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Old 01-03-2016, 08:58 PM
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Hi all. I'm in the process of starting to move to Iowa to be a college student and farmer! Here's my thing, as I move on to Iowa, I know I won't have as much time for wheeling. Also, I am in a Jeep club here and love the 35s and 37s I see. I need to be talked out of it. My ego isn't that crazy, so it shouldn't be too hard but I really like 35s. Can someone give me the pros and cons to running 33s vs 35s? I think 35s will be awesome, fun, and a head turner. As of now, I will be getting Mickey Thompson's classic lock wheels, which are obviously capable of running both tire sizes and I'm getting them in 17s. I know that 33s will be cheaper, but are 35s worth it? I WILL be getting a mud terrain tire, but the size is my biggest problem right now.

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Old 01-04-2016, 08:32 AM   #2
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Get the 35's if you don't you will regret it. Of course if you get 35s you might bend C's or snap your D30, or need a re-gear because you lost whatever oomph you had... so as long as you are prepared to fix that stuff when it happens you should be alright.

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I have 35x12.50x15 Cooper STT pros and I absolutely love them. I had the same decision as you, but the 35's make everything look a lot tougher/beefier. And if you do end up going wheelin, they'll be a lot better in the mud

Go with the 35s.
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You might as well just go to 37s and skip them both!
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35 and I just got mine, have always run Nitto m/t on my other off road vehicles, but in love with the Cooper discovery st maxx tires that came on the truck. 17 rockstar wheels and 35x12.5 tires.
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Get the 35s or you'll regret it!
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Hi all. I'm in the process of starting to move to Iowa to be a college student and farmer! Here's my thing, as I move on to Iowa, I know I won't have as much time for wheeling. Also, I am in a Jeep club here and love the 35s and 37s I see. I need to be talked out of it.
You've already been bitten, dude. Buy the 35s.

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Can someone give me the pros and cons to running 33s vs 35s?
Weight, depending on tire brand; compatibility with wheel size; mileage; tire carrier, etc

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As of now, I will be getting Mickey Thompson's classic lock wheels, which are obviously capable of running both tire sizes and I'm getting them in 17s. I know that 33s will be cheaper, but are 35s worth it? I WILL be getting a mud terrain tire, but the size is my biggest problem right now.
Beware of MT...they're a boutique brand, and priced accordingly.
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You've already been bitten, dude. Buy the 35s.



Weight, depending on tire brand; compatibility with wheel size; mileage; tire carrier, etc



Beware of MT...they're a boutique brand, and priced accordingly.
Thanks man! I'm aware MT are pretty pricy but these wheels don't look bad and aren't expensive at all (for wheels!). Also, would my Dana 30s be able to hold the 35s? I have 44 rears but 30 in the front.
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I've got 3+ years on my 33's and ready to upgrade to 35's. I had sleeves and gussets added to my D30 to alleviate any concerns. It's a fairly inexpensive upgrade. I went ahead and regeared to 4.56, so I got the shop to add the sleeve and gussets when they were changing the gears.
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The fact that your questioning it would suggest you need to bite the bullet and go with the 35s...

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You might as well just go to 37s and skip them both!
I was having the same discussion with myself last year about this time except I was debating 35s vs 37s... Now I have 35s on the rig with less than 5,000 miles on them and 37s on the brown truck headed to my front door!

The wife was less than impressed!
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Everybody here is saying 35s, but you are going to be a college student. So the big question is, can you afford the potential money you might have to spend on the possible upgrades or repairs caused by 35s? Starting life out in debt is a bad idea, no matter how awesome those big tires will look on your jeep.
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Everybody here is saying 35s, but you are going to be a college student. So the big question is, can you afford the potential money you might have to spend on the possible upgrades or repairs caused by 35s? Starting life out in debt is a bad idea, no matter how awesome those big tires will look on your jeep.
I knew someone was going to pull the "sensible" card... If he were that sensible he would have bought himself a civic!

But in all seriousness... Metrius has a valid point, grounded in reality... sucky, no fun, reality.
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Just call me Debby Downer.
Unless he is one of the three lotto winners...in that case, buy us all 35s!
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Also, would my Dana 30s be able to hold the 35s? I have 44 rears but 30 in the front.
As with all things Wrangler, it depends on how you're gonna use it. If you plan on pounding it offroad, then no, it won't hold up.

I did what rhen74 did; generally, my offroading consists of going into disaster areas--hurricanes, tornadoes, flood zones, etc. No hardcore rock climbing or high-speed trails.

Be realistic about what you wanna do, and plan accordingly.

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I've got 3+ years on my 33's and ready to upgrade to 35's. I had sleeves and gussets added to my D30 to alleviate any concerns. It's a fairly inexpensive upgrade. I went ahead and regeared to 4.56, so I got the shop to add the sleeve and gussets when they were changing the gears.
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Everybody here is saying 35s, but you are going to be a college student. So the big question is, can you afford the potential money you might have to spend on the possible upgrades or repairs caused by 35s? Starting life out in debt is a bad idea, no matter how awesome those big tires will look on your jeep.
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I knew someone was going to pull the "sensible" card... If he were that sensible he would have bought himself a civic!

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Unless he is one of the three lotto winners...in that case, buy us all 35s!
^Wisdom, OP.

At least consider it.

33s will cost you less, affect your Jeep less (weight, gearing, replacement cost, tire carrier, etc) and require less of a lift. Just sayin.
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^Wisdom, OP. At least consider it. 33s will cost you less, affect your Jeep less (weight, gearing, replacement cost, tire carrier, etc) and require less of a lift. Just sayin.
I hate to be the bringer of reality here but...Your moving to Iowa to be a college student and farmer!?!? Well that's easy, sell your jeep and buy a truck. Honestly, unless your version of being a farmer is being shuttled to a field to pick produce your jeep is not a money making work vehicle.
A ranch/hunting vehicle yes, farm vehicle no. Can you hook a gooseneck trailer to your jeep and pull 10 tons of feed to where your animals are? I grew up working alfalfa fields, bucking hay and working cows. The only person that owned a jeep was the ranch owner (or the older guys that could afford multiple vehicles) and he used it for running fences and checking the property and getting to his favorite hunting sports. Hell my old man still runs cows and alfalfa he's got a Ram 6.7 as the work truck and the XJ's are for play.
I love my jeep but it's just that, a jeep. When I gotta work I use my super duty. Just something to think about. Good luck with school and your move. Iowa's a pretty cool state.
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The fact that your questioning it would suggest you need to bite the bullet and go with the 35s...



I was having the same discussion with myself last year about this time except I was debating 35s vs 37s... Now I have 35s on the rig with less than 5,000 miles on them and 37s on the brown truck headed to my front door!

The wife was less than impressed!
Lol, she'll get over it, mine did!
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Everybody here is saying 35s, but you are going to be a college student. So the big question is, can you afford the potential money you might have to spend on the possible upgrades or repairs caused by 35s? Starting life out in debt is a bad idea, no matter how awesome those big tires will look on your jeep.
Having done the poor college student route all I have to say is junk yard parts are cheap! Ask me how I know!

From 31s to 33s on a Dana 30 rear axle, to 35s and spun hubs on a AMC20 to a busted T86 precipitating a trans swab.... The list goes on. You can break stuff with 33s just as easily as 35s.

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I hate to be the bringer of reality here but...Your moving to Iowa to be a college student and farmer!?!? Well that's easy, sell your jeep and buy a truck. Honestly, unless your version of being a farmer is being shuttled to a field to pick produce your jeep is not a money making work vehicle.
A ranch/hunting vehicle yes, farm vehicle no. Can you hook a gooseneck trailer to your jeep and pull 10 tons of feed to where your animals are? I grew up working alfalfa fields, bucking hay and working cows. The only person that owned a jeep was the ranch owner (or the older guys that could afford multiple vehicles) and he used it for running fences and checking the property and getting to his favorite hunting sports. Hell my old man still runs cows and alfalfa he's got a Ram 6.7 as the work truck and the XJ's are for play.
I love my jeep but it's just that, a jeep. When I gotta work I use my super duty. Just something to think about. Good luck with school and your move. Iowa's a pretty cool state.
Haha I am aware that I need a truck but I actually already have a farm truck. Second gen Cummins.. :P
My Jeep's almost like my toy to be honest haha.
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Haha I am aware that I need a truck but I actually already have a farm truck. Second gen Cummins.. :P My Jeep's almost like my toy to be honest haha.
Well sh!t, had you said that first!!! Hahaha. Go 35's. If you have the itch for them already your gonna regret it and not be happy with your 33's in no time.
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Well sh!t, had you said that first!!! Hahaha. Go 35's. If you have the itch for them already your gonna regret it and not be happy with your 33's in no time.
Hahaha yeah, okay sounds good! So I guess I'm set lol. Now just gotta do the waiting game...
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If you have room, get 35's. I had 33's for 3 months and just replaced them with 35's. I have 3.73 gears and a stick shift. I was scared I needed to re-gear, but I think it gets around just fine and the bigger tire looks awesome.

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