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Old 05-06-2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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lift/tires size??

im sort of new to all of this; i just got my first car.. a 95 yj (rio grande), and ive been trying to learn as much as possible from my gnarly mom who is an off road fanatic.. im just not sure about the lift and the tire size.
i want either a one or a two inch body lift (im not sure which is best) but i also want a new pair of tires; though i know they have to be a certain size in order to not rub..
some insight would be great

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Old 05-07-2014, 01:15 AM   #2
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im sort of new to all of this; i just got my first car.. a 95 yj (rio grande), and ive been trying to learn as much as possible from my gnarly mom who is an off road fanatic.. im just not sure about the lift and the tire size. i want either a one or a two inch body lift (im not sure which is best) but i also want a new pair of tires; though i know they have to be a certain size in order to not rub.. some insight would be great
Welcome to the forum! Before the guys jump in, I will warn you not to call your Jeep a car, it's a big no-no. You can search this forum to learn most of what you want to know. There are also good knowledge bases on websites like Quadratec and Morris 4x4. The guys will chime in on lifts and tire size. They like to see pictures and they will need to know what size engine you have. Provide as many details as you can, like what size tires are already on your jeep and what you want to do with it (off road, street, mud, rock crawl, etc.). Do you have someone to help with the lift or will you have to take it to a shop?

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Old 05-07-2014, 08:09 AM   #3
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Forget the body lift as it can cause other issues. You can get a good spring lift for a couple hundred. Depending on how much lift you get, you may need a drop pitman arm. The tire size depends on motor size, type of transmission, and gear ratio in the front and read differential.

So as Cyndi stated, post pics, and specs.
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I have to agree with all the above. Pics are a big help. And I also don't recommend a body lift. My wife and I make fun of jeeps with body lifts. She calls it a soup can lift. These guys in here will give you some of the best advice you can ever get. And root you on the whole way. Welcome. -0|||||||0-
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:20 AM   #5
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I have to disagree on the bodylift, as long as you stay at 1" and get a good lift like daystar or prothane that replaces the old mounts and doesn't just stack a puck on top.
then you can get a 1" shackle lift and be able to fit 31's. any bigger than that and you will need lift springs.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:09 PM   #6
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I just got 31s and they fit even with flat leafs and blown shocks. If I take it offroad I'll expect some rubbing while it's flexing but as for daily driving not an issue. Only rubs when the wheel is all the way right or left. Don't remember which as I don't need to make that tight of turns ever. But 31s fit me just fine with some pretty bad suspension.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:17 PM   #7
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I just got 31s and they fit even with flat leafs and blown shocks. If I take it offroad I'll expect some rubbing while it's flexing but as for daily driving not an issue. Only rubs when the wheel is all the way right or left. Don't remember which as I don't need to make that tight of turns ever. But 31s fit me just fine with some pretty bad suspension.
got a pic? my neighbor tried on his and he rubbed on speed bumps and pot holes.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:49 PM   #8
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I ran 31" tires on stock suspension and often you'll hear that's probably about the most you can run stock on a YJ. It rubbed all the time off road and the flex was fairly awful.

The advice I wish I had when I started would have been start with what size tire you want to run, and let that determine how much lift you need. For a lot of applications 33-35ish inch tires are great, but there is a lot involved to set up any lift for your rig right. if you want to run 33s you can do it with a modest spring lift and a little bit of trimming or maybe a small amount of body lift. More lift or perhaps a huge fender cutback will get you 35" tires with springs and body lift.

Poke around to see what kind of setups are out there on here, whether folks go spring over axle (SOA) or if they when with high clearance fenders like meatlcloak there are a lot of ways to run bigger tires.

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oh this is so cool.
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I ran 31" tires on stock suspension and often you'll hear that's probably about the most you can run stock on a YJ. It rubbed all the time off road and the flex was fairly awful. The advice I wish I had when I started would have been start with what size tire you want to run, and let that determine how much lift you need. For a lot of applications 33-35ish inch tires are great, but there is a lot involved to set up any lift for your rig right. if you want to run 33s you can do it with a modest spring lift and a little bit of trimming or maybe a small amount of body lift. More lift or perhaps a huge fender cutback will get you 35" tires with springs and body lift. Poke around to see what kind of setups are out there on here, whether folks go spring over axle (SOA) or if they when with high clearance fenders like meatlcloak there are a lot of ways to run bigger tires. Best of luck!! and welcome to the forum!
thank you! that helped soo much!
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Welcome to the forum! Before the guys jump in, I will warn you not to call your Jeep a car, it's a big no-no. You can search this forum to learn most of what you want to know. There are also good knowledge bases on websites like Quadratec and Morris 4x4. The guys will chime in on lifts and tire size. They like to see pictures and they will need to know what size engine you have. Provide as many details as you can, like what size tires are already on your jeep and what you want to do with it (off road, street, mud, rock crawl, etc.). Do you have someone to help with the lift or will you have to take it to a shop?
thank you (: and, my jeep is my first vehicle(not car (; ) I'm a newish driver haha, but I'm really excited about it. I do have a few people to help me with it, I have no idea what I'm doing as of now, this is all a learning experience for me, but I think in the end I'll know as much as possible about my jeep and how to take good care of it!
of course with the help of this forum. it's soo cool. I've never been more interested in something!
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so this is my jeep when I first bought it, there's still a lot of work that needs to be done. as of now though, the windshield has been replaced, as well as my fenders, and my doors. (:
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:57 PM   #13
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I have '91 YJ 4.0 with 4" suspension lift and 31's. Upgrading to 33's as stock axles have a hard time with 35's. I suggest you remove stock rubber fender flares for better articulation when off roading. Body lift is poo pooed upon.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:13 PM   #14
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I have '91 YJ 4.0 with 4" suspension lift and 31's. Upgrading to 33's as stock axles have a hard time with 35's. I suggest you remove stock rubber fender flares for better articulation when off roading. Body lift is poo pooed upon.
aren't suspensions kind of rough on jeeps? that's the only reason why I was leaning towards a body lift - and im not sure if I want it lifted very much, maybe three inches. do you think 31's would work with that without rubbing? also, I'd love to look into either buying tube fenders or making them.. but I dunno if I like how they look from the side. I've been favoring the original look - other than off roading, does it have much effect?
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3" is good for 31's. heres a thread to help you decide.

How will my jeep look with xx" tires on x.x" of lift? - JeepForum.com
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Replacing your old worn out leaf springs and shocks will give you a slightly stiffer ride. Until they break in. Rough Country has many lift sizes and of you want to increase your drive hight, do suspension, not body. Fenders are personal preference. Which ever you choose, make sure they do not inhibit the wheels going up into the wheel wells.
Included a link for my jeep being flexed on a articulation scale at Jeep Beach 1014 in Daytona.

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3" is good for 31's. heres a thread to help you decide. How will my jeep look with xx" tires on x.x" of lift? - JeepForum.com
thanks! (:
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I am having great luck with 33s , a 2 1/2 in Rubicon express springs. I also have extended bump stops and did some fender trimming. Offset wheels made the front not rub the leafs when turning sharp. I am on stock gearing 4:11. A little boggy up long hills. But will still cruise 70 on flat.
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Welcome to the forum. As you will soon find out everyone has their own opinions but if you read read read, you will find a majority that is probably on the right track. Again most depends on the use that you have in mind. I suggest as a new driver to take it slow as many of the modifications will change the handling of your YJ. And yes its a YJ so you should expect a stiff ride. I have a 90 YJ Islander that I have and still am builing from a stock vehicle. I run a 4 inch spring lift from Rubicon Express, a 3/4 boomerang shackle lift and a 1 inch prothane body lift with 33 by 12.5 tires. However I off road it for the most part and also cruise some so its not a daily driver or a great long distance traveler, that's what my trailer is for. You'll find more than enough ideas on here to keep you busy for some time. Read all you can then read some more. Good luck and welcome to the club and the SQUARE life!!!
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Congrats on the new ride and joining the forum, as mentioned you will find tons of information on pretty much anything you can think of doing to your YJ, being its your first Jeep I would make sure that it's mechanically sound before starting accessories. You definitely don't want to have that square eyed beauty stuck on the road...

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