X2. Sounds like a better idea to wait and upgrade all together. Hard to get those MTR's right now anyway.
I'm running a 4 1/2" lift that is a combination of RE and Poly Performance components.
FWIW- I had issues with bent axle-tubes, outer C's, ball-joints on 35's (rock-crawling)......so I replaced/ upgraded just about everything when I went to 37's......trussed front and rear axles, skid-plated/ boxed the rear LCA brackets, reinforced the front track-bar mount (frame side), upgraded the steering box by PSC, added a dbl-sheer sector shaft brace, re-tubed the front axle, added all new Poly front axle brackets (shock mounts, LCA mounts, track-bar mount, spring perches, lower shock mounts), Poly rear track-bar bracket, etc......all welded in instead of bolt-on. Also replaced the OEM ball-joints and knuckles with Dynatrac Pro-steer BJ's and Reid Racing knuckles.
Wow ok. Sounds like a pretty nice build. As much as it's going to kill me to have to wait, I think I'm just going to go with a complete D60 front axle. Then I'll know I won't have any issues with strength. Just gonna be really pricy...
but it should be worth it in the end. I like the stance of your jeep and that's very much what I'm after as far as looks. Although I think I'm gonna go with Teraflex's 3.5" lift to try to keep my CG as low as possible.
Depends where you live, I've ran 36's, 37's and 40's with 4.88's and they are fine around here as it is flat. When I get into hills and stuff some 5.13's or 5.38's would be better.
I have an auto, so may be a little different for a manual. FWIW the difference in an auto between 4.88's and 5.13's at 60 mph is about 100 rpm.
I have 4.88's and 37s with a six speed and I'm happy with it. Personally I would not go with the 5.13s, but its really just my preference. It's still geared better than it was w/ stock tires and gearing. I have done nothing performance-wise and I'm satisfied with the way it accelerates/ holds speed. The only plans I have in store is a tuner to adjust the speedo and an exhaust.
It's really up to you, just offering up my 2 pennies.
Stub- I like your super narrow fender chop.
I live in SoCal so not much for flat land around here, almost everything I'm into is in the mountains/hills. That's not to say 4.88's wouldn't work. That's why I'm asking. And I guess I'm just going to have to try to find someone with either tires that I can borrow and try on my jeep or with a jeep build similar to mine so I can see how it feels to me. I'm still not absolutely sure about going to 37's yet but as of right now that's the direction I'm leaning. Any idea how much fuel mileage drops from 35's to 37's. 37's are looking like they would probably be more beneficial to me. plus I like the way they look. You guys with 2 doors and 37's feel like you have any stability issues?