Monday, March 13, 2017

34" Nitto Ridge Grappler on Fuel Beast Jeep JK

This post is a series of pictures showing the Nitto Ridge Grappler 305/70-R17 Tires on 17"x9" Fuel "Beast" Rims.  The below images show the Nitto Ridge Grappler 30/70R17 rubber tires on 17x9 Fuel Beast Wheels on a 2011 2 Door Jeep JK Wrangler in Cosmos Blue.  They Nitto Ridge Grapplers are roughly 34" tires and I find to be a great alternative to traditional 35"s on a Jeep JK.  They are nicer than the standard 33 (which often measure less than 33), but not as aggressive as the full 35s.  I find this setup to be a perfect combo on modern JK.


This image shows the rear quarter view of installed Nitto Ridge Grappler 305s on 17" fuel beast tires installed on a GSI Bumper and Tire Carrier .

Above is more pictures of the Fuel Rims with Nitto Tires installed on a Wrangler Sport 2 Door Model JK.

 
 And more photos of Ridge Grapplers on Fuel Rims on a Jeep.

Some more information.
The Fuel Beasts are a "Dark Tint" color.  It's pretty sharp looking; and is a good deviance from the typical black rims everyone is sporting nowadays.  The color itself I would describe as a lighter shade of brake dust, but that's not a bad thing.  They aren't very "flashy" so you don't look like a total mall-crawler; but they aren't as plain as the AEV Pintler Wheels that everyone seems to be buying.

I have the Fuel Offroad D564 Beast 17x9 with 5" backspacing installed on a 2.5" lift.  I did not require spacers for the setup.
These installed tires (at 35PSI) are Nitto Ridge Grappler 305-70R17
They measure in at just about 34" flat to flat, but when the weight of the Jeep is on them, I'd say they come in just a hair under that measurement.    They really are a nice looking tire; as they look almost as aggressive as a mud terrain.  That being said, their road manner is amazing; extremely quiet and comfortable.   I've not yet had the Ridge Grapplers off road, so can't report on that yet.   They do just fine in the rain on my Jeep JK.    The Nitto Ridge Grapplers have two sides to the sidewall.  One has more "lugs" than the other if you want a slightly toned-back look.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GSI Jeep Wrangler Rear Bumper

Here is a quick review of the GSI Jeep Wrangler Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier installed on a 2011 2 Door Jeep Wrangler JK.   Buy the inexpensive GSI bumper on Amazon
You will not find a cheaper bumper and tire carrier for a JK than this unless you hit the used market.  So far, I am really impressed with the GSI Jeep Wrangler bumper with tire carrier. 


  1. GSI Bumper Shipping was relatively prompt.  Received within 8 days.
  2. Packaged well in two boxes, one for the GSI bumper, one for the GSI tire carrier.
  3. Install was straight forward
  4. Build quality of the GSI bumper, on the surface, seems solid.  Heavy duty, good paint, no scratches, lenses for LEDs all lit, etc.
  5. The locking latch is a little difficult (tight to operate) with not enough clearance.  I'm hoping this loosens up in time.
  6. If you don't have a trailer harness hitch, you need to splice into your turn signals.  Do yourself a favor and buy this trailer harness tap kit first around $20:  http://amzn.to/2kHjMQb
Overall, yes, I would recommend the GSI Jeep Wrangler Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier.  Let's see how it holds up with time.

Item List:
 GSI 07-16 Jeep Wrangler JK Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier, Smoke Lens Model GSJW1169
Tyger Electric Wiring Kit (Trailer Harness Tap) 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BestTop Trektop Pro on 2 Door Jeep JK

I recently installed a Besttop Trektop Pro Hybrid Soft Top on my 2-door Jeep Wrangler JK.   My jeep JK has half doors, and I figured this would be a good place to post photos for people of what a Trektop Pro Hybrid top looks like with a 2 door jeep that has factory half doors.
The hybrid top is the best of both a soft top and a hard top for jeeps.  Buy it on Amazon.


Here is the best top pro hybrid on a 2 door JK wrangler.  on back is a 34" Fuel Beast and Nitto Ridge Grappler combo on a GSI bumper.
In this photo, you can see the rear hatch is a solid window, not a stupid zip up.












Photo of the Trektop Pro hybrid on a 2 door without rear tire installed.



More photos of a Best Top Pro Hybrid Top on a 2 door Jeep Wrangler 2011 JK in Cosmos blue with half doors.

Sportfish Body Armor for 2 Door JK

Took a small gamble and bought some mirror protection armor for my 2 door Jeep JK wrangler.
I found this stuff on Amazon for less than $12, so it wasn't that much of a risk.  http://amzn.to/2ku8pKd

Here is a couple photos of the: Sporthfish Cowl Body Armor Powder Coated Finish Outer Cowling Cover for Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon Sahara Sport X & Unlimited 2/4 door 2007-2015
 
Passenger Side Photo of the Sportfish Mirror Armour 
Drivers side photo of the body armour cheap inexpensive mirror protector on a 2011 JK 2 door.    As far as a review of the Sporthfish Cowl Body armor, there is not much to say.  It was inexpensive, a perfect fit on a 2011 Jeep JK, looks good, had 3m double sided tape, and I am satisfied for the price.  I don't know how it will fair in weather and sun yet, so I will keep you posted, but if you have to replace this every few years, its not a big dead.
The color is a muted black, not as deep as I would have wanted, but you can't beat the price.  Make no mistake though, this is plastic.

Buy it hereCheap Mirror Protector for Wrangler