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Old 07-21-2011, 03:33 PM   #1
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Gotta spend some money, need advice!

I am going to be putting a lift and new wheels and tires on my Wrangler and wanted to run my plan by you all to see what you think.

The lift is going to be the Zone 3" lift found here: 3" TJ Suspension System
Will I need ANYTHING else for this kit or should it all be there? I also considered a steering stabilizer but is it necessary?

For tires I am considering the General Grabber in a 33x12.5x15. The Jeep is my daily driver so I need something that will handle well on the road as well as have enough tread to do fairly well on trails. I also considered the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac in the same size. Thoughts?

For wheels I am just going to be doing the black steel wheels from ProComp or something. I was looking at doing 15x8 with a 3.75" backspace but will that provide enough room to mount the tire and clear the fenders while in a full turn? One guy told me that I will need 15x10 to mount those tires with that lift but he is the only one to tell me that so I'm not sure what to think. A 4x4 shop here has a set of 5 used wheels and as long as the price is right I will probably do that.

Is there anything else I need to consider? I know some people recommend more lift for 33s but if I need it I will just do another 1" BL to clear them. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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A 1" BL wouldn't hurt and the Grabbers are very heavy for their size so I would go with the Duratracs which I happen to have and they are quiet on the road and good offroad despite their 2ply sidewalls. Some like steel wheels but others like me prefer lighter alloy wheels. Sounds like youre gonna have fun!

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Old 07-21-2011, 04:05 PM   #3
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15X8 with 3.75 or 4 inch BS is perfectly fine with those tires, you DO NOT need 10" rims. The 3" lift will be okay with that size tire if you trim the flares at least.
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #4
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A 1" BL wouldn't hurt and the Grabbers are very heavy for their size so I would go with the Duratracs which I happen to have and they are quiet on the road and good offroad despite their 2ply sidewalls. Some like steel wheels but others like me prefer lighter alloy wheels. Sounds like youre gonna have fun!
I don't plan on doing any rock crawling or anything but I also don't want a weak tire. Is the 2 ply sidewall on the Duratracs ok? Ya I just looked it up the and Grabbers are 13 pounds heavier than the Duratracs.

I wouldn't mind doing the aluminum wheels to save weight but they are more expensive and I am trying to save money where I can. Am I going to have to worry about bearings wearing out with this setup or will I be ok?
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both tires are good. general grabbers that i'm thinking of are best in loose sand. i like the gy better. a 1" bl is a good idea with 3" lift and 33s. 15x10 is not necessary and to wide for a 12.5 tire if you ask me. 15x8 with 3.75"bs is perfect for 3" lift w the bl. you can air down more with a 15x8 than you can with a 15x10. that is why i prefer the 15x8 for a 12.50.
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Well I think I am actually going to go with Falken Rocky Mountains. They seem to review really well for people who just want an in between type tire. Plus they are cheaper and I am trying to do this on a limited budget. I figure the tires are not dependent on anything else so when I am ready for new tires I will get the ones I want. Plus the Falkens have a 50,000 mile warranty whereas I can't find anything about a warranty for the Goodyear tires. I'm not going to go with the Grabbers because they weigh like 14 pounds more than any of the others and are more expensive.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:21 PM   #7
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I am also looking into this lift. This or ome.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:39 PM   #8
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if daily driver check into gearing to get the most fuel for you money. you may need to change it a little. also i have 35 on my jeep with 4 in lift. and have a good amount of room to do what i want, so you should be fine with the 3in lift. good luck and have fun
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Great advice... I'm in the same situation.
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You should also set some money aside for a regear. With gas prices the way they are, it's hard to take a hit.
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Tagging along. Interested in the same setup as what you got going on.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:18 PM   #12
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You should also set some money aside for a regear. With gas prices the way they are, it's hard to take a hit.
What should I look to do? It's not going to happen for a little while but I guess I can start planning. What does a regear for my situation cost approximately? Is it something that I can do myself? I am not a mechanic but I am smart and can figure stuff out.
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Have a 97 jeep. just put the 3" zone lift on which was pretty easy to put on considering my first lift ever. Hard part was getting all the old bolts off. I run the 3" zone lift which rides good. I run 33x12.50x15 tires with 15x8 pro comp 7069 flat black wheels. I would suggest running alloy wheels instead of steel. I just like alloy better but your jeep so whatever you like. Alloys are just lighter and balance better to me.

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