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Old 08-22-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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33's or 35's...What to do, what to do

So I won't be getting a unlimited wrangler for about another year (saving the money) but I'm a dreamer and I like to have a solid idea and plan for what it will look like. I will be putting a 2.5" - 3" suspension lift (leaning more towards 3") but I'm not sure about the tires.

Should I go 33's or 35's, and what width? What size rims are recommended?

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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JKU's with 2-3" lifts require 35's IMO. They just don't look proportionate without that size tire to me.

2-Doors, on the other hand, will still look good and proportionate with a 2-3" lift on 33's.

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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I think a 305 70 series tire looks great. Its a compromise between a 33 and 35 inch tire
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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I'm going to be putting 35's on my 2.5" that I'm getting soon. So I say 35" all the way.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for the opinions everyone. I think I'll wind up going with 35's. Is 12.5" width on a 35" tire a standard?
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:43 AM   #6
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35s for me. I just love the look.
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Are you going to regear ? The reason I'm going with 33s is because I have the stock rubicon 4.10 gearing and don't want to regear yet... From what I can tell, when you get into 35s you start talking about more of a significant power loss... For me, with a 6sp manual trans, a 4.56 or 4.88 gearing is more ideal for 35s. But it's different for different trans...
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Are you going to regear ? The reason I'm going with 33s is because I have the stock rubicon 4.10 gearing and don't want to regear yet... From what I can tell, when you get into 35s you start talking about more of a significant power loss... For me, with a 6sp manual trans, a 4.56 or 4.88 gearing is more ideal for 35s. But it's different for different trans...
That's my understanding as well. The last items in my list are tires/wheels (35) and I was advised to regear to 4.88 to comp.ete the upgrade.
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So I won't be getting a unlimited wrangler for about another year (saving the money) but I'm a dreamer and I like to have a solid idea and plan for what it will look like. I will be putting a 2.5" - 3" suspension lift (leaning more towards 3") but I'm not sure about the tires.

Should I go 33's or 35's, and what width? What size rims are recommended?
I love my 35x12.50-15s with my 2.5" lift.
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #10
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So maybe I'll go with 33's, since I'm not certain I'll be re-gearing. Maybe I'll start with 33x12.5 on 17's, and once I wear those down and am ready for new tires I'll re-gear and get 35's.
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35x12.50x17 on 4:10's with the old 3.8 works just fine below 70 mph on flat-land. Mountain territory I would go with 5:13's. why a 3" lift? 2.5" with flat fenders keeps the center of gravity down and you can run 37's with the right gearing.
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Here is a pic of my JKU with 35x18 and a 2.5" lift. I love it.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:57 PM   #13
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No idea why that's upside down. Blaming the iPad app...
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #14
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I am running 315/70/17 on a JKU with 4:10 gearing. You lose a ton of power. You can still get around ok. Probably want to change the gearing at some point but you don't have to do that right away with 4:10's. I did the 2.5 AEV. It's ok if you really want to wheel I would take a closer look at the Fox setup. I have seen some really nice setup's out there on the trails.
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I'd go straight to 35s. If you're like 90% of the ppl on the forum, you'll regret going w/ 33s b/c they look too small...especially on a 4 door.

I didn't see what year Jeep you had, but if it's 2012+ I would not worry about regearing immediately as it may not even be necessary.
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Would a 2010 need regeared? unlimited sahara
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Depends on your butt dyno and the terrain, but it would help on 35s. Check out The Chart on here. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/3-6...ts-173271.html
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Would a 2010 need regeared? unlimited sahara
If you live in the mountains or do lots of hwy 70+ mph speeds I would say regearing would make for a happier experience. My 2011 has 4:10's and is fine for most hwy use where I live in Minnesota. Off road its great/ amazing with the current setup I have. Nothing wrong with the 3.8 , 4:10s and 35's.. it still has plenty of pep for anything under 70 mph with OD off. I plan on regearing, because we take a few trips to the mountains yearly...I want my OD back for fuel mileage.
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Just realized you have sahara...what gears do you have?
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I had 33's on with a 2.5" TF Coil lift. Just recently moved up to 35's. IMHO, do it "right" the first time and go with 35's. Now I must confess that I run a 5.13 gear, so I cannot give you any feedback on the power, ect. Having said that the 35's look better and, so far, perform better off-road.
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Depends on what you will be doing. If it will be your DD and as gas keeps increasing, you will be happier with 33s if you dont plan to regear. My 33x 12.5 15 duratracs work well and although only 31.5" mounted, I think they look good on my JKU. I have 3.73 gears and needed the superchips flashpaq for shift points to make me happy without a regear. I have a RK 2.5 stock mod with bilsteins. The ride is nice and I think the look is proportionate. Remember a bigger tire will weigh more and cost more in gas as well as for the tire itself.
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Do you think 33's or 35's with 3.73 gearing on a 2014 with the 6spd will be ok?
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I'll toss in my $0.02 and I'm driving a 2-door Rubicon.

Looks are one thing and I'll agree, 35's "look" better on a JKU but for me, the 33's just "fit" my needs, how I wheel and I love the way it looks. I went with 295/70/17 Nitto TerraGrappler MT's and they measure right about 33" mounted. No re-gear (4.10's in my Rubi), no loss of power, no loss of driveability.

I didn't want to get into the "almost required" mods of re-gearing, welding in C-gussets, etc. People always say "do it right the first time"...well, 35's are a "commitment" and require, IMO, a lot more supporting mods to "do it right". I know I'm in the minority here...



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