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janosko9424 02-01-2013 09:11 PM

What size tires can i fit?
Ive got a mostly stock 02 black Wrangler im looking to get some 15" wheels and some 33" 12.50 width tires how much of a lift do i need to fit these without rubbing on road and some slight trail riding.:thumb:

Motowithy 02-01-2013 09:25 PM

Cheapest way to go would prob be a 2" budget boost (coil spacer) and a 1.25 body lift. Should fit the 33's and retain close to stock handling. Additional cost would be regearing to support the increase in tire size/ help power and gas.

janosko9424 02-01-2013 09:27 PM


janosko9424 02-01-2013 09:32 PM

what would you suggest for re-gearing??

schnutzy 02-01-2013 10:11 PM

3-4 inches to give you room for the tires.
what gears you run depends on your engine/transmission combo.
if you are going to re gear, you should also consider upgrading the rear axle to handle those larger tires.

CMA_Rider 02-01-2013 10:16 PM

Your gonna want a 4.56 or 4.88 with that 4cyl. You'll also want to upgrade to chromolly shafts in your d35

janosko9424 02-01-2013 10:19 PM

what if i did say a 1 IN' body lift with a 2 IN' budget boost lift and ran 31' tires what gears should i have then? im in college and trying to get my jeep build going i havent done any mods in a while and am dying to get something going

schnutzy 02-01-2013 10:25 PM

if you are running 31s, then stick with your stock gears, it is not worth re gearing for 31 inch tires

janosko9424 02-01-2013 10:31 PM

even with a 4 cyl? im just worried about power

CMA_Rider 02-02-2013 01:02 AM


Originally Posted by janosko9424 (Post 3310108)
even with a 4 cyl? im just worried about power

I know a guy runnin stock gears with 33s, the only thing is you'll be down shifting more often. You can run a 2"bb and a 1.25"bl and have more than enough clearance, infact thats the lift and wheel combo Im running. I wheel pretty hard, half the time with guys running 35s, lockers, and 5"+ of lift.

31s on stock gears, you shouldnt notice much of a difference. You dont need a lift for 31s.

CMA_Rider 02-02-2013 01:06 AM

Heres what that lift and wheel combo looks like

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Im running 1.5" over stock bumpstops

Tmstar05 02-02-2013 01:25 AM

Don't waist your Time with a budget lift your going to want a lift sooner or later trust me I did the same mistake and so did a few people I know. And as for a body lift eventually you'll bend the body from constant abuse if you trail lots. Not worth it.

tylermats 02-02-2013 01:30 AM

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I also have a black 02 Wrangler. Im currently running a 4.5 RE lift with 33's. Now if i were you, i would honostly leave my jeep stock until i had some real money to put into the thing because it can get expensive. Real quick. So you spend like $800 on new 33's and more on the 15" steel rims. Pluss a lift. Depending on how large it is your going to need a longer rear drive shaft which they run like $600 bucks i think. Now with what some of the guys said about the axles you can keep the dana 30 up front that fine as long as you dont really go past 33's. i know a guy who is running 35's with a lunchbox locker but hes got the chromo shafts like me. The dana 35 in your rear is another story because once you start to go offroad and realize that your 4wd is actually only 2wd your going to want lockers. You can throw a Aussie locker in the front with some chromo shafts which will be fine and thats going to run you about a grand. but the dana 35 in the rear is a different story. You probably going to want to run an E-locker or an air locker in the rear so you have it engauged all the time or if you have a detroit locker its not banging around all the time. Another thing is that the dana 35's are not very strong. At the least your going to have to upgrade your shafts with a locker. and say you wanted to do a full axle swap for a ford 8.8 (i would recommend this) it will probably run you around $2,500.
But im getting way ahead of myself and all the stuff i just mentioned really depends on what you going to use you jeep for. Not to mention lights, bumpers, armor. Jeeps are money pits and i just wanna let you know what your really looking at depending on what you wanna turn your rig into.

tylermats 02-02-2013 01:34 AM

i guess the question is what is your budget, and you could definatly do 33's with a 2 inch lift for driving around on the road and some trail riding here and there. And you got a cool looking ride. But i would go with 31's because you may hit your wheel wells with 33's im not too sure

janosko9424 02-18-2013 12:17 PM

Thanks guys for all the help I'm looking at a BDS lift and Old Man Emu which one is better? For just a 2 inch lift

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