I turn 33x9.5's with a 2.5" spring lift and .5 YJ shackles and stuff them pretty good with no issues. Frankly when I went from a 10.5 to a 9.5 in the same tread, the traction 'increase' was phenomenal. i went from floating loose at 45 mph in a snow storm to being able to keep up to the transport trucks at 55-60 now with no steering float at all.
Off road, same deal, the boys with the fat tires laugh at me...Once... Then they spend the rest of the day trying to get where I am sitting taking photos of them trying and trying and..... LOL! They just don't spin and almost take the fun out of mud running. If I have to clean all the mud out from under, I want some on top to show for it dammit.
86/00 CJ7 Laredo, 33x9.5 BFG AT's, 'glass nose to tail in '00, 'New' frame,wires and plumbing in '09. Carter BBD Carbed 4.0 HO in '10.
89 YJ Renegade. BBD Carbed 4.0 HO. Locked front and rear with 33x9.5 BFG AT's
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My '80 CJ7 with 2 1/2" soft ride suspension lift and 33x12.50's never had a problem and have been all or Colorado on all the trails. Heck I've even pulled my 16' car hauler trailer (empty) with no problem.
Might have something to do with your TJ flares
1986 CJ-7 Laredo, 258, AX15, AC Dana 30/44, Ox Lockers, Howell TBI, DUI, 4.5" RE YJ Springs, 1.25" BL, clocked & twin-sticked Dana 300 with Lomax 4-1, 4.10s, 33s, PB, 8000# winch, YJ Roll Bar, Factory 20 gallon tank.
85Laredo CJ7, wouldn't 32 x 11.50 X 15's be better riding than 265 75R16s? My friend bought some 265's for his Toyota truck and those things seem very heavy and stiff. One thing Iimmediately noticed when I put the 32 x 11.50 BFG MT's on my CJ-5 was that the ride really smoothened out compare to my previous 31 x 11.50's.
Yeah.....they would for sure be smoother.....the 265s are E rated....so yeah stiff and heavy. Nitto makes their trail grappler in a 285/70 16 that wouldn't be bad. BFG also makes their A/T in the same size. I was just trying to get a 16 to work just for being different and the improvement in looks.
Here is my problem...if you want to call it that. It still has room to go, so I really want to keep the full flex of the OME leafs. When I looked at it at this point, their was still quite a bit of room with these 30" tires.....but it's hard to judge.
Watch the rear corner of the rear fenders. That's where the interferece will be. I ran 33's with 2" lift and there were times when the tires got really close to that corner. I decided to go to 32's. No problem, lots of clearance there.
I think if you have equal flex in the front and rear suspension, it really helps. When I ran my 33's, initially I had the sway bar still connected and I noticed it forced the rear suspension to do most of the flexing. Once I disconnected the sway bar, it allowed the front suspension to flex and I noticed there were fewer instances where the rear tires had to tuck into the fenders as previously. Things still got pretty close, though so that influenced my decision to go to 32's. Plus I got the 32's at a really great price. That always helps.
Yep.....I think a narrower 32 will be fine...now I just have to figure out what flavor in 16". The nitto trail grappler looks good and it is siped and a D rating. It is a 285/70 16....so it equates to a 32x11.50 16. Still waiting for matt to put up some close up of his 32s stuffed in the rear since we are running the same suspension.
Yes they are.....can't wait to get home so I can see them on a real screen and not the blackberry......I knew I should have brought the iPad. And damn.....I love Colorado Matt. Last time I was there I drove in a blizzard from Durango to a cabin on Valecito Lake