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Unread 09-19-2011, 02:08 PM   #1
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Question about putting 33" tires on my 1997 Wrangler TJ SE

Hey guys so I got a 1997 wrangler SE and its about that time where I upgrade my tires to a meaty tire. I got stock ones on there right now, well stock size that is.. But I want to go 33". What mods would I have to do to make it work. Im runnin a 4cyl as well if that is a factor at all. Thanks for everything guys let me know!

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Unread 09-19-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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There is a lot of material on this forum regarding fitting 33" tires on a wrangler, but basic list would include a 3-4 in lift kit, Body lift/motor mount lift or slip yoke eliminator, and more likely than not regearing your axles. Plus wheel spacers or rims with less offset if you plan of running 33x12.5 inch tires.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 06:39 AM   #3
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Unread 09-20-2011, 07:18 AM   #4
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i'm actually doing the same thing on my 99SE what i plan to do is a currie 3 inch lift with a JKS 1 inch body a MML a Tummy tuck a SYE and altho you dont have to im changing my axles im going to try and find an HP30 and a dana 44 you dont have ur profile filled out but if you have a manual you will want 4.88 gearing but if you have an auto i think you need 5.13 someone may have to change that hope this helps
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Unread 09-20-2011, 07:45 AM   #5
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With 4 cylinder power, you will hate driving on 33" tires everywhere except on a trail unless you regear.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 07:50 AM   #6
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I recommend to get 33x10.50R15 tires, a 2" spring lift kit and a 1,25" body lift. By doing this you don't need wheel spacers, a new front track bar or to drop the transfer case. You will be undergeared with 33" tires.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 08:00 AM   #7
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I have the 2.5l with the stock 4.10 gears and 33x10.5 and love it. Cruise in 5th at 70mph at 2700ish rpms, some hills on the highway are tough but for the most part it is well balanced. I get ~20mph and have plenty of power for offroading. I went to the sand dunes last month and made it up the big hills with little to no problem. get the rc 3.25 lift if your on a budget, otherwise get a currie 3 inch. I have the rc 3.25 and i like it but i need new front springs because they be saggin. I have a bigger spacer to make it work but im going to get new springs soon. If your worried about mpgs then get a 10.5 wide tire, otherwise you will need the spacers or 4inch backspace. Im getting new tires this month and im opting for the 33x12.5x15. Get an a/t if you dont mud, it will save your mpg's.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 11:37 AM   #8
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Okay well can someone give me like a list 0f things i need.. I want 33/12.50/15
That i know for a fact, what other items do i need?
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I have the 2.5l with the stock 4.10 gears and 33x10.5 and love it.
Just imagine the feeling of those that have regeared to 4.88.
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Okay well can someone give me like a list 0f things i need.. I want 33/12.50/15
That i know for a fact, what other items do i need?
Here's a rough idea for you...
  1. 33s
  2. 2-3" of lift (suspension, not body)
  3. Possibly 1" of body lift
  4. Possibly re-gear, up to your dislike of the 4cyl
  5. To do it right, upgrade steering (check out ZJ tie rod upgrade)
  6. Possibly an SYE/CV shaft, depending on the vibes and pinion angle
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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:11 PM   #11
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just get a 2 inch spacer kit and that will get the job done.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 07:55 PM   #12
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@mcannon111 : the tires wouldnt rub?
@djflyy : Thank you, what kind of gears would i need to get the most power on highway possible?
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Unread 09-20-2011, 08:17 PM   #13
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@mcannon111 : the tires wouldnt rub?
@djflyy : Thank you, what kind of gears would i need to get the most power on highway possible?
The numbers I know are the most commonly referenced numbers for 33s and 35s. For 33s, 4.56 gearing.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 12:17 PM   #14
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Here's a rough idea for you...
  1. 33s
  2. 2-3" of lift (suspension, not body)
  3. Possibly 1" of body lift
  4. Possibly re-gear, up to your dislike of the 4cyl
  5. To do it right, upgrade steering (check out ZJ tie rod upgrade)
  6. Possibly an SYE/CV shaft, depending on the vibes and pinion angle
He will also need new rims or wheel spacers.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 12:19 PM   #15
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just get a 2 inch spacer kit and that will get the job done.
A 2" spacer lift, which in most cases is only a 1.75" lift, is not enough for 33x12.50 tires.
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