Originally Posted by JohnnyJ
IMHO, you are wrong. If you upgraded shafts and joints in your turdy, the ring and pinion will be the next to go if you go bigger with tires.
Also, if you go from 35 to 36 tires, you will lose your ass when you do your axles upgrade because you likely won't be happy running 37s with an axle that could handle 38s or 39s. Do it right the first time.
Unless you plan to make a giant money pit, you need to sit down and figure out what your next step is. Getting to 35s on a stock-ish TJ is pretty easy and can be reasonably reliable. Bumping past that and you'll be blowing parts on a regular basis unless you only use the jeep to cruise or run 2-tracks.
I only have 3.73s so I'm not too concerned with the R&P but definitely understand where your coming from. My axle ugrade won't be for atleast another year I'm just looking at a new set of shoes to get me by until then because mine are getting somewhat worn. Regardless I will need new tires and wheels when I go to one tons because of the 8 lug vs my current 5 lug.
Originally Posted by dreezy
I would get a set of 36's and run what you got until you start breaking shit. Upgrade axles then. However apparentley live in a fantasy world where you don't need a Dana 60 front and a 14 bolt rear to truly enjoy going offroad.
I'm looking for a true 35 or 36 at the moment. If I go with a 37 it will have to measure small and be somewhat light because otherwise I know I will be breaking parts quite often