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Old 09-05-2011, 08:15 PM   #1
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Time for new tires and suspension and need some advice...

Hi, I've been reading and searching the forum for a few days now and have gained all sorts of good information which is helping me fix up the new (to me) 1993 YJ that I bought a few weeks ago. It's got a 4.0 liter which has been running great after a recent tune. Engine has about 230K miles. Need some tires and the suspension is shot. I'd like to give it a little lift and use slightly bigger tires. I don't want to regear and would really not like to give up much power, but I would like to put some bigger tires (currently 30x9.5x15) on her that would be good in the occasionally heavy snow we see here on my farm in NW Jersey. Does anyone have any specific recommendations for a small amount of lift and a slightly bigger tire that would look more aggressive without losing power and still keeping her relatively stock? My reasoning is that as long as I have to put new tires and suspension I might as well have a little fun... Would like to keep lift to a max of 2.5-3.0 inches... tire size? anyone? thanks --

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Old 09-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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31x10.50 15s your going to lose more power and mpg with 33s without re-gearing

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Old 09-05-2011, 08:31 PM   #3
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cool. should I then stick to 2.5" of lift? and will 10.5's be OK in snow? there are times when I have to bull through 2 feet up here before I've had a chance to plow. The 01 pathfinder in 4WD low and blizzaks was pretty good at that. How do you think the jeep will be with new 31" BF Goodrich AT or Goodyear Wrangler duratracs?
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2.5" of lift will be plenty for the 31's. You cant go wrong with the BFGs. I am not familiar with teh Goodyears though.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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I'd go with a OME lift. It is about a 2" lift. They have great flex and a great ride but are more expensive than most. I have them on my cj and love them!

The goodyear duratrac is a really good tire. Quiet on the street. Does well off road. Even in mud. I have the goodyear mtr's and love them too.

I'd say a 31" tire wouldn't affect power greatly but you will tell a difference with any tire change. Having the 4.0 is a good thing.
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I'd go with a OME lift. It is about a 2" lift. They have great flex and a great ride but are more expensive than most. I have them on my cj and love them!

The goodyear duratrac is a really good tire. Quiet on the street. Does well off road. Even in mud. I have the goodyear mtr's and love them too.

I'd say a 31" tire wouldn't affect power greatly but you will tell a difference with any tire change. Having the 4.0 is a good thing.
I'll second everything Nick has said here, but only because he beat me to the punch.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:11 PM   #7
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Many thanks to all for such great replies...is the OME stuff comfortable (relatively) on the highway? and I guess based on these replies that I won't need dedicated snows any more?

The YJ came with aftermarket alloys that i intend to return to the previous owner (friend of mine), I like the old steel jeep 15" wheels (like the one on the spare)
Any of you guys think I'm crazy for getting a set and cleaning them up to install the new tires?
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I have a pair of aftermarket rims with 33x12.5x15 Dayton ATs, and a total of about 4 inch lift... Drives alright on the highway, drives really well on road... Drives even better off road.

I think it still has enough power at the wheels. But I haven't driven it without the lift & smaller tires.
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Many thanks to all for such great replies...is the OME stuff comfortable (relatively) on the highway? and I guess based on these replies that I won't need dedicated snows any more?

The YJ came with aftermarket alloys that i intend to return to the previous owner (friend of mine), I like the old steel jeep 15" wheels (like the one on the spare)
Any of you guys think I'm crazy for getting a set and cleaning them up to install the new tires?
I have put about 150 miles or so at 55-60 mph and it does great. Now I have never had sway bars so I am use to driving it a little different. I had a 4" rough country lift that i put thousands of miles on and the OME rides better....much better.

I think steel wheels are the way to go myself. I am running ProComp steel soft 8's. Something to keep in mind is that new ones are pretty cheap. Regardless of the brand you can get "d" window or soft 8's for about $50-$60 each. May be less hassle than cleaning up a set but again that is up to you.

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