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Old 12-24-2007, 01:28 PM   #1
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Tall skinny tire and other questions for new jeep.

Happy Holidays,
I just bought an 06 Rubicon in Colorado on Saturday. Unfortunately, I'm in NY.I've spent some time seaching, but I'm having trouble finding answers to some of my questions. I'm currently driving a 99 Tacoma with 33x10.5s, bumpers, winch, etc. I want the same mild modifications to the jeep. I'm looking at 255/85/16 tires (33.3x10.3 actual), new bumpers, the Warn from the Tacoma, maybe sliders and some under armor. More "expedition" than rock crawler.

What's the Minimum lift I would need for the taller skinny tires? OME 2.5? Would I need the Bodylift?

I assume a regear wouldn't be crucial.

Any issues using the stock rims?

Any suggestions on minimalist winch bumpers? Smittybulit seem reasonable.

Best way to carry heavy DH mountain bikes? Something off a 2"hitch in the back?

I'm very excited about the new jeep. The Tacoma was capable, but this Rubicon will be everything I ever need!

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Old 12-24-2007, 02:04 PM   #2
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Ive heard on Rubicon owners forum, that you can run 33s, especially tall skiny 285 55s with a 2" Budget boost(just a spacer above the spring) and a 1.25jks body lift and 1" motor mount lift combo. Basically, 2.5-3" is what you need for tall skinny 33s, especially with the stiff rubicon springs. You CAN get a 2-3" suspension lift, but thats pricey compared to spacers, and if your going to buy a lift, you mine as well get something bigger than 2 inches.

With a rubicon, you will be fine on 33s, especially if you have a stick. You already have 4.11 gears.

You may clear with the factory wheels if your going to run skinny tires, you may not. Depends on the Jeep. You can use wheel spacers, but thats not for me. To be honest, it costs the same for 4 Cragar soft 8 steel wheels in 15" and 4 tires, than 4 16" offroad tires. Atleast when I priced out BFG All terrains thats how it worked out. With the steel wheels, you wont be tearing up those nice Moabs, and you can get the correct backspacing to clear.

For the mountain bikes? I just toss mine in the back, but I am only carrying one. They make racks for the spare tire, but I would use a hitch mounted carrier if you can spring it.

Its funny, my GF was trying to get me to switch from my Rubi to a Tacoma She still might buy one for herself.

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Old 12-24-2007, 04:22 PM   #3
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There is no issue using 15" rims on a Rubicon?
I wouldn't mind 33 x 10.5s on 15s. They would even be slightly shorter than 255/85/16....and as you mentioned, cheaper.
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I don't run 15s yet, but I plan to. I have seen many Rubis running 15" steelies. There should be zero clearance problems with the brake calipers and 15s.
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