|Jeep TJ Wrangler Alloy Wheels & Tyres.|
Car: 1997 Jeep TJ Wrangler 4.0 Sport Soft Top
Colour: Lapis Blue
When it comes to modifying Jeeps, it seems the modifying never stops! With limitless combinations of original and aftermarket parts available sometimes the hardest part is choosing exactly what parts you will fit!
This Jeep Wrangler has had several wheel and type combinations whilst we have owned it, ever since we originally fitted a Pro-Comp 4" lift kit to it!
A lot of the wheel and tyre choices will very much depend on how you intend to use your Jeep and what proportion of time you will spend on or off roading.
This Jeep has now had so many wheel and tyre combinations, we have not managed to photograph them all! ..even so, the following pictures might make you dizzy! Please do try and keep up!
Jeep TJ Wrangler with Original Jeep Steel Wheels & Goodyear Wrangler RT/S 215 x 75 x 15 Tyres.
This photo shows the Jeep shortly after we got it. It still has the full bumpers and stock suspension and original fenders at this stage.
The registration number YRW430 was transferred off a 1959 Austin A40 and was the first private reg to appear on this Jeep.
Shortly after we got the Jeep. We fitted a 4" Explorer Pro-Comp Stage II Coil Spring Suspension Lift Kit with Pro-Comp ES9000 Nitro Shock Absorbers.
A 7" Bestop Wide-Arch Fender Flare Set to accommodate a larger wheel/tyre combination.
A set of 15" x 8" Chrome Modular Wheels & 33" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Tyres 33 x 12.5 x15was fitted. (Still with original Goodyear Wrangler 215 x 75 x15 on spare wheel!)
This photo shows the 15" Chrome Modular wheels fitted with a change of tyres, to 33" BF Goodrich AT Tyres.
By this stage the Jeep had gained some chrome inserts in the front grill. The chrome on the wheels was beginning to suffer though, and it was taking an awful lot of cleaning to try and keep the rust bug at bay. So, it was decided we would try and find some nice alloy wheels instead.
The number plate was also sold and replaced with another private registration. (Everything gets modified!)
15 inch 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Goodyear Wrangler RT/S 215 x 75 x15 Tyres.
A short time searching later and we found some nice suitable second hand 5-spoke alloys for sale. The trouble was they were absolutely filthy and almost black! We bought them and fitted the original tyres off the Jeep (temporary), so that we could sell the chrome modular wheels and oversized tyres to raise some funds for more new tyres.
With a lot of polishing the alloy wheels did come clean (see left wheel in pic) but they still looked like they were badly oxidised.
Determined they must clean up better, it took about a day on each wheel to clean them up by hand with Autosol Metal Polish, but the final results were outstanding (see right wheel in pic). Amazing what a bit of hard work can achieve. We are sure the second hand car parts dealer we bought them off, did not realise how good these actually were! (They were still black after they had tried to clean them!)
We did very well selling the chrome wheels and tyres separately. This meant the change from the chromed wheels to the Alloys cost very little indeed! A new set of Goodyear Wranglers was on the cards!
Jeep TJ Wrangler with 4" lift and fitted with 15 inch 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels & 33" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Tyres 33 x 12.5 x15.
Having now worn out the set of Goodyear Wranglers it was time to try something a little different this time. Although the Jeep is used offroad, it does cover a lot of road miles and so this time with have opted for some Kumho Road Venture tyres!
Jeep TJ Wrangler with 4" lift and fitted with 15 inch 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels & 33" Kumho Road Venture MT KL71 33 x 12.5 x 15 Tyres.
The Jeep now has a Bestop Soft-Top with Tinted Windows fitted and the mirrors also have extra mounts to allow for fitting the Bestop Soft Half Doors.
Hmmmm, looks like those wheels need a polish again! (they do take a lot of cleaning!)(at least now the brake pads have been replaced with less dusty EBC performance pads so the wheels should stay cleaner for longer once we do clean them again).