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Unread 03-27-2014, 07:10 PM   #1
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33x10.5s without cutting metal?

Hello, I am thinking about building up my ZJ but I am getting different views on fitting 33x10.5s with no trimming. I have no problem cutting the plastic bumpers but I do not want to start cutting on the body. Eventually I will get some off road bumpers with more clearance but I want to get it lifted with tires first. Is that possible with 3.5 or 4.5 to 5.5 inches of lift with proper bumpstops and 3.5-4 inches of backspacing on the wheels?

I have had the Jeep since new and the body is super straight and clean. I just cant bring myself to start cutting it up like I did my other Jeeps. Don't plan on crawling it, just using it as a camping, outdoor vehicle.

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Unread 03-27-2014, 07:19 PM   #2
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On a properly set up lift, you should be fine at about 4" of lift.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 07:24 PM   #3
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Proper bump stops will be the key factor. Light trails to campgrounds shouldn't stuff the tires way up there anyway so you should be good.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:33 PM   #4
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Use 31s instead and eliminate any issue at all.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:57 PM   #5
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Use 31s instead and eliminate any issue at all.
Pretty much the best idea unless you really want bigger tires. If you don't plan on wheeling very much a solid set of 31" A/Ts or M/Ts will work fine for your needs.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:59 PM   #6
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you are aware that when you do flares you cut metal right?

but yes if you're that worried about it just do 31s
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you are aware that when you do flares you cut metal right?

but yes if you're that worried about it just do 31s
Who said anything about flares?
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Unread 03-27-2014, 10:12 PM   #8
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33x10.50 is a great combo with 3.75" back space and a 3.5" lift. 31s are ghey.

you will need to hammer down the inner pinch seam on the inner fender. go look you will see a 1" piece of metal sticking out. hammer it flat. there is no worry with doing that. it won't hurt it. I would also trim the inner fender plastic pieces too
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Unread 03-28-2014, 12:07 PM   #9
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33x10.50 is a great combo with 3.75" back space and a 3.5" lift. 31s are ghey.

you will need to hammer down the inner pinch seam on the inner fender. go look you will see a 1" piece of metal sticking out. hammer it flat. there is no worry with doing that. it won't hurt it. I would also trim the inner fender plastic pieces too
You mean rip them out right?

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You mean rip them out right?

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Rip out the pinch seam? Just hammer it flat and hit it with some black paint. Takes a few minutes on each side at the rear of the wheel well. You can rip the front plastic out no problem.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 01:42 PM   #11
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Rip out the pinch seam? Just hammer it flat and hit it with some black paint. Takes a few minutes on each side at the rear of the wheel well. You can rip the front plastic out no problem.
i meant the plastic haha

fyi I just threw my 33x12.5 under my 3.5" lift. Planning on trimming and adjustable arms will be on their way when I sell of the old tires (for those who are about to bash me)
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just don't disco the front and you will be fine, when you disco is when you have to deal with stuffage
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i meant the plastic haha

fyi I just threw my 33x12.5 under my 3.5" lift. Planning on trimming and adjustable arms will be on their way when I sell of the old tires (for those who are about to bash me)
When I get another one I'm going to do what TimoXJ did and chop off the fenders and cut into the wheel well to make more room. I'll run as little lift as I need to get 35's under it.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 03:17 PM   #14
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When I get another one I'm going to do what TimoXJ did and chop off the fenders and cut into the wheel well to make more room. I'll run as little lift as I need to get 35's under it.
kinda my thought. lower lift with biggest tires...I need a welder! haha
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Unread 03-28-2014, 11:32 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the help. I think I will go 3.5, hammer the pinch weld and ditch the plastic liners and 33x10.5s. If I need more lift I will use a 1 inch spacer and some adj arms, and adj track bars. Just personal opinion, but I don't want to spend money on a lift, and new tires for just 31s. I say I don't plan on crawling it but I seem to always find myself in the rocks, especially here in CO.

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