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Old 11-08-2010, 12:43 PM
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Looking to go up to 33's, couple of questions

Hey everyone, I'm brand new here. I just picked up my 2003 Wrangler over the weekend and I'm real excited about it. One of the first things I'll be doing is upgrading the tires. Currently I have 31x10.5x15's on the wrangler and will be looking to go to 33's. The interesting thing is that I'm certain the wrangler is already lifted but the dealer didn't know how high the lift was or the details. Anyways, I've attached a picture of the car and I'm looking for opinions on if I'll be safe running 33's on this lift and for those who have a good eye what is the lift on there now? I'm thinking 2-3"??? Thanks in advance.

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Measure the springs, compare them to this chart, then you'll know for sure. Also look for pucks at the top of the springs, it may have a spacer lift.

You need at least 3" lift to clear 33's off road with no rubbing.

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if you look at the first picture, right above the front tire, you can see a little white thing, looks like a budget boost.
you can see it better in your jeep profile pic:


so it might be a pretty safe bet to say ya got about 2 inches via a BB
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if you look at the first picture, right above the front tire, you can see a little white thing, looks like a budget boost.
you can see it better in your jeep profile pic:

so it might be a pretty safe bet to say ya got about 2 inches via a BB
just went to check it out, you're definitely correct, can't believe I missed that. After some measurements I have a 2.5" BB lift. That being said, I should be able to go with a 33x12.5 and be okay, correct? I won't be doing any rocks or anything like that, just mud and snow. Thanks.
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just went to check it out, you're definitely correct, can't believe I missed that. After some measurements I have a 2.5" BB lift. That being said, I should be able to go with a 33x12.5 and be okay, correct? I won't be doing any rocks or anything like that, just mud and snow. Thanks.
sure. just trim the flares and wheel away. go check out InfernoGirl's(the lovely lady who posted that spring height chart) jeep profile, you will see that she is running that exact set up.

EDIT: I forgot to add, to run 33x12.5 tires, you will need either new wheels, or spacers to push your current wheels out a lil, that way you dont have any rubbing or issues and end up busting a tire or something.
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just went to check it out, you're definitely correct, can't believe I missed that. After some measurements I have a 2.5" BB lift. That being said, I should be able to go with a 33x12.5 and be okay, correct? I won't be doing any rocks or anything like that, just mud and snow. Thanks.
You're going to hit the sway bar at full articulation, and you will eat your fender flairs if you disconnect. That and you will need new wheels with a lot less backspace to be able to run the 12.5s.

That being said, I run a 2.5" OME suspension lift, 1.25" JKS body lift, currie antirock swaybar, and spider trax spacers to run stock rims and 33x10.5 KM2's. I have 0 rub, but I've hit all the stages you're shooting for.
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IF u have a 2" spacer lift (rubber spacer ontop of ur springs!) as mentioned by" INFERNOGIRL.. , then u could just add a JKS 1.25" body lift...easy install and u can run 33" and have loads of room for flex too!..my buddy runs this on his 2001 TJ and does great off road!
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I have a 2003 Rubicon....now running 33" x 12.5" x 15" Cepek crushers on 15" x 8" rims with 3.75" backspace (I think that's what it is) JKS quicker disconnects, and Rough Country 4" lift. Haven't stuffed a tire yet-tires before were 33" x 12.5" x 15" Goodyear MTR's. Before the 4" lift I had 2" budget boost and 31" x 10.5" MTR's on the MOAB rims...and there was enough room for 33's but with the disconnects we worried about stuffing a tire and taking out a flare or fender.
So....I'd vote for you to add 3" or 4" lift kit-if you are going for 3", might as well go for 4" and get it overwith...LOL...that's the maximum you can go without getting into driveshaft changes, etc.
Oh, the Rubicon has Slip Yoke Eliminator-if you don't have one, and are going for the lift, it's recommended...price has dropped way down on them so it isn't that much to add to a lift kit.

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