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So I found a post on JLWranger for some 40s for sale in Virginia. I casually mention it to my wife that I found some take off 40s on wheels that I though I could get a good deal on, but we would have to drive to Virginia. Her eyes lit up and she screamed, "ROAD TRIP",and asked when we leaving? It was about two hours later, and we left. She is my Jeep co-enabler. She wants 1 tons, and a Hemi and bugs me all the time about it.

Made a deal for them and went and picked them up. Smooth transaction. Left Michigan on Wednesday with plans of being in Virginia on Thursday night and picking up the 40s on Friday. In doing this, I had to have slip away as I did not want my Jeeping buds to be like WTF you doing because if I took the Jeep, they would be pissed that I went across the country thinking I was Jeeping with out inviting them. So I borrowed the in-laws mini van to go get the 40s. Good thing I pulled some measurement first. They almost did not fit.
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We giggled about sneaking off to pick up 40s for the whole trip because we knew what our Jeep friends would say. So as we got calls asking hey what's up, we downplayed it as just getting out of the house and doing a "non-jeep road trip". We posted up some pictures of The Flight 93 Memorial. Just a note about the Flight 93 Memorial. This has been on our bucket list of places to visit. Visiting during this time also gave us a time to reflect, gain some clarity, and remember that there are people that gave up everything to protect others. It was moving and we are glad we visited. We will go back when it is not so cold so that we can hike the area.

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I also need to sit for a while when it is not freezing and listen to the chimes at the Tower of Voices.
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We had time so we drove Sky Line Drive. We had to throw our Jeep peeps off our trail and enjoy some views. This was my wife's first time here. I have motorcycled it a few times over the years and knew she would enjoy it.
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We pick up the 40s about noon on Friday and head home. It is a full ten hour drive and we both get several calls asking if we are going to be home in time to go wheeling on Saturday. Also cancel going to our monthly Jeeping Euchre card night where we raise money for a local charity as we will not be back in time.

We get home about 1030 at night and the floor jack and impact gun goes to work. By 1100 pm the JLUR is on 40s and none are the wiser. My neighbor comes home during the process and helps me swap the tires. Big thanks to him. 40s on, go for a quick test drive and flex the JLUR. It scrubs the tires lightly just in the back. Should be fine for the light wheeling that we are leaving for in 6 hours.....

I meet with my normal crew and they notice that something is different, and I play it off..... Remember, I just added the snorkel???? Duh. We drive up to northern Michigan and park at the meet up area and there is more time with my Jeep parked next to their Jeeps and it get noticed that my Jeep is a little bigger than theirs as we all pretty much run the same set up. Then they notice the wheels are different and one of them looks at the tires. LOL. we got teased all day on the radio. Had a great time wheeling and scrubbing the inner fenders.

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My main buds were like are you really going to run 40s? I had to explain to them that this is mall crawling. I plan to run the 40s around town and not on the trail. I do not want to dump all the money into the Jeep to be able to wheel 40s. But hey around town and then keep the miles off my 37s that I do wheel with....... That is the plan. Pulling a camper and wheeling with 40s is just not in my plan for a reliable JLUR with out putting 50 more grand into the JLUR. Therefore Operation Mall Crawler was born.

There were over 30 Jeeps on the trail ride so more pics and videos are to come.





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Awesome story and nice pics! It's great you and your wife were able to get away for a quick trip and score some wheels and tires. Also sweet you all could surprise your buds with the different setup!
 

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Awesome!! What part of Michigan do you wheel? I'm from a small town just south of Grand Rapids. Left there in 93 & never looked back. Too cold! Lol
 

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Bro really..... you know I was chasing those wheels and tires as well and that was the idea I had exactly..... now you had to post up a thread about it???? trip looks awesome.... and congrats on the 40s bro they really look nice..... :like:
 

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Moral of the story, your wife is awesome!!! I love my wife more than anything, but she is not into Jeeps at all.
 

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So I found a post on JLWranger for some 40s for sale in Virginia. I casually mention it to my wife that I found some take off 40s on wheels that I though I could get a good deal on, but we would have to drive to Virginia. Her eyes lit up and she screamed, "ROAD TRIP",and asked when we leaving? It was about two hours later, and we left. She is my Jeep co-enabler. She wants 1 tons, and a Hemi and bugs me all the time about it.

Made a deal for them and went and picked them up. Smooth transaction. Left Michigan on Wednesday with plans of being in Virginia on Thursday night and picking up the 40s on Friday. In doing this, I had to have slip away as I did not want my Jeeping buds to be like WTF you doing because if I took the Jeep, they would be pissed that I went across the country thinking I was Jeeping with out inviting them. So I borrowed the in-laws mini van to go get the 40s. Good thing I pulled some measurement first. They almost did not fit.
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We giggled about sneaking off to pick up 40s for the whole trip because we knew what our Jeep friends would say. So as we got calls asking hey what's up, we downplayed it as just getting out of the house and doing a "non-jeep road trip". We posted up some pictures of The Flight 93 Memorial. Just a note about the Flight 93 Memorial. This has been on our bucket list of places to visit. Visiting during this time also gave us a time to reflect, gain some clarity, and remember that there are people that gave up everything to protect others. It was moving and we are glad we visited. We will go back when it is not so cold so that we can hike the area.

1610287317402.png


I also need to sit for a while when it is not freezing and listen to the chimes at the Tower of Voices.
1610287451301.png


We had time so we drove Sky Line Drive. We had to throw our Jeep peeps off our trail and enjoy some views. This was my wife's first time here. I have motorcycled it a few times over the years and knew she would enjoy it.
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We pick up the 40s about noon on Friday and head home. It is a full ten hour drive and we both get several calls asking if we are going to be home in time to go wheeling on Saturday. Also cancel going to our monthly Jeeping Euchre card night where we raise money for a local charity as we will not be back in time.

We get home about 1030 at night and the floor jack and impact gun goes to work. By 1100 pm the JLUR is on 40s and none are the wiser. My neighbor comes home during the process and helps me swap the tires. Big thanks to him. 40s on, go for a quick test drive and flex the JLUR. It scrubs the tires lightly just in the back. Should be fine for the light wheeling that we are leaving for in 6 hours.....

I meet with my normal crew and they notice that something is different, and I play it off..... Remember, I just added the snorkel???? Duh. We drive up to northern Michigan and park at the meet up area and there is more time with my Jeep parked next to their Jeeps and it get noticed that my Jeep is a little bigger than theirs as we all pretty much run the same set up. Then they notice the wheels are different and one of them looks at the tires. LOL. we got teased all day on the radio. Had a great time wheeling and scrubbing the inner fenders.

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My main buds were like are you really going to run 40s? I had to explain to them that this is mall crawling. I plan to run the 40s around town and not on the trail. I do not want to dump all the money into the Jeep to be able to wheel 40s. But hey around town and then keep the miles off my 37s that I do wheel with....... That is the plan. Pulling a camper and wheeling with 40s is just not in my plan for a reliable JLUR with out putting 50 more grand into the JLUR. Therefore Operation Mall Crawler was born.

There were over 30 Jeeps on the trail ride so more pics and videos are to come.
looks like a fun trip; although it was a wasted trip imo. 40’s might be good enough for some trails, but it won’t get you anywhere on the ‘gram.

that’s why the dude sold them. He realized he needed to move up to 42’s. You’ll get there when you’re done small ballin’.
 

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Looks badass! Good story too. How much trimming do you think it will require to fit without rub? What inner fenders do you have?
 

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Awesome story! Your rig looks great sitting on the 40’s. SNP/Skyline Drive is pretty cool.
 
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Awesome!! What part of Michigan do you wheel? I'm from a small town just south of Grand Rapids. Left there in 93 & never looked back. Too cold! Lol
We wheel all over Michigan. From the top of the UP to the bottom of the LP. We are from Lansing.
 
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Bro really..... you know I was chasing those wheels and tires as well and that was the idea I had exactly..... now you had to post up a thread about it???? trip looks awesome.... and congrats on the 40s bro they really look nice..... :like:
I was not even chasing tires. The tires were really just a reason for a road trip. I sold the wheels off the other set that I bought and they are just sitting until I mount them on the bead locks. When the 40s got posted I thought to myself, I could use these for mall crawling and keep the miles off my 37s that I wheel with.
 

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awesone post and a great road trip. the 40s look good on the jl. i second your wife's idea in swapping to d60s and a hemi. all you have to do is find a wrecked dodge with a hemi and a wrecked 1 ton truck for the axles.
 
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Moral of the story, your wife is awesome!!! I love my wife more than anything, but she is not into Jeeps at all.
You might me luckier than you know. My wife is constantly like.. "We NEED a Hemi!!!" "Hey one tons are awesome." I will show her something I like or think is cool on a Jeep and she will be like.. "BUY IT!!!!" She is working a ton of overtime and she is looks at things like that is two days of Overtime. BUY IT. I have to real her in at time. We made a trip to Americas Most Wanted 4x4 and got a quote for 1 tons and a SRT Hemi swap. She was ready to pay the $65,000 and give them the keys to let them start. On our way home, I am like we could keep the Jeep the way it is and have a 2020 Corvette too. She was like fuck that, put the Hemi in the Jeep.
 
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looks like a fun trip; although it was a wasted trip imo. 40’s might be good enough for some trails, but it won’t get you anywhere on the ‘gram.

that’s why the dude sold them. He realized he needed to move up to 42’s. You’ll get there when you’re done small ballin’.
While I do gram here in there. I do not consider the gram to be important. I do already get there. Mall Crawling is for fun. I wheel all over the US. Very few can say they have been even half the places that I have been in the last six months in their entire wheeling history.
 
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Looks badass! Good story too. How much trimming do you think it will require to fit without rub? What inner fenders do you have?
Trimming will not help. I would need a bigger lift. I am already running gutted fender flares. I could add some different wheels or spacers and push the tires out a little farther, but at the end of the day, I am not interested in doing that as I build the JLUR to get rid of weakness and improve durability, 40s are a step back for that process. We will wheel from Arizona to Alaska starting in less than a year. 40s will not be an asset for that type of wheeling trip.
 

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While I do gram here in there. I do not consider the gram to be important. I do already get there. Mall Crawling is for fun. I wheel all over the US. Very few can say they have been even half the places that I have been in the last six months in their entire wheeling history.
sarcasm dude. It looks good.
 

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