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post #1 of 5 Old 08-03-2014, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Currently my tire and wheels weigh 91 lbs. The tires are 285/75/R16s. I am turning them with 3.21 gears. The wheels are 37 lbs a piece. If I change out the wheels it would cost me about $500 and I would shave 15 lbs a wheel.

However, if I regear my Jeep to 4.56 gears it would cost me about $1500 and would easily turn the wheels.

I can afford to get the wheels within the next month. If I wait on the gears it would be about 2 months. Which should I go for?
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There is no replacement or substitute for adequate gearing.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-03-2014, 04:21 PM
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Currently my tire and wheels weigh 91 lbs. The tires are 285/75/R16s. I am turning them with 3.21 gears. The wheels are 37 lbs a piece. If I change out the wheels it would cost me about $500 and I would shave 15 lbs a wheel.

However, if I regear my Jeep to 4.56 gears it would cost me about $1500 and would easily turn the wheels.

I can afford to get the wheels within the next month. If I wait on the gears it would be about 2 months. Which should I go for?
Where do you ultimately want your Jeep to be? Most Jeep owners go for decent size tires, etc. Not skinny minis so IMHO you should wait and go with gears if in the long run you plan to run any larger tire than you are now.
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Unsprung/Rotating weight is always good to reduce, but in most cases any rig with 3.21s can benefit from a lower axle ratio.

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Unsprung/Rotating weight is always good to reduce, but in most cases any rig with 3.21s can benefit from a lower axle ratio.

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