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Talking New to wheelin' in Tampa

Hey, I am a new JK owner and also new to wheelin' but am VERY anxious and excited to get out on my first trails! I am in the Tampa, FL area and it would be great to find someone in my area that could kinda show me the ropes, show me where the trails are, and help me plan my upgrades.
Obviously in Tampa, and a lot of FL, I won't be dealing with the types of trails that are anything like other places around the country but I also plan on taking a lot of trips out of the area to wheel.
I bought an '07 X completely stock other than an automatic transmission and a hard top. It has the 225/75R16 wranglers and the shiny little steel 16 inch wheels. So new tires and wheels will be the first thing I get if for no other reason than a more aggressive look. I like the BF KM's. But I don't know if I should get some wheels and tires that fit the current setup or go ahead and install a lift and go with larger tires all at the same time.
Lots to think about. Any help would be appreciated. -Aaron
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Whatever you so is entirely up to your imagination and your budget.

Myself, being on a limited budget I am taking it slowly:

1. Wheel spacers (for a wider track and more aggressive look)
2. 33" tires on the stock wheels (might have to trim the flares)
3. Lift (probably a 2.5" Teraflex BB)
4. New wheels (to sit in the garage until the new tires arrive)
5. 35" tires
6. Rear bumper w/ tire carrier
7. Front bumper
8. Winch
9. Xenon flares

Each one of these purchases may be 3-6-9 months after the previous one, so the Jeep will probably be paid off before I get it the way i want it.

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I'm runnin down the same trail as ImmortalityLTD. Takin it nice and easy on the pocket (relatively, this **** aint cheap)

Here's my progression

Fresh from the dealership July 08


Added Rubi JKU springs & shocks (and some rock rails) September 08


Bigger shoes January 09


2.5 BB April 09


Wheels August 09


And misc other crap as I went along; bumper, lights, graphics, rack, etc, etc, etc, etc

It's been a year and it's hardly paid for. I'll run this way for the next few years (yeah RIGHT) until it is paid for; then go fer a long arm setup & 35's

or 37's

or maybe 40's

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Hey scottrock, when you got the new tires, did you originally have them on the factory wheels? the 16's? If so, what tires were those that you got? size? I like that setup and if I can get bigger tires on the wheels I have now then I may just go with a 2.5" lift and some bigger tires for now and add the wheels later. Yours looks good!
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Thanks bud, the tires are ProComp Extreme AT's 285/75R16 on stock steel. They will fit but they will rub on the sway bar at full lock and DO NOT DISCO WITHOUT SPACERS as they also rub the front spring perchs when stuffed. I didn't have spacers but I would have to recommend them with any stock wheel. I was just very careful and/or lucky to not puncture a sidewall.

The last pic is the same size tire (Nitto Terra Grappler AT's) on an 16"X8" 4.625" BS wheel.
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i would say get some better tires for the wheels you have and then see if you need a lift. i run stock tires and wheels and haven't been stuck yet and i've roamed around ocala, green swamp and richloam. i live over in brandon so if you want together and talk jeeps or have a beer, shoot me a pm.

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my advice is always the same: buy recovery gear before you increase your ability to get into trouble. I say winch first, then lift and tires. That's how I did it anyways.



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my advice is always the same: buy recovery gear before you increase your ability to get into trouble. I say winch first, then lift and tires. That's how I did it anyways.
thats true. i forget about recovering gear cause i've had mine for so long. actually, now that it's brought up i should probably inspect mine to make sure it's still good to go.

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my advice is always the same: buy recovery gear before you increase your ability to get into trouble. I say winch first, then lift and tires. That's how I did it anyways.
Oh, I thought that was a given?

Good advise, totally missed that point

Recovery gear is a must. Not just a winch but other things in that list is a recovery strap, shackles, recovery points front and rear, shovel, ax, gloves, hi-lift, chain, tools, spare parts. The list goes on but the basics are a must. Get recovery points first, then a recovery strap on down the list. If you're uncertain about a specific piece of gear, post up. We'll help ya out.

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Again, all this is very new to me but I do wanna do it right! Can you give me some specific ideas of some recovery gear? Brands? Prices? Where to find? I have about 2k to spend on my first go-round of upgrades and I would like to include tires in there somewhere. Is that plausible or out of the question? Are these things I can install myself with no experience or will I need to pay someone to install? Just don't really know where to start, ya know?
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And by the way, I SERIOUSLY appreciate all the help! I can tell this is gonna be a lot of fun!
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what's up man! I am in tampa.....Keep an eye in this forum for some wheelin. If you need any help with the Jeep hit me up

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Again, all this is very new to me but I do wanna do it right! Can you give me some specific ideas of some recovery gear? Brands? Prices? Where to find? I have about 2k to spend on my first go-round of upgrades and I would like to include tires in there somewhere. Is that plausible or out of the question? Are these things I can install myself with no experience or will I need to pay someone to install? Just don't really know where to start, ya know?
Here's a good read.

https://jkowners.com/forum/showthread...=recovery+gear

First things first, if you're gonna wheel it, get recovery points. Tow hooks in the front; if yours came with a hook in the back, or if you have a receiver hitch, that will suffice until you replace the bumper with one that has shackles.

Oh and don't run off to the dealer or hit a catalog for every piece you need.

Check here first

https://jkowners.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=14

You never know what someone is selling or even giving away and you can save yourself bookoo dollas. and spend em on upgrades!
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get a 2.5" lift (teraflex or equiv)

15" wheels, and 35's. very economical and you will be happy.

dont waste money on 33's.

no jeep here...
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Again, all this is very new to me but I do wanna do it right! Can you give me some specific ideas of some recovery gear? Brands? Prices? Where to find? I have about 2k to spend on my first go-round of upgrades and I would like to include tires in there somewhere. Is that plausible or out of the question? Are these things I can install myself with no experience or will I need to pay someone to install? Just don't really know where to start, ya know?
i would start with some tow points front and rear. if you're jeep didn't come with the hooks for the front bumper look around in the for sale section, you should be able to find a set for less than $40. if you have a tow hitch in the back get one of the d-rings that go into the hitch, if you don't have a hitch or want to buy one you can get a factory tow hook for the rear too. you'll want a good tow strap with eyelets on the ends, don't get the ones with the hooks, i made that mistake once and had to replace a windshield in my cj-5. the hooks you should be able to put on yourself, if you don't have tools or a garage i'd be willing to help. i carry a couple good flashlights, gloves, a small surgical kit and other miscellaneous items with me too, i tend to over prepare.

for 2 grand you should be able to get some good tires and a solid bit of recovery gear.

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get a 2.5" lift (teraflex or equiv)

15" wheels, and 35's. very economical and you will be happy.

dont waste money on 33's.
Careful recommending 15" wheels to the noobs plz. There are some that will not fit the JK due to the calipers. 16" rim is recommended. If you have one that works without mod, kindly list it. Not everyone wants to be grinding their calipers to make a wheel fit.

edit: and to argue with your ideology, money spent on 33's is certainly not "wasted". Up until the JK, a 33 was a damn big tire on a Jeep and many, many, many (many?) folks have wheeled the hell outa their rigs with no more than a "lowly 33". Also unless you have 4:10's, 35's will require a re-gear for acceptable off-road manners. A re-gear would put this fella outa his budget. And FWIW, 33's all I have and I have no issue going EVERYWHERE I want to go.

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my advice is always the same: buy recovery gear before you increase your ability to get into trouble. I say winch first, then lift and tires. That's how I did it anyways.
Good Advice. I have updated my plan as follows:
1. Wheel spacers (for a wider track and more aggressive look)
2. 33" tires on the stock wheels (might have to trim the flares)
3. Front bumper
4. Winch

5. Lift (probably a 2.5" Teraflex BB)
6. New wheels (to sit in the garage until the new tires arrive)
7. 35" tires
8. Rear bumper w/ tire carrier
9. Xenon flares

Unless I hit the Powerball tomorrow night! I am gonna have some FUN at Truck and Jeep fest this weekend if that happens. I won't hold my breath.

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where abouts in brandon?
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where abouts in brandon?
I live right around the corner from Brandon High School. I work in Riverview though...Boyette and 301
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