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Old 06-22-2010, 06:59 AM   #1
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???? tire and rim size (newbie)

I have a 2011 sahara 4 dr on order. I would like to put 35's on it. I am a newbie and am not sure what size rims to buy or tire size. Should I do 16", stock, or 18" and how wide. I like the wide look. I like the stance of blasters blue jeep. I will put a 2 inch lift on it. Will the power of my jeep be compromised that much with 35's or will it still be fine with the 3.73 gears. I do not do extreme wheeling. This will be a daily driver. I just want the look but do not want it to be too much of a dog.


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Old 06-22-2010, 07:46 AM   #2

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33's would be better with the gears you have, not great but far easier on the jeep than 35's.

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Old 06-22-2010, 08:24 AM   #3
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Contrary to popular belief...35's arent as easy to stick on a JK as you'll read online. You'll need a minimum of 3" of actual lift. I've got 3, and it might rub on extreme rocks and articulation. I also had to take a grinder to the pinch seam in the rear wheel well, so if you're squeemish about taking an angle grinder or a hammer to the tub of a new JK...reconsider.

35's will stick out of the fenders. Mine do around 2". If you get a 15x8 wheel with more than 4" backspace, you'll be cutting the calipers too. I went with 3.75 BS to avoid this, but my tires stick out more. At 4" or more BS, it's 50/50 on a caliper cut. 16" wheels or larger will clear, no problem.

The 4 doors are pretty forgiving with a lift, so you'll be ok there. The 2 dr's start eating u-joints and blowing driveshafts. The only issue you might run into is you can't get enough caster. My 2 dr is maxed out at about 3.5 degrees. The handling is good, but I'm just missing it being great. That may or may not be an issue. Like I said, 4 dr's are more forgiving. You'll need a rear trackbar or trackbar bracket though, and longer rear swaybar links.

My MPG got NAILED. I was getting 17mpg stock, now I'm averaging 12-15. I've got an automatic with 4.10's and a chip, it drives good and has power, just no fuel economy. New gears would correct most of this, but I'm not worried about it, some folks are.

The good news is 35's look GREAT on a JK. it's a huge improvement offroad too. A suprise to me, is I'm not breaking anything related to the axles. I wheel like an idiot, and my D30 has no problems so far.

EDIT: I almost forgot. Your 3.73's are pushing it like 4jeepin said, even with a manual. If you live in a flat area it might be ok but I doubt it. A rear gear to 4.88 or 5.13 might be required.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:41 PM   #4
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Have ( 16 ") stock rims and tires on jeep wrangler 2010 can i go ( 18" )32.83" without lifting .... and do the sencors have to get ajusted ?
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:50 PM   #5
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Are you building up a mall crawler or do you offroad? The smaller your rim diameter the more flex and softer ride you get off your tires...
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