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Old 03-06-2014, 04:04 PM   #1
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Extra 1" clearance worth it?

Some advice needed:
We have a base model Sport, auto, 3.21 diff, no lift, stock size (29.3") Wid Country xtx tires. The Jeep is our only 2 track vehicle, and a DD, but we like to explore some rough logging roads as well (nothing too challenging, no crawling).
I was considering getting a set of "pizza cutters" 235/85/16 (31.7") to help a bit with ground clearance.
Are the trade offs worth it?
(cost, mileage, gearing, ease of getting in for elderly parents, etc.).

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Some advice needed:
We have a base model Sport, auto, 3.21 diff, no lift, stock size (29.3") Wid Country xtx tires. The Jeep is our only 2 track vehicle, and a DD, but we like to explore some rough logging roads as well (nothing too challenging, no crawling).
I was considering getting a set of "pizza cutters" 235/85/16 (31.7") to help a bit with ground clearance.
Are the trade offs worth it?
(cost, mileage, gearing, ease of getting in for elderly parents, etc.).
I had a set of wild country XTX in 265/75-16 and had 0 issues on a stock 2013 sport with auto and 3.21's. Those are excellent tires. Don't hear much about them but in winter they are incredible.

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Some advice needed:
We have a base model Sport, auto, 3.21 diff, no lift, stock size (29.3") Wid Country xtx tires. The Jeep is our only 2 track vehicle, and a DD, but we like to explore some rough logging roads as well (nothing too challenging, no crawling).
I was considering getting a set of "pizza cutters" 235/85/16 (31.7") to help a bit with ground clearance.
Are the trade offs worth it?
(cost, mileage, gearing, ease of getting in for elderly parents, etc.).
Why not just buy a set of somebodys Rubicon take offs? You would get a 32" tire and could probably score wheels/tires/sensors for under $1k for a set of 5. Youre going to notice slightly more sluggish acceleration and probably a little drop in fuel economy. Old people like having to be hoisted into tall vehicles. Don't let them fool you.
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You can run 32s easy-that is actually a stock option upgrade. You may want to look at grab bars and steps or sliders for elderly parents. I am a woman about 5'6" with stock 32s for now and with the roll bar have no issues getting in an out. Every inch you can get is an inch you didnt have before.
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Why not just buy a set of somebodys Rubicon take offs? You would get a 32" tire and could probably score wheels/tires/sensors for under $1k for a set of 5. Youre going to notice slightly more sluggish acceleration and probably a little drop in fuel economy. Old people like having to be hoisted into tall vehicles. Don't let them fool you.
best advice you can get. the BFG KMs that come on the rubi's are good trail tires and they're not too bad on pavement either. make sure that when you get the new tires, you either A) buy a procal or other programmer to recalibrate your speedometer or B) go to the dealership (because it's a stock size tire -- they'll reflash your ECM to the correct size)

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Thanks for all the good advice. I considered the Rubi take offs, but like the look of a pizza cutter. My dilema is wether just 1" more clearance will make a huge difference off pavement.
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Thanks for all the good advice. I considered the Rubi take offs, but like the look of a pizza cutter. My dilema is wether just 1" more clearance will make a huge difference off pavement.
and the answer to that question is yes. every modification adds up to more capability off-road.
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I agree best thing a person can do for off roading is to scrap the stock size rubber on the sport. Go with 32" and get a real 1" (remember you have to divide the tire height by 2 to get actual lift amount)
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I have stock 32s. That is about the minimum needed around here if you want to do the nicer trails (not the really tough ones) that we prefer exploring. Get some Rubi takeoff 32s. When I upgrade (like I did on my last one) I will jump to 35s. That extra 1"-1.5" makes a pretty significant difference with the higher diffs, along with the higher pinchseam area. 32s/33s are considered the safe minimum here in Colorado, unless you are okay with scraping the belly a lot. Since you can do 32s without mods, it is a no-brainer.
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Thanks for the input. Grab bars and 32's it is, already have side steps!

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