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Unread 01-02-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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To those with WJ Grand Cherokees

I have a favor to ask of those with WJ's. I was going to post it in the general chat section but worried it would get lost. Now that i got the fender flares on my wifes grand im going to be moving on to lift/tires/sliders/etc...

Main concern now is what size lift and tires to get. i would like 33's on the grand but the wife is worried about getting in and out so here is where i need your help. If any of you who run 33's are in or will be near utah county on weekends could you let me know? Id like to meet up with you and have my wife see what getting in and out of your rig is like. I believe 4" of lift is require to fit 33's so if you have a 4" lift that would be ideal.


Or if you do have this setup but dont go to utah county very often let me know anyway and maybe we will make a trip to you.

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Unread 01-02-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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You could just lift it about 6" off the ground on jackstands for the same effect. There are some pictures on my thread at 4" and 33's, if that helps.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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You could just lift it about 6" off the ground on jackstands for the same effect. There are some pictures on my thread at 4" and 33's, if that helps.
Yeah I told her that but she is adamant on not lifting it at all but I got her to compromise on the grounds that if she can try it out on a jeep and its ok then she will do it. She won't take my word on it or trust the stands. Something to do with mine being so tall
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Unread 01-02-2013, 09:46 PM   #4
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if it was going to be my daily driver (im assuming that your wifes uses it daily) I would stick with 3" of lift and a slightly smaller tire. for the WJ's.. once you go over 3 inches, you need to replace more parts or your ride will suffer.. IMHO 3.5-4" of lift or more requires long arms for WJ's. When I first bought my jeep, it was on IRO 3" and 265/75's and it looked and drove amazing

is this WJ a 4.0 or 4.7?
if it is the 4.0 then your power will suffer more with a 33" tire also.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 09:49 PM   #5
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here is mine for reference pics..


3" lift with 265/75 first pic
6.5" long arm front on 265/75 second
6.5" on 33's third
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Unread 01-02-2013, 11:02 PM   #6
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What flares did you get? If they are the Bushwackers, I would follow Corbin's advice and stick with 3" and 32's for ride quality and low height for the wife. If you have the Iceland style flares, you might be able to run 33's with 3 inches. At 4 inches with the Iceland style flares, the 33's should be no problem.

Edit: I saw the install pics, they look good.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 01:15 AM   #7
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Guess i should include a picture. The bushwackers dont cut out any of the top of the fenders, only the front and rear of them. So maybe i would be better with 32s and a 3" lift? Any issues with rubbing? Better yet, anyone out there running this setup?

Edit: lets assume a 32x11.5x17 is what i would be running. I will be getting new rims, hence the 17" rim size. Any rubbing?
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Unread 01-03-2013, 01:20 AM   #8
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If you're going with your stock wheels, you *might* snag your fogs while turning. When I was taking a look at your dub, it appeared that you had already removed enough material out of the fender that 32's would hit.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 01:27 AM   #9
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rubbing will depend of the backspacing I the new rims (if that is the route you go)
when I had 3" and 265/75 (31.6") I only rubbed in reverse and fully turned. minor trimming to the bumper. the fogs should (don't quote me) be fine if you aren't wheeling it.

side note.. the 04 fog lights can easily be moved forward slightly to get more clearance.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 01:41 AM   #10
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I'll also add this rig will be wheeled, not often but I don't want to have issues when I do
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Fold the seams over with a sledge hammer.

If you will be disconnecting sway bars, you should also expect to alter or remove the fogs and/or washer bottle so that you don't damage them.
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Fold the seams over with a sledge hammer.

If you will be disconnecting sway bars, you should also expect to alter or remove the fogs and/or washer bottle so that you don't damage them.
With an aftermarket bumper do they usually remove the washer bottle or how does that work?
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With an aftermarket bumper do they usually remove the washer bottle or how does that work?
if you wheel that thing hard enough to need an aftermarket bumper.. you wont have the stock washer bottle anyways.

there are several ways to relocate a new one though
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Mine remained in place behind the Iceland bumper for quite a while. It is tucked up in the wheel well more than the bumper area, so there isn't any problem with aftermarket bumpers that I am aware of. They are however, so close to the tires that the tire tread tears the pumps out and damages the wiring and bottle.

I relocated mine with a home made heat sheild and bottle between the intake and brake booster, right above the drivers side head. As you have a newer WJ, your charcoal canister should be behind the rear bumper instead of under the hood. If you need to relocate yours, it will be much easier. Others just use ZJ bottles under the hood in the drivers side corner nearest to the passenger compartment. You just have to relocate a small item. Chris should have more info on this, and I know Corbin just did it as well.
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