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Old 09-30-2009, 07:26 PM   #1
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33's or 35's

I have a 09 unlimited and plan to go with a 3" bds lift. It is a auto with 3.73 I have heard different things and dont know if 35's will bog it down. Will 33's look that much smaller?

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Old 09-30-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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35s will bog down a Rubicon with 4:1 gearing I'm told.

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Old 09-30-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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305x70's are roughly 34" and work okay on mine
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Doesn't bog down mine.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:33 AM   #5
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33s are very large tires. 35s are massive. Only in the past few years have people gone so completely nutso over giant tires.

When I first started wheelin' a 33" tire would have been as big as you could get. Now they've got 53" tires.

The trails haven't changed.

I'll climb down off this box now.

Please continue...
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:42 AM   #6
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I think the bog down theory goes something like this: There are some places when wheeling that require an absolutely slow and steady approach. The slowest and steadiest is of course the lowest gear. Now everything is fine except when that isn't slow enough, then when you try to go slower it is a problem. Now, on the other end when in 2 or 4 high, when you need pickup when starting off, in an automatic, the jeep seems to slog along and in a standard you either stall it or send the engine into a funk or it just acts like a slug. In that situation, you wish you had lower gearing which would be accomplished by a gearing ratio better than 4 in the transfer case.

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After being out wheeling with a club for 6 hours in the back country (way back country) in New Hampshire, and bottoming out....a lot....even after not airing down like everybody else, the first advice I got when I arrived at the "meet" was you might want to lift that. After seeing the performance of lifted jeeps compared to mine, I am convinced that lifting should be a priority and maybe before front bumper and winch. The club suggested a 2" simple lift but after really searching around on this forum about lifts I am zeroing in on a 3-1/2" Rock Krawler. I will run that with the stock mud tires for a while and leave it that way if it performs well. I really don't care how it looks, I'm more concerned with how it functions. This, of course, is wishful thinking. I have to save up for it before that happens. I just sprung for a roof rack and right now the lift is not in the budget. I'm still going to go wheeling with it but not being lifted will limit where it will go compared to other jeeps in the club. I have to think twice when they are going out on more difficult runs (7 and higher I'm advised).
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I drove a lifted 4 door JK Auto at work about 7 months ago. It had a nice lift kit, 35" tires/AM wheels, aftermarket speakers with a sub in the back, fender flares, and a few other Jeep goodies. Thing was a dog. It was driveable, but it would have bothered me as a DD. Just didn't have pick up for passing people anymore. Seemed like I was getting heavier than I liked on the skinny peddle just to drive "normally" at an acceptable rate of acceleration. I don't wheel in rocks or all the time like some of these guys do, but I can definitely see doing muddy hill climbs being a problem without 4lo and some momentum.

With that said, i think its all relative. The Jeep moved forward, and wasn't a 1L 3 cyl Geo Metro... What's irritating and unacceptable to me, may be just fine for you. 35s do look pretty bad arse I would try and test drive a 4door JK Auto before you made the decision.
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Gearing is key with bigger tires. I'd recommend 4.56's or 4.88's if you go with 35's. Is your rig a Rubicon? Auto? What's your intended use? That's the key to what size to go with. For a mall crawler, 33's are as big as I'd ever go. In you REALLY are going to wheel it, and hard, go 35"
For 33's, you can get away with OEM 3.73 or 4.10 gearing. Beyond that, give us some more info, and we can better help you- Mark W.
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1L 3 cyl Geo Metro...
those will top out about 130mph .... ask the cops in the county who got out run by one....LOL
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Gearing is key with bigger tires. I'd recommend 4.56's or 4.88's if you go with 35's. Is your rig a Rubicon? Auto? What's your intended use? That's the key to what size to go with. For a mall crawler, 33's are as big as I'd ever go. In you REALLY are going to wheel it, and hard, go 35"
For 33's, you can get away with OEM 3.73 or 4.10 gearing. Beyond that, give us some more info, and we can better help you- Mark W.
the op said its an auto with 3.73 gears so with 33" it could be tolorable. with 35" i dont think anyone would be happy with that as a dd. duke said it all regear to atleast 4.10 or 4.56 then you will be happier just my 2cents
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^ Wow. I fail at reading

Also, OP'er, if you want, I have a set of OEM JK 4.10's (D30 and D44), plus an OEM rear carrier for a D44 with these gears. Asking $260 shipped- let me know- Mark W.
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Just my 2 cents I went with 2" lift which actually lifted the front 3 3/4 inches and 2 inches in the rear ,with 295/70/r17 (33.3 inches)on the stock rims. If you go 3 1/2 inches with 35s you have to consider changing drive shafts ,gears and rims because more backspacing is needed $$$. This is my everyday vehicle , no problem on trails or the highway

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