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Old 05-24-2013, 07:37 AM   #1
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How much can stock suspension handle

Ok guys I have a 98 tj Sahara and I was just wondering about the suspension. I like to take it off road but I don't have anything done to it. I am thinking about putting on metalcloak fenders. I just want to know how much stock suspension will flex If I put the fenders on and a little bigger tires. Or will it just be stupid to put the fenders on with no lift. I want to start with fenders and body armor and then when I have enough money for a good quality lift I will already be ready for it. Any input from you guys would be great thanks.

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:54 AM   #2

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I believe you can run up to 31's on stock wheels & suspension. I'd recommend looking at an economical 2" lift and go up to 32's if you are looking for a noticeable difference in ride and appearance.

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Old 05-24-2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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You can get up to 31'' on stock but when any sharp turns are made the wheels will rub. I have a 2'' spacer and 31'' BFG all terrains and they do not rub.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:38 AM   #4
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31's are standard on Rubicons which is the exact same setup as all TJ's. If properly backspaced on the wheels the ONLY rub you will get is a very slight rub on the shocktowers at full flex.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:39 AM   #5
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With MC fenders you can fit 33's with no trimming and 35's with some slight trimming in the rear all on stock suspension. But if you're looking to save up some money first, I'd go for a 2.5"-3" lift then get the fenders. But if you've got the money to ahead and go for the fenders or a nice lift like ones from DPG Offroad. Either way it's your jeep. Just have a plan for it.

But if you plan on going up to 35's there's alot that has to be upgraded first before you can run them properly. If you don't upgrade things like axle/axle shafts, steering, brakes, etc. you run the risk of getting in an accident on and off the road. Just my two cents.
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