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Old 08-11-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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New Member, specific Wheel, Tire, and Lift questions....

Hi Folks, new member here, rookie questions.

I have used the search function and have not found out what I am looking for, or at least I cannot understand the concepts and terminology.

I am on my third Jeep, my first was a 1982 Jeep CJ7, then a 1990 Wrangler and now I have had my 2003 Jeep Wrangler X for 10 years now.

I love to off road, but my skill set could only be described as a novice.

Here's where I need help:

I would like to upgrade my wheels and tires, and explore getting a basic lift kit if that is required for the wheels/tires that I may want.

What I am working with:
2003 Jeep Wrangler X. All stock, except I had Toyo A/T Open Country Tires placed on the original factory wheels. Tire size 31x10.50R15 LT 109S. I recall the gentleman at the tire store said this the biggest tire that can be installed on my factory wheels.

I want to go bigger now. All terrain tires.

Whats the max height and width I can go without installing a lift? 33x12.50? 35x12.50? What about wheels...I am assuming 15 inch? Is it better to have more wheel, less tire or vice versa?

I like the Goodyear Wrangler Duratec, any opinions? Whats a good price to value wheel brand that I should look into?


Next, what about a lift kit....I am thinking a basic first level type of lift. 2in to 3 inch. Whatever costs the least. With a basic lift kit installed, how much more tire can I get?

Also, after researching several lift kit threads here, nearly everyone suggests to do it yourself. That is not happening with me, sorry to say. My hat is off to all forum members who can do this as if was changing a light bulb!!! What lift kit would you recommend and how much would it cost to install, from reading here, it seems $600 to $800, all in, sound right? Remember, just a basic first level lift kit.

Thanks to any and all who reply to my thread. I think it is pretty amazing what some of ya'll are doing with your Jeeps on your own in your garage. Pretty Cool!


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Old 08-11-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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If you don't do heavy offroading and don't wanna buy new rims, you can put a 2 inch budget boost, and bf goodrich makes 33 inch x10.5 that will fit on the stock rims and will perform good onroad, offroad they will rub.. doing this will not make you have to do other modifications cheapest route

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Old 08-11-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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Hiatus83 is quite Craig's List, somebody will have the 2" budget boost up for sale cheap. You'll probably have to buy a track bar relocator for the big deal. I run 32's with the 2" BB only because at our age it's too hard to climb in and out. I'm going to try 33's if these BFG's ever wear out...I understand they will fit.

If you're using the stock wheels and 32's, get a set of 1 1/2" good wheel spacers. A pair of shock relocators from your local 4x4 shop is a good idea as well for the rear. Assuming you have the Ravine style wheels, it's my humble opinion that they are the most stylish Jeep wheel made...if they came in 8 or 10" width, I'd buy a set myself.

Good luck and welcome !
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:47 PM   #4
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i liked my stock rims, got 33x10.50, and ive read that there actually better in rain and snow, not as good as 12.5 in mud and sand, just some food for thought
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:02 AM   #5
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I ran 33x10.50 ( 255/85/16) on stock rims, with 1.75" bb and 1" body lift.. I only had to washer out the steering stops, once in a very great while the tires would rub on the plastic fenders.. " ran" is past tense as I have since upgraded my suspension to OME 2.5"
04' Rubi, with all the gizmos we need for long range excursions, / home modified excursion trailer;

96' Lexus 450, locked, loaded and ready to roll..
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