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Unread 06-25-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Can I fit 33" tires if I trim with my 3.5" RE extreme duty lift and trimming??

So I searched with various terms and couldn't find anything. I have a 3.5" RE extreme duty (I think) lift that I am swapping my my '88 to my new '98 as soon as I can and have been looking at some used tires to get on there. I ran 32" before, but wondering if I might be able to get away with 33" with trimming? I am planning on 5.5"-6.5" sometime in the next year or two so I will probably be trimming anyway, but wasn't sure if I could do 33's with that setup for now. BTW, the old D44 will be swapped in at the same time, so axle strength shouldn't be an issue.

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Unread 06-25-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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You can fit 35s pretty easily on 3.5" lift when trimmed properly, so 33s won't be a problem at all.
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You can run 33's with 2" of lift and trimmed fenders so yes, it will work. You may not need to trim much at all with the RE 3.5" lift.
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Unread 06-25-2011, 01:50 PM   #4
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Sounds great. I will have to search some fender trimming threads. I don't want to go to town, but enough to comfortably fit. I also need to bumpstop, which I don't believe was ever done in my own XJ (avatar). BTW, since my XJs been sitting for nearly 4 years there is a lot of surface rust on the top part (silver rod/slides on inside of strut) of the struts. I don't really want the rust particles getting inside. Can it be ground off or something, and if not what should I use for replacement struts if RE is currently under new ownership and not shipping parts??
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Unread 06-25-2011, 01:59 PM   #5
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I would take a brillo pad and see if you can't remove the biggest part of the rust on them with that. You may need to lightly sand with very fine paper to get the most of it.
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Unread 06-25-2011, 07:33 PM   #6
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OK, thanks for the recommendation. I will take a gander tomorrow and see which ones look bad. I hope I can get away with using the old ones. Will post some pics maybe tomorrow.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 06:32 PM   #7
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So this thread is 3 months old but somewhat related subject. I found a set of 5 33" Maxxis Bighorns mounted on 16" black wheels (not sure what kind, but looks a little better than the basic steel wheels) for $600 (hoping maybe I can get for $500). 4 are 65% tread and spare is $100. I am wondering if there is any downside to having a 16" wheel on a 33" tire vs. a 15" wheel. Any worse if it's aired down or any other down sides? I've been looking on and off for two months and this seems fairly decent to me. Also, do I need to trim more than "normal" with such a big tire for the lift, or will it be fine if I bumpstop properly? Funny thing is the Jeep has still been sitting for 2 months since I bought it, but I am going to get the mains cabling replaced this week and hopefully swap the alternator (which I hope was part of the problem). Worse case, I can always resell the tires and break even I suppose.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 07:55 PM   #8
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16 vs 15 is not a big deal for 33" tires.

It will actually open up more options for other metric sizes down the road. Even airing down you will have plenty of sidewall to climb over rocks etc. with out collapsing down to the rim.

Trim or Bumpstop - it really depends on what you want -
More uptravel - trim out the front and rear fenders
Less trimming - bumpstop

one more inch won't matter for the tires. They will be fine.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 09:54 PM   #9
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OK sweet, I am really hoping this guy gets back to me soon so I can check em out. Does $600 (or hopefully less) seem decent enought for four at 65% and one at 100% tread with 5 wheels? I need to be able to get my $$ back if I don't end up using them for whatever reason.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 12:00 AM   #10
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Wrangler Duratracs $200 a tire new... pretty expensive but i love them.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 10:09 AM   #11
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I got used wheels and New 35X12.5 BFG K2Ms for about $750. So it depends on you budget new wheels and tire pacages are usally like 1,200. So $600 not terible. The big question is how many miles you average a year and the Tread wear rating of the tire.

Oh no Math problem !

I bought the 31x10.5 BFG that are on the jeep with about 60% tread on them. IRC they are a 40,000 mile tire. So when i bought the tires they had about 24000 miles left on them. I drive this jeep about 10K a year. So i know i'll get about 2.5 years out of the Tire So it was a good deal for the 100 dallars i spent on the 4 tires

Reviews i found on the Maxxis Bighorn say they were able to get about 40,000 out of them.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 10:43 AM   #12
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Cool thanks for the info. Hard to say how much mileage this will see as it is a secondary vehicle. If I had to guess I'd say around 8k/year. Went to finally pull the alternator yesterday and seemed a little hard to pull hood release (old XJ broke, and had to tear apart front end to open hood so I was gentle) and now hood won't shut. A lot of problems for a 2 month old Jeep that I haven't even had the luxury of driving yet other than the perfect test drive.
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