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Old 06-19-2014, 02:35 PM
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33s or 35s on my LJ??

hi everyone,

I am scheduled to regear in a couple weeks to 4.88s. I have a 2006 LJ non-rubi. with auto 42rle trans. Originally my idea was going to be to regear and go to 33s. However, I have seen how 35s look on the LJs and I really like it.

I have 4.25 of lift. Adjustable UCA and fixed LCA, adjustable track bar, centric premium front rotors and EBC pads, as well as v8 zj tie rod. Given my current set up will this be sufficient for 35s? I know it may not be optimal but my uses for this jeep is my daily driver with some camping trips and moderate off road use. I have a stock d30 in the front and d44 in the rear. As I said they both are scheduled to be regeard to 4.88s in a few weeks. I would have gone with 5.13s but as most of you may know the front d30 would not allow for me to do that. I would like to upgrade the front axel but until then the jeep will just be on dirt roads for camping trips and daily driven.

I am stuck between going with the 33s or 35s. I dont want to regret not going bigger if I get the 33s, but then again I dont want to regret getting them either if they are going to cause me a ton of problems. Regear is 2 weeks and would like to have the tires by then so any opinions are welcomed. thanks!

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Old 06-19-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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The problem with LJs are they make tires look smaller than they are. A 35" tire on a LJ to me looks like a 33" tire at the right angles. Your current setup sound like you are good to go for 35s. I would say throw a 1" BL on top of the 4.25" suspension lift just to get you that much more clearance. You might want to think about Chromoly shafts in your front D30 if you plan on doing any serious wheeling. 33s will not need anything I have mentioned in the last couple sentences.

As you said 4.88 + 42RLE + 35" Tires = Not Optimal. I have this setup and yes it isnt the best combination. But it is all I can do and it really isnt that bad. You will find yourself turning OD off a lot on grades, and to pass. But with that setup, I can average 16MPG on the freeway if I keep my foot out of it.

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Old 06-19-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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Nothing to add here except LJ's look better with 35's. Personally I would do an amxle upgrade and gear and go 35's. Don't pay to gear twice. (I am about to jump from 4.10s to 4.88 from 3.07 because I want to go to 35's) At the time I was content with 32's. But when I went to the tire store I said WTH 33's will look better, and now 35's....

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Old 06-19-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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35s being 33s make a TJU look like a short bus.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:13 PM   #5
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I personally wouldn't undergear my 42rle by running 35" on 4.88's. I also wouldn't make any decisions based on "looks". I'd either get 5.13 or up (which would require different axle options), or I'd just stick with 4.88 and 33" tires. Tire size is really the first decision, then the long list of parts required to do it properly comes into play. I think too many people skip the second part of that.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:56 PM   #6

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I'm going w/ 35's on mine once I do my lift in a few weeks.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:24 AM   #7
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35s /thread.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:44 AM   #8
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I like my 33s & 4.88s, gets me everywhere I want to go
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:45 AM   #9
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35s look best and your 4.88s, while not optimal will be ok, certainly better than my 4.10s.
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