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Old 01-26-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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Is it true big tires make the wrangler flip over easily

I'm getting a 4 door wrangler next month. I really wanna put some big tires on it. But the only problem is my mother is very concerned about the jeep flipping over.

I don't want huge tires. Just some nice big ones. I don't wanna get it lifted either. So it is possible to get some big tires on there without a lift? And is it true that wranglers flip over often? Would big tires make it worse? What's the biggest size you'd put on there?

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Old 01-26-2010, 05:05 PM   #2
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Taller tires raise your center of gravity making you more prone to rollover, wider tires can make you slightly more stable. I could answer your questions further based on a TJ, but since you're talking JK I'll let someone else give you some good advice.

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Think of the difference between standing up in a canoe and kneeling on the floor. Way easier to tip over standing up. The center-of-gravity isn't that exaggerated in a lifted Jeep, but it's there.

I'm assuming you're relatively young and therefore relatively poor?

In addition to higher center of gravity, a lifted Jeep comes with other problems. You might end up needing to lower your transfer case, you might need to redo your steering geometry, you might need to keep your driveshafts from jumping free. You might end up with poor steering (death wobble or bump-steer). All of this is fixable, but it all costs money.

As a general rule, problems start to expand quickly with any tire over 33". I'd stay there, or smaller. A small spring or body lift will take care of most issues with 33" tires, and that's relatively affordable.

And keep in mind that tire sizes are in a huge "arms race" right now. A few years ago 33" tires were considered HUGE. Now we're seeing 40+ fairly regularly. You might like the way they look, but they're rarely necessary. Those guys work hard to find trails that challenge their rigs.

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33" tires, but big 33" tires (Hankook Dynapros) and Spidertrax 1.5" adapters/spacers (danger)

No lift, but flares are trimmed and stock bumper won't work, without mod or change, so I changed !!

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Haha, no, I'm not poor. My mother is a surgeon and dad owns a construction company.

Cars just aren't my thing, sports happen to be. That's why I joined a Wrangler forum to learn more about them. I have a Ford 4x4 truck but I just wanted a wrangler for the beach.
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Haha, no, I'm not poor. My mother is a surgeon and dad owns a construction company.

Cars just aren't my thing, sports happen to be. That's why I joined a Wrangler forum to learn more about them. I have a Ford 4x4 truck but I just wanted a wrangler for the beach.
you're poor, you're parents aren't.

as geoff said, the possibility is there but it is not that likely. don't drive like an idiot and you should be fine. jeeps are not sports cars, you cannot drive fast and expect to corner well.
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Haha, no, I'm not poor. My mother is a surgeon and dad owns a construction company.
Um, you might be confusing their money with your money. But hey, what do I know.

If you can afford it and want a bigger lift, get it done professionally. But I'd still suggest stopping at 33" tires at the most.
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Alright thank you. I'll do that.
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you're poor, you're parents aren't.

as geoff said, the possibility is there but it is not that likely. don't drive like an idiot and you should be fine. jeeps are not sports cars, you cannot drive fast and expect to corner well.
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Um, you might be confusing their money with your money. But hey, what do I know.

If you can afford it and want a bigger lift, get it done professionally. But I'd still suggest stopping at 33" tires at the most.
I'm glad you guys had a polite way of saying it.
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33" tires, but big 33" tires (Hankook Dynapros) and Spidertrax 1.5" adapters/spacers (danger)

No lift, but flares are trimmed and stock bumper won't work, without mod or change, so I changed !!



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Nice ride Jimbox. Are you up in Nevada County ?
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No, I'm either in Solano county, Ca or Lyons country, Nevada

I'm going to Nevada next wednesday, to take my jeep back where it's licensed and registered (and insured), I've put on the front license plate and some more lights ()

Then stay for a week or two and bring my Toyota back to Ca.

A multihome owners job is never done !!

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No, I'm either in Solano county, Ca or Lyons country, Nevada

I'm going to Nevada next wednesday, to take my jeep back where it's licensed and registered (and insured), I've put on the front license plate and some more lights ()

Then stay for a week or two and bring my Toyota back to Ca.

A multihome owners job is never done !!

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Hey JIMBO
You need a house sitter!
it just so happens I can do it for you
no problem
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Heh Heh, thanx for the offer birdhunter, but


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You need a house sitter!
it just so happens I can do it for you
no problem
Neither house is ever empty for any length of time, so nope, but thanx

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