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Unread 07-21-2015, 09:01 AM   #1
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XJ's with 2" lift and 33x10.5x15- no trimming

I'm doing a diesel conversion and to get into the proper power band I am going to need to run 33's, but I want to maintain a lower COG (so I do not want to exceed 2" of lift) and I do not want to remove my flares or trim. This vehicle will be a DD that also serves to get to backcountry fishing/hiking/snowboarding locations, so maximum flex, etc. is not a concern.

Anyone running this setup? If so I'd love to see some pics.

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Unread 07-22-2015, 09:11 PM   #2
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not possible to run 33's with no trimming at any level of lift. the wheel arches are like 30". it wont happen man. im running 33x10.50's with 3.5 and i had to trim the crap out of it.
also, why not just do a gear ratio conversion. its gonna be alot cheaper.
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Unread 07-23-2015, 07:13 PM   #3
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It's possible if you plan on never moving it and very gently lower it on to the tires after putting them on and leave it in that spot indefinitely.

Driving it at a minimum would rip the flares off and the fenders themselves would cut the **** out of the tires and quite possibly deep enough to blow the tires.

I've run 33s at 2" on my 92 XJ and it took extensive cutting and reshaping of the wheel wells. The front is fairly heavily trimmed, the inner pinch welds are cut and folded and some parts had to be cut out and new flat metal welded in.

The rear wheel wells had to be cut out on the outter half, the outside heavily trimmed to the door, the small rear quarter section removed, and new sheet metal welded in to fill the gap.

You can run 30s on 2" without any sort of trimming and that's about it. Even then you're killing uptravel. Keeping an XJ low on big tires is a lot more work than people think. Trimming isn't an option, it's a requirement.
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Unread 07-23-2015, 08:32 PM   #4
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^ thanks for writing that for me lol
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Unread 07-24-2015, 11:36 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input.

That said 2" and 30's is not the only reality. I ran 31x10.5x15 with no lift and no trimming on my 90 XJ and never had issues with similar driving this rig will see (once in very blue moon with a heavy load I would get some rubbing on the pinch welds on compression... But that a handful of times over 40k miles of trips). Because of this I thought with the proper BS 2" and 33's should be possible.

Oh and no, in my circumstance regearing is not the cheaper, or best, option.

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Unread 07-24-2015, 05:15 PM   #6
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A small 31 will fit the same as a 30, but a true 31" won't ride like that. I can tell you with absolute certainty that 2" and 33"s won't work without extensive metal work.

I tried to find pictures of everything I did but apparently don't have them anymore. 33s came off and went on my MJ, the lift went on a buddies XJ and I'm getting ready to scrap what's left of the body of that XJ. First pic is standard cut and fold in the rear and some minor trimming in the front. The second is after I started reworking the wheel wells and you can see how much got removed in the rear.
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