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post #1 of 19 Old 05-07-2003, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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33x12.5 on Stock CJ?

Is this possible?


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post #2 of 19 Old 05-07-2003, 04:34 PM
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yes it is possible i had 33's on mine before i did my soa or any mods not much room after no rubbing of fenders on road just a bit offroad

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post #3 of 19 Old 05-07-2003, 05:03 PM
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OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

As a matter of fact, I just stuffed a brand new set of 33 x 12.5 x 15's under my stock '86 CJ 7 and , MAN!!!! they look good!! Do it!! you won't be sorry. No rubbing, no scraping, just a real full wheel well. LOL Hope this helps.



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post #4 of 19 Old 05-07-2003, 05:10 PM
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same with me
had a 1976 cj5 when i was 16
bone stock and had 33-12.5s on it
sold it long ago and recently bought a 75 cj5
bone stock and drove it home with 33-12.5s
on the road had no problems
but off road is a different story
when you have a stock setup there isnt much
room left when you have 33s on your jeep
im redoing the whole jeep and put a 2.5 in.
lift on it to make some room
im not making a serious rock crawler
so any offroading i do a 2.5 lift should be fine as far
as im concerned

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post #5 of 19 Old 05-08-2003, 10:23 AM
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Are you guys saying I don't need to put a 4" lift under my '85 CJ7 to fit 33" tires? Man, that'll be great. I had to do that for my '95 YJ, and it costed me. Since I still want to have a little lift, what would be the best way to go, considering this will be a daily drive for me.

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post #6 of 19 Old 05-08-2003, 11:01 AM
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Yep, no lift really needed. You will need a lot of modification to the fenderwells if you want to offroad it much. I can get my 33s to rub with a 5" SOA.
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post #7 of 19 Old 05-08-2003, 11:09 AM
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Will a 2.5 suspension lift work? That way, I don't have to worry about dropping the t-case and getting a SYE, correct?

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post #8 of 19 Old 05-08-2003, 11:46 AM
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Dont expect to get any kind of flex. or dont expect to turn while on an incline. basically that isnt a good idea. u need some lift to get the appropriate clearance. dont be stingy either. a lift is something that should be done right. NO SHACKLE LIFT> get a B/L if u are low on money. 1 1/2" or 2 ". thats my .02

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Mudman,

Thanks for the tip. If I do a BDS 2.5 lift, I should be ok, right? With that lift, do you think I'll need to drop the t-case, change the SYE, or extend the break line? Since we're on the subject, what type of lift would you recommend for around the same price? Also, I have a stock 6 cyl, do you think I'll need to re-gear with the '33 tires & the lift?

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I've heard that you can stuff 33's on a CJ if you only plan on keeping it on the highway. Watch out every time you go into a driveway or hit a speed bump. You will probably rub. Rubbing can cause your tires to get chunked, and it can cause body damage too. I have a 4" suspension lift and still rub (slightly) at the rear fender on sever un-level surfaces. (rock crawling) LOL

If I were to hit hard, I could cause damage to either tire, or body. But, I take it easy so I think I'll be okay. I still plan to make some shackles that will add about 3/4" more lift. That should also give me a little more flex too.

Are you asking this question because you can't afford to do it all at once? or do you just like the look of 33's stuffed tight in the fender wells?

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Mudman,

Thanks for the tip. If I do a BDS 2.5 lift, I should be ok, right? With that lift, do you think I'll need to drop the t-case, change the SYE, or extend the break line? Since we're on the subject, what type of lift would you recommend for around the same price? Also, I have a stock 6 cyl, do you think I'll need to re-gear with the '33 tires & the lift?

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P.S. nice pic
With a 2.5" kit there should be no need to drop the transfer case, there is no slip yoke on the CJ, Brake lines may be something to look into if you suspect that the axle will ever reach full droop.

As far as lift I'd go with the 4wd hardware lift. The kit is complete and they are actually BDS springs. Total for the kit is $480.

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Jeep Daddy,

Thanks for your input. I have to put myself on a budget, or it'll get out of hand (like my YJ) . If I don't need to get a 4" suspension lift, then I should be able to save some cash and put into some other mods. However, if the cost of the 2.5" vs. 4" lift is only minimum, then I think I'll go with the 4" BTW, where are you located in OC?

Mxg342,

Thanks for your input also. Didn't know CJ's doesn't have a SYE What about gears? Do you think I'll need to re-gear due to the size / weigh of the tires?

Thanks again for everyone's help.

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Hey YF -

Someone mentioned the 4WD Hardware lift kits and that is what I have. It comes with everything you need except the brake lines. They cost about $50. The kits differ in price by only $70. The 4" includes the drop pitman arm and the xfer case lowering kit. They are BDS springs and it works well.

I live in Garden Grove near Beach and GG Blvd. If you live close by send me a PM and we can get together and swap BS about CJ's.

Yes, you will want to regear. What tranny and gears do you have now? Mines a 5 speed and I had 3.31 gears. I went to 4.56 gears which is a little much for the 33's but if I should go to 35's will be great.

I know what you mean about getting carried away with the cost of upgrading a Jeep. I got more than $10k in mine now. It will never be worth that much either. (unless I put carpet, seats, booming stereo, paint and chrome on it)

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Jeep Daddy,

Since the price difference of a 2.5" & 4" is only $70, I think I'll go for the 4" lift. I know I'll have to drop the T-case and the pitman arm, but that should be it, right? Since there are no SYE to worry about. What about vibration?

I know the streets well, as I grow up in Fountain Valley. Now, I'm up in Fontana , but will contact you next time I'm in town.

So, you think I'll still have to re-gear even if I have a 6 cyl? Man, that's going to cost me. I just got this CJ7 two weeks ago, and I've already spent $2000, and that's without the wheels, tires, lift, and the gears. Man...... another money pit

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As a matter of fact, I just stuffed a brand new set of 33 x 12.5 x 15's under my stock '86 CJ 7 and , MAN!!!! they look good!! Do it!! you won't be sorry. No rubbing, no scraping, just a real full wheel well.
This is a on-road Jeep only isn't it? Go flex it up a bit and you'll be rubbing big time. I can get the 33's on one of my Jeeps to rub with 3.5" of lift (2.5" spring, 1" shackle) and larger fender openings & TJ flares. Of course the goal is to be four wheeling, not cruising the mall.
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