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post #16 of 23 Old 06-25-2009, 06:59 PM
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I'd just stick with the standard 33x12.5 tire. plenty of tire, yet still tuckable if you do a bit of trimming. They are also the biggest you'd want to go without regearing. Mud king's are cheap and durable tires too.


my jeep has the confused prerunner syndrome....4.5" in the rear and 2" in the front.

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post #17 of 23 Old 06-25-2009, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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xjpilot, I noticed you're in AZ. Similar terrain to CO. I have a few good buddies I wheeled with out there. Do you feel our jeeps do better w/better torque (31" tires), or more clearance (33/34"). That's what's got me hung up lol
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xjpilot, I noticed you're in AZ. Similar terrain to CO. I have a few good buddies I wheeled with out there. Do you feel our jeeps do better w/better torque (31" tires), or more clearance (33/34"). That's what's got me hung up lol
In low range the torque numbers for crawling will not make much difference from 31 to 33.
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With 3 inches you will be better off with 31's

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With 3 inches you will be better off with 31's
I run 33's with 2" up front and trimmed and relocated flares. the only reason my tires eat my fenders tucked is because of 1 1/4" wheel spacers. Other then that its just dandy

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I run 33's with 2" up front and trimmed and relocated flares. the only reason my tires eat my fenders tucked is because of 1 1/4" wheel spacers. Other then that its just dandy
That's why I was planning on staying with stock rims, and 10.50s. Easier to stuff. xjpilot, I noticed we have basically the same truck. How does your truck do w/the 33s and 3:55s with auto tranny? Is this truck your DD?
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I can answer this too. On the highway, don't expect and torque. I have trouble getting it above 70. At 40 MPH, speedometer is off 5 mph. At 60, it's off 8. I used a friends Garmin to find this out. Around city it's fine, just your gas mileage will be worse. I deffinetly don't think it's needed to regear with 33s unless you can't stad the gas mileage which isn't too bad in the first place. Sorry if there's any spellin error, on iPhone.
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I can answer this too. On the highway, don't expect and torque. I have trouble getting it above 70. At 40 MPH, speedometer is off 5 mph. At 60, it's off 8. I used a friends Garmin to find this out. Around city it's fine, just your gas mileage will be worse. I deffinetly don't think it's needed to regear with 33s unless you can't stad the gas mileage which isn't too bad in the first place. Sorry if there's any spellin error, on iPhone.
Nick, thanks for the

I've been readin' alot about how important it is to re-gear, and while I agree. I think that's more urgent if it's a DD. My xj won't be a DD in summer, as I have another car that gets good MPGs. It may be a DD in winter, in which case I'll put the stocks back on. I think I'm going to go w/the 34x10.50 LTBs. I know they are going to require a WHOLE LOTTA CUTTIN'.
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