Ok well im looking at upgrading my jeep. I will be purchasing a 2" RE BB. In the thread "What does my TJ look like with a lift" there are photos of a jeep the same year and make as mine running 33's with only a 2" RE BB. Is this actually possible? or is there alot of rubbing/bottoming out along with this? I would rather the 33's if they run well, but can go 31's if it works better. Opinions or comments?
There are also other things to consider when making the jump to a larger tire size, the first one you are already pondering - clearance, the second - torque and power. What gear ratio do you currently have? Will it be sufficient for the tire planned?
1998 TJ Moss [COLOR=darkgreen][B][SIZE=3]Green[/SIZE][/B][/COLOR] Sahara w/ numerous scratches & dents whose playground is on a tropical island that's 33 miles long and 4-12 miles wide, in year-round 82 degree weather.
What I think you should do is get the rear 2" spacers, some V8 Grand Cherokee front springs and some longer shocks instead of the BB. Add in a BL and you will be good. I have this on my TJ and it looks good, was fairly cheap and you won't have a raked look.
Or you can just buy the Rough Country 2.5" kit and toss on some 33's.
But you'll notice my profile states I have 2" BB w/ 33's. For me and the wheelin I do it's fine. It's all about wheel backspacing. And if you plan on running your stock wheels I don't recommend 2" BB w/ 33's. However, my aftermarket wheels work great stagger the tires out past the flare and since I don't do any rock crawling (yet) this combo is fine. I don't rub. See my profile and that link above for pics.
It can be done. My buddy has a 97 2.5 liter with a 2" BB. He has 33x12.50x15 on 15x10 rims. It looks like hell. Has no power. But even when we unhook the sway bar it only rubs a little. 31x10.50 on a 15x8 stock off set rim is the best combo for a BB if you ask me.
1998 TJ, 4.0 HO, 5 speed, 3.5" RE Super Flex Adj SA lift, AA SYE, Currie steering, 4.88 Gears, 8.8 Rear with Eaton E-Locker, HP Dana 30 with Detroit locker and chromoly shafts, 36x12.5x15 TSL-SX, TNT Customs front 3.5 fenders, XRC rear crusher corners with 3.5 flare, A to Z rock sliders, PSC steering pump PSC steering Bx, XRC 8000 winch.
It depends on what you do with them. Install and maintain them properly? Yes, they are. Don't install them properly or maintain them? No, they aren't.
Now that the discussion has taken this turn, I'm sure that the naysayers will soon be here to tell you that running spacers will kill the next three generations of your family and cause the nation's banks to fall into ruin.
Keep in mind that free advice can frequently be worth less than you pay for it.