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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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need street tires for 5.38\'s

my new tj has 5.38 gears and i want to drive it.. a lot..the nv4500 has OD, but what kind of street tires should i be looking at? anything smaller than 37's might the revs up.....
I havent sold my new tsl/sx yet.. should i just run those till they are bald?? seems like that the most cost effective since i have the tires already.

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Re: need street tires for 5.38\'s

I would go for some BFG-all terrain AT-ko's. Provide exelent grip off-road and are very stable, quite, and look great. Are your tires mud? If so i would get another set of rims and put those tires on them and put the BFG's on your current rims. IT is up to you.

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Re: need street tires for 5.38\'s

So...is that saying that you actually have the TJ locked on???

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Re: need street tires for 5.38\'s

Want the # of the guy who built my 22.5s. I wonder what they would look like on a TJ? ;-)

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Re: need street tires for 5.38\'s

I would sell your sx's and get something that will last a lot longer, the 37" ssr's might be a good option or maybe the 42" bfg option. Also if you want to try running a 35" tire general and uniroyals are really cheep.

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Re: need street tires for 5.38\'s

Chris, everyone laughs at my Ground Hawgs, but they perform very well and last FOREVER. You can get them in 17x40 which probably are 38" tall. My 38's are about 36.5" . I just did some tire grooving and hopefully won't destroy the longevity. However, I would keep what you have 'till you loose traction in the rocks.
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Go with the 37" BFG's those things should last well and do OK with those gears... Or maybe some FUN COUNTRY'S (do they still make those?) I always thought fun country's were cool looking for the street and sand...

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Why did you go with 5.38's! are you asking to blow out your pinions? I know you have OD with the NV4500 but man 5.38's! I think you should have gone with 4.56's and t-case gears here. I hope I'm wrong in thinking you're still running the stock TJ axles, please say your not. Even with 35 or 37 inch tires, 5.38's are too much.

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Re: need street tires for 5.38\'s

The TJ elusive is talking about has Dynatrac Dana 60's f/r and an Atlas II 3.8. It's HarryB's old Jeep.

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Re: need street tires for 5.38\'s

5.38's aren't too much, for years that was the only ratio that came in a Jeep. Personally in a a four cylinder Jeep I wouldn't want anything but 5.38's. I was just thinking on my CJ2 that if I could find an overdrive I wouldn't even mind lower gears. Yes you tooth contact area can be reduced in some gear sets, in some even to only one tooth. In most of the D25's and 44's and 41's that I have messed with the teeth really weren't a problem. I would suspect that in the D60's that the gears are large enough that contact isn't an issue. I think 5.38's are great. I don't know about the 5.38 gears for a stock TJ, maybe they are not so good, but in many Jeep axles they are great.

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