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Hello, fellow Jeepers! I have the grand question of whether or not to downsize from my current 33" tires or stick with them. I know, like why right? My reasonings are simple and subject to opinion but I'm truly curious how capable are 32"s? I love my 33"s offroad however they are killing me in the MPG department and feel like 32"s leave me with the perfect balance between offroad capability and road forgiveness. However, I'm building an overland rig and I'm afraid that 32"s will leave me potentially underbuilt for long haul trails. Then again, I've heard that 32s can get you through some remarkably difficult trails. I'm just a little undecided in my decision and some guidance would be nice. Trails pics would be nice if yall have them! Vehicle: 2005 TJR

Note: This is a future decision in no less than a year to happen, I just want answers ASAP
 

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I would go with 35's.

but to answer this.. when you air down a 33 it gets close to a 32.. for me i would keep the 33. as for mpg.. i don't think you going to see much of a difference. As for how good or bad 32's are.. I took a CJ-7 up lower 2 in tellico with them.. if you have never heard of lower 2.. its not easy.. and is now closed.
 

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going from 33 to 32 using the same tire (make/model)?
Are you running a lift?

You'll lose ~ 1/2" in clearance, all things being equal - but if you're changing models you may be surprised how little difference there is... some 32s are closer to 31s, some are closer to 33s. Some 33s are closer to 32, and some closer to 34. That said, it may be possible that there is little-to-no difference or up to nearly 2" in diameter difference.

Overland builds have different needs as well as pros/cons from rockcrawler builds - the difference in tire diameter may not be huge, but if you can save 1-2mpg as a product of tire size, tread, and composition that may translate to another 40 miles in range per tank. Nothing to sneer at if you're going way off the beaten path.

My JKUR is more for overlanding and I'm going up in tire size from stock, but also going to an all-terrain (255x75r17 BFG MT loadC 32.1"diam to 285x70r17 Goodyear Duratrac loadD 32.8"diam) While not a huge difference in diameter, there will be some improvement in road handling (especially wet roads) and perhaps a slight bump in mpg from the tread design.

Good thread if you've not seen it
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f27/largest-tire-on-stock-jk-heres-your-answer-142837.html
 

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going from 33 to 32 using the same tire (make/model)?
Are you running a lift?

You'll lose ~ 1/2" in clearance, all things being equal - but if you're changing models you may be surprised how little difference there is... some 32s are closer to 31s, some are closer to 33s. Some 33s are closer to 32, and some closer to 34. That said, it may be possible that there is little-to-no difference or up to nearly 2" in diameter difference.

Overland builds have different needs as well as pros/cons from rockcrawler builds - the difference in tire diameter may not be huge, but if you can save 1-2mpg as a product of tire size, tread, and composition that may translate to another 40 miles in range per tank. Nothing to sneer at if you're going way off the beaten path.

My JKUR is more for overlanding and I'm going up in tire size from stock, but also going to an all-terrain (255x75r17 BFG MT loadC 32.1"diam to 285x70r17 Goodyear Duratrac loadD 32.8"diam) While not a huge difference in diameter, there will be some improvement in road handling (especially wet roads) and perhaps a slight bump in mpg from the tread design.

Good thread if you've not seen it
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f27/largest-tire-on-stock-jk-heres-your-answer-142837.html
Yes, I expected a drop in clearance and intend to swap out my POS Pro Comp 4" lift with likely a HD OME 2.5" kit that is designed for both 32s and 33s. I've done some of the research on brands' true tire sizes, mainly with BFGs KO/KO2s although I may consider the swap to Cooper AT3s, again I'll have to do the research about true diameter. BFGs R16 285s are 32.8" and the 265s are a 31.6 or 31.8 which has me considering something right in between like a 275, however R16 sizes are a pain in the ass to calculate correctly. To my understanding though, 285s mounted are closer to a 32" tire. Something I also forgot to mention is that I'm swapping from 15"x8" rims to stock 16"x8" Moabs. Also, that thread is helpful, however, it doesn't help a whole lot since it's intended for JKs:) I'm a TJ
 

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Gotcha - my 2004 TJ Rubicon ran 32" tires on OME 2.5" lift.
I used a nth degree belly skid and 1" Body lift + 1" motor mount lift - my intent was to get a larger tire without cutting sheet metal and not have driveline vibes - it ran like stock - butter smooth, and had great breakover clearance over stock with the belly skid.

I did run 15x8 steelies for the wheels, you may have some backspacing issues with stock rims, but you can get good performance without needing an extreme suspension setup.
 

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Gotcha - my 2004 TJ Rubicon ran 32" tires on OME 2.5" lift.
I used a nth degree belly skid and 1" Body lift + 1" motor mount lift - my intent was to get a larger tire without cutting sheet metal and not have driveline vibes - it ran like stock - butter smooth, and had great breakover clearance over stock with the belly skid.

I did run 15x8 steelies for the wheels, you may have some backspacing issues with stock rims, but you can get good performance without needing an extreme suspension setup.
Yeah I was think that I might have a few backspacing issues with stock rims, but I'm sure a few spacers will help. I may run a 1" BL just to be sure of clearance however I hate the gap they leave between the body/bumpers and frame. However, I need one if I ever intend to do a tummy tuck. In all honesty, I will likely do a frankenlift since I really just want the OME HD springs and don't want to spend the premium $1300 for the rest.
 

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I got a good condition OME 2.5" lift on Ebay for about $150

The belly skid was a PITA to install but it made a HUGE difference
 

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I got a good condition OME 2.5" lift on Ebay for about $150

The belly skid was a PITA to install but it made a HUGE difference
Looks like I'll be doing a little searching before potentially buying new
 
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