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Old 04-18-2010, 01:12 AM   #1
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32" on a stock tj?

my 02 TJ has no lift and i plan on gettin tires with my tax return, anyone know if i can fit 32" tires under it? There on sale at the local tire shop and i plan on gettin a lift kit this summer.

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Ideally...no...can you bolt them on and roll around town...yes is it advised..not really.

I would atleast run a 2'' BB "budget boost" if your set on 32's and still make sure the bumpstops were adjusted to accomidate.

And 3'' lift either 2''bb and 1bl "body lift". 3'' spring lift or 2.5 lift, If you plan on staying with 32's comfortably.

Helpfull hint...set your mind on your end goal for your jeep...How you want it in the end. And start there...if money is an issue at the time....save it...you will spend ALOT of money buying things now just to take them off later.

So...what is your end goal.

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Old 04-18-2010, 01:25 AM   #3
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2.5" lift this summer. I was only thinking about getting the tires now because there on sale, i may still get them and store them until i get the lift
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Wise Ideal if they are a good deal...If you run them now and wheel...your going to replace fenders. "I dont' mean hitting a mud puddle."
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Thanks ill do that, Im pickin them up monday
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Best of luck bud. Any question you have let us know.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:18 AM   #7
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I did it for about a month before I put my lift on. Not too bad. I rubbed a few times just going into parking lots, so I would suggest not wheeling during that inbetween time considering I was rubbing just on the street.
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I also have a 02 tj stock suspension and I have been running 32x11.5 courser mts for almost a year now ive have never had a problem rubbing at all even doing some weekend trail ridding i plan on a 2'' coil spring lift eventually but its working fine for me right now.
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Its all about back spacing. I ran 32x11.5s on crager soft 8s for a year withut any issue. However I didnt even consider taking the thing off paved roads.
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Buy the tires now if they are a good deal but i wouldnt recommend installing them until you get at least a 2inch BB or 2.5 suspension lift.
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You most certainly can run them on a stock TJ, but I would definitely not do it on the factory rims... the backspacing isn't right.
I ran 32's on mine for about 2 months of city driving (on aftermarket Granite rims) before I put the lift on and I had very little rubbing at all. None on turning, and only a little when I would hit a big dip / bump at speed. I didn't even have to adjust the steering stoppers.

Of course, this all also depends on how shot your stock springs etc. are - mine were like new and had almost no sag.

Would I suggest doing it for a long time? No. But as long as you don't go wheeleing with it that way, you should be fine.

With 32" Kumho kl71 M/T's and no lift:


With the same tires and a 2" OME lift and JKS 1.25 b body lift:
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You most certainly can run them on a stock TJ, but I would definitely not do it on the factory rims... the backspacing isn't right.
I ran 32's on mine for about 2 months of city driving (on aftermarket Granite rims) before I put the lift on and I had very little rubbing at all. None on turning, and only a little when I would hit a big dip / bump at speed. I didn't even have to adjust the steering stoppers.

Of course, this all also depends on how shot your stock springs etc. are - mine were like new and had almost no sag.

Would I suggest doing it for a long time? No. But as long as you don't go wheeleing with it that way, you should be fine.

With 32" Kumho kl71 M/T's and no lift:


With the same tires and a 2" OME lift and JKS 1.25 b body lift:
How are your tires holding up? I remember when you originally posted these pics after getting your tires. I was/am in the market for new tires, and was seriously debating on the Kumho M/T's. Is the jeep your daily driver? If so, how far is your daily commute?
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:52 PM   #13
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How are your tires holding up? I remember when you originally posted these pics after getting your tires. I was/am in the market for new tires, and was seriously debating on the Kumho M/T's. Is the jeep your daily driver? If so, how far is your daily commute?
I drive about an hour in traffic usually. Those kl71's so far have been excellent. On the highway they ride pretty smooth, and pretty quiet for a M/T (very very tolerable). I run them at 28psi and they tend to soak up a lot of the bumps / potholes.

In rain they stick quite well so far. I have had one panic stop on wet pavement, and they performed nicely.

As for snow, I drove them around in a couple of the 12" plus snowstorms we had this winter, and they seemed fine. Pulled very well.

How do they do while wheeling? So far, excellent.
I have had them on two trips to the Badlands, and am very happy. Sticky mud was no problem, they self clean very well and gripped nicely. Rock walls were pretty good also - with the tread pattern they have, they gripped far better in rocks than my old Baja claws (on my YJ), by a long shot.
Creeks, rocks, mud, hillclimbs, off camber while aired down - all really good.

So, over all, I would suggest them. They ride well on the road and while wheeling. I have only put about 6k miles on them and tread wear is not noticeable. And they don't look too bad either

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