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Old 09-05-2007, 09:58 AM   #1
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My first Jeep - 32x11.5R15's on stock setup?

Hello everyone. I just bought my first Jeep, an 03 Sahara (a pic is attached). It's all stock except for a pair of 32" buckshot mudder tires (32x11.5R15) that the previous owner just put on the original wheels (15x8 Canyons I believe). I like this setup, but I'm worried that I may get some rubbing when I take it offroad.

I'm not a serious off-roader, but I do plan on hitting some light trails occasionally. I'm looking for the cheapest solution that will prevent damage.

My plan is to add some bump stop spacers and adjust the steering stop with washers. Will this do the trick? If so, sould I get 0.75", 1.25" or 2" spacers?
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:25 AM   #2
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Ya man...go for a budget boost and you should be jammin'

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my TJ came with 32s on stock wheels. after adding some 2" spacers and 1" bump stop extensions there was no rubbing of the road.
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:39 AM   #4
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Since I'm not a serious offroader, and I'm looking for the cheapest possible solution, I don't want to do a budget boost unless it is necessary to prevent rubbing. Wouldn't the bumpstop extensions prevent rubbing even without the lift? Has anyone tried this?
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on your pic you can see that there is only a very small distance above the tires before they would rub. with one tire on a stone (or s.t. else) that´s about twice as big as the gap above the tire it will rub. that can happen on higher curbs or rough roads. i had the same when my TJ came with stock suspension and 32s.
adding 2" spacers and extended bumpstops will solve the problem if you don´t use swaybar disconnects.

extending the bumpstops with stock suspension isn´t a god idea in my opinion. there is not enough space between the bumpstop and the axle and the handling will become worse.
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Well, this isn't the For Sale forum, but it is on the subject. I am taking off my two inch spacers in about a week when I put on the springs. I was going to list them for 60 shipped if your interested. I've only had them on since January and no off-roading on them . Still in great shape. Oh, I don't have the bump stops, I need to get some too.
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Would I need to lower the transfer case if I installed a 2" BB?
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:40 PM   #8
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Would I need to lower the transfer case if I installed a 2" BB?
Really doubtful.
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:29 PM   #9
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Would I need to lower the transfer case if I installed a 2" BB?
this is that "every jeep is different" discussion starter...
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Would I need to lower the transfer case if I installed a 2" BB?
If you go above 3in you might have to but 2in should be no problem. Congrats on your new Jeep.

As far as you not being a serious offroader, give it time. I started out saying I only want the Jeep to take camping, hunting, and fishing. Next month I'm buying one of the best lifts on the market, and planning my first trip to Moab.

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Old 09-11-2007, 08:34 PM   #11
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No rub.

I put my Jeep in a ditch today to see how much lift I would need. The suspension was fully flexed out, but the tires still didn't make contact with the fenders. Might I be OK without a lift?
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i think you made something wrong.
my TJ rubbed a bit at the rear at full flex with 32s and 2" lift and 2" BL.
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if it didnt flex enough it should be fine but i nearly rub the fenders w/ my stockers.. When I didnt have my 2" bl i couldn't even fit my hand underneath the fenders at good flexing. If your 32s didn't rub i assume it wasn't good enough of a flex. Also don't add bump stops to the stocker height. Save up and get a BB or/and a small body lift.
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Hello everyone. I just bought my first Jeep, an 03 Sahara (a pic is attached). It's all stock except for a pair of 32" buckshot mudder tires (32x11.5R15) that the previous owner just put on the original wheels (15x8 Canyons I believe). I like this setup, but I'm worried that I may get some rubbing when I take it offroad.

I'm not a serious off-roader, but I do plan on hitting some light trails occasionally. I'm looking for the cheapest solution that will prevent damage.

My plan is to add some bump stop spacers and adjust the steering stop with washers. Will this do the trick? If so, sould I get 0.75", 1.25" or 2" spacers?

that is a really nice looking jeep. Makes me want to go out and put the black hardtop back on mine. From what you said about dropping into a ditch to check for rubbing... you are probably fine. Theres only one way to find out though ... Theres probably a few people on this board who live in your area... post up your location and see who wants to go jeeping.
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Here is my '06 with 2in coil spacers and a 1in daystar body lift on 32x11.50-15 Dunlop Mud Rovers

I could flex with the jks quicker disconnects and tuck the tire but not touch the fender. No bumpstop extensions.

2" Spacers $25 x2 Come in pairs one front one rear
Daystar Body Lift $145
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I put my Jeep in a ditch today to see how much lift I would need. The suspension was fully flexed out, but the tires still didn't make contact with the fenders. Might I be OK without a lift?
your suspension was flexed, but your tires were not touching the fenders due to the fact that you probably still have your swaybar connected. disconnect that and you'll be really impressed.
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I think the reason I didn't rub is because my tires are mounted on stock rims. When flexed, the fenders came down over the tires, but didn't rub (as far as I could tell). Still, I'll try again later this week and make sure I got it fully flexed.
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The majority of my offroad is for work at construction sites. I doubt that I'll ever disconnect my swaybar.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:27 AM   #19
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Then simply buy some 2" spacers and install those. Really, you wont need anything else. A budget boost is the cheapest way to a lift a Jeep. Id highly suggest you dish out the $60 just to ensure no rubbing. Sometimes you can rub and not even realize. Then, before long your tires are F'ed.
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I think the reason I didn't rub is because my tires are mounted on stock rims. When flexed, the fenders came down over the tires, but didn't rub (as far as I could tell). Still, I'll try again later this week and make sure I got it fully flexed.
you got it fully flexed unless your going to disconect the sway. your swaybar is made so that you do not completly flex the suspension. if you want to "fully flex" you need to disconect the sway, otherwise how it sits is how much flex your gonna have.
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Thanks!

Thanks so much for all the help guys! This is a great forum. My last vehicle was a BMW; the people on that forum were a bunch of jerks. I'll let you know what I decide to do.
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Purchase some nice 29-31" tires and call it a day...

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