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Old 08-28-2013, 02:23 AM   #1
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need help with tires

i have a 2004 tj that has 17" rims on it and no lift. im looking to buy new mud tires for it, but i keep getting conflicting info. i have had one shop tell me that the biggest that i can go is 265/75 and another tell me a diff size. i want to put some cooper stt's on it, but im not sure about size and rubbing and so on.
i have seen posts about tire size for tjs that are not lifted, but they are all on 15" rims. anyone have any recommendations?

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Old 08-28-2013, 02:31 AM   #2
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A 33 inch tire is still a 33 wether it's on 15 or 17 inch rim so you don't need to worry about rim size except for what tire size is available for that rim size. It pretty much comes down to how much trimming you want to do or if you're getting different fenders.

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Old 08-28-2013, 02:37 AM   #3
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i dont want to have to do any trimming. one of the dealerships told me that i could put 32s or 33s on it as long as i dont take it into mud, which kind of defeats the purpose.
i have seen some posts say that 31 would be best, but i dont really see a lot of 31s for 17" wheels.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:42 AM   #4
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265/70r17 is about a 31.5" tire. Put a 1.25" body lift and a 1" motor mount lift and you will be good. It will fit with no lift but will rub offroad and possibly when making tight turns depending on the wheel backspacing
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:42 AM   #5
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With 33s pretty much anytime you go over a bump you'll rub. 31 I think would be best to give you some clearance for bumps and all that. You can get 15 inch rims set of 4 just over 200$ and that would open you up to more choices. Are you against lifting it a little for any reason?
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:49 AM   #6
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i have my 7 year old son that rides in it with me every day and he struggles getting into it now to the point where i have to help him. was trying to put it off until he grows more
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:03 AM   #7
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I know a lot of guys who settle for smaller tire size and then regret it. You can get a suspension lift or body lift for cheap to get alittle extra clearance and then pick a tire size you're actually happy with. Speaking of course when your son is taller or you just keep a stool or something with you
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:42 AM   #8
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im starting to think that adding a 1-1.25" bl wouldnt be out of the question at this point. would i have to do the motor mount lift also?
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No you can do a body lift by itself. The mml would be to correct any drive line issues. But with a 1 bl I don't see that being much of a problem. The mml would give your oil pan more ground clearance however
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:21 AM   #10
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sweet. that shouldnt be too difficult to do!
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #11
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im starting to think that adding a 1-1.25" bl wouldnt be out of the question at this point. would i have to do the motor mount lift also?
The reason it's very common to do a motor mount lift at the same time as the body lift is because the fan will rub the bottom of the shroud when you lift the body.. You either have to trim the shroud, use some bullsh*t brackets to lower the shroud, or lift the motor so the fan is back in the right spot. (I like the MORE bombproof lifted mounts instead of the cheapy spacer kits for the stock motor mounts).
1.25" ZONE bl + MORE 1" bombproof mml is a very nice match. Also consider the MORE steering bracket if your bl doesn't come with a bracket to raise the steering joint (the zone 1.25" kit includes the steering spacer)

Also I always recommend a Novak transfer case shift cable when doing a body lift to avoid problems with linkage adjustments.

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