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Old 01-16-2011, 11:02 AM   #1
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31" or 32" For Mileage

Hi to all. This is my 1st post concerning my 1st Wrangler. I bought a stock '04 Rubicon back in August 2010.....Well stock except for 32" tires. I have no issues with 32" tires other than a slight rub on a hard lock to lock turn. My Jeep is a daily driver averaging nearly 100 miles a day. Probably 80% of my driving is on the interstate at 70-75 MPH. The rest of my driving is a mix of city, highway, and offroad. Will I get better mileage with the larger 32" tires or with the stock 31" tires? I'm thinking that with the 4.11 gears I'm better off with the 32's. Thanks.

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Old 01-16-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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I would say the 31's may be a lil more gas friendly but not enough to make me switch back to the 31's from 32's

You may look into deeper offset rims or a 1" budget boost depending on where the rubbing is happening

my 2 cents....for the love of rubicons dont do a gay body lift....well 1" doesnt look horrible but the 2-3" is horrible looking

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:51 PM   #3

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ou812 is right. Your rub is because of stock wheels (I'm guessing). Get some decent wheels with the correct offset and keep your own 80% driving habits in mind when you build. If you go on trails, your jeep can probably handle 80% of trails staying stock. Before you build it bigger get some good tools, an air compressor, a quality tire repair kit and even a winch. Get trail wise and after you have that experience...start building it using your own experience and your own tools.
I've seen too many new owners throw money into their new jeep and not have the experience to keep and maintain one. Experience is the best thing a new jeeper can attain.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:56 PM   #5
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If your doing 90% or better onroad use you and you want to keep the factory rims with 32's you can buy wheel spacers that will add more rim clearance
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:41 PM   #6
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Thanks so much for the friendly welcome and advice. I'm very pleased with the looks of my Jeep with the 32's on it and the rubbing doesn't bother me at all. It only rubs in one direction and so rarely that I can't even remember whether it happens on a hard left or right turn. My wheels are stock by the way. Since my Jeep is a DD I have no plans of altering the suspension......at least until another vehicle fills the roll of dragging me back and forth to work. You guys have been a great help. I think I'll put on another set of 32's and keep on driving. I can always lift it if I start spending more time off road. Hmmmm.......Now to choose tires. I'm liking the Cooper STT's alot. Thanks again.


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