Help a Jeep Newbie on Lift vs. Tire Size
I was always a Chevy Blazer guy (full-size, 74-91), but recently acquired my Dad's '84 CJ7 and I really like it. It is 100% stock with 59K miles.
I want to put some larger tires on the CJ7, but I'm in a quandary ... help me out here. I want large tires, but I don't want to lift the truck much because I don't want the undesirable effects of a high center of gravity. This rules out 35" or larger tires.
So, what I need to know is:
What is the largest diameter tire that can go on an '84 CJ7 (leaf spring suspension) with a 2" lift and won't require any fender cutting and won't rub wheel wells during full articulation or in a tight turn?
I gather from many photos that 33" tires (i.e. BFG M/T's) will fit nicely with a 2" lift, but I am concerned that the tires may contact the wheel wells in certain situations. Will 33's work, or do I need to stick to 32's to avoid any rubs?
Also ... any recommendations of specific manufacturers for lift kits for the CJ7? Any particular kits you'd avoid?