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Unread 02-23-2010, 04:37 PM   #16
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'Cause that's a bad idea. It will screw up your caster angle and handling and potentially make your ride quality worse at those kinds of length increases.
My thought exactly.

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Unread 02-23-2010, 04:44 PM   #17
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I tried 33-12.5 on my stock 84 cj7 and rubbed with 4 people in the Jeep on flat pavement. But it rubbed mostly on the drivers side, maybe I have the famous drivers side droop.
drivers side in stock form also has a steel plate between the spring perch and the spring. this is the bracket for the steering dampener. It's not much but an 1/8" is an 1/8" when things are that tight
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Unread 02-23-2010, 06:29 PM   #18
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So this makes the drivers side lower? I will check it out.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 03:14 PM   #19
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I have 33X13.5 Super Swamps and am running a 2.5 inch add a leaf lift and no rubs at all.
Hey gdill!
I might be missing a few bolts, but how does the add a leaf work on the cj's with the springs under the axles? Just curious??
Thanks!
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Unread 02-25-2010, 03:28 PM   #20
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i have 32s on my stock with no trimming and have no rubbing issues and offroad with it all the time
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Unread 02-25-2010, 03:48 PM   #21
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i have 32s on my stock with no trimming and have no rubbing issues and offroad with it all the time
what brand tires- have you measured the actual size?

what brand wheels, size, and backspace?

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Unread 02-25-2010, 04:09 PM   #22
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Hey gdill!
I might be missing a few bolts, but how does the add a leaf work on the cj's with the springs under the axles? Just curious??
Thanks!
They have more arch than the stock leaves so when you add them to the spring packs, they change the arch and tend to stiffen up the ride a bit too; the full-length ones are better than the shorties that just get slapped onto the bottom of the pack.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #23
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do you have a cutoff wheel.???
then yes
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Unread 02-25-2010, 05:49 PM   #24
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The leafs are just added to the pack and the u-bolts go around the axle and bolt to the plate holding the springs on. Not sure how else to explain it.

Sorry, I am just going by what the guy I bought it from (he is also my 4X4 mechanic from all the way back to when I was breaking trucks in high school) told me how he did it.

JeepSkate said it best.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 08:22 PM   #25
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So this makes the drivers side lower? I will check it out.
just EVER so slightly, it's not noticable but if you are 1/8 inch from rubbing then it's enough to make ya rub.
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Unread 02-26-2010, 08:35 AM   #26
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i had 32's on my 86 stock suspension with no rubbing. i threw some 33's on there for fun and had very minor rubbing. with the TJ flares i have now, i would have had no issues.

as far as the shackles, i say avoid anything over 1.5" lift shackles(give 3/4" of lift.) i have 1.5's on my 86 with a 4" suspension lift and it handles just fine on and off the road, even with 33" TSL's. i also know guys who have the monstrous 3" or larger shackles and have no problems. i think results vary from each individual jeep.

here are a few pics from '07 with 33's and stock suspension. now obviously your flex would be hindered, but with some TJ flares to open the wheel wells a little, you may not rub much at all, depending on the condition of your suspension.








with 32's and no lift


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Unread 02-26-2010, 03:30 PM   #27
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wow - thanks junkur! that's just what I was looking for. The pics are encouraging.

I bought the tires, so I'm just waiting for a weekend above freezing to do an oil change and throw in new plugs to get it running. I'll put the tires on when I get it into the garage.
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Unread 02-27-2010, 09:10 AM   #28
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For my current Jeep; I started with a, 85 Laredo, the largest tire that I could fit, on road with stock springs/suspension, was a no name 32 (note; most tires measure smaller than the sidewall designation). The 32s hit hard enough, off road, to bend sheet metal and chunk the tires and would rub, sometimes pretty hard, over speed bumps in town.
33s had no chance of not rubbing (use of a tape measure will verify this).

I would second those that say stay away from long shackles (its a noob mistake that is frequently repeated in spite of experienced advise).

The rear TJ flair retrofit is the only good solution that I have found (excessively high, excessively stiff (read poor) lifts, body lifts or ugly body butchery will work but I cannot, in good conscience, call them good) that allows the use of 33s and 35s with reasonable lifts. It is necessary for Jeep suspensions with good ride and decent articulation for lits in the 5"+ range to prevent metal and tire damage off road. (Off road use is the only reason to consider tires larger than stock, IMO).

Note; tires significantly larger than stock will require re-gearing the axles to maintain performance and mileage.
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Unread 02-27-2010, 10:36 AM   #29
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i fit 33's on my '74 cj5 with no lift just fine...
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