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post #1 of Old 05-12-2007, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Pressure for 33x12.50 and Tire Size Question

Hey guys have 2 questions.

1.What tire pressure do you run in your 33's for street use? Please let me know.

2. Will 35 x12.50 tires fit under my 00 TJ Sport with 3 " Teraflex Lift? I think I am fine but just want some other thoughts! As always, Thanks!

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tyre pressure depends on what tyres and the setup of your vehicle. you will get loads of answers. for example I run 18-20 psi street pressure in my 33" MTRs

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30 psi on my BFG A/T 33 1250's and no 35s would not be logical with a 3 inch lift.

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For 33" tires, 28 psi is a good street pressure that will insure your tires wear properly.

No, a 3" lift is not enough for 35" tires, not even close.

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33x12.5 BFG MT at 28. I have not chalked them yet to see if it's the best choice.

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im @ 28 psi currently. id say 24-28 is a good pressure to try out..i will probably try 26 when im bored enough to mess with it.

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I run 28 PSI in my 33" BFG's...


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30 psi 33x12.50 bfg muds

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I just read in JP magazine that if you chaulk your tire then run it down the road a little ways you can tell if your over inflated, under inflated or at the right pressure. Depends on how the wear pattern is. Hope that helps.
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Pressure is going to depend on the make/model of tire and the weight of your Jeep.

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I run 24 in my MT/r's and physically 35's will fit but will rub off road. For pure street use, they will work but so does a Civic.

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Thanks for all the good answers. I guess I am going to stick with 33" tires. I also am running about 28 psi in the tires now. Thanks again....keep them coming if you have more suggestions.
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I'm running 33" BFG Muds on 15X10's and I keep 'em at 30 PSI for the street and they're wearing excellent. Never done the chalk test but like I said they're wearing fine. I actually bumped 'em up to 35 PSI yesterday and it cruises awesome now. Gona have to chalk 'em though to see if it's affected the wear pattern.

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Great thread. Like the formula. I am running 28 now...seems a bit stiff. Going to go back down to 26 and see how that works. Thanks again for everything!

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Pressure is going to depend on the make/model of tire and the weight of your Jeep.
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My Answers:

1) I have 33 X 11.3 tires and by much testing and trial and error, I've established that they run best at 29 psi cold pressure tested in morning before driving. The local tire stores and also some online guys say they should run with 28 to 30 psi for my tires and vehicle weight (LJ Rubi). At 28 I get to much body roll. At 30+ it rides to rough. So 29 seems a good compromise for my 33 X 11.3 tires. Now your tires are wider, so I'd guess they run better at about 1 psi less than mine (just a guess).

2) I don't see how you could possibly fit 35 tires, unless you got the Highline Body Kit from AEV installed, which lifts and enlarges the fenders so that you can take 33" tires with no lift, 35" tires with 2" lift, or 37" tires with 3" lift, according to what users of that product have told me. Other than this kit, I don't see any way you're getting 35" tires on a Jeep with a 3" lift. AEV also sells wheels that are made to fit 35" to 37" tires on Jeeps with their Highline body kit and a 2" or 3" lift.

Also, the proper tire pressure partly depends on the relationship of wheel width to tire width. With an 8" wide wheel and a 33" x 12.5" tire, 28 psi sounds correct, but I run 29 psi cause my tire is 33" X 11.3" wide on an 8" rim.

If the rim were wider, say a 10" rim, then you could run a bit more pressure and still have a flatter foot print for better wear and street traction. So if you have a 10" rim with a 33 X 12.5 tire, then 30 psi, or perhaps even a bit more, is appropriate. The flatter footprint and higher tire pressure is why a wider rim in relation to the tire is better on street for street performance and fuel economy. This according to a couple of local tire stores in my area, and also what a wheel manufacturer tech told me on the phone.

However, the narrower rim holds a bead better when aired down off-road, as many at this very site have said many times.

We aren't making street rigs here, but I'm also not making a dedicated off-road rig either. I want the best all purpose, versatile, on and off road result. So that's one reason I prefer a medium width rim (like a 9" wide) cause then I can get a nice compromise between on and off road performance. Another reason I like a medium width rim is cause it suits my medium width tire preference (also for versatility).

Anyhow, the best tire pressure depends partly on tire size and vehicle weight. It also depends on the rim width, and depends on the load range of the tire. A higher load range tire on the same vehicle is a stiffer tire with stiffer side walls. So less air would probably be desirable when tire has a higher load range.

I think that for most Wranglers, a load range D tire is most appropriate. However, for anyone wanting the very most tear resistant sidewalls, then load range E. Personally, I'll stick with D because it rides smoother and is lighter weight than E. I don't care for load range C tires because I think the side walls are to wimpy even for trail use. However, my trails are wild. So maybe my view is skewed there.

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