randy,

    If I remember correctly, you have the 3.07 3 speed auto. I have the same thing. I think I replied to one of your posts that when I went to 30" tires, I lost a little pep (remembering this combo is not exactly a street burner to begin with).

    Get the 30's, it is amazing how much better they look. After all, you are not going to be going to the drag strip.
    Mine are a lot noiser. I went white letters out, looks good on Red Ryder.

  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    "but we have to rename the book "Tom and Mtngal."

    I'm just in the opinionated cheering section - the book should be the Tom and Mac book. They're the ones who provide all the good information.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    I sort of think of Mac as more of the wizard behind the curtain type, even if he's not from Oz.

    Steve, Host
  • Terry:

    Actually, mine is the six-speed manual, but it is with the 3.07.

    Okay, I'm going to 'fess up on something. I simply couldn't determine my axle ratio, and Jeep's "contact us" link was down (was attempting to request the Build Sheet). So, I e-mailed Tom for help.

    Tom told me to look underneath my jeep and I'd find a tag/decal which would tell me my axle ratio. So, I dutifully crawled underneath with my digital camera, looked and looked, and finally found a round, metal disk. To my shock, the bottom portion, which stated "Ratio" on it, had the numbers "2.72" embossed on it.

    Well, dang...I guess I didn't have either the 3.07 OR the 3.73. So, I shot Tom the pic of the disk, and he replied (and I KNOW he was laughing as he typed, but wouldn't admit it), that what I took a picture of was.....(I can't stand this)....the transfer case!

    So, gang, THAT'S why I was secretly soliciting Tom's advice. But what the heck....I figure you all need a good laugh, and I'm not one to take myself too seriously (well, usually).

    Mtngal, I agree...."Tom and Mac's" Book seems very appropriate.....but please keep "Dick & Jane" for me!

    Yours in perpetual confusion,

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I sort of think of Mac as more of the wizard behind the curtain type, even if he's not from Oz.

    Kind of like the guy pulling levers at the beginning of 'Eraserhead'? Perhaps, but you're right that I'm not from the land of Oz, neither the Judy Garland nor the platypus version. :shades:
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Okay, I'm going to 'fess up on something. I simply couldn't determine my axle ratio.............

    I guarantee that there are lurkers here who don't know how the transmission and drive train are laid out under a Jeep. Don't feel that any question is too basic to ask on this forum.

    Hey, nobody's born knowing anything! ;)
  • I agree...before I became a jeep owner/member to this forum, I wouldn't even dare rotate my own tires. Now, not only do I do that regularly, but Tom and Mac have 'talked' me into doing my own fluid changes, adjusting steering stops, and plain out helped me understand the mechanics of my jeep. Trust me, if I can learn these things, anyone can, and they (along with all other members as well) have given my the confidence and know-how to look after my jeep.

    All in all, this forum has been invaluable with all its help and fantastic members!!
  • You and mac25 make some viable points about sharing info. However, at 53 years of age, I feel as if I should know more about automotive mechanics...sighhh...

    I fear some of the questions I ask privately...had they been posted on the forum, would have led someone to ask me at what intervals I change the air in my tires! But, I'm purty sure I wouldn't have bit on that one!

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    You and mac25 make some viable points............

    Mac who??? Sounds like a dubious character to me.

    .......ask me at what intervals I change the air in my tires!

    Surely you do it whenever you change the blinker fluid. ;)

    Seriously though, I don't ever remember anyone being mocked or sneered at for asking for asking even the most basic of questions.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    "Seriously though, I don't ever remember anyone being mocked or sneered at for asking for asking even the most basic of questions."

    That's one of the things I really like about this forum - everyone is friendly, patient, and fun - a great place to hang out.

    By the way, my husband's idea of working on a vehicle is to take it to a mechanic. If he were to get under the Wrangler he'd describe it as a bunch of metal.
  • I've read-up on the previous posts regarding connecting a CB radio to one of the two unused fuses in the fuse box, etc., but both of those on my 2005 Unlimited Rubi do not have wiring behind them, with no apparent spare power wires behind the glove box. Plus, the fuse box itself is tough to access as its wiring does not have much "play." So I intend to splice into one of the easily accessible wires -- but want to be sure of the right one, etc.

    Behind my glove box is the following: I have a four-wire bundle (brown, red, blue, yellow) running low from behind the console left-to-right to behind the fuse box, then attaches via a plug to a six-wire bundle (brown, red, blue, yellow, black, green) that runs out in front of the fuse box right-to-left up and behind the console again -- making a crisscrossed loop. The wiring that feeds the fuse box is independent of this four/six-wire bundle.

    My question concerns whether or not any of the wires in this bundle can be safely spliced to provide power and ground to my CB? I would guess Red and Black are candidates, but want the advice of this excellent forum before I proceed any further.

    Thanks in advance! And Happy New Year!!
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