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Old 12-29-2010, 01:47 PM   #31
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thanks Will. i will look into that this evening.
I will be waiting. I want to get to the bottom of this just as much as you. These things are pretty simple machines. There has to a simple answer. Now to find it.


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Old 12-29-2010, 02:02 PM   #32
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Sounds to me like a bad u-joint. I would say bad brake caliper but it only does it in 4wd vs 2wd.

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Old 12-30-2010, 09:00 AM   #33
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Tires

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The front tires are Wrangler RT/S P235/75/R15

The Rear Tires are Michelin XCX/APT P215/75/R15

both are relatively new treads.
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Try putting the bigger tires in the back and the smaller one's in the front. Best of course would be the same size all around.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:13 AM   #35
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i'll give that a try
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:38 AM   #36
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Well, that is your problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your fronts are bigger and trying to crawl away from the rear. Go get some new Wrangler RT/S P235/75/R15 and put them on the rear. I bet your problems will disappear.

The 215 75 15 tire is 27.6 tall

the 235 75 15 tire is 28.9 tall

That is a big difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Old 12-30-2010, 09:47 AM   #37
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that would be pretty awesome if it were just a tire issue
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:47 AM   #38
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Four wheel drive vehicles must have the same size tires when in four wheel drive. Even if you swap front to rear they will be different sizes and should not be driven in 4wd. While driving on snow will allow it to easily slip and not cause harm, using 4wd on pavement will break something which may have already happened if the previous owner drove it that way. Match all four tires and then try it. If it still pulls after that point there may be damage to the front diff.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:49 AM   #39
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how big can you go as far as tires are concerned w/o a lift. ive read some of the other threads and some people say 31, some say 33. just curious because if im going to buy 2 new tires, i may just go for 4.
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stock tj with stock rims.. 31x10.50x15. You might be able to fit a big bigger but it will be in the fenders.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:07 AM   #41
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how big can you go as far as tires are concerned w/o a lift. ive read some of the other threads and some people say 31, some say 33. just curious because if im going to buy 2 new tires, i may just go for 4.

Just remember that your speedometer will be off then. You will be going faster than it reads with bigger tires. The biggest stock size was 30 /9.5 /15 You can put 31 /10.5 /15 but at full turn they will hit and rub. Just don't turn all the way then.


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Old 12-30-2010, 11:24 AM   #42
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I haven't read all the post so I'll go ahead and ask...

A 1998 with only 35K miles on her?
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:33 AM   #43
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yeah, my grandparents used as an island summer car on MV and never put it in 4 wheel drive. before this wrangler they had an 84 CJ-7 that was put into 4 wheel only once.
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So, did you get the 4 wheel drive issue fixed with getting the same size tires???
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yeah, let us know. The tire sizes will cause that...

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Old 01-10-2011, 04:24 PM   #46
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i still havent gotten new tires for it yet. havent put it in 4 wheel either. once i get new tires i will let you all know if that fixes the issue
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i just saw this Craigslist ad and am thinking about buying the tire/wheel combo so that i can get teh 4 wheel working. the only thing is they are 32" and im worried that they are too big w/o a lift. any thoughts?

New Jeep 32" SWAMPERS on rims!
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So I havent got new tires for it yet, but when i had the oil changed the other day i had them rotate the larger tires to the back and put the smaller ones in the front. I took it out last night and cruised in the snow and hte 4 wheel drive seemed to work perfectly. and it was so much fun cruising through the large drifts of snow. thanks again for all of your help everyone.

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