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Old 09-20-2010, 07:39 PM   #1
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Lightbulb 2001 stock jeep wrangler, big tires

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I just got my first Jeep Wrangler. Its a 2001 4.0, I want to lift it and everything eventually but for right now I want to keep it stock for a little. I want to put some nice simple black cragar rims on it probally, but right now have just stock rims. I was wondering if i got the new wheels, whats the biggest tire I can fit with the stock suspension.the more replys the better, thanks

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:01 PM   #2
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not sure but from what i've read I think it's just the 31s. play around with the search button and see what threads you can pull up to be certain.

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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yea thats what ive heard also, i want that lifted look without the lift
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:18 PM   #4
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i think you can go with 32s but if you go off road they will rub on the fender flairs.
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With the Cragar Soft 8s in 15x8 and 4" back spacing, we fit 33x12x50 Duratracs on our 2001 TJ without a lift. No rubbing full turn to full turn and it would only rub the flares if we made it flex any more than your normal street-related stuff like speed bumps and crossing small ditches and stuff. If you take it off-road, you'll definitely want to put at least a small lift on it. We just put on 2" spring spacers because of budget reasons and not wanting to do anything else to the Jeep just yet. Works very well for what we use it for. I've taken it off road and have done everything the other guys took us through and didn't have any issues at all. Now, this was after the 2" spacers so, don't forget that. I should have a couple of pics of the wheels and tires on without any lift. I'll find them and post them later for you.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:22 PM   #6
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Here's ours without any lift...



We've trimmed our fender since this photo was taken and we now have even more clearance. You ought to consider that option as well.
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thanks for all the replys already, if you guys look at my picture i was lucky to have the aftermarket bushwaker wide fender flares on it when i bought it which is really convenient and cool, so will this add some more confidence into switching to a bigger tire like the 33s because of the rubbing issue
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Are you planning on taking it off road? (Dumb question I know, but some Jeeps never get to enjoy themselves) If you are and you don't intend to make any mods to your suspension then I wouldn't go any larger than a 31x10.5x15. They will give you plenty of clearance without rubbing. You could go 32, but you will encounter rubbing on tight turns.
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If your Jeep was mine, I wouldn't hesitate, but if your plans are to go wheelin' immediately, I'd be planning on getting a little lift before you do much at all off-road.

Here's ours with the trimmed flares and the 2" spacers...
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Also, keep in mind if you go with the Cragar Soft 8s with 4" backspacing, you won't rub at all with 33x12.50 Duratracs at full turn. Other tires will have other results as not all tires of the same advertised size are of equal size (if that makes sense).
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If your Jeep was mine, I wouldn't hesitate, but if your plans are to go wheelin' immediately, I'd be planning on getting a little lift before you do much at all off-road.

Here's ours with the trimmed flares and the 2" spacers...
Really like the look of your rig....how did you do the trimming of the fender flares and how much did you take off?...Thanks...Ron
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Really like the look of your rig....how did you do the trimming of the fender flares and how much did you take off?...Thanks...Ron
Thanks I took off about an inch, and it's super easy to do, just mark it, I ran a chalk line where I wanted to trim. Then score it with a very sharp razor knife. You don't have to cut way into it, just get a nice score line in the plastic, bend it in to the wheel well, and peel them off... I trimmed up the inside edges a bit, sanded them a little where needed and painted them.... I tried a Dremel first, that made a huge mess.... Scoring, bending and peeling is definitely the way to go...
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If you plan on disconnecting your sway bar while you are offroading you will need to add larger bump stops for the 33s or you will damage your fenders. I have a 2" BB and my 32s almost (or maybe they do) hit my fenders at full tuck. I need to trim my flares still because my tires hit them pretty bad if I am turned at all.

I also have a set of 33's but can't run them if I want to disconnect. I plan on doing a body lift and adding some 2.5" springs to fix that though.



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Just so I'm clear, I'd be fine with running 33s and no lift if all I was doing at the time was daily street driving. Don't even think about disconnecting if you like having undamaged flairs.

Agree with Killer above about the bump stops. We still need to get some new bump stops in the TJ but haven't yet. Have only rubbed the rear flair once though while off-roading. (I try to be very selective on what I attempt).

Bottom line for me on this is that you can run 33s without any lift for street driving only, off-road with at least 2" of added clearance like simple spacers, and can even be disconnected if you're selective or add some bump stops to protect your flares.
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cool thanks everyone, all the comments helped alot
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I have brand new Yokahama rubber in 30x9.5 which were on the jeep when I bought it 5 months ago, they seem to do well on the mud roads I drive on...anyway. This is exactly what I wanted to here...that I can run 33s with minimal lift/BB. I had been looking at the duratracs and they seem to be exactly what I need for the occasonal mud road or farm field runs, they look agressive enough for I what I do offroad but still do a decent job for my ride to work everyday. TR3YNGLER what BB are you running with the 33's?
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What coil spacer are you running (brand) since that could make all the difference between rubbing or not. I plan on getting tube fenders as well so I don't think I will have a problem with rubbing the flares but its still nice to know I don't have to have the fenders right away.
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how do you get a pic in the body of the message i want to show a couple of pics
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What coil spacer are you running (brand) since that could make all the difference between rubbing or not. I plan on getting tube fenders as well so I don't think I will have a problem with rubbing the flares but its still nice to know I don't have to have the fenders right away.
I have no idea the brand, I bought them used. Just got 4 2" spacers in a box.... Sorry. I think if they sell them as 2" spacers, then they should measure 2".... But what do I know?

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