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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-06-2003, 12:14 PM
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tire rub w/ narrow-track frontend?

I am going to be swapping in dual Dana 44s into a 76 CJ7. I have a narrow-track rear 44. I have a Scout II front 44. I am gonna have the Scout rear cut down. It seems I have heard that a narrow-track front rear with 12.50 tires will rub. Anyone have experience with this? I can have the frontend cut wider than the rear, but I want to minimize it as much as possible. I do have dual Scout II rears I could swap, but I'm going for a "restification" and would rather not have the full-width look on this particular Jeep. This one is going to be a mild but solid four wheeler, not an extreme rig by any means. Any help is appreciated. A secondary question that may have bearing on the rub issue: I will be going with a 2.5 or 4" lift. Will 33x12.50s rub on a 2.5" lift at full flex? If so, I'll definitely go 4". Just trying to keep center of gravity as low as possible. Thanks!
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Re: tire rub w/ narrow-track front end?

I have 33 12.50's on narrow tracks, and they do rub at full turn. However, I have 8 inch rims which causes the majority of the problem. 10 inchers with the proper outset would solve the problem. I plan on putting longer steering stoppers in to get rid of my problem, as I wouldn't loose much more turning radius if they're set right.
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Re: tire rub w/ narrow-track frontend?

I have 2" of lift with 33" Swampers and liberal use of the Sawsall and they don't rub. For a "restification" you might want to go with the 4" lift and no cutting.

Also the front tires on 8" rims hit the springs on turns (just the front of the springs though). FWIW.

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Re: tire rub w/ narrow-track frontend?

I've got an 81 CJ7 with 33s on 10 inch rims. I replaced the steering gear box and it took a while to center it due to the tire rubbing on one side or the other. I finally got it aligned correctly and dont have any tire rub now. believe me when I say I got lucky.

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Re: tire rub w/ narrow-track frontend?

On my '74, I'm running 33x 9.50s on 15x7" rims, with no special backset. They almost rubbed when I put them on, so I made a small adjustment to the steering stop to keep it from hitting while off-roading. From that I would have to say that 12.50s on rims that have a centered backset would indeed hit. However, put in a proper backset and maybe a small steering stop adjustment and you would be good to go.
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