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Unread 06-11-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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3" Lift, 32" Tires, Will It Work?

Well, my friend is getting a lift and new tires on his TJ, so he was going to sell me all 5 of his Bridgestone Dueler M/T's, wheels included, for $50 (They are 32x11.5-15).

I was also thinking about getting the Rough Country 3" lift, mainly because I'm in high school and price is a major influence on my decisions.

I was wondering if with a bit of trimming, and the pinch weld pounded down, could these tires work? I know it's asking for a lot, but it's either this or no lift and tires at all... So I'm desperate! Thanks.

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Unread 06-11-2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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Maybe... First you'll need to modify the brake calipers so the 15" rims will fit. 32's should fit with a lift, but they will rub a lot. The wheel wells just aren't big enough. The unibody can't really be trimmed much either. The wheels may need additional backspacing as well for it all to work. Good luck!
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Unread 06-11-2009, 07:59 PM   #3
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Hmm, how difficult/expensive is it to modify the brake calipers? I'm a major novice to vehicles, but my friend's uncle will be helping us both put on the lifts... Maybe he can help.

But yeah, those wheel wells weren't made for much of a lift, I guess I might just have to see how it goes.
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Unread 06-12-2009, 07:21 AM   #4
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I'd leave it be, Murphyman. Mainly because the 3.7 V6 has just enough
balls to pull the Liberty down the road as made from the factory. Start
adding way over sized wheels and tires and the power and torque is
going to go out the window.
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Unread 06-12-2009, 07:24 AM   #5
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i ran 32" tires on my old liberty and they turned
the libby into a dog. if you have the correct
backspacing you can run 15" rims, but it will
still be VERY close. i also had to basically
remove the entire front fender liners to run a
32" tire. here's a pic -

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Unread 06-12-2009, 04:41 PM   #6
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Yeah I know I'm pushing it N8. I just want to do it if it will work at all... It's not like I want to do some serious wheelin', just some fun stuff here and there, I'm going to college in the mountains next year.

And those 32's look pretty good. But I'm not sure if it being a 'dog' is a good or bad thing, haha.
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Unread 06-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #7
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the tires were almost too much load for the engine.
its bad enough with stock tires. when i went to
31x1050 15's it made it a whole lot better.
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Unread 06-13-2009, 05:28 PM   #8
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Hmm so you did run 15's, without problems there?
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Unread 06-13-2009, 05:38 PM   #9
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Dude it's going to take alot more work than it's worth. You're going to end up with a hack job. Cheap lifts destroy Libertys, I'm here to tell ya. 32" tires can fit but to do it right, you're going to have to spend alot of money on component upgrades. 15" rims are going to require some pretty good clearancing of the brake rotors. If you or the guy helping you don't know what you're doing, don't even try it.

Just because you can get your hands on a set of 32's doesn't mean you should ruin your KJ just to squeeze them on. That's just foolish. I'd say pass on the 32's and get some aggressive 235's and some cool looking black steel rims and throw those on without a lift for now if you want a cool looking Jeep to bring to college.

Either way, good luck.
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Unread 06-13-2009, 06:22 PM   #10
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yep i ran cragar soft 8's with some good
backspacing. not sure what it was, i
bought them off of a guy on lostkjs.

nhcd is right - if your gonna lift the libby
be sure and get a good lift. it can be done
and our old liberty really wheeled great.
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Unread 06-18-2009, 01:33 AM   #11
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Those will be too wide. I run 235/85R16 on stock wheels. It's a 9.25" wide tire and I rub on the sway bar at full turn. If you were to space it out so it clears, you're only going to tear off the flares when off road. Not to mention put lots of extra stress on the CV.

You can use a 15" rim as long as it's steel aluminum will not clear the calipers. No wider that 7" though.
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Unread 06-18-2009, 06:22 AM   #12
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nah man i never had any issues with tearing the fenders off while runnings 15x8's.
here's a poser shot to show the width...

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Unread 06-18-2009, 04:41 PM   #13
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Thats a nice looking setup elephant. I think I've opted to go with some new tires, and 16" wheels though. Goin to hit me hard on price, but once it's all on I don't think I'll mind.
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Unread 06-18-2009, 05:00 PM   #14
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thanks for the comp murphy - we miss the ole libby, it really did
good on the trails, surprising a few people along the way.

good luck with your build !

here's one of my favorite liberty pics, taken at easter jeep
safari in moab a few years ago -

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Unread 06-18-2009, 05:39 PM   #15
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Just a thought here.....
If you can buy the wheels and tires from your buddy for 50 bucks.....why not just do it and then sell them for whatever you can get (I'm sure more than 50 bucks)!!!
If your buddy doesn't mind you doing it....that's what I would do!!

Just my $.02 though
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