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Unread 05-01-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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What is the ideal tire size for a TJ?

What is the best all around tire size for a street legal Jeep TJ?

I know everyone's needs are different but what is your idea of perfect?

I think 33's are the good--not too big, offer decent ground clearance, work with stock brakes, stock engine, mild suspension lift etc.

What do you think and why?

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Unread 05-01-2008, 10:39 PM   #2
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My plan is go to 33's soon after the lift I'm doing in a few weeks. But I may wait to build some cash again.
33's with a mild lift just fit the wheel wells, My Jeep is also my DD. Any bigger and I'd have to buy a 2nd car, 33's I can still drive it on the road.
I know alot of people run 35's on DD's as well,I just wouldn't...
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Unread 05-01-2008, 10:39 PM   #3
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I just put on 33" BFG Mud Terrains on mine with a 4" Tomken lift and no body lift. I still have power to run on the highway. I have a 4.0L 6cyl running 3.73 gears. I have stock breaks and axles " For Now " Just accuired a Ford 8.8 for a later this year project. Doing mine aon a budget.


It will still wheel too.


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Unread 05-01-2008, 11:22 PM   #4
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I prefer 35s. My 33s have shrunk on me

33s is a good balance for everything and you won't necessarily have to upgrade steering and brakes like you would if you ran 35s. 33s can make a very capable DD, but 35s generally makes a more capable off road DD.
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Unread 05-01-2008, 11:54 PM   #5
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IMHO, 33's are the biggest I'd go. Price wise, they're way cheaper all the way around than 35's. Breakage, lifts and brakes, they all add up. With 33's, you can run stock if you don't beat hard on it, and in tough situations go easy on the skinny pedal. 35's require all those upgrades at a minimum. Plus your only talking 1" of ground clearence difference. I do like the look of a lifted Jeep on 35's, its just too tall for my comfort as a daily driver.
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I think somewhere between 33's and 35's, but if you look at the overall picture, then 33's. You can keep you stock axles, maybe keep your gears the same, it is fairly easy for everyone to get in/out of, your milage is still bad...but not terrible, the lift isn't too expensive, etc etc
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Unread 05-02-2008, 05:26 AM   #7
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to chime in on the above a 33" is a good choice for a DD if, you choose the right tire. I've had 3 jeeps, one with 35's and the others with 33's. I do miss the 35's though......
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Ideal tire size is stock.My 35's have shrunk and even they look small to me now.Things don't magically start breaking when you go from 33's to 35's.Common sense goes a long way when driving.


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gonna have to go with 35's
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I say 35's.......sorry in advance for the blabbering to come:

I love how everyone says that certain things MUST accompany a 35" tire. (brakes, axles, gears, etc.) I have a lift, and bone stock drivetrain with 35's and I've wheeled some pretty nasty stuff with no breakage. Now I will say, that gears would make it better, axles would give me some insurance against breakage, and brakes might make a small difference to me. But not having these things isn't going to kill you. I'm getting by just fine. I say don't fix it if it ain't broke. Keep in mind this is only my opinion and is all based on how I wheel and what I comfortable driving.

On the other hand, some people want to go balls to the wall when they wheel and will probably destroy a stock drivetrain with 35's. Depending on how you wheel, 35's are fine without a ton of other upgrades....
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What is the best all around tire size for a street legal Jeep TJ?

I know everyone's needs are different but what is your idea of perfect?

I think 33's are the good--not too big, offer decent ground clearance, work with stock brakes, stock engine, mild suspension lift etc.

What do you think and why?
I think you answered your own question!

I agree on the 33's
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Unread 05-02-2008, 06:15 AM   #12
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I have 35s, but I'd agree with 33s being the ideal size for a DD.
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Unread 05-02-2008, 06:33 AM   #13
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I have 33's on my DD, tkink it's a good on/off road combo.

and in response to 35's only giving an extra inch of ground clearance, you can easily gain that plus a little if you do a tummy tuck and keep the 33's.
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I say 35's.......sorry in advance for the blabbering to come:

I love how everyone says that certain things MUST accompany a 35" tire. (brakes, axles, gears, etc.) I have a lift, and bone stock drivetrain with 35's and I've wheeled some pretty nasty stuff with no breakage. Now I will say, that gears would make it better, axles would give me some insurance against breakage, and brakes might make a small difference to me. But not having these things isn't going to kill you. I'm getting by just fine. I say don't fix it if it ain't broke. Keep in mind this is only my opinion and is all based on how I wheel and what I comfortable driving.

On the other hand, some people want to go balls to the wall when they wheel and will probably destroy a stock drivetrain with 35's. Depending on how you wheel, 35's are fine without a ton of other upgrades....
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Unread 05-02-2008, 07:43 AM   #15
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I have 33's on my rig, but if I could I would stick bigger ones on. 35's would just have too much tire rub on the trail for me. The ideal tires size, in my opinion, is the biggest tire you can stick on your rig without too much rubbing...
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