Still new to all this. I've had my Jeep a little while now and am finally starting to do things to it. I have a question now... My inspection is due soon (I live in Maine) and I am definitely going to need new tires to pass. However, I also am looking into lifts. I definitely won't have enough money to be able to do both right away, so my question is: Can I buy 33's and mount them on my Jeep with no lift? I will get the lift eventually, I just don't want to have to buy brand new tires to pass inspection, then buy a lift, and then buy bigger tires... ya know. Any help would be awesome!!! thanks
^ yeah. Do you have a second set of rims? Or, you'll just have to be really careful and maybe trim flares if they rub to bad while you save for the lift.
Or better yet, do you know anyone else with a Jeep in your area that would swap rims with you for a day so you can pass inspection? Shoot for that matter, even if someone let you use a spare tire 33" you could test it in the driveway at no expense to be sure they won't rub on your setup.
If I remember correctly, the laws in Maine also mention something about tire coverage. If this is true, make sure you don't go to a 12.5" without getting the appropriate width flares as well. A 12.5" wide tire won't fit on the Jeep without spacers or aftermarket wheels which will push them outside of the limits with a stock flare.
Guys in my Jeep club borrow stock wheels all the time in order to get through inspections.
Thanks for all the responses guys. I guess I'll probably buy the set of 33's to put on for inspection and then switch back to my stock tires until I can afford that lift! I have 1.5" wheel spacers on now, so hopefully that will help prevent rubbing (am I right?).