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post #1 of 8 Old 02-11-2008, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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now that I got a Daily driver....

its time for me to start working on my XJ.

I have few questions to start with.

I'm going to do a 3" lift. but before anything (the 1st mod) will be BFG MTs. I'm going to put 31s on there. I Know they will rub with stock suspension on u-turns and full flexes, but how bad is it? I mean driving in straight lines can't be THAT bad right?

what is the stock clearance with 31x10.5 tires? (i know the patriot is 9 with the trail rating package)

what about stock water fording? I know patriot is 19 on the trail rated version.

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i had 31's and stock for the longest. only on full flex in the rear only, and full turns did i have a problem. and it wasnt bad, not like ripping apart my tires or anything. just some slight rubbing. and you can adjust the bumpstops for clearance. turning bumpstops are on the knuckles, and the rears you can add plates or rubber to compensate.

but, for the price of a 3" lift i'd just go that route. it's only 500 bucks, and you can get some decent ford rims from the junk yard with 31's on it for 200 bucks and go from there. there are tons of explorer/rangers out there running a 31. or, get some spacer/adapters and go for the f150/bronco wheels/tires.

any way. i dont know clearance numbers for crawling, but mud was never a problem for my xj, even stock. but, i'd aussie the front at least, and if possible and you know what you're doing, ford 88 the rear with a lsd.
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Your going to rub driving straight with the 31's, unless you want to trim the fenders. Id wait until you can get the 3" lift unless you want to throw some pucks and shackles in there temporarily.

If you have a DD, why not build it up a little more now, your going to end up doing it in the future anyways, even if you say you aren't. Jus my

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hmm... 2 contradicting things about the tires here.

I just want to be able to at least go into some muddy stuff before I can afford the lift. thats why I figured I get the tires now, and wait for the lifts for another month or two.

as far as building like crazy goes... I always like to have the car so that it is comfortable on the street.

I used to have a 700rwhp trans am, but it still had AC, cd player, and comfortable enough to take on the street and have a conversation inside

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My Friend Runs 31's with almost no issues at all.. you'll be totally fine

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I had 30x9.5 tires and wheels with 4 inch backspacing before I got my lift and I rubbed like a mother on bumps turns anything. I trimmed up under my fender flare on the back and the front bumper cap to stop rubbing. The sound of tires rubbing is BRUTAL.

I would definitely say with stock rims my tires wouldn't have rubbed as bad on the fenders.

BUT with a 10.5 inch wide tire you might rub on the control arms with stock rims but prolly wont rub that much on the flares.

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-12-2008, 03:12 PM
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My Friend Runs 31's with almost no issues at all.. you'll be totally fine
x2 on that, a friend of mine also has no problems

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Just because someone you know does not have any issues, DOES NOT MEAN he will not run into any. There are a lot of factors to consider, sagging for one.

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