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Old 04-21-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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New 31x10.50 Duratracs - Opinions please (pics)

New Duratracs, no lift. I have a 3" daystar lift that a buddy and I are planning on putting on next weekend...however, now I'm not so sure. Some pics I've seen out there of 31s on a 3", the tires look too small.

What do you think, good without lift, use the 3", or send the 3" back and get something a little smaller (2"?) If smaller, what would you suggest?

Also...if this 2004 Sahara were yours...what would you do next?








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I have 31 big a/ts on my stock suspension. Im going to go with a 2.5 suspension lift then when I change to 33s ill add a BL and mml to fit them. Just a couple thoughts.

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I would get a good quality 2" personally. Maybe a OME 2" lift? That would probably look better with those size tires
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Oh, and if it was mine I would paint the headlight bezels and get rid of the sidesteps.
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Oh, and if it was mine I would paint the headlight bezels and get rid of the sidesteps.
Planned for next weekend
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:28 PM   #6
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31's look too small with a 3" lift in my opinion. 32's or 33's look a lot better.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:29 PM   #7
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Oh, and if it was mine I would paint the headlight bezels and get rid of the sidesteps.
Eh, on second thought, no time like the present, I suppose...





Yeah?
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:32 PM   #8
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31's look too small with a 3" lift in my opinion. 32's or 33's look a lot better.
I originally wanted to go with 33's, that's why I got the 3" lift...however, I learned (through helpful folks here on the forum) that there was a bit more that I needed to be concerned with to fit the 33's than just the 3" lift. More than I was prepared to tackle at the moment. So I went with the 31's.

So I'm hearing a bunch of silence on the "no lift" option. Is everyone in agreement that the 31's with no lift don't look particularly good?
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Im in the same boat as you. I will be going with a 2" lift when the time comes..3" lift in my opinion..does not look right with 31's.
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Eh, on second thought, no time like the present, I suppose...

Yeah?
100x better. difficult to take off?
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100x better. difficult to take off?
Ridiculously easy.

Although, my wife is now pissed. She's a short little thing...took her out to a comedy show tonight. Had a bit of an issue getting in.

I offered to come give her a boost. Should I not have done that?
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Ridiculously easy.

Although, my wife is now pissed. She's a short little thing...took her out to a comedy show tonight. Had a bit of an issue getting in.

I offered to come give her a boost. Should I not have done that?
Tell her "just wait till its lifted!"
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Ridiculously easy.

Although, my wife is now pissed. She's a short little thing...took her out to a comedy show tonight. Had a bit of an issue getting in.

I offered to come give her a boost. Should I not have done that?
If Momma ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy. Consider getting some tube steps and life will probably be better on the home front. My wife is 4'10" and she'd never be able to get into it without them and our Jeep is stock. When she told me she wanted to get a lift and bigger tires her eyes got huge when I asked her how she expected to get in it! It was a pretty darn funny moment.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:55 PM   #14
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31"s and a 2" lift is ur best bet. I love mine with my 31" duratracs. Plenty of room for flex too.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:05 PM   #15
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2" lift, take a look at BDS's 2" spring lift, if you just do the springs it's $114 for the front springs, and $110 for the rear springs. and thier springs are designed to support the weight of heavier bumpers with winch, Full size spare tire rack, sliders- ect. So you won't get that spring sag when you start upgrading.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:21 AM   #16
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I ran 31's with 2.5" skyjacker coils. I liked it and thought it was perfect.



Then I ran 31's on a 4" lift and....nah.




But 22" bling blings fit a 4" better than 31's...



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Old 04-22-2012, 06:36 AM   #17
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Had me going with the 22s til I saw the rear passenger.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:38 AM   #18
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2" lift, take a look at BDS's 2" spring lift, if you just do the springs it's $114 for the front springs, and $110 for the rear springs. and thier springs are designed to support the weight of heavier bumpers with winch, Full size spare tire rack, sliders- ect. So you won't get that spring sag when you start upgrading.
Excellent idea, because bumpers are in my future. Not soon, but its gonna happen.

Other recommendations for things I should be thinking about everyone?

This thread's been helpful...thanks for your time/review.
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Sway bar disconnects would be useful.
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Sway bar disconnects would be useful.
Noted.

I just ordered these:



Black Rock 997 15x8, 5x4.5" pattern, 4" backspacing.

The ones on there now are Ravines, with 5.5" backspacing...so these new ones should give me an inch and a half wider stance.

Modifications progress:

31x10.50 Duratracs - done
New Softtop - done
Remove sidesteps - done
Remove bumper endcaps - done
Blacken the headlight bezels - in progress
Fire extinguishers - on order
Floor mats - on order
CARR XRS windshield mount light bar (for firefighter courtesty blue lights) - on order
Replace console subwoofer - on order
2" BDS spring (probably) lift - investigating
Sway bar disconnects - investigating
Front and Rear bumpers - future
Winch - future
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Yeah, I'm looking at 31" duratraks with a rancho 2.5" lift that will get me the stance I want while also being functional and not getting top heavy and not having that huge ugly space between the fender and tire.
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If you do the 2" spring lift do you need to change shocks also?
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If you do the 2" spring lift do you need to change shocks also?
Yes, but many lift kits will include new shocks with the kit
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Yes, but many lift kits will include new shocks with the kit
Thanks for info!
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31 inch Duratracs with 2 inch Skyjacker BB. Its great so far!

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31 inch Duratracs with 2 inch Skyjacker BB. Its great so far!

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I'm running a 2.5" skyjacker lift with 31" tires and so far so good! Not much tread left so I think I'll be upgrading asap.
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I was going to put 31's without a lift on my 2000 TJ, but was told that they will rub. I heard that from a really honest Tire Dealer in Canada. Have you had any rubbing????
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I'm running a 2.5" skyjacker lift with 31" tires and so far so good! Not much tread left so I think I'll be upgrading asap.
For some reason this looks stock to me
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For some reason this looks stock to me
X2 not seeing a lift there

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