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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2009, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question lift needed for 33" tires from stock suspension

Ok so I know I'll take a hit on power with the 33" tires on the road in my 4 cylinder TJ, but will there be enough clearance for the 33" tires (lets say 15" rims) without a lift, or is a lift necessary also?
Quadtratec has a deal on Pro Comp Mud-Terrain tires at the moment
33x12.50R15 ($680.96) and was itching to get some.
I'm not sure if the BFGs Mud terrain tires are better/worse.
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I'd say 33's would rub pretty easily stock. Lot's of folks reccomend a 4" lift for 33". I don't subscribe to that, unless you really want to flex. I like keeping the center of gravity low. A little rubbing doesn't drive me crazy. I'd say 32's max if you are a mild wheeler.

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They will rub stock, 2-3" of lift will work with proper bump stops. A 1" body lift and 2" spacer lift would be cheap room ($200-$300) without many advrese effects.

I personally am a big fan of the new BFG KM2's. I have them in the 255/85r16 flavor on my 3/4 ton DD and they are an awsome DD/ work truck tire.
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I will agree with Andy, BFGs are good tires.
But, as I always say, buy American
and union made.

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4 Cyl? 33" Tires? Yea, it will rub....

And to get an idea of how it will drive.....start taking off in 2nd gear....do that in stop and go trafic for one day.....that is what your 33's will feel like.

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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.
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I know the power will be crap when i change to 33"; thats why i'm gonna keep my 30,9.5R15 BFG all terrainKOs for the road, and just change the wheels out on trail days. When I drive offroad in low range in the 33" i'll assume I'll have no torque issues. Can anyone attest to this theory?

Sounds like a lift is and isn't necessay!!, but basically a 4" wouldn't be a bad idea.
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