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Old 10-12-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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2003 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Question..Need help badly

Recently ive been wanting to upgrade my jeep so that i can go offroading. I have a 2000 budget and i am wanting to put 33" tires on my stock rims (15x8 i believe). What lift size, body or suspension, would i need to achieve no rubbing with the tires and within my budget. Also i was wondering if it wouldnt be a good idea to mount 33x12.50R15 mickey thompson Baja ATZ on the rims but i am not sure. Need alot of help kinda new to this

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Old 10-12-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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Are you installing the lift yourself? That has a big effect on money.

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Old 10-12-2008, 11:53 PM   #3
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anywhere from 3-4 of suspension. you probably will want to do 3.5 or 4 to be safe. if you have 2 grand dont go cheap and get a body lift, go ahead and do it right. if you have the money get a long arm kit instead of a short arm.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:46 AM   #4
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i havent decided if i am installing it myself yet it is possible. and with a 4 inch suspension lift, will i need new brake lines and with the 33x12.5 tires am i going to need new fender flares so the tires dont go outside the body, also..will i need wheel spacers and a new tire carrier or will the 33 fit on the stock tire carrier...i have 30x9.5R15 now
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:37 AM   #5
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and the 2000 budget includes tires which are probably going to run around 900
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:25 PM   #6
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Here is a question for you, are the rims stock or aftermarket? That will play a part in what size of tire you can run as well. The backspacing with a stock rim causes rubbing issues with your control arms and other vital components.
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:51 PM   #7
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when i bought it from the dealership i didnt change anything if thats what you are saying...i bought it used so idk if the previous owner did anything to it....it looks to be stock rims idk if there is any difference becuase its a sahara...how would i be able to check the backspacing
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:34 PM   #8
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Can you take a pic of your jeep for us? We'll let you know what wheels you have. And what you'll have to do.
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:52 PM   #9
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my 2000 sahara has a 2.5 suspension and I have never had any rubbing with 33x12.50r15's if you're getting all four new you should be getting new rims for that price. check on discounttiredirect.com shop around for packages. Thats the wholesale site and they have package deals.

also don't worry about the fender flares, the tires will stick out a good 2-3 inches but thats just the way it should be
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:03 PM   #10
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You cannot run 33x12.5 tires on the stock rims without spacers. The stock rims do not have the back spacing to handle that wide of a tire. Your options would be to run 33x10.5s, or get 1.5" wheel spacers, or get a set of aftermarket rims with the proper back spacing. I bought 5 soft 8 steel rims for less than the cost of spacers. You need to give some thought as to how you are going to use your Jeep and then plan accordingly.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:02 PM   #11
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You cannot run 33x12.5 tires on the stock rims without spacers.
X2. I went with the 33/12.5's and I ended up getting 1.5 " wheel spacers. I recomend you get different rims. Thats what I should have done. You can shop around on some forums and clubs and find some nice rims for less than spacers.
Also, with 2 K, you can get a pretty decent lift kit.
My advice is to do it yourself. It will save you alot of cash. I did mine in a weekend, front saturday, rear sunday. About 4-5 hours a day with plenty of beer breaks.
Just get a can of PB Blaster, heat is helpful for those extra tight bolts, and an impact also helps. If you dont have an impact, a breaker bar will work. All the specialty tools can be rented from Autozone (spring compressor, pitman puller, etc).
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:57 AM   #12
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they are stock rims. i went to KrazyHouse Customs in South Brunswick and igot a quote from them...for a bds 3" suspension lift with hydrolic shocks and a steering stabilizer was 675 and then 570 installation. he recomended the kuhmo mud terrain tires i believe they are the KL71 (33x12.5R15 on stock rimsbut he would have to check the backspacing). and 5 of those would run me 1000 and then 175 to mount and balance and 120 for alignment bringing it to 2540 before taxes with a lifetime warrentee. am i getting ripped off? also, what is the stock gear ratio for my automatic 2003 TJ sahara and the back spacing on the rims
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:23 PM   #13
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check the metal tag on your diff. cover for the gear ratio (either 3.07 or 3.73) and it doesnt matter what the backspacing is on your stock wheels trust me and the people who said it before you WILL have rubbing with a 12.5 wide tire on a stock wheel but they are probably around 5 in and you need a 3.75 or 4in backspaced wheel for that width tire

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