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Old 01-01-2008, 09:56 PM   #1
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newb tire question

Im about to purchase a stock tj. I am going to eventually put a 4 or 5 inch lift on it It needs new tires on it bad. what is the largest tire i can put on a stock tj without any rubbing (full articulation, lock to lock, ect) It has the upgraded (Sahara) aluminum wheel.

Also what would be some sugestions for tires? I want some pretty aggressive off road tires but it will be a daily driver. Thanks for any help.

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Old 01-01-2008, 10:02 PM   #2
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i like my BFG AT tires, they are good on the road and in the winter and also good off the road. with my lockers and the ATs i can do the same things and more than my buddys with MTs and without lockers. only in deep mud i wish i would have MTs.

32x11.5x15 tires fit on a stock TJ (on road use only) until you install a lift. you need some wheel spacers if you want to use the stock rims.

32s on my stock jeep last year: http://runicon.de/viewer.php?albid=4...e=3&imgid=3534

32s with 2" lift: http://runicon.de/viewer.php?albid=4...e=3&imgid=3598

32s still look good with 5" lift, ok they look a bit to small...but until i had the money for bigger tires it was ok.
http://runicon.de/viewer.php?albid=5...e=3&imgid=3791

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It may be a year or so before i can afford a lift. I also plan on at least putting a front locker on before i lift so i need to be able to wheel before then. can you put anything larger on a stock jeep and still get full articulation (no rubbing)?

also what is a good (cheap) mechanical locker? I assume the manual locker would be the cheapest.

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Old 01-02-2008, 12:08 AM   #4
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Everyone on here will recommend a 31" tire for being the biggest usable tire for a stock TJ, especially with stock wheels. If you were to disconnect the front sway bar with 31" tires, your still likely to rub the inside of your fenders, but on road, you won't have any adverse effects.
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Do you disconnect your front and rear swaybar and leave them disconnected or only disconnect for wheeling? 4 bolts?
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I only disconnect it when wheeling. And I have quick disconnects, and only have to pull 2 pins.
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do you only disconnect the front only or do you disconnect the front and rear?
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Just the front, there is no reason to disco the rear.
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It may be a year or so before i can afford a lift. I also plan on at least putting a front locker on before i lift so i need to be able to wheel before then. can you put anything larger on a stock jeep and still get full articulation (no rubbing)?

also what is a good (cheap) mechanical locker? I assume the manual locker would be the cheapest.

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You can wheel way more than you can imagine, stock. I absolutely love my BFG/MT's (have them on Mama's truck and on my TJ, both DD's). Basic rule of thumb for tire sizes off road, stock 30, +1 inch lift for every tire inch up. I have decided to get an Aussie Locker for my front, it seems to be the best bang for the buck. http://www.wranglerforum.com/tj-jeep...cts-10288.html
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So a 31' is realistic and better for off roading.

33's just look cooler then?
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Yes, 33's are definitely cooler! Every inch of tire height gives you an additional 1/2 inch of clearance (from rocks and other nasty things)...that is way mo better.
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You can wheel way more than you can imagine, stock.
Ive driven this perticular tj quite a bit and have gotten stuck almost half the time. It has always had tires that are more for the street though. Im sure some mud terrains will help a bit but the transfer skid is way to low to do any serious wheelin. A lift and front locking diff will help it tremendously im sure.
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yup, as in any motorsport, tires make a HUGE difference! Check out the on the trail threads, here's a couple of me and dad, no locker just great tires! http://www.wranglerforum.com/trail/l...cks-11606.html

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