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Old 01-27-2008, 04:42 PM   #1
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31" Tires W/O budget boost Kit?

I have an '03 TJ SE (and not a Sport like my Title suggests: I didn't know the difference between Wranglers when I was a newbie... SORRY... DAAAH!) and am in market for 31" tires. Could I get away with putting these tires on w/o any problems such as rubbing,etc? Or, should I first purchase a 1.5" lift kit? BTW: I don't plan to do a lot of off-roading (especially with my Dana 35).

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yeah they will fit fine if you dont plan on doing intense rocks with lots of flex, and if you find that you are hitting your fenders than you can get a 1.25" BL for about $125, but you dont need it to fit them, go ahead and and buy thema nd then if you are having problems slap the lift on there

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you won't have any probs at all. My rig was setup like that when I bought it and never came close to any rub.
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you won't have any probs at all. My rig was setup like that when I bought it and never came close to any rub.
mine to! no problems at all
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you're fine.. you might rub the control arms under full turn if you get big knobby tires but thats nothing to worry about, what width of tires are you planning on getting?
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:49 PM   #6
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Follow up ?: Would 31's (Looking at the 31x11.50-15's EXT's) increase the height of my jeep? I am now on Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country 225/75/15.
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:01 PM   #7
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First off i'd look into a 31x10.5 instead of a 31x11.5, especially if you have 15x7 stock rims and no lift. 11.5's are much more likely to give you rubbing problems than 10.5's.

Second, yes 31's will give you around an inch and a half or so more ground clearance.
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actually if you have 30s and put on 31s you will only gain 1/2" of clearance
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actually if you have 30s and put on 31s you will only gain 1/2" of clearance
Trip, if the original tire dia. is 28" what does the 30" have to do with this conversation.
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yeah 225's are about 28's in comparison...so its around and inch and a half of ground clearance gained give or take
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Trip, if the original tire dia. is 28" what does the 30" have to do with this conversation.
My bad i thought the stockers were 30s..
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30's were usually standard on the sport and sahara but on the X and the SE they throw on tiny little 215's or 225's to keep costs down.
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oh ok.
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Sorry, I meant ground clearance. I'll look into the 10.5's instead. Thanks for the heads up there Jonny and the rest. I am sure those 31's will look much better than my 225's. Probably will handle better in the snow and mud too. C'mon Snow! Thanks Again!
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someone post a pic of 31'' bfg a/t's on a stock tj PLZLPPLZPLZPLZ
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Not a good picture (phone), but you get the idea. Stock w/ 31 BFG ATs

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i ran 31" dayton timerblines on my 97 sport with no mods. it rubbed at full turn, when the suspension was a little compressed, but the springs were sagged. you should be fine.
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31" Trxus MTs..stock 97 SE saggin suspension




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I'll post a pic of mine when I get home from work. 31's on gambler rims on a Sahara.
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Crump582, your Jeep looks awesome! Did you get a lift of any kind? How about new shocks? Just curious! I would like to do the same thing after a couple paychecks and tax return. I guess I am looking at a grand or so with just wheels and rubber.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:13 PM   #21
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You should be able to cover it with a grand... if you go with something besides the BFG's you'll have no trouble, they are a little higher than some others.

I paid like $850 for 5 tires, mounted on the rims, road hazard, lifetime rotations, etc. etc. The rims are like $40 each at quadratec.com.
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Crump582, thank you very much for the info. It's always nice to hear of saving money. I guess I'll go ahead with it w/o the budget boost lift. Then again maybe I should get the cheap 1.5" Budget Boost spacer lift ($100). I think labor will cost me another $300 if I choose to have someone else do it for me. I guess taking off the springs is where the time/labor/cost comes into play. Thanks Again Everyone!
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you can doa 2" BL for the same amount, and its really easy to do at home
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Crump582, thank you very much for the info. It's always nice to hear of saving money. I guess I'll go ahead with it w/o the budget boost lift. Then again maybe I should get the cheap 1.5" Budget Boost spacer lift ($100). I think labor will cost me another $300 if I choose to have someone else do it for me. I guess taking off the springs is where the time/labor/cost comes into play. Thanks Again Everyone!
Its very very easy. The only hard part on my jeep was the front stock shock nuts (top) would not unscrew off so i had to dig into the rod it self to get a good grip on it. Its easy though. A Spacer lift would be even easier. It was worth taking everything apart and studying how stuff works with your own hands. Taking the springs off was also very easy. Autozone rents out spring compressors so if you need them then go ahead and get a set but you wont need them at all. Make sure you get spring compressors instead of coil compressors if you decide just to have them available.
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rubicons come with 31's stock
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Thanks Triple88a and the rest. Maybe I'll try doing it myself if it sounds that easy. Heck, changing the oil is an accomplishment for my hands LOL! Thanks Again!
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for a 2" suspension lift you can use the stock shocks BUT only if you're running it on the road, if you'd like to flex a bit on a trail, you will need new longer shocks.
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I was thinking about a budget boost, but I called a place here and they wanted to charge me somehting ridiculous to do it. I might revisit the issue if it's that easy to do myself. I heard the spring removal was a pain though... guess not.
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I heard the spring removal was a pain though... guess not.
Nope no pain at all.. I installed the 4" RC kit by myself with out any special tools nor some 1 else to help me out. I used the stock jeep jack and another car jack to lift and lower the axles when needed but that was it. The only thing you might need to do is disconnect the brake line brackets that are mounted to the chassis with 1 torx screw each (they just hold the brake lines in place so no you will NOT open the brakes, so you will not need to bleed them or anything) this will allow you to hang the front axle lower to pull out the springs even easier.

Dont be scared man after you're done you'll be like "thats it?". lol
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I was thinking about a budget boost, but I called a place here and they wanted to charge me somehting ridiculous to do it. I might revisit the issue if it's that easy to do myself. I heard the spring removal was a pain though... guess not.
for installing a BB needed 2.5 hours and it was the first thing i installed on a car in my whole life.

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