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Old 08-05-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Another newbie with tire/wheel/lift questions.

I just picked up a nice '03 wrangler sport. My sister has brand new rubicon 17" wheels taken of her '09 she will give me. I know they won't fit without adapters/spacers? I want to get a 2" budget boost as well. What size tire would look good without any clearance/turning issues? Also what is a good tire for all around rode/trail use? What spacers do I need and what brand of lift? Thanks!

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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31" tires and a 2" Budget Boost is pretty proportionate looking (TJ won't look odd).

It is good to get that Budget Boost that include both front and rear bumpstops...many kits only have rear bumpstops, or don't have them at all.

If you want an aggressive "All Terrain" tire with long wear, get some Goodyear Duratracs.

'99 Chili Pepper TJ - I4 PowerTech motor
33x12.5 DuraTracs
Zone 4.25"
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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15x8 wheels with 3.75" backspacing is the standard when upgrading to 31x10.5x15 tires. 5x4.5 is the bolt pattern for your tj.

1.25" body lift or 2" spacer lift will be the cheapest way to get it up a little. However a lift is not required with 31's.. Especially if you get the 3.75" backspacing wheels.

Personally I chose to go 1.25" body lift, 1" motor mount lift and a front leveling spacer (aev 1") on my tj with 31's. The reason I did it that was was the body lift allows for a high clearance transfer case skid and gas tank skid. Also.. If I want to go up to 35" tires later I will only need a 3-4" suspension lift combined with my 1.25" body lift. One more reason is without putting a spacer lift and just the body lift the suspension/alignment is all oem/stock and i didn't need longer shocks.

If you know you are going bigger in the future then go with the body lift and 31's for now. Then in the future when you want to go 35's or bigger you can get away with less suspension lift.

If you plan I staying with 31's forever then do the spacer lift and get longer shocks/alignment done all at once and be done with it.

Lastly... I strongly recommend the Novak shift cable when installing a body lift and/or high clearance skid. It makes the t-case shift like butter.
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