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Unread 05-06-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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I put a 3.5 IROR suspension lift and bushwhacker flares on my 96 zj laredo 4.0 L 373. I did fender cutting following the instructions. I primarily use this for commuting to and from work a few miles from home. I plan on buying wheels and tires. What tire size and wheel offset would you recommend. I would love to stuff 33" but my dad thinks we should go smaller due to fuel economy and possible rubbing issues. Also I would like duratrac wrangler 33x12.5 would these work or are they too tall and or wide, also should I go 16 in rims or 15 considering I'm replacing the wheels anyways. thanks


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Unread 05-06-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Here is a pic. I will post more tomorrow. I painted all the cladding and bumpers black to match flares! Also painted the frame and undercarrage with black rustolium. I got in there " all deep like".It looks trick!
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Unread 05-06-2013, 11:36 PM   #3
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Since you got the bw flares and a 3.5" lift i would think you could squeeze 33/12.50s with very minor rubbing but 32/11.50s would fit better. Most recommend 4" backspacing for the wheels. Run 15 or 16 inch rims depending on what you want.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 05:33 AM   #4
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Thank you! I just want as much info as possible before dishing out $1400 for wheels and tires. If any one else has this setup or knows anyone running this setup please post your findings. You guys rock!
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Unread 05-07-2013, 08:42 AM   #5
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What kind of flares are those? And how much if you don't mind me asking, they look awesome
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Unread 05-07-2013, 08:57 AM   #6
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Stick with 32x11.5

You'll still probably need to trim your bumper though. I'd spend more money by improving the suspension (control arms and bumstops) rather than on rims which you don't really need to run 32x11.50. Stock wheels and some 1.25" spacers will work fine for that width.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 04:55 PM   #7
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After clad paint to match BW fender flares pics. Please advise. Tire size recommendations. Wheel offset. Will my bearings and stuff wear extremely quickly if I go 33 x 12.5 w 4 inch offset. Would smaller tires be better? [ATTACH][ATTACH][ATTACH]jeep-jeff-011a.jpg[/ATTACH][/ATTACH][/ATTACH]
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Unread 05-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
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What kind of flares are those? And how much if you don't mind me asking, they look awesome
Bushwacker fender flares ZJ. $400 4wheelonline.com
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Unread 05-07-2013, 05:02 PM   #9
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Stick with 32x11.5

You'll still probably need to trim your bumper though. I'd spend more money by improving the suspension (control arms and bumstops) rather than on rims which you don't really need to run 32x11.50. Stock wheels and some 1.25" spacers will work fine for that width.
I assume you mean front fender? BW flare instructions indicated nothing of the sort.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 05:07 PM   #10
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Front bumper means front bumper. Larger tires are going to catch on the plastic bumper cover, so it needs to be trimmed. How much will be determined after you have the new tires installed.

As for increased wear on bearings and other parts, any tire size over stock and with less backspacing will increase wear due to weight and how that weight is located. With 3.75" BS and 33x12.5 on steel wheels I used a set of wheel bearings about every 14 months. Like it was said above, I would stick with 32x11.5r15 on an 8" rim and 3.75-4.00" of backspacing or on stock rims with 1.25" spacers.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 05:08 PM   #11
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Prob wanna start to look at regearing if going 33 or bigger. I would expect more wear in that dept. 32 would prob look a lot more proportioned with your lift.
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