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Old July 10th, 2004, 09:34 AM
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Sean Murphy

Model: Defender 90

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35x12.5R15 BFG MT
SG 15"x8" steel rims. 4" backspacing
Warn8000 w/interior mounted solenoid
rear seat
Safari Gard front bumper
Safari Gard front skidplate
Safari Gard rock sliders
Safari Gard Diff Guards
Safari Gard "Jeep Eater" suspension
Fire extinguisher
"potty lights", twin Hella 3000's

I switched to 15" for the cheaper tires and the extra inch between my rim and the rock, as it were. When you run low pressure on rocks, you have a lot more sidewall to flex with a 15" tire than a 16" tire of the same size. Since there's more air in the tire, you also wind up with a slightly improved ride due to the shock absorber effect of the tire itself. The problem I have with alloys is that they don't have access to the hub, which I find VERY handy. Being able to change a half-shaft or torque a bolt without removing the wheel is nice. I used to have problems all the time with the alloy wheels *melting* because of the friction of off-roading. You would pull one off and notice an alloy slime around all of the bolts. The wear on the wheel resulted in the wheel becoming more and more loose, which exacerbated the problem. In addition, when hub bolts work their way lose, you have no way to know until oil comes flowing out of your hubs and fouls the wheel, then you have to remove the wheel to fix the problem.
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