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Unread 05-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Can i get smaller tires on lifted wrangler?

I bought a2004 wrangler sport. It was lifted and had 33" tires. I don't do much off road. I have 2 jobs and put a lot of street mileage. I went down to 31", but it's time for new ones. I can't afford 8-900 dollars on tires right now. I have an original 30x9.5rlt that's in good shape. From what i've read it sounds like my lift is 3.5-4". I know it'll probably look funny with the smaller tires, but looks aren't my first priority at the moment. Will it drive alright and will it work is my question. Any other tires that would run 100 or less that would work ok?

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Unread 05-07-2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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Won't matter, if you don't mind looking funny. You can always look into Treadwright, I've never tried them myself but I heard good of them. Maybe someone who knows more about them can chime in.





Edit: Forgot the link. https://www.treadwright.com/
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Unread 05-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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It will probably look really stupid and have crazy big wheel gap, but you can do it. Just make sure your jeep still has factory gearing in the axles. If it doesn`t you`re going to be turning a lot of RPM on the highway and your mpg will suffer.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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It will probably look really stupid and have crazy big wheel gap, but you can do it. Just make sure your jeep still has factory gearing in the axles. If it doesn`t you`re going to be turning a lot of RPM on the highway and your mpg will suffer.
Yeah, I already know that it won't look good. Actually, I already have a pretty big gap after going down to the 31" tires, but it doesn't look as stupid as all the guys kept telling me it would. This is the problem with having to ask guys at the mechanic shop anything! I'd be happy to let any of you go ahead and chip in the extra money, so my jeep doesn't look stupid. However, all I needed to know is if it will still be functional and still ride well. Our society is so hung up on looks... over it! Thanks for the help.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 12:28 PM   #5
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Won't matter, if you don't mind looking funny. You can always look into Treadwright, I've never tried them myself but I heard good of them. Maybe someone who knows more about them can chime in.





Edit: Forgot the link. https://www.treadwright.com/
Thanks for the respons. I appreciate the help. Looking funny is ok.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 12:44 PM   #6
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A 31" tire is all of about a half an inch shorter than a 30" at the top, so I am not sure what people are talking about here. I doubt most guys could tell the difference at 10 yards away.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 06:09 PM   #7
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I've run treadwrights for the last 8 years maybe more in 31's and 33's with no flats, blow outs or any issues. My next set will be 35's.
You could get a set of 31's or 30.9's and run them when you go to work and if you decide to do any off roading swap the tires back to the 33's. Stock rims are easy to find real cheap and the treadwrights are pretty inexpensive as well or scour craigslist and find a decent set of street tires in the 235/75/15 off an explorer, ranger, cherokee or stock Jeep and call it a day.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 03:30 PM   #8
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Shop Craigslist, Ebay, and this forum's classified section wheels and tires, and any other 4x4 forum classified section.

You can often find 30 and 31 inch tires for sale cheap with anywhere from 80% to 100% tread on them. I've seen BFG AT with 1000 miles on them for sale half price.

Also, most tire stores have cheap tires if you don't care about brand. Sometimes they have used tires very cheap.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 08:28 PM   #9
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Smaller tires will run fine. Only concern is as said earlier, if the previous owner geared down for larger tires. My guess is that you still have stock gears and you are ok. Don't worry about how it may look for now. The general population can only WISH they owned a jeep of any kind!
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