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Unread 10-12-2013, 12:05 PM   #1
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Replace VC with different Tires?

Okay, so my VC is bad. I want to replace the VC instead of swapping TC, I know the VC doesn't like having different size tires. all the tires are the same size. Just different brand.. Two Rears are Kumho Solus, and the front is Firestone and Nexen.... All four tires are 225/70r16. My question is, If replace the VC will it go bad again due to the fact all 4 tires are not the same?

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Unread 10-12-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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Different brands are different sizes even if they say the same numbers. That should answer your question right there. All tires need to be the same if you want the VC to last. It may not be overnight but it will wear it out over time. proper inflation is a must too.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 01:04 PM   #3
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Ah, okay, thanks! I guess i'll just go ahead and do a 231 or 242 swap, from a 96-98 ZJ, since both my rear tires are the same the 2wd should work fine on those transfer cases? I never offroad or anything, just mall crawl lol.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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as long as theres two sets and you dont mix them on your d30 and d35 you should be fine. never put different tires in the front or rear. and dont use 4wd.
I would find a match for the front. dont want to fry that front end.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 05:53 PM   #5
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Do all tires have to be the same psi on the 249? Or do you compensate for the front end pushing the tires down with the extra weight of the motor.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 06:49 PM   #6
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I try to get mine the same circumference so the rear will have less PSI. I try to measure from the bottom of the tire to the rim and get the front and rear as close as I can.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 07:48 PM   #7
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Dude i just did the transfer case swap today and it isnt hard at all. It is just as easy as dropping one nad putting another one in. It costs way more and is way more difficult to replace the VC. $100 vs $500+
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Unread 10-12-2013, 08:18 PM   #8
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Yeah I decided on doing the tc swap. If it's from 96-98 I wouldn't need to swap the input shafts or anything it would just drop right in. And since I'm on a tight budget ima just do that. Now to track down a transfer case, I'm thinking 242 over 231, because it has a higher chance of a direct bolt on. Opinions?
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Unread 10-13-2013, 05:57 AM   #9
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Ah, okay, thanks! I guess i'll just go ahead and do a 231 or 242 swap, from a 96-98 ZJ, since both my rear tires are the same the 2wd should work fine on those transfer cases? I never offroad or anything, just mall crawl lol.

If your VC is already bad and you don't off road, why not just pull the front driveshaft for now?
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Unread 10-13-2013, 07:09 AM   #10
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I got a 231 from a 91 xj and though i still have a couple things that might not bolt up, it seems to be exactly the same externally and a direct fit so far. Go with 96-00 cherokee and you should be fine. The dates are on the write up. The 231 is the better from my understanding, it has a slip yoke eliminator available for it, also its stronger once you start getting into building it up. If you get that serious.
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Unread 11-08-2013, 04:19 PM   #11
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I try to get mine the same circumference so the rear will have less PSI. I try to measure from the bottom of the tire to the rim and get the front and rear as close as I can.
Polka- I actually tried this with bad results. Maybe something went wrong but I ended up with 35 psi on FL 30 psi FR 25 psi LR and 30 psi RR. Maybe it was my garage floor lol I just ended up going with 35 psi front and 33 back.
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Unread 11-08-2013, 04:37 PM   #12
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I always keep my tires at 33psi all around... never had a problem except when an idiot mechanic put the wrong size tires on the front and i didn't catch it till several miles down the highway the next day.. yeah, it wasn't pretty. Too bad I was a complete noob with that stuff and didn't go after him to fix the VC. shop shut down early the next year, I wonder why!*sarcasm*
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