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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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32's or 33's...?

guys just cranked my 3.5" lift up about an inch (longer shackles, coil spacers, then drop brackets for the control arms), so now i have new tire fever and am leaning towards 33's but i am wondering if 32's are a better choice for the following reasons:

1.) maybe i don't have to cut the fenders... i am rarely off road. if i cut the fenders i think all that plastic stuff in the wheel well that catches mud comes out too and the front bumper wrap around plastic, etc.

2.) maybe the 3.55 gears wont be as bogged down with 32's vs 33's. i have 31's now and i have pretty decent off the line acceleration but it does bog down on hills.

anyhow, let me know your thoughts, i dont plan on re-gearing or lockers probably anytime soon (or ever).

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Unread 05-02-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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Which size is more common / less money (I haven't looked, so....)??
If it bogs down a bit now with 31" tires, you probably won't like it with 33" tires.
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Unread 05-02-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
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I have two xj's, one with a 4.5 all spring lift, the other with a 3 inch all spring and 2 inch shackles and pucks. Both run 32's. The 32X11.50X15 was hard to find and a bit more expensive than 33's but they don't hit except for very severe wheeling. The other, with the 4.5 lift has 265/75/16 bfg mt's, about 32 inches, on factory type wheels (YJ?) they will hit in the rear with severe duty wheeling.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 02:02 AM   #4
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I would do 33'' just because 32'' are so difficult to find if your in a bind i.e. you don't have money and need to get a used tire for the meantime.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 06:49 AM   #5
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I was in your same predicament, went with 32" Hankook Dynapro MT's. Got em from DiscountTireDirect for 792 shipped. Im real happy with my choice, they are very noticeably beefier than my 31s I was running before. Heightwise they are barely smaller than my 33x10.50 KM2s i ran in the past. Im also at 4.5" lift and wanted to keep my flares.



They still require a little trimming to the front flares at the back of the wheel well but Im working on that. They only rubbed at full lock in reverse. As the suspension compresses the tire moves away from the spot though.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 02:25 PM   #6
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Heightwise they are barely smaller than my 33x10.50 KM2s i ran in the past.
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How well did the KM2's do? They are in my top 3 choices for when I get new tires.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 02:55 PM   #7
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What wheel width and back spacing do you have now?
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Unread 05-09-2013, 04:48 PM   #8
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How well did the KM2's do? They are in my top 3 choices for when I get new tires.
No complaints, really cant go wrong with them. When I first got em on my TJ and we took it to the local OHV park they did so well all my buddies bought a set lol.

My main decision toward the Hankooks is the long tread life for an MT, cool looks and the fact that they are a bit different than the norm of KM2s and MTR/K's.
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