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Old 07-24-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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33's or 35's!?!

Need suggestions or advice.

We just got a 3 inch lift on out 2012 JK and now its time for tires!

With the 3 inch lift I notice I have plenty of room getting in and out of my garage so I would still have room for 35 inch tires I think.

I am having a difficult time deciding weather to get 33's or 35's. What are the pros and cons of getting either? I was thinking the DC Mud countrys but have no clue.

The jeep is not our DD but we do take it on trips occasionally. The type of off roading we will be doing is trails and powerlines in the middle of Pennsylvania. No crawling or submerging (hopefully). I want something that I can rely on in the woods and something that will not be too noisy getting there!! Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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Get 35's. If you don't you will wish that you did. Your Jeep will still fit in your garage just fine (I have 35's and a 3.5" lift). If you get 33's, the tire to fender gap will still be pretty big and you will wish you had bigger tires. JK's and 35's just go together.

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If you get 35s your gonna have to drop another at least 400-800 bucks on a heavy duty tire carrier
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You should also keep in mind what gearing you have, if you currently have 3.21 you are really going to feel bogged down with 35s, although with a 3.5" lift, it is certainly going to beg for a 35" tire to go under it. Personally I'm running a 2.5" lift with a 315/70/17 duratrac, quiet on road, and handles all the wheeling I do.
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I went with 33's and in less then two months ordered 35's. Save yourself and just get the 35's to start off with.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:16 PM   #6
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I went with 33's and in less then two months ordered 35's. Save yourself and just get the 35's to start off with.
I did the same exact thing. Wish I went with 35's from the start because I lost money in the process. I dont have any issues fitting in my garage. The only issue I have is parking in certain parking garages.

Also you will need a new tire carrier. My tire would not fit on the stock tire carrier. For a short term solution I went with the smitty tire carrier. Right now I am saving up for a new rear bumper to take the weight off of the tailgate.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:16 PM   #7
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Skip the 33's and the 35's. Go straight for the 37's.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:42 PM   #8
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Skip the 33's and the 35's. Go straight for the 37's.
That's what I wish I would have done instead of 35's. However, I like the process of modding and I wouldn't have much to do if I went straight to 37's.
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I like how everyone ignores the negatives to 35's, like their aren't any.
Cons to 35's:
- Might need to regear($1000+)
- Will need a new tire carrier($500-$800)
- Might need to beef up your axles($?)
- Tires cost significantly more($ x5)
- Jeep is more rollover prone as it's center of gravity is higher
- MPG will drop significantly

Overall, I am not suggesting you go with 35's or 33's, just sayign that their are some drawbacks, especially cost wise. If the extra $1500 up front and 10% increase in what you spend on gas to drive it is worth it to you for 35's over 33's, then go for it. You can use the same logic to justify 37's or even 40's though.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:59 PM   #10
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^ this.

35s are the interwebs popular is all. Experience though says "you gotta pay to play".

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I like how everyone ignores the negatives to 35's, like their aren't any.
Cons to 35's:
- Might need to regear($1000+)
- Will need a new tire carrier($500-$800)
- Might need to beef up your axles($?)
- Tires cost significantly more($ x5)
- Jeep is more rollover prone as it's center of gravity is higher
- MPG will drop significantly
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- Ball joints sooner than later
- new tie rod and drag link/ends
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:17 PM   #11
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Thanks!

Thank you very much for all your response's and opinion's!!! This is exactly the discussion I was looking for!

I think I made my decision from all your help! I will post pics with the final product!
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my wallet hated my previous single digit mpg dd truck on 35's. lesson learned, and sticked to 33's with the jeep. 35's look great on a jeep but it doesnt suit MY needs.

edit: if you don't think 33's look boss, look at forum member "cg3". thats the epitome of expedition type jeep on 33's.
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I have 35's on my 2012 JKUR with a 2.5 inch Teraflex lift. It fits in my garage and public parking garages that I have been in with no problem. I noticed 1 mile per gallon drop in fuel economy from stock with virtually no loss in power running 373 gearing. I did spend $800 dollars for an AEV tire carrier that fits perfectly with my stock AEV bumpers that came on my jeep from the factory. The price of the 35 inch tire verse the 33 inch tire at 4 wheel parts was only three dollars per tire more for the pro comp extreme all terrain tire. My Rubicon COD rides better and handles much better than it did stock. No problems with any of this in the 1 plus years and 13,000 miles since 4 wheel parts put all of this on my jeep.
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Im putting a 2.5 RE lift and going with 33's. personally I prefer 33's. I like the look of more gap in the wheel wells, they are considerably less expensive, do not require an aftermarket spare carrier and will take you just about everywhere a 35 will go.
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35s it just looks it was supposed to come with them from Factory!
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:29 PM   #16
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check what gear your have. 33's will look great and so will 35's.

35's will add extra cost - potentially new tire carrier and re-gearing, loss of gas mileage, extra weight...

I thought about it too, ended up with 33's, still kinda wish I went with 35's until I start adding all the extra's up in my head..
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I went with 33's. 285/70-17 Duratracs, so small ones at that. I didn't want to deal with the drawbacks of 35's right now. Plus I haven't found anyplace I couldn't get to yet. It'll happen, just not yet, lol.

I'm in the minority, but I like the look of 33's on a JKU with a true 2.5".
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Most states require less than 35" tires to get your emissions tested. I have 35s and love them, but it's yet another thing to consider.

Some places like 4wheelparts / Discount will throw a set of loaners on for emissions testing if you get the wheels from them.
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Here is a pic of a 3" BDS lift with 33s. I stuck with 33 inch tires due to the fact I only had 3.21 gears. It was perfect on the highway a s performed well offroad.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:16 PM   #20
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I personally have 33s on my 2 door and couldnt be happier! However if I had a 4 door I would go 35s at minimum.
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Im putting a 2.5 RE lift and going with 33's. personally I prefer 33's. I like the look of more gap in the wheel wells, they are considerably less expensive, do not require an aftermarket spare carrier and will take you just about everywhere a 35 will go.
Agreed! Do you have your lift yet? I ordered mine and the shocks didn't come so I upgraded to fox. I'm hoping to get it all installed this weekend. I recently sold my Gecko Sahara I posted above and bought a Rubicon. Let the mods begin again!
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I went with 33s on my JKUR with a 2.5 lift. I would absolutely love 35s, but I didn't want to have to deal with regearing and reinforcing the front axle just yet. I simply can't afford it for awhile.

I do agree that 35s look the best on a 4 door.
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Agreed! Do you have your lift yet? I ordered mine and the shocks didn't come so I upgraded to fox. I'm hoping to get it all installed this weekend. I recently sold my Gecko Sahara I posted above and bought a Rubicon. Let the mods begin again!
All parts in transit. Should have everything installed in less than 2 weeks. Rims coming from 3 differant warehouses. Will post pics when done.
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^RE w/ 33's? Your gonna love it @NYJETS.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/rub...ew-254067.html
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Cost is a factor for me. Also gear ratio.
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I like how everyone ignores the negatives to 35's, like their aren't any.
Cons to 35's:
- Might need to regear($1000+)
- Will need a new tire carrier($500-$800)
- Might need to beef up your axles($?)
- Tires cost significantly more($ x5)
- Jeep is more rollover prone as it's center of gravity is higher
- MPG will drop significantly

Overall, I am not suggesting you go with 35's or 33's, just sayign that their are some drawbacks, especially cost wise. If the extra $1500 up front and 10% increase in what you spend on gas to drive it is worth it to you for 35's over 33's, then go for it. You can use the same logic to justify 37's or even 40's though.
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^ this.

35s are the interwebs popular is all. Experience though says "you gotta pay to play".



You can also add.
- Ball joints sooner than later
- new tie rod and drag link/ends
all the more reason to go straight to 37s...

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If you don't care about gas go 35's I feel it's the biggest a you can go without gearing. But then again that's my opinion.
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I just got 35's and a 2.5" lift haven't put them on yet but now y'all are making me nervous with all this talk about needing to have my jeep re-geared? I have a 2007 Saharah unlimited 4 door
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I just got 35's and a 2.5" lift haven't put them on yet but now y'all are making me nervous with all this talk about needing to have my jeep re-geared? I have a 2007 Saharah unlimited 4 door
you'll be fine. i ran 35s with 3.73 gears (3.8L auto tranny) for over a year... i regeared for 37s. if you're going to wheel it frequently, you may want to think about reinforcing your c-gussets...

not an expensive modification...

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