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Unread 12-26-2007, 07:48 AM   #1
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Newbie needs help

Jeep Geniuses,

I have a some questions that you can answer:

1) I just got my TJ and it has 4" suspension and 2" body lift. It is running on 33x14.50x15 tires on 15x12 rims. When it hits the highway it wonders all over the road, and requires alot of counter steer. What is wrong and how do i fix it? Is it the tire and rim size?

2) If I get tires and rims, I would like to stay 33" tire and 15" rim. What is the best for the weekend off road daily driver? 33x12.50x15 on 15x8, 33x12.50x15 on 15x10 or 33x10.50x15 on 15x8? What do you guys think?

I am new at this and looking for a little help. Thanks alot

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Unread 12-26-2007, 07:53 AM   #2
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I'm not a genius (was tested at 147 once, but that was when I was much younger, though my kids seem to know everything ), but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night...

1. I'd start with making sure everything on the front end is tight and in good shape. Make sure that the draglink and trackbar mounts are parallel (no drop pitman arm). Then, perform a front end alignment. All you can really do is toe-in and can do it yourself with a little time and a couple simple tools:

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html

or

http://www.stu-offroad.com/steering/align/align-1.htm


2. I think I'd go with the 33x10.50x15 on 15x8. It'll be better for gas mileage (slightly) and make it easier on the engine and brakes.

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Unread 12-26-2007, 08:10 AM   #3
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i had 33x12.5r15 on 15x10 and it drove fine ,make sure you use a radial tire
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Unread 12-26-2007, 08:12 AM   #4
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When I bought mine it drove the same way. 4" Trail Master lift and they had installed a dropped pitman arm without relocating the track bar mount.

I would check that too.

The dropped track bar bracket I'm referring to bolts on to the factory frame mount and adds a second attachment point like below.


http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/te.../photo_04.html

http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/te.../photo_22.html


This shows the difference in the pitman arms,

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tj-build-one-step-time-full-width-axles-494040/
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Unread 12-26-2007, 08:31 AM   #5
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Some of the afore mentioned things too, but, that is a very wide tire. How are your roads, are there any "ruts" even the slightest indentations where the normal wear on the road is, can/will make those heavy wide tires on your light jeep wander a bit as the tires are kinda fighting eachother to be in the lowest part of the rut. Does that make any sense? Like mine, I have 35/12.50's, on smooth newer roads that arent worn too bad here in Jax, my jeep is great, but some roads that have the ruts worn in, it makes mine wander a bit too.
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Unread 12-26-2007, 09:41 AM   #6
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Some of the afore mentioned things too, but, that is a very wide tire. How are your roads, are there any "ruts" even the slightest indentations where the normal wear on the road is, can/will make those heavy wide tires on your light jeep wander a bit as the tires are kinda fighting eachother to be in the lowest part of the rut. Does that make any sense? Like mine, I have 35/12.50's, on smooth newer roads that arent worn too bad here in Jax, my jeep is great, but some roads that have the ruts worn in, it makes mine wander a bit too.
I agree...tire is super wide. This is probably your reason. GEt a 15X8 rim. I run a 33X12.50.R15 on a 15x8(BFGMTZ's) and didn't have that problem. Recently I changed to my "other tires"(GYWranglerMT's) the same size but with a much "squarer" tread pattern, and now it wonders everywhere. I wish I had kept the bald BFGs because they rode better all around on and off-road.
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Unread 12-26-2007, 12:07 PM   #7
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Also make sure the tire pressure is correct for the weight of the vehicle. If you're running 32psi on 33's with a Wrangler your probably riding on the center of the tire. Experiment, but it should be about 25-26psi.
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