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Old 08-05-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a link to a comprehensive thread/site that details what is needed to run 33's on a tj?

I have done alot of forum searching and seem to run into conflicting info everytime i find a new thread. So far i have seen that you need at least a 4 inch suspension Lift all the way down to a 2 inch budget boost with a 1.25" body lift....kinda hard to determine what is really needed.


I know that every jeep is differnt and some need what others do not, but I was hoping to get some guidence from a trusted source.

My main concern is that it remain civil on road and to make sure everything is done right and what needs to be done is.

It will never see rocks, more along the lines of old (some really old) logging roads etc. I dont tend to get into more than 6-8"'s of mud, its too hard on things. Not sure if any of this will even make a difference.


I will not be doing anything untill next spring, but would like to get a parts list together so I can keep my eyes out for good deals over the winter.

Any insight's or recomandations are appreciated

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i installed a Rough Country 4" suspension lift on my 2000 tj 4.0. i have 33x12.50x15 and it is my daily driver. i have no problems. if you go that route, i think you'll be pleased. i know i am

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I have always heard you need a minimum of 3" lift for 33's, 4 is better for not crippling the suspension. Depends really on how much flexing you want to do. You can fit 33's on a stocker if you don't flex it. I wouldn't offroad it, but I know they fit, cause I did it for a couple of weeks... Pretty sure the rule of thumb is at least 3".....

The measurements you quoted are only .75" different. Not really very much in the whole scheme of things... It doesn't matter what combination of products you use to get it, as long as you get the clearance somewhere... Heck you can run them with a 3" body lift, but if you do, someone from here will likely hunt you down and make fun of you...
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:26 AM   #4
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IG,

According to your profile you are running 33's with just the 2" budget boost, how has that been with only 2 inches of lift?
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It's ok for what I do... 80% of the time in my Jeep is on road. I trimmed my flares, but I still stuff em easy, and I never disconnect. I do offroad it, and it's ok, I just keep in mind that I have a rather handicapped suspension, although with the trimmed flares it isn't that much different than adding a 1" body lift. I don't recommend doing it my way, only because it isn't the most preferred method. But then, I never was much of one to follow convention..

This is from Sunday, flexing as best she can, you might be able to tell how stuffed the rear tire is.. and he kept trying to go farther up the rock, but I was having a fit cause he was gonna flop her over....
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Thanks for the quick response. I want to find a happy medium with no rub, but not too tall. Winter can get a bit intense around here and I am concerned that with say 4 inches of lift it will could cause a decent amount of "Pucker" when going around corners..sliding on ice etc......probably just over thinking it

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Any one got pics of a tj with a 2" BB and a 1.25" or so BL with 33's?
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and he kept trying to go farther up the rock, but I was having a fit cause he was gonna flop her over....
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Nah...it'll be alright. It'll flex.

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Any one got pics of a tj with a 2" BB and a 1.25" or so BL with 33's?


I just did a test fit with the tires many years ago....I would never rock it myself but many do. I tend to like to really wheel my rig though and flex is a plus.
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I started out with 33's and a 3" lift. I should have put on a 4" lift because when you decide to go to 35's you won't need another lift kit. Saves you cash in the long run. It is my daily driver and never had an issue.
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I put 33's on my '97 TJ and ran it with stock suspension (no lift at all) for 4 months. Couldn't take it offroad, but they fit stock and didn't rub at all during daily driving. So like I tell everyone, if you have 33's lying around, they will fit and you can drive around town with no issues, but dont take it off road.
Now I have a 4" Skyjacker Short Arm Kit (around $600) and wouldn't go back to the low-riding. Best investment I made so far.
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I started out with 33's and a 3" lift. I should have put on a 4" lift because when you decide to go to 35's you won't need another lift kit. Saves you cash in the long run. It is my daily driver and never had an issue.
X2 ... If you get a 4", you can easily go up to 35's...thats what I plan (and some new gears of course).
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Thanks for the info guys, I really have no intention of running 35's. The state law only allows you to go two sizes bigger than stock so even 33's will be pushing it but I am sure i can get away with it and 33's will suit my driving habits just fine.


At what point do T case drops, MML's, new drive shafts etc come into the picture?

Also I currently have 3.73's with a D44 and a 5 spd, will I be ok in that department for 33's?
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Here's a Post giving info published by Petersen's 4Wheel and Off-Road.
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So what do you all think of this for a TJ that is a tar baby 80% of the time and when it is off road is nothing crazier than what a stock 1/2 ton pick up with good tires could go through? (drove a truck for years so its what I judge things by)


2" either BB or spring lift
1.25" BL
Flat fender flares or trimmed stock Sahara flares


I tend to be alone when I am off road, either just going fishing or just exploring. I never get into anything to crazy.

Think I will have any issues with 33's?

What kinda backspacing would I need on a rims?
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33's will be fine with your set up, you will need no more than 4" bs if you go 12.5" wide... You haven't mentioned whether you wanted wider or pizza cutters... You can put 10.5's on your stock wheels. With the 3.25" lift you mentioned, you don't need to alter your flares, unless you just want to.... Especially if you put in the longer bump stops...
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At what point do T case drops, MML's, new drive shafts etc come into the picture?
Just around 2.5 - 3" is when the vibrations may start. It sounds funny but it depends on the Jeep. Some people will get horrible vibes at 3", and the other guy will only get a little...or nothing until he goes over 3".
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I got a 3" suspension lift on 33's and if does just fine. I offroad when I can and I do not baby if while offroading. When I want to go to 35's and can afford to re-gear it, I will just put a 1" body lift on it
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Laws like that were meant to be broken and wheeled upon

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