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Old 08-22-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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Bigger tires w/o a lift

So I currently have 31 x 10.50 size tires but I would like to go up to maybe 33's. Is this possible to do without adding a lift kit or will the tires rub? Also, are there any websites out there that can show you what your jeep will look like with bigger tires or with a lift kit so one can get to see what it would look like before spending the money on a lift. (Probably a dumb question, but thought I'd ask anyway!)

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Old 08-22-2012, 11:11 AM   #2
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You should search, you could easily answer this question and get pictures of what you are looking for.

You either need a lift or new/modified front fenders to make 33s work. You will also need new wheels with smaller backspacing.

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33's are fit in two common ways on TJ's:

1. 4" suspension lift, with ~2" bumpstop extensions in front and ~2.5" in the rear. Requires a SYE/CV shaft.
2. 2.5" suspension lift, with a 1.25" body lift, with ~1-1.25" bumpstop extensions in front and ~1.25-1.5" in the rear. The 1.25" BL usually accompanies a 1" Motor Mount Lift to offset some of the driveline angles.

Either way you go, figure on some or many of the following components: longer front brake lines, extended sway bar links front and rear, gears, brake and steering upgrades to accommodate larger tires, SYE, CV shaft, bumpstop extensions, new shocks, adjustable track bars, and a rear track bar bracket.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:24 AM   #4
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33's are fit in two common ways on TJ's:

1. 4" suspension lift, with ~2" bumpstop extensions in front and ~2.5" in the rear. Requires a SYE/CV shaft.
2. 2.5" suspension lift, with a 1.25" body lift, with ~1-1.25" bumpstop extensions in front and ~1.25-1.5" in the rear. The 1.25" BL usually accompanies a 1" Motor Mount Lift to offset some of the driveline angles.

Either way you go, figure on some or many of the following components: longer front brake lines, extended sway bar links front and rear, gears, brake and steering upgrades to accommodate larger tires, SYE, CV shaft, bumpstop extensions, new shocks, adjustable track bars, and a rear track bar bracket.
You forgot front fenders, TnT, AEV, genRight, MCE, Metal cloak, rokmen, and modified stock can all run 33s. Which in some cases can be cheaper than the two you listed.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #5
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You forgot front fenders, TnT, AEV, genRight, MCE, Metal cloak, rokmen, and modified stock can all run 33s. Which in some cases can be cheaper than the two you listed.
If you're cool with limited travel like stock form, that is an option.

Ever notice most of the LCG guys with highline fenders have a small lift and relocating shock mounts?
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:52 AM   #6
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With a 2" spacer lift and 3.75" back spacing you can fit 33" tires on your jeep, however, you will be limited on wheel travel (never disconnect your sway bar with this set up) and this will be for looks more than off road function. I'd still recommend trimming your stock fender flares. I've seen A LOT of Jeeps with this set up, mostly because it "looks better". It certainly is not going to be more off road capable. If you want more wheel travel, you'll need a 4" suspension lift (SYE is NOT always required, you'll have to drive it first to find out) but again, this isn't making it an off-road monster without several other mods first (especially gearing).
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If you're cool with limited travel like stock form, that is an option.

Ever notice most of the LCG guys with highline fenders have a small lift and relocating shock mounts?
True but we have no idea what he is using it for so all possibilities should be on the table.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:24 PM   #8
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Grrrr what happened to ingenuity and building shit? I have flat tub width tube fenders and no rear flares cleared 33's fine disconnected offroad and didn't rub I now have ZJ front coils and my front springs with 1 full coil cut off on the rear on 34's my wheels have 3 5/8" backspace and I do not rub and my jeep has gone everywhere I have taken it on a side note I still only have 3.73 gears and get around just fine drove my turd to work today in fact and it's all highway.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:27 PM   #9
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Also I will add my winch dropped me 3/4" and the ZJ springs brought me back up 2 1/2" from there so I'm only 1 3/4" over stock height
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~2" over stock on 35's. It aint cheap or easy if you want it to work right. Very old picture.

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35" tires d44/9" swap stock springs
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:29 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the info!! It's my DD and I haven't had the chance to take it off road yet, except to the beach. That was pretty fun!! So I basically wanna beef it up. Maybe I'll wait til I hit some trails so I can have a better idea of what kind of trail riding I plan on doing.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:48 AM   #13
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shocks n springs are cool just for a DD, correct?

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