Originally Posted by DozerDave
I happen to like the current height for getting in and out of my 12 JKU with my stock 17 inch P255/75/R17 with no lift kit. What's the height with 33x12.50x15 with no lift kit? Wherever you have measured: above the front wheel, the ground to the front door, whatever. TIA
Honestly, that's the most onerous part of the process.
My wife loves the Jeep at stock height...she's 5'8" and it's super easy for her to get in and out of without a lot of contortions (unlike our car). I know that if I spend the money on bigger tires, a lift or a combination that it will move the height out of that sweet spot...probably. Maybe a set of Ace sliders ICW the other mods so at least there's a step? Just a thought. Although, with 33" inch tires, the change will be small, .5-1" depending on the model in question and its actual height (depending on inflation pressure and what you were running originally). Ah, the price one must pay for more off road capability.
In my perfect world I would turn about 2000-2500 bucks into a new set of flares (because I have this thing where I do not like permanently modding stock parts) and 35" tires. I'd only get a little extra clearance, but it would all be under the diffs as well as the body...then I'd probably do a little lift to get the frame and what not a bit more clearance...probably end up being about 1.5-2" under the diffs and 3.5-4 inches under the frame (and cabin/seats). To me, if the stock setup is the street biased do-it-all answer, that would be the off-road biased do-it-all setup. Alternatively, you could keep the lift, leave the stock flares and use 33 inch tires...maybe the most evenly balanced option of the do-it-alls.
I look at 37, 38 and 40 inch tire setups as off-road specific...not to say they're not streetable, but you are definitely paying for it in terms of fuel economy, acceleration, braking, tire wear (and cost) and general convenience (fitting into parking garages, loading and unloading, step in height, etc.).
Enough unsolicited advice/musings in one sport?