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Old 05-20-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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Tire size?

Put a two inch lift on our 04 wrangler unlimited. Kit says max tire size 32x11.50 15. Does any one know if I can go with a bit bigger and have no problems? We do not go off road much. I would like to go with 33’s if possible.

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Put a two inch lift on our 04 wrangler unlimited. Kit says max tire size 32x11.50 15. Does any one know if I can go with a bit bigger and have no problems? We do not go off road much. I would like to go with 33’s if possible.
You can fit 33"s. You'll need the right back spacing for 12.5 wide tires. I had a 2" lift with 33x10.5 tires. You could add a 1.25 body lift.

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Old 05-20-2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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You can physically fit 33s, but why would you do it?

If you put 33s on it:

1. You'll have to extend the bumpstops in order to keep the tires from smashing the fenders, thereby causing your TJ to lose any available suspension travel and making it ride horribly.

2. Your power and gas mileage will surely suffer.

3. If you don't get aftermarket wheels, you'll have to put washers under the steering stops to keep the bigger tires from rubbing on the suspension components. If you do that, you won't be able to turn your jeep very sharp.

In all, it will be miserable to drive and you'll hate your jeep.
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You can physically fit 33s, but why would you do it?

If you put 33s on it:

1. You'll have to extend the bumpstops in order to keep the tires from smashing the fenders, thereby causing your TJ to lose any available suspension travel and making it ride horribly.

2. Your power and gas mileage will surely suffer.

3. If you don't get aftermarket wheels, you'll have to put washers under the steering stops to keep the bigger tires from rubbing on the suspension components. If you do that, you won't be able to turn your jeep very sharp.

In all, it will be miserable to drive and you'll hate your jeep.
Lol I have stock gears on 33s and its not "miserable" and I don't "hate my Jeep". And I get about 13-15 mpg. Also You can get wheel spacers instead of doing washers. As far as power, its pretty good.
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Thanks, very helpful and since my wife drives it daily I believe that I will go with the 32’s and save myself a lot of headaches
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Thanks, very helpful and since my wife drives it daily I believe that I will go with the 32’s and save myself a lot of headaches
Why not run 31s? 31s would be easier on all the steering components. I ran 31s with a two inch lift for a few years and enjoyed the ride it provided.
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Lol I have stock gears on 33s and its not "miserable" and I don't "hate my Jeep".
You're not riding on your bumpstops like he'd have to do.

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Also You can get wheel spacers instead of doing washers.
True, and he'll have to install those wheel spacers if he's planning on running 32s on factory wheels.

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As far as power, its pretty good.
Have some 4.56s installed and come back and tell me that you had good power with 3.73s.
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Found some 1.5 spacers at Rough Country. Will this give me the clearance I need if I decide to go with the 32's on My factory wheels?
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You're not riding on your bumpstops like he'd have to do.

True, and he'll have to install those wheel spacers if he's planning on running 32s on factory wheels.

Have some 4.56s installed and come back and tell me that you had good power with 3.73s.
I know I should be have 4.56s but they are in the future. But 5th is a little under powered.
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Found some 1.5 spacers at Rough Country. Will this give me the clearance I need if I decide to go with the 32's on My factory wheels?
Those should work perfectly. I assume you're talking about wheel spacers.

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I know I should be have 4.56s but they are in the future. But 5th is a little under powered.
When I had 3.73s, 1st was underpowered, too.
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I went to (short) 32's with 3.73's, and it's not great. I came from my last CJ5 that I ran 4.88's and a T18 though.

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