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I'm a glass is half-full kinda guy not a glass is half-empty kinda guy so I like discussing topics to enhance the strong points of what I got not wish it was something else. On that note, I wanted to start a thread of tips and set-ups to achieve maximum traction and off road capability on Renegade Trailhawks that I have already been considerably impressed with in stock form. Strong point I noticed off the bat was its good ground clearance due to its independent suspension which along with its factory skid plates provides an excellent starting point for off road agility. My current intentions with my 2017 Trailhawk is to install a 4" lift and perform the pinch seam mod on front wheelwells to accomodate 265/65/17 tires (30.5"x10.4") with 1.25" spacers on factory 17" wheels. Coyote 17" Internal Beadlocks inside the tires inflated to 50 PSI will allow me to air down the tires to 7-8 PSI when needed off road for maximum terrain adhesion. Since the 4" lift kit includes new coil springs, I will replace the struts at the same time with high performance Bilstein struts. After much research and studying of the available options, this set up seems the best to me without making major vehicle modifications.
 

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I think I'd go with a skinnier tire. You lose some traction, but decrease rolling resistance and keep more of your turning radius. You may also be able to go with a slightly (like nominally, but every bit helps) taller tire, if you go skinnier.
 

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idk much about the off roady stuff, but thinking in terms of these jeeps not make much power i would think big wide wheels/tires would add a lot drag to it, esp if your trying to push it over stuff already. might be too much. on your point of the ' strong points' i think these being small, light little suvs the skinny tires mentioned above would be the way to go. just my .02
 

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My main reason for going with a tire that tall and wide is maximum traction with the internal bead locks. I can go down to 5 psi which will give me a huge footprint. With the Trail-Hawks 20:1 crawl ratio, power is not a real issue with 180 HP available from the engine. I will research going a little narrower and a little taller to see how that effects my footprint. I know increasing the length of the footprint has a greater effect than increasing the width. I appreciate your thoughts, Go Renegade!
 
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