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Old 08-27-2017, 09:46 AM
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Tires for 1988 White YJ

Hey guys I am new to the forum and I'm trying to post for the first time. I have a 1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ that is white and I am looking to get blacked out rims and tires to put on there, probably 33's. Anybody have recommendations? It will be mostly a on road vehicle that is driven everyday and taken off roading on the weekends. Also if someone could tell me the minimum lift for 33's that would be great! Thanks guys!

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Why do you want 33s on a mostly daily driver? Unless you're looking at serious off roading, your best bet is 9.5 X 30 X 15 tires. Anything larger will hurt your mileage and acceleration.
I have 10.5 X 31s and rarely use fifth gear with a six cylinder, standard shift.

Quadratec has "D" hole steel wheels in black for a reasonable price. With a 4" offset and 30" tires you won't need a lift.

You can paint your existing wheels black and keep your current tires. Your checkbook will thank you.

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Why do you want 33s on a mostly daily driver? Unless you're looking at serious off roading, your best bet is 9.5 X 30 X 15 tires. Anything larger will hurt your mileage and acceleration.
I have 10.5 X 31s and rarely use fifth gear with a six cylinder, standard shift.

Quadratec has "D" hole steel wheels in black for a reasonable price. With a 4" offset and 30" tires you won't need a lift.

You can paint your existing wheels black and keep your current tires. Your checkbook will thank you.

Good luck, L.M.
Luckymac does have a point but if you build your Jeep correctly you can get DECENT gas mileage out of it. Not as good as it would be when stock on 30' tires but my YJ on 33's with 4.11s and a 4.0 gets anywhere from 15-18 in the city. I have a pretty light foot though and shift at around 2500 RPMS.

I'd say go with a 4.5" RE lift, grab some 33x12.50's with a 10" wide rim. Double check your gearing as anything under 4.11's is going to be miserable. You didn't mention what size motor you have, do you have the 4.2 inline 6 or the 2.5 4 cyl? Engine size will definitely affect performance and MPG. If you do have the 4.2 I would recommend fuel injection before a lift and tires....
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