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Old 02-09-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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Do I need a lift or just wheel spacers?

I have a stock 98 wrangler and just replaced my 30x9.5x15 with goodyear dura tracs size 31's. I've heard it rub bad twice since I put the 31's on. Do I need a lift or can I get by with just wheel spacers?

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Old 02-09-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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i have offset (larger backspace in other terms) wheels and dont have any rub. so the spacers should fix it but i hear many say spacers are bad. not sure why.

I run 31" cooper discoverer ATRs

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Old 02-09-2011, 07:40 PM   #3
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I have spacers and havent had any problem with em. I have the spidertrax and there solid.
Also fixed my rubbing issue.
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When do you hear the rubbing noise? While turning on a bump? You may only have to adjust your steering stops. I've searched and 31's should be ok on a stock setup.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:18 PM   #5
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Steering stop adjustment will be plenty, depending on your wheels...
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
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I have wheel spacers on my 98. I found that Rough Country had them for $60 a pair. When you install them, follow the instructions, and really clean the surfaces good with a wire brush. Then you have to re-torque them after like 300 miles. I re-torque every oil change.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:21 PM   #7
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You said you heard it rub when you put the 31's on...

Did it rub the control arms or did it rub the fenders?

Control arms can be solved by backspacing / wheel spacers / steering stop adjustments. Fenders can be solved by a lift (either body or suspension).
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:23 PM   #8
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On a '98 wheel spacers should do the trick. Just make sure you tighten those things from time to time or your whole wheel will fall the F*^%@(&K off
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My 30x9.5's rub on full turn. Not too worried about it though as I rarely turn that sharp.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:56 AM   #10
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White Wrangler, how do you like those duratracs? Have you driven them on ice or in any snow yet? I'm planning on getting them in 31s too.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:34 AM   #11
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Most likly the cheapest and easiest thing to fix:

Jeep Steer Stop Adjustment
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:58 AM   #12
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As Victor Ward posted, all you need to do is adjust the steering stops if you are running stock wheels. A TJ can run 31 inch tires just fine with no other adjustments.
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Oh man I love my duratrax They ride like a dream Haven't had been in snow or ice yet
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White Wrangler, how do you like those duratracs? Have you driven them on ice or in any snow yet? I'm planning on getting them in 31s too.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:49 PM   #14
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I have heard it only twice I wasn't on a bump I was sitting still And turned the wheel To the right And I heard it rub Can't tell if it is the fender 4 control arm
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When do you hear the rubbing noise? While turning on a bump? You may only have to adjust your steering stops. I've searched and 31's should be ok on a stock setup.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:52 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info I will have my steering stops adjusted
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As Victor Ward posted, all you need to do is adjust the steering stops if you are running stock wheels. A TJ can run 31 inch tires just fine with no other adjustments.
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Thanks for the info I will have my steering stops adjusted
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As Victor Ward posted, all you need to do is adjust the steering stops if you are running stock wheels. A TJ can run 31 inch tires just fine with no other adjustments.
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Don't pay somebody to do it...it seriously takes about 30 seconds per side...remove steering stop bolt, add washers, re-install steering stop bolt, repeat on other side. I used 2 washers per side. May have gotten away with only 1 per side but I wanted to do it right the first time so I didn't have to crawl under it twice...that concrete was cold and wet. lol
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Thanks for the info I will have my steering stops adjusted
How'd the steering stop adjustment work? What kind of wheels do you have. Backspacing? I'm planning on running 31" Duratracs too.

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