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Old 05-12-2014, 12:48 AM   #1
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Help with downsizing my tires!

I just purchased my first jeep ever. Today! I couldn't be more excited. My new pride and joy is a 2003 Jeep Wrangler X. My background is pretty limited with mechanics (but I am an eager student, with an addiction to research).

Now for the problem/question. My Jeep came somewhat lifted and more importantly with oversized tires. I see tons of forums all about beefing up your tires and going higher and higher. But I personally would like to go back to the standard size. The Jeep will be used as a daily commuter and my fiance is terrified of those big bad tires.

Please be gentle, I'm new!

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Old 05-12-2014, 12:59 AM   #2
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I would place an add on CL, I'm sure someone would be willing to give you their stock stuff and a bit of money for your stuff

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Old 05-12-2014, 01:05 AM   #3
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I have a set of stock tires with rims. I'm in placentia so cal $50 and they are yours.
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Pictures and more details on exactly what's on it would help.
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how big are the big tires? and how much lift? Depending on the current tire size and lift, going to a stock tire could make it worse to drive.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:05 AM   #6
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how big are the big tires? and how much lift? Depending on the current tire size and lift, going to a stock tire could make it worse to drive.
x2 along with the trouble and costs associated with reversing the lift to stock height. Does she not have her own vehicle?
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Not trying to be a jerk...why did you buy a lifted Jeep if you wanted stock? I see lots of stock ones on CL for low prices. Just curious. I do agree that you would want to lower it if you put on smaller tires for center of gravity concerns.
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where ya located, and what do you have? id be interested in them possibly
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:00 AM   #9
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Yup, going down is just like going up. You'll want to remove the lift probably. Unless its just a 2'bb, but that would look silly with out 31s

Or you keep it, the girl will get used to it.
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Just keep the lift. A lot of people do this. I plan on having to sets of tires. One for off-road and another to fit it in the garage.so think about it. Keep the lift and the bigger tires for the days you want to go off road and small tires to save fuel and easy way to get the groceries in.
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Thats exactly what I was thinking about doing (keeping the lift, and hanging on to the off road tires). We share the car and I'm hoping the stock tires alone will make it ride more comfortably.

Ditchdoc those are perfect could you pm your number to me?
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I have figured out the tires are 33's as far as how much lift can I have no idea how to tell.
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I have figured out the tires are 33's as far as how much lift can I have no idea how to tell.
Measure the center of the axle hub or rim cap to the fender and com pair that to stock.
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:38 PM   #15
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seems counterproductive to pay for a lifted jeep than take it off. That is a loss right from the get-go and there are more stock rigs on CL than lifted ones.
33s and a lift isn't even much worse than stock.
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I have figured out the tires are 33's as far as how much lift can I have no idea how to tell.
There are three ways to lift a Jeep.

Taller springs...measure the front springs at ride height. Stock ones will measure approximately 12", so anything over is suspension lift height.

Spring spacers...See if there are spacers on top of the front springs, and if there are, measure the height of them. That would be budget boost lift height

Body Lift...Measure the distance between the frame and the tub directly inside a rear wheel where the frame goes up over the axle. Stock gap there is approximately 1/4", so anything over that is body lift height.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:48 PM   #17
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I have figured out the tires are 33's as far as how much lift can I have no idea how to tell.
Like I said before, post pictures
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:58 PM   #18
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Why on earth would you buy a lifted jeep when you want a stock one? For every lifted jeep for sale, there are ten for sale that are stock.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:24 AM   #19
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If the ride is "uncomfortable", the problem is not the tire "size".
Do you mean that the ride is harsh?

How many Jeeps have you driven? Even the best Jeeps don't ride like a Caddy... but if your Jeep seems to ride more harshly than others..

First check the air pressure in the tires. Should be about 28 psi if you are running 33s. Higher pressures make for a harsher ride. If higher than 28 psi, reduce pressure and feel the difference.

If the ride is still "uncomfortable", there are other things to check/change such as shocks & springs.
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Just keep the lift. A lot of people do this. I plan on having to sets of tires. One for off-road and another to fit it in the garage.so think about it. Keep the lift and the bigger tires for the days you want to go off road and small tires to save fuel and easy way to get the groceries in.
That's what I do, I have a set of all terrain 30" tires that I get 18-20 mpg and the 31" mud tire that gets 15-17 mpg
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:15 PM   #21
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So are we doing this? Let me know so I can pull them out of my garage.
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So far ther OP has posted no pictures or what size the tires are that are on it. The tire size has little to nothing to do with comfort. Air pressure, springs and shocks are the bigest factors AND it's a TJ. If you have anything over a 2" lift (no offence to your sale Ditchdoc) those tires are going to look really goofy.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:24 AM   #23
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Keep the lift and tires...new girlfriends are easy to find!

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