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Old 02-05-2014, 10:46 PM   #1
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32's w/ a BB or 31's on stock suspension?

Multi-part question....

Getting ready to get new wheels and tires for my '06 TJ sport.

I'm looking either at 31's with the stock suspension or 32's with a 2" budget boost.

I've been reading on here that 32's need at least a 2" lift, yet I've seen some guys running 32's on a stock suspension on the street only. In terms of the lift, will a 2" BB be enough of a lift to clear with no running or is a different type of lift needed?

I get that 31's can be put on a stock TJ with the stock suspension and I was really leaning towards the duratracs. But, if I can go bigger then why not...? Problem is, duratracs only run in 31's and 33's...

So... I'm left with a bit of a dilemma. I've been pricing tires and it looks like I could get a decent set of 32's with enough cash left over for a BB for the same price as a set of 32" duratracs.

My jeep is a daily driver and I'm not quite ready for all the stuff necessary for a set of 33's. Thought the 32's would be a compromise between the two.

Thoughts...?

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Old 02-05-2014, 11:11 PM   #2
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I have been running a 2" BB and 31" Duratracs for about 2.5-3 years now. All you need is bumpstop extentions, a 2'BB, and wheels with the proper backspacing(just so theres no rubbing). I have had no troubles at all, the Jeep flexes great. for the first 2 years I was still running my stock shocks as well. Jumping up to 32x11.50's once i get my tax return. If you have any other questions about that set up, just ask!

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I have 265/75r16 on mine with a .75 in spacer in the front, which is about 31.5x10.5. It will rub the sway bar at full lock when flexed but that is an issue of wheel backspacing not lift height, just need to put some washers behind the steering stops to fix it.
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I like the look of a stock TJ with 31" tires. Very capable vehicle.

As long as you do your research, and do it the right way, a 2" lift with 32" tires would look and ride good.
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I did a 1" body lift and put on 32's, looks great and rides nice. just can't pull the hills as well. '03 sport.

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My son's 03 Wranger X has 32X11.5 Hankooks on it with a 2" lift and 1 inch spacers. No rubbing and it looks pretty good. he likes it.
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My son's 03 Wranger X has 32X11.5 Hankooks on it with a 2" lift and 1 inch spacers. No rubbing and it looks pretty good. he likes it.
That's my favorite Jeep color.

You COULD go to 33...if you get a BL too. Dunno how much you were looking to spend
I've got a 2" lift with a 1.25" BL on 33s
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32s with a 1.75" BB

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Old 02-06-2014, 03:43 PM   #9
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I just installed wheel spacers on mine so I wouldn't rub. I've got 31's and stock suspension. but I'm about to the 2.5' rough country lift.
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I just installed wheel spacers on mine so I wouldn't rub. I've got 31's and stock suspension. but I'm about to the 2.5' rough country lift.
You realize most people on here advise against Rough Country? "It rides like the name"
Just sayin.
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I was looking at the Tera Flex 2" budget boost, which apparently can be used with the stock springs and shocks. It looked like a cost effective way to bring up the height to fit larger tires on there on a budget. Not sure I'm ready to take the plunge on all the hardware needed for 33's. And, since it's my DD right now, I don't want it too ridiculous. Perhaps in the future when I pick up another DD.

Does anybody have any experience with that lift? Is it worthwhile and decent for the money? Or, would it be wiser to stick with 31's for now and then put in a bigger lift with other suspension components when going to 33's later on...?
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32s with a 1.75" BB



I like the look of that a lot. What lift and tires are those, and what do you like/dislike about them in particular?
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My son's 03 Wranger X has 32X11.5 Hankooks on it with a 2" lift and 1 inch spacers. No rubbing and it looks pretty good. he likes it.
Looks great, nice stance. Do you know which model Hankooks those are by any chance and how he likes them?
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I like the look of that a lot. What lift and tires are those, and what do you like/dislike about them in particular?
The lift was the Daystar 1.75" combo kit which included shocks, but I'm told the shocks weren't necessary for a daily driver/light off road. W/o the shocks, the kit is about $100. The tires are Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs in 275/65/18, which equates to a 32x11.50.

I have since gone to a full Teraflex 3" suspension lift.
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I was looking at the Tera Flex 2" budget boost, which apparently can be used with the stock springs and shocks. It looked like a cost effective way to bring up the height to fit larger tires on there on a budget. Not sure I'm ready to take the plunge on all the hardware needed for 33's. And, since it's my DD right now, I don't want it too ridiculous. Perhaps in the future when I pick up another DD.

Does anybody have any experience with that lift? Is it worthwhile and decent for the money? Or, would it be wiser to stick with 31's for now and then put in a bigger lift with other suspension components when going to 33's later on...?
No problem with the 2" boost and 32s. Teraflex is good stuff, but 2" boosts are basically just coil spring spacers and bumpstops, so you can go cheaper than TF on that. Your biggest expense, if you're buying new, are going to be the tires. I would not waste money on new 31s. Most likely, they won't be big enough. 32s will be big enough, and if you go with a larger lift later on, they will still look and function ok.

by way of example I posted a pic of my Jeep with 32s and 1.75" lift.

Here is my Jeep with the same lift and 31s:



Here is my Jeep today with 32s and the 3" lift:

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Yeah, I'm really liking the look of those 32's... And with a budget boost being so economical it's making more sense to me to go that route.

Now... Gotta make a decision on the tires. If I was getting 31" or 33" tires I'd go with the duratracs based on all the reviews I've read. But, since goodyear unfortunately doesn't make duratracs in a 32" tire, that crosses those off my short list.

Guess the research continues...
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If you are going with 32's and a 2"BB, I would recommend adding a 1.25" body lift for the extra room for flex along with a MML.
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You realize most people on here advise against Rough Country? "It rides like the name"
Just sayin.
I need new coils and this is fairly affordable. My room-mate has a 5.5' and aftermarket 3/4 ton springs on his F-150. I don't think that rides very rough. Unless he is really hauling ass.
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Yeah, I'm really liking the look of those 32's... And with a budget boost being so economical it's making more sense to me to go that route.

Now... Gotta make a decision on the tires. If I was getting 31" or 33" tires I'd go with the duratracs based on all the reviews I've read. But, since goodyear unfortunately doesn't make duratracs in a 32" tire, that crosses those off my short list.

Guess the research continues...
If you have 15" wheels, I'd go with Cooper STTs in 32x11.50x15. Otherwise, just look for metric tire size equivalents. This site is very useful, and will show specific tires and where to buy them: http://tire-size-conversion.com/metric-tire-conversion/
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If you have 15" wheels, I'd go with Cooper STTs in 32x11.50x15. Otherwise, just look for metric tire size equivalents. This site is very useful, and will show specific tires and where to buy them: Metric Tire Conversion


Thanks. That helps.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:05 PM   #21
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I have the Cooper STTs and I really like them so far

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