Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Wheels and A Lift for The Jeep

I'm really pleased with the way this turned out.

New Ultra Sport Wheels, new Cooper all terrain tires and a 2" lift for my Jeep.

It all started back in the spring when I was cleaning the old wagon after that particularly messy winter of 08/09.

Among the things that I was concerned about was the condition of the shocks ... some steering and suspension bushings ... the wheels and the tires.

The old Rancho shocks were losing their bushings. The front suspension was getting loose.

The original 15" aluminum wheels which were part powder coated and part milled with clear coat were getting corroded from salt finding it's way into chips and scratches and were leaking air around the rim beads. The white powdery crust that formed on the aluminum is truly hideous. And finally, the tires were getting near the end of life, hardening and losing their once excellent grip in the wet and snow.

Since I had always thought the Grand Cherokee would look better with a bigger set of boots on... it seemed like the right time to look into the upgrades and began looking around for parts and such.

What I settled on after doing some web searching and talking to a few local wheel and tire guys along with one pretty decent Jeep expert :
  • Ultra Rogue 16x8 aluminum wheels
  • Cooper ATR 255/70R 16 tires ... a tire I have some experience with and find to be just the ticket for our Manitoba Winters.
  • Also needed were a modest suspension lift ... I settled on a 2" combination from Skyjacker with spacers over the stock rear springs and new front springs, a new set of shocks to accomodate the altered movement and miscellaneous bits and pieces like new track bar mounts.
The process was a bit frustrating at first with a few hiccups along the way as I learned what to do and what not to do when undertaking a process like this.

Maybe I'll make the process of making the mods a blog subject for another day....

For now ... I'm really liking the outcome.


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Blogger Gino said...

shouldnt the sterring wheel be on the right side up there?

1/31/2010 2:12 a.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

That's only in "English" Canada ... in "French" Canada they drive on the right of the road... in bilingual Manitoba we can drive anywhere we want.......

1/31/2010 1:08 p.m.  
Blogger Gino said...

i'm gonna have to visit manitoba one of these days. its on my long list, along with and right after alberta.

seen vancouver already. nice, but thats enough for me.
maybe more of BC, though.

problem for me: i dont road travel with out arms. and that would be a sticky wicket north of the 49th.

1/31/2010 3:41 p.m.  
Blogger Lost Johnny said...

That sure turned out to be one sweet ride!

Gino, you'd have no trouble at the border. All you gotta do is flash them to our border guards and they will all run for cover and hide until you're gone....

1/31/2010 7:09 p.m.  
Blogger Gino said...

ahh, you put the frenchies on the border,eh?

dont tell germany.

1/31/2010 7:16 p.m.  
Blogger Lost Johnny said...

Heheh, yeah. The Liberals made us do it. Unfortunately, zee Germans already found out....

1/31/2010 7:24 p.m.  
Blogger Gino said...

thats funny.

i have a dear friend, and elder lady, who grew up farming in alberta. her family, and all they knew, were mainly german (though in canada for generations).

she was telling about a recent trip she made to vancouver and said to her sister: this is canada? where are all the germans at? (her and i were talking bout all the asians in vancouver, when she brought that up)

1/31/2010 8:31 p.m.  

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