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I had a 98 TJ, mine had the I6 so power wasnt really an issue, but I ran 33's without a lift, yes they rubbed. I didn't have alot of money so I couldn't afford a lift, and I wasn't really worried about tearing up those junk plastic fenders. I was running 33x10.5 swampers on the stock 15" rims. Although they rub, it was the best thing I ever bought for my jeep.
They might rub on your tail pipe, mine did, but just give it a good kick or two and it should be out of the way enough. Other than that the rear shouldnt rub to much. The front will rub when you are turned hard and have any flex.
I recommend buying front sway bar disconnects if you dont already have them. They are pretty easy to replace and you should be able to get a nice set (go teraflex) for about $140. Those were probably the second best thing I ever bought for my jeep.
My basically stock TJ with 33 mud tires could pretty much keep up with any modified rig.