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Old 06-18-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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Tires size decision, 33" or 35"

Hey Guys,

I need a little advice regarding an upgrade what I'm thinking about.

Current set up on my '00 TJ is a 4" skyjacker lift along with 33x12.5x15 BFG A/T.
I'd like to get rid of the A/T and get something with a little more aggressive tread, therefore I was considering also to upgrade to 35" instead of the 33s.

Right now I still have the D30 and D35 axles in it, but a D44 and another D30 are on the way and will find their way into the TJ after some modifications.

Do you guys think it is worth the swapp towards 35"?? Or should I just stick with 33s since those are running fine with the set up what I have right now. You know it is always the game about getting something bigger :-)

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Old 06-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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I'd say you should just stick to the 33's unless you also plan to regear and possibly put a super 30 kit in front. I'd also recommend a 1.25" body lift to avoid rubbing if you go offroad with them.

just my .02

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Old 06-18-2013, 03:28 PM   #3
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I'd say you should just stick to the 33's unless you also plan to regear and possibly put a super 30 kit in front. I'd also recommend a 1.25" body lift to avoid rubbing if you go offroad with them.

just my .02

The BL I was already thinking about, but honestly I just want to avoid that I run into the biggest money pit ever when I put 35s on it and the only advantage what I get out of it is 1" more ground clearance... You know what I mean?!?!
Then I rather stick with 33s and put a locker into the new D44 and have some fun out there
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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Depends on how you plan to use the jeep and the gearing in your new axles. If you're gonna run 4.56 gears and reinforce the D30 axle then 35's would be a good choice. 4" of lift will be cutting a little close for clearances with stock fenders. However, if you run high clearance fenders you'd be more than good ok. If you want to keep the stock fender setup I'd suggest adding 1/2" to 3/4" coil spacers to increase your lift a little.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
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with that set up, between 33's and 35's. its all about the driver.
Id say throw a locker in. that will get you MUCH farther than one more inch of ground clearance.
for every inch you go up on tire size, you only gain .5 inches of ground clearance.

lockers and maybe a tummy tuck. thats going to be, IMO, the best thing to do.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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Im running 32's on a 3 inch lift.
I have been wheeling for a long time stock before i lifted. with my rig, ive gotten farther than many with long arms and 35's.
I have a friend who is stock on 31's with a locked D44 and D30 who can go anywhere I can...

theres my two cents.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advices so far, I'm tending towards the 33s anyways but I have to get rid of those damn BFG A/T because they don't get me anywhere...
Then I'm also tending towards trying the Goodyear Duratrac or the M/T.
And when I get my D44 (it's still installed in a rolled over jeep) I would need to see what kind of locker I could throw in there...

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35's love to taco stock TJ steering parts. Also Brakes need to be upgraded as well if you plan to stop in an emergency. So there is lots more to upgrade than just axles.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:07 PM   #9
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35's love to taco stock TJ steering parts. Also Brakes need to be upgraded as well if you plan to stop in an emergency. So there is lots more to upgrade than just axles.
Exactly all that I'm taking in consideration right now.

I've seen you run the Duratrac in 33x12.5 correct? How do you like those?
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If your planning on actually wheeling a TJ on 35's your going to need over $5000 in upgrades if your just going to drive it around you'll be okay.....maybe.
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Exactly all that I'm taking in consideration right now.

I've seen you run the Duratrac in 33x12.5 correct? How do you like those?
Love them! Quiet on pavement, channels standing water (puddles) like a dream, and awesome performance offroad.



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Old 06-18-2013, 06:04 PM   #12
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So 33 it is for sure, now I just gotta figure which one... I took a look at the duratrac as well as the MT/R Kevlar. I like the MTR tread better but I have no clue if its worth the 38 bucks more each tire. Anybody ideas?
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35's... your going to regret spending money on 33's almost everybody always does
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So 33 it is for sure, now I just gotta figure which one... I took a look at the duratrac as well as the MT/R Kevlar. I like the MTR tread better but I have no clue if its worth the 38 bucks more each tire. Anybody ideas?
Depends how you use your rig. If you mainly drive on pavement then duratracs are the better choice.
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Correct, but since it is not my DD I thought the MTRs would be nice but also don't wanna throw my money useless out of the window ;-)
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So I will order the tires tomorrow I guess, if somebody has any experience with the MTRs what would make them worth the bigger dollar... Please let me know... Thanks a lot.
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So I will order the tires tomorrow I guess, if somebody has any experience with the MTRs what would make them worth the bigger dollar... Please let me know... Thanks a lot.
They are a very aggressive and very tough tire. They will resist punctures and rips much better than other tires. And despite the very aggressive tread, they're quite on the road and they'll last you about 40K miles. In mind, you can't ask much more from a tire.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:58 AM   #18
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So... pedal to the metal. I have ordered the MT/R with Kevlar and get them installed tomorrow... If I don't like them they will swap them for the Duratrac, that's what I call a nice service.

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