Before the #shoptruck left for Moab and #ejs2017 I made a few changes to the rig. After about 350 miles of highway and trails here are my thoughts on the @metalcloak Lok N Load, the @nittotire Trail Grapplers and @racelinewheels wheels.
First of all, I always liked the radius arm front end on the Jeep, it flexes like a beast and compensates for the stiffness of the rear leaf springs. But before this trip I knew the arms at the very least needed to be rebuilt with new joints. But by switching to the Lok N Load, virtually all binding in the axle was eliminated. Fun fact, while leaving Rusty Nail, I had the front end twisted up and when I looked out the window and saw the front drivers side caliper rotating inside the wheel. I thought I had broken something but then I realized it was the radius arm loading and unloading. To be truthful, I never locked it when on the street and it tracked straight down the highway.
The Raceline steel wheels are of course just pure beef, and they handled the abuse of all the Moab Trails with ease, on Hells Revenge I had some lugnuts loosen off and a trail repair fixed the issue. Even with "modified" holes, and Lugnuts with washers holding it in place. There was no play in the steering while driving.
Obviously Nitto Trail Grapplers are popular and now that I have wheeled them I am very impressed...these tires acted like a Stickies in Moab. Previously, I had Pitbull Maddogs, and even though they worked well, they had that classic "Bias Bounce" that can drive you nuts. These 40" tires worked amazing!!! Very impressed with these tires.