The first item people usually want to change on their Jeep is tires and wheels.   Jeeps come stock with small stock tires and people usually tend to look at a 31 to 33 inch tire as a replacement to start. You can put 31 inch tires on a stock Jeep but don't hit too many potholes or you will tear up the tires quickly.  Here is a list of components to fit 31" tires and improve handling.  I will cover 33” tire coverage in the next article on “How-To Build A Mild Offroading Jeep”.

Urethane Body Mounts with 1" Lift
Many manufactures sell the 1" body mount kit to replace the old rubber worn out Jeep body mounts.  Depending on the status of the Jeep body, this can be an involved process but well worth the effort.  This 1" lift will help you clear the bigger tires and help clean up between the frame and tub.  The Urethane will also last longer than the rubber mounts and will not crack. Although they do sell them, do not install a 3" body lift.  These cause too much stress on the mounts and are not safe.

Boomerang Shackles
Since Jeep Wranglers have leaf springs rather than coils such as their newer TJ siblings, you can use Boomerang shackles to give yourself a smoother ride, increase articulation and gain small lift.  Boomerang shackles come with greaseable urethane bushings which will smoothen out the ride and allow the leaf pack to articulate or “flex” more freely.  These shackles will also give you a small lift of about half to three quarter inch.  Do not buy extended 2” plus lift shackles.  These will worsen your ride and change the caster on your front end which will result is steering wandering all over the road.  If you have no idea what I just said I will cover the safe steering setup for lifted Jeeps in another article, just take from it that lifted shackles = dangerous so don’t get them.

Tires and Rims
Stock Jeep Wranglers come with 15x7 rims and small 225 tires.  If you are going to keep the stock rims you can run a 31” tire on the 15x7 rims.  If you are looking at buying rims I would suggest either 15x8 or 16x8 rims as these will give you the best after market tire selection.  If you are in the new rim buying market I would buy the 16x8 rims as it will give you more tire selection in the larger tire market in the future after you’ve outgrown your 31” tires.

These items will give you ample clearance to run 31 inch tires comfortably and be able to take your Jeep off pavement without the fear of tearing up the tires or the Jeep.  Plus you will have a nicer ride and easier time to clean up after.  The 1” body lift incorporated in the new Jeep body mounts will make cleaning between the frame and body nice and easy.

Next article I will cover how-to build a mild off-road Jeep with 33” tires, items such as suspension lifts and parts upgrades, steering, lockers, axle gears and brakes.  Until then, Keep it Jeep!

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