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Old 04-15-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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33's vs. 35's

im sure this question is asked all the time but im having a hard time deciding what size tires to get. I love the look of 35's, however the jeep is my daily driver and sees a lot of highway. just looking for some advice. My jeep is an 09 2dr automatic X. ive seen a lot of talk about gear modifications needed for 35's, would that still apply with an auto.? still trying to learn about this stuff sorry guys!

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No body's stupid here, we're all learning, can't imagine if we would stop how stupid would everybody be then? Anyway, Welcome - Check out Hilldwellers on "tires and wheels" thread...I've got ordered 285/75-18 for my O7 sahara - Only reason I went with 18's is because of the wheel I wanted - 33's should clear the fenders, another one to check out is "Iamgolfspaz", talk to these guys, they know more about the gearing issues! good luck and Welcome!!!

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Since its used mostly as your daily driver, I would just get 33's. Your stock gearing possibly might work fine, but an upgrade to 4.11 gearing would get you closer to being stock. You would more than likely need to add a 2 inch budget boost. Oh and welcome to WF.
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33's and an autotrans will beg for at least 4.56 gears if you have any hills to deal with...
35's need 4.88 or even 5.13 if you tow...

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...I've got ordered 285/75-18 for my O7 sahara - Only reason I went with 18's is because of the wheel I wanted - 33's should clear the fenders,
Dang; that's a big hunk of meat... ...and larger than 33"....
You sure you didn't order 285/65-18? 275/70-18 is 33" and fits...
I smell spacers and a little lift coming for you.

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For a daily driver, smaller is usually better- less lift required=less chance of breaking stuff. Less tire=less cost. Less altitude=slightly better fuel economy, and no ladder needed to get in Mark W.
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hey thanks for the welcome guys! so I'm going 16's as far as wheels go, I've noticed that there are a lot more with 4.25" backspacing rather than 4.5" is that common for 16's? My over all plan is looking like 33x12.5 tires on 16's with a 2.5" teraflex bb...i just want to be sure that i do the right amount of backspacing on the knew wheels to be okay, any suggestions?
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i just want to be sure that i do the right amount of backspacing on the knew wheels to be okay, any suggestions?
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hey thanks for the welcome guys! so I'm going 16's as far as wheels go, I've noticed that there are a lot more with 4.25" backspacing rather than 4.5" is that common for 16's? My over all plan is looking like 33x12.5 tires on 16's with a 2.5" teraflex bb...i just want to be sure that i do the right amount of backspacing on the knew wheels to be okay, any suggestions?
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Oh I get it.
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hey thanks for the welcome guys! so I'm going 16's as far as wheels go, I've noticed that there are a lot more with 4.25" backspacing rather than 4.5" is that common for 16's? My over all plan is looking like 33x12.5 tires on 16's with a 2.5" teraflex bb...i just want to be sure that i do the right amount of backspacing on the knew wheels to be okay, any suggestions?
The smaller that number, the more splooge you'll get on the side of your JEEP.
I wish I had gotten 5" rather than 4.5" on my wheels...

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if you don't want splooge stay in the parking lot.

all depends on what you want, if you're set on 35's don't do 33's and regear for that, then decide you want 35's.

people slap 33's and 35's on without regearing, but it kinda sucks. that v6 isn't gonna be happy. and you'll be passed on the hiway by semi trucks.
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people slap 33's and 35's on without regearing, but it kinda sucks. that v6 isn't gonna be happy. and you'll be passed on the hiway by semi trucks.

SOOO true!
I went with 33's and stock gears. When it's time for KNEW tires I will replace with 35's and regear.
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people slap 33's and 35's on without regearing, but it kinda sucks. that v6 isn't gonna be happy. and you'll be passed on the hiway by semi trucks.
That's what you get for buying an auto trans!!, I can always down shift!!!!
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That's what you get for buying an auto trans!!, I can always down shift!!!!
i don't run autos, but when your max speed is 65 no matter what you do, that will suck.

anyone running 35's w/ stock gears on a jk. i haven't known anyone first hand yet, but i bet the top speed doesn't break 70 very often.
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That is why I am staying with 31's when I have to replace my tires. While this may be a bit off topic, everyone thinks I am nuts when I say this. But my jeep has a fuel shut off at a little over 95 MPH.
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That is why I am staying with 31's when I have to replace my tires. While this may be a bit off topic, everyone thinks I am nuts when I say this. But my jeep has a fuel shut off at a little over 95 MPH.

i'm sure you can get around that

my xj doesn't shut off i don't know what speed i got to cuz the speedo only goes to 85, but it kept truckin till i realized i was going at least a hundred and backed off.
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i'm sure you can get around that

my xj doesn't shut off i don't know what speed i got to cuz the speedo only goes to 85, but it kept truckin till i realized i was going at least a hundred and backed off.
Maybe it is only in newer jeeps that it occurs, it was strange when I got close to 100 the engine just shut down until I took my foot off the accelerator.
I am bringing her in for an oil change and tune-up, I will have my Mechanic see if there is a work around but it is not really important. Personally speaking we do not have any business going at that speed in a jeep.
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Personally speaking we do not have any business going at that speed in a jeep.
i agree, i did it by accident down the express way keepin up with the yahoos. looked down and was like better slow down.
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i don't run autos, but when your max speed is 65 no matter what you do, that will suck.

anyone running 35's w/ stock gears on a jk. i haven't known anyone first hand yet, but i bet the top speed doesn't break 70 very often.
Sorry, but that doesn't add up.. the overall drive ratio in 6th for 4:56 gears is only slightly higher than the over all drive ratio in 5th for 3:21 gears. So 75 shouldn't be a problem with 35s and 3:21 gears, but might have to shift to 4th on upgrades. Not that you should really be going 75 in a vehicle as unstable at speed as a Wrangler anyway.

So anyone with the tow package gears of 3:73 or Rubicon gears of 4:10 should be ok with 35s if they had a manual.
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^like i said, i don't know anyone first hand. but we're also talking about the minivan motor.
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I tend to look down at my speedometer and I'm going like 55!!! Once I get in that jeep, I am in no hurry to get out of it...I just kick back and cruise!
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So for a daily driver, 6spd 3.73 gears, with limited off road use would you recommend 31 or 33 tires?

Sorry for the hi-jack but this seemed like a good place to ask.
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So for a daily driver, 6spd 3.73 gears, with limited off road use would you recommend 31 or 33 tires?

Sorry for the hi-jack but this seemed like a good place to ask.

That is what I have and I plan on 32s, (265/75/16) I just refuse to buy new tires until I wear out the stock ones.
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That is what I have and I plan on 32s, (265/75/16) I just refuse to buy new tires until I wear out the stock ones.
I am thinking of getting aftermarket wheels for these tires and putting the stock ones back on in the winter. Or if i get them as soon as I take delivery, sell the tires as almost new and put the new tires on the factory wheels.
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So for a daily driver, 6spd 3.73 gears, with limited off road use would you recommend 31 or 33 tires?

Sorry for the hi-jack but this seemed like a good place to ask.
33's will do you just fine.
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go with 35's you know you want to.....
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go with 35's you know you want to.....
Look wise yes...DD wise no. I live in the county and drive a good distance for everything. Since it will see a lot more street duty for the first few years I am leaning to the 31 or 33's.
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I am in the same boat you are but I know that i will not be happy with the look of 33's and I want 35's but can't find any that will fit 16 inch rims so I am going with 315's 75's which is just a little bit shorter then 35's but taller then 33. The ones I am looking at are 34.5 tall
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That is what I have and I plan on 32s, (265/75/16) I just refuse to buy new tires until I wear out the stock ones.
those tires measure almost 31" not 32", i have them on my xj.
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less is more........I think 33" is perfect for all average lifts and mods....unless you REALLY want to go wild with expense and installation work....I am thinking about mods, but I need to at least get some use of out of my OEM rubber.....I mean I did pay for it!

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