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danattherock 05-12-2011 10:13 PM

Which tire size (and tire) for CJ-7 with 2.5" BDS lift?
I am getting the lift in the next week or two and need to pick out some tires. Trail riding would be the most off roading I would do for the most part. Hoping to get some 33's on my factory rims. Any suggestions on tires? Also, do you think 33's will fit? Thanks for any comment.


SlikRic 05-12-2011 10:33 PM

33's might rub a litte on rough trails.I have a 3" lift and run 32's with no problems any place I take her.

huntersdad 05-12-2011 10:36 PM

You will probably have issues with the tires rubbing if you go with the 33s unless you install a body lift. I would run 32s at the most with a 2 1/2" suspension lift.

I like the Goodyear MT/Rs. I am on my second set (first of the new one with Kevlar).

mojo_matic 05-12-2011 10:36 PM

I'm running 32" with 2.5" springs and shackle reversal.

MikeMCJ 05-13-2011 12:28 PM

I run 32s with the BDS 2.5" and stock shackles (removed 1/2" HD shackles and it rides better) the only time it rubs is on the front of the leafs at full turn. I'd have no problem going to 33s (except that full turn, which I can fix easy enough)

mvigo 05-13-2011 01:49 PM

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I have a 2.5" Rubicon Express lift with a 1" body lift and 32" tires and have no issues whatsoever.

1911Tyler 05-13-2011 05:06 PM

I have the bds 2.5 and 31 goodyear mtr's. it looks good i love it.

1911Tyler 05-13-2011 05:10 PM

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Here it is.

danattherock 05-13-2011 06:30 PM

Sweet looking rides.

Any opinion on wheel spacers? Wondering what 33" tires on spacers would look like along with the 2.5" BDS kit.


my_304_cj7 05-13-2011 06:42 PM

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I have a 2.5" superlift with wheel spacers and 33x12.50. I will probably go down in tire size the next go around for 2 reasons. 1. They look stuffed but I have never had any rubbing. 5+ months on the new tires 2. I would rather not use wheel spacers but the PO put them on and the spacers have a different lug pattern so unless I bought new rims I had to use the spacers. Here is a pic.

danattherock 05-13-2011 06:48 PM

That looks awesome!! Very much like what I have in mind for my Jeep. Thanks for posting.

Any reason I am overlooking to not get spacers? I don't know jack about them. Seems like it may work out well with a 2.5" lift and 33" tires though.


my_304_cj7 05-13-2011 06:55 PM

I am knew to this whole off road thing other than jerking around as a teenager but by putting the tires out farther you are increasing the stress put on the axle components. What said components are I do not know. Another reason I don't like the spacers is that the tires fling mud and debris into the cabin which could be fixed with wider flares but I like the look of the stock flares.

my_304_cj7 05-13-2011 07:00 PM

If you haven't done the lift yet you could add 1/2" lift shackles and while opinions may differ I doubt you would notice any wander with only a half inch but like I said mine has seen some two tracks and that is all it will ever see and I have had no rubbing.

danattherock 05-13-2011 07:03 PM

My muddin days are behind me so no big deal on the mud flinging. Got her when I was 15, babied her for the most part, now finally got some dough to spend and want to fix her up. I am 38, so it is a long time coming. Just fishing, trail riding, etc.. in my plans. As for the stress, makes sense, longer distance and all between wheels. Read lots about folks upgrading to one piece axles, something I would do as long as it didn't cost a fortune. I appreciate the insights. Just the kind of info I am in need of.


1911Tyler 05-13-2011 07:20 PM

my white jeep in the picture above has 1.5 inch spacers to make it the same width as a wide track. only problem your going to have is if you put them on and try to put 33's on a 2.5 inch lift. when you put wheel spacers on it puts more leverage on the spring so in turn it will flex a little more. i know because i have them. and mine rubs 35's with a 6 inch lift. IMO you need to just do 4 inch if you want to run 33's if not they will look to tight and will rub. like someone else said no bigger then 32 on a 2.5 inch lift. As for spacers if you buy good ones they are fine if you buy some cheap junk off ebay thats what you will have. buy spidertrax or i bought Rugged ridge. good luck with it. it will look good with whatever you decide.

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