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Old 03-23-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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32-33in tires with Tube Fenders

I love the look of Tube fenders and right now my jeep has 32in tires and I'm probably not moving up for another 7 months or so and when I do most likely to 33in.

I'm just wondering if the tires are too small for tube fenders or if it will still look good. Anyone have any pics?



This would be the setup except with the new fenders. Thoughts?

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Old 03-23-2010, 02:38 PM   #2
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This is what I don't want it to look like lol


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Old 03-23-2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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I don't have any pics on hand but I can say it would look nothing like that! That jeep has several inches of lift and what looks to be about a 26-28" tire on it!
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:46 PM   #4
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jwm: hah, yeah I was exaggerating a bit Mainly I just want to make sure it won't look goofy with my current 32in tires and that it will actually look good with 33in.
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I have a good friend with around 4 or 5 inches of lift and ran 33's with tube fenders and it did tend to make them look sort of smallish... He now has 35's and it doesn't look bad at all. I'd say with about 4 or less inches of lift you'd be doin good with them. I'll try and find a pic.
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There.. bad pic but it will get a basic image in your head... And that is on 35's in this pic
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I don't think it would look too bad. But going from 32's to 33's isn't that big of a difference. Why not step up to 35's?
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Yeah I know 35s look great, his Jeep looks great btw. But don't have the cash to regear etc right now. So 33in baja claw radials is the plan.
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AzTJ: Pretty much just answered your question in my last post, but from everything I have read even with dana 44 in the rear. I would need to regear everything in order to run 35in tires without breaking something.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:17 PM   #10
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Save for 35's and gears. you are more than tall enough for 33's already.


Instead of tube fenders add some bump stops and run 35s with lift you have and gears. Armor up later IMO.
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AzTJ: Pretty much just answered your question in my last post, but from everything I have read even with dana 44 in the rear. I would need to regear everything in order to run 35in tires without breaking something.
You have a Rubicon correct? What trans? You should already have 4.11 gears in the axles and that's plenty fine for 35's with an auto, even a stick wouldn't be bad.
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Not a rubicon, just the sticker (old owner not me, don't ask lol). But it did come from the factory with an optional heavy duty rear end. So it has Dana 44 with 3.73, Manual with 4.0 I6.

Think that could run 35s or close too? Btw this is also my daily driver
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With a stick, it should be OK, you might lose 5th gear on some hills. I know guys running 35's with 3.73's no problem but they have automatics.
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By loose it you mean I just might have to down shift to 4th? Luckily no hills in south florida lol.

I can handle down shifting. Just don't want to worry about breaking anything is all.
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Break anything? Not at all, especially with a D44 in the rear. And yeah, you might have to downshift a bit more often, mileage will take a hit as well though.
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I have a good friend with around 4 or 5 inches of lift and ran 33's with tube fenders and it did tend to make them look sort of smallish... He now has 35's and it doesn't look bad at all. I'd say with about 4 or less inches of lift you'd be doin good with them. I'll try and find a pic.
try 3.5" with a 1" bl

P.S. 3:73's work fine and the D30/D35 are holding up. (building D44s in the garage)
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LOt of Hills here. I Run my 35's on rubi 4:10 gears with a 6spd.. Just gotta pop outta 6th for hills. Far as breakage wheel in low and see what it is like.

That being said tube fenders are HEAVY! you will lose power just from hauling them around everywhere.
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try 3.5" with a 1" bl
RE 3.5" = 4" ish + a 1" body lift = 5ish ...
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try to picture your clearance with no fenders like this pic...tube fenders give you basically the same

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Ok. So I've learned (which is really cool) that I can run 35in tires and not break anything. However it'll lower my mpg even more (which has to put me around 3mpg I figure :P

35in is what I honestly wanted to run and I can always regear down the road.

But back to the initial question? Think it'll look goofy with the 32s till I can grab the 35s?
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Ok. So I've learned (which is really cool) that I can run 35in tires and not break anything. However it'll lower my mpg even more (which has to put me around 3mpg I figure :P

35in is what I honestly wanted to run and I can always regear down the road.

But back to the initial question? Think it'll look goofy with the 32s till I can grab the 35s?
If you are that worried about what it looks like, you could always collect the parts you want and put them on at the same time. It probably wouldn't look too goofy with 32s and tube fenders. Sometimes you just have to deal with the transition periods when you drive a jeep everyday. My jeep has looked goofy here and there but I know what the end product will be. Good luck and nice jeep.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:46 PM   #22
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aghostinside: Touche. Great response.

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