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Old 03-18-2010, 02:23 AM   #1
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Lift, Wheel and Tire Advise Please

I am a newb here so let me first thank everybody for your help both in this thread and the others I have read. I just got an '06 Wrangler that is totally stock down to the steel wheels. Oh the dreams I am dreaming! So far I have replaced the shifter knob and picked out some bumpers without too much trouble. Wheels and tires are a different story.

I am thinking of getting some 16 or 17x8.5" wheels and 31" tires. I have read that I can go 31" without lifting but would like a little just to bring it up a bit. I was thinking 1 to 1.25" body lift.

1. Would this be a good setup with 10.5" wide tires and what would be a good backspace for the wheels? I certainly don't want to rub and don't want it to look like a skateboard either.

2. Would wider tires look/handle better? I won't be climbing mountains but I would like to hit a trail now and then and sometimes on a whim i just shoot off the road when the family isn't paying attention.

3. Would I need to change anything (linkage, gas filler etc.) with this type of lift?

I'm kind of stuck with going as cheap as I can til the wife graduates so any suggestions are appreciated.

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I'm new on this forum also and I'd just like to make an observation in regard to your post. TJ owners who participate in this forum don't have a lot of experience when it comes to wheels other than 15". That may be why you didn't get any responses to your post. Just a thought.

Basically, TJ owners are 15" wheel people.

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Old 03-31-2010, 02:01 PM   #3
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I suggest a set of 15x8 rims and nice AT 31x10.5" tires.

Also for suspension there is the buget boost
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I have 31's on mine without a lift and they look good. Are you wanting a Body lift or suspension?
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:43 PM   #5
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I forgot to ask earlier what your goals and use for the jeep are. I ran 32" bfg AT's and crager rims on a stock suspension without issue but didnt even consider taking it off road at all. Im now running 33's with close to a 4" total lift so I have the room to flex a bit. It all depends on what your goals, use and buget are to what we will suggest.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:44 PM   #6
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I forgot to ask earlier what your goals and use for the jeep are. I ran 32" bfg AT's and crager rims on a stock suspension without issue but didnt even consider taking it off road at all. Im now running 33's with close to a 4" total lift so I have the room to flex a bit. It all depends on what your goals, use and buget are to what we will suggest.
It is my daily driver but I definitely want to do some offroading. I'll be going to Tuttle Creek for some trail riding later this month so I'm sure I'll get even more ideas. I'm thinking I want to go with 31 or 32s. I like the look of the Rubicon wheels and my friend may be wanting to offload his. They are the 17x7.5s. Would some 32x11.5 tires fit well without rubbing? I was thinking about finding some 15 or 16x8s but if the price is right on the Rubis... I want some flex too. I was messing around and noticed that a 2" lift might not be enough for that size tires but I don't know. My first mod is going to be a front bumper with some hooks so I can get a tow if I get stuck. The rest will come as I can afford it. I can have plenty of fun with it til then.
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What works on the road generally doesn't work well off, at least when your talking about what size tire you can run. I don't know how rough your trails are but 33's are generally good. The independent front suspension will be the death of your fenders if your go offroad with tires that barely fit on the road. BF goodrich Krawlers are an awesome tire but the kinda costly.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:20 AM   #8
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I was thinking maybe a 2-4" suspension lift. I think 32 is as big as I want to go for tires because I have the 4 banger.
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You should be fine with 2" lift and 32's. You can always throw on a 1" body lift for more clearance. If you stick with 10.5" wide tires you should be ok with stock wheel backspacing, not entirely sure what the bs is on rubi wheels, but likely 5 or 5.5" which is ok for 10.5's, you might rub slightly depending on the tire, but just putting a washer or two on the steering stops will fix it. If you go wider you will probably need less bs....
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:33 AM   #10
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Cool! Thanks for all the responses! I'm starting to figure all this stuff out lol.

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