Originally Posted by Jeeperfrog
I figure here is as good as any other thread to ask, but where do y'all get the super cool black wheels and tires for jeeps? Lift kits too and so on... Is there a special jeep wheel/ tire website that has all of that? Can ya get a whole lift kit which includes wheels and tires with it in a combo price?
As a continuation of an answer to your question, let me throw out a couple of things to get you started.
***WARNING: Huge over generalization alert***
Like any community, everyone has their own preferences. But let me offer a fairly common setup, realizing some will totally disagree. But as I said, it's a place to start. Go to a site like Quadratec, Extreme terrain, Discount Tire Direct and the like to find exact pricing.
1. A lift kit. 2.5" is fairly common on a lift kit, and companies like AEV, Mopar and Teraflex offer good options. The amount of components on these kits vary according to what capabilities you are looking for. A leveling kit is a cheaper, less involved option.
2. 15 to 20" rims. 17 is pretty common here, but preferences vary. The sizes have different advantages and disadvantages, from ride quality to space inside the actual rim to allow clearance for important stuff like your brakes. You will also need to learn about backspacing when choosing a wheel. This is a term that refers to how far the wheel moves the tire out away from the Jeep to keep your tire from rubbing on important stuff like your suspension. This outward movement can be accomplished with the actual wheels or bolt on spacers. Companies like AEV, ProComp, Fuel, Mickey Thompson and on and on
3. Tires. For the most part (although there are exceptions you will learn as you research), a 2.5" lift will allow a 35" tire. Most Wranglers come stock with 32" wheels. Goodyear Duratracs, 315/70R17 are a popular aftermarket size and brand.
In general, 3" lifts and above get pricey and start requiring a lot more specialized parts and knowledge. It can also begin to drastically affect how your jeep drives and handles, along with your MPG. Same with 37" tires. The weight starts getting a lot higher than was intended for stock components like brakes.
So there you go. Over generalized and over simplified, but a place to get you started so that in a few months you can realize, on your own, how wrong I was about some of my recommendations. Heh.