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Unread 07-08-2013, 10:48 PM   #1
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What size tire could I fit with this lift without trimming?

I am most likely going to order a 3 inch rc lift with full leafs for my 98 xj. If I added 1 inch spacers and different shackles to get to 4 inches of lift, could I fit 33 inch tires without trimming my fenders?

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Unread 07-08-2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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You should also pay attention to the pinch seam at the back of the front wheel location. It will cut tread unless folded over.
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Unread 07-09-2013, 03:09 AM   #3
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^- This. If you don't want to trim, you either need to lift/ bumpstop a lot, and still run the risk of running into the flares. The higher you lift, the more work needs to be done on the steering & suspension to make it work properly.

If you want any uptravel and keep the XJ at anywhere near a reasonable lift height (in my world, LCOG is the way to go) pretty much any tire exceeding 31" will require trimming. You can fairly easily fit 33s on 3" lift, 35s require a bit of sheetmetal work to do it right. Bumpstopping at any lift height is required anyways.

To put it other way, you don't need to lift any higher than 3"; whack in the pinchwelds in the front wheel arches and trim along the fender flare outer edge; cut 'n fold in the rear. If you want a factory look, there are quite a few companies making good- looking fender flares these days that cover a 33 x 12.50 tire.
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Unread 07-09-2013, 09:22 PM   #4
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XJ has relatively small wheel wells compared to a TJ. Trimming is pretty mandatory to get 33s under there unless you jack it up.

I'm running 4.5" lift, no front wheel well liners, significant trimming on the front and a wee bit extra bump stops and it's pretty close with 285/75/16s with 4.5" back spacing that are 33.1" tall. Pretty close means I can get it to rub occasionally when I'm being stupid.

I could do 32s that measured 31.5 on ravine wheels at 4.5 without trimming.
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