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post #1 of 7 Old 04-10-2009, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on tire width.

This is more of an opinion than technical question. I can fit either 33x10.50x15s or 32x11.50x15s on my XJ. I like wheeling in Moab. I also do trails in the mountains with loose rock and some occasional mud. What do ya say. Go for the 33's to gain ground clearance or go with the 32's to gain width, footprint and floatation?? Too expensive to get both...

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-10-2009, 06:37 PM
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I would go with the 33's, being narrower will get you farther in the mud, and you already have the correct gearing for them.

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I would definitely go with the 33X10.5 for that extra clearance.

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-10-2009, 08:05 PM
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Wait, save, get some 33x12.5s...

Otherwise you're just going to wish you had later.
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I am saving up my Plasma money donations for 33" x 12.5"... For your wheeling I would go with the wider... if you want it to do well in the snow go for the narrow...

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I wish I could fit 33x12.50's. I can find them on Craigs list every week.. Unfortunately the width will not clear on my front fenders like the 10.50's do. Just trying to hold off on doing more angle grinder trimming for now...
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I had 32's for a while and didn't have much trouble with clearance without trimming. I had bumpstops in the front to keep the tires out of the fenders. I went to 10.5x34 and they actually tuck in the fenders with the 4" BS rims. I did trim some, just the rim of the flare in the rear and about 2" of the fender in the front. I'm glad I didn't go with 12.5 width. PA has horrible fender flare laws (no more than 3") and the local cops like to pully people over for little things like that, especially if your tires stick out past the flare.

the 33 will only get you about 1/2" of axle clearance, so not much difference.

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