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Old 01-17-2016, 11:27 AM
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Daily Driver - some Baja roads - go 35's or 33's

My 2016 Rubicon JKU will be ordered this week and I am really torturing myself on whether I want 33's or 35's for it. I love the looks and height of the 35's, but then the sensible side of me takes over with the reminder this will be my daily driver & fun vehicle- getting rid of both my '98 XJ Jeepspeed and '07 Mazda.

I will be driving maybe 1000 miles month, couple of 200mi days monthly, HWY & city - and at least 2 weeks of the year driving roads of Baja; hopefully exploring local Southwestern USA trails as well.

Current build will include 2.5" Rubicon Express lift, king shocks, General Grabbers on KMC wheels, Poison Spyder bumper & tire carrier.

I know this is not a cushy car and have the Jeepspeeded out XJ on 33's - so know either 33's or 35's on the JKU will be a better ride - specifically asking those with experience moving from 33's to 35's. Appreciate the opinions :-)

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You can get 33's and then pay more when you're sorry you didn't go 35's initially. Happens all the time on here, me included.

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Add me to the list of people who got 33's and immediately regretted it. I just replaced my 33's after 3 months to get 35's. I have 3.73 gears and a stick shift and am very happy with the larger tires.
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Baja trails? Go 35s!

My TJ has 35s, the middle JKUR has 35s, the red JKUR has 37s. Each performed well, and on the Pole Line Road outside of Mexicali, we didn't consume excessive amounts of Pemex.


Huitzi's Jeep is on 35s and performed great on the trail





By comparison, a G-Wagon on 33s didn't look as cool


Also, if you're running Hwy 1, a 35" tire will be better able to absorb the shock of the bad potholes (like the ones north of BOLA) than a 33" tire would.
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Thanks all, especially The Desert Outlaw. I am going with the 35's - General Grabbers on Walker Evan's bead lockers... looking forward to hitting the trails this spring!
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I'm no expert, but with an upgraded suspension such as an AEV 2.5 dual sport lift, geometry correction brackets, Teraflex adjustable front bar you'll be set. Don't get 33's because they just don't look right on a Rubicon, they look ok but you will have regrets later on and spend more money.. Good luck~
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35's. I was kicking rocks after a month of owning 33's...I should've done what I really wanted in the first place

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