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post #1 of 13 Old 05-01-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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34s/35s flat/cut fenders no lift

So I really love the look the jku lifted with 35s but I don't want to get into lifting my jeep right way since it will get expensive and its still brand new. My base tires and wheels need to go now and I'm afraid moving up to 33s will disappoint me because I do want to put a 2.5" lift in a year or so. So I'm wondering if anyone has gone up to 34s or small 35s with no lift and flat/cut fenders and how did you like it. I know I can squeeze it but is it really that limited on its offroad ability or can changing the fenders help out at all. Also I imagine a 1" leveling kit for the front would help a little.

I just don't wanna buy 33s and in a year be changing to 35s when I do lift it. Anyone with experience with this I would love to hear from and any pictures would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-01-2013, 09:40 PM
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Here ya go, I was just looking at this earlier.....

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FAQ: Will it rub? By (NaeKid)
The JK with stock wheels, no wheel spacer, no lift

32" tires: no rubbing
33" tires: minimal rubbing unless extended bumpstops used
35" tires: don't try unless extended bumpstops used

The JK with stock wheels, 1 1/4" wheel spacer, no lift

32" tires: no rubbing
33" tires: some rubbing on full turn which can be controlled by extended bumpstops
35" tires: don't try unless extended bumpstops used

The JK with stock wheels, 1 1/2" wheel spacer, no lift, Bushwhacker flat-top flares

32" tires: no rubbing
33" tires: no rubbing
35" tires: rubbing that can be cured with trimming pinch-seam
37" tires: don't try

The JK with stock wheels, 1 1/4" wheel spacer, 2" lift

33" tires: no rubbing
35" tires: some rubbing
37" tires: don't try

The JK with stock wheels, no wheel spacer, 2 1/2" lift

33" tires: no rubbing
34" tires: some rubbing on street, sway bars connected
35" tires: significant rubbing
37" tires: don't try

The JK with stock wheels, 1 1/4" wheel spacer, 4" lift

33" tires: no rubbing
35" tires: no rubbing
37" tires: some rubbing - trim flares and pinch-seam
38" tires: be careful
39" tires: don't try

What the above chart shows is that there are many different combinations that will allow for different tire sizes. By changing the stock rims out for aftermarket rims you can run all kinds of different tires. By trimming fender-flares, adding bumpstop-extensions, changing to long-arms, adding body-lifts, etc, you will be able to fit virtually any tire that you want to fit on your JK. It has been reported that a 3 1/2" lift with minor trimming of the body / flares allows fitment of 37" tires on non-stock rims with very minimal rubbing on extreme articulation, perfectly fine for street or light-trail use.
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Here ya go, I was just looking at this earlier.....
I've gone through FAQ and done multiple searchs. I want to hear from people who have put 35s with no lift and how well it did. Unfortunately that doesn't tell me what people have done and experienced.

I know I should just save up and lift it. But its brand new and I just don't want to get into lifting it right now. I figure I'll end up going with 33s but I just want some input from others who have done this.


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I've gone through FAQ and done multiple searchs. I want to hear from people who have put 35s with no lift and how well it did. Unfortunately that doesn't tell me what people have done and experienced.

I know I should just save up and lift it. But its brand new and I just don't want to get into lifting it right now. I figure I'll end up going with 33s but I just want some input from others who have done this.


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I've got a buddy who has 35's waiting to go on his JK, which lift it'll be hasn't been totally decided yet.....I'll let you know how it works out when I know....
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Back when we got our 2dr JK, we had a set of 35's for it but no lift at that time. So, I cut the fenders and slapped them on! It was okay around town. Offroad, it rubbed on the fenders some. You can "get by" as long as you dont really offroad it and especially if you dont disco the front!

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Back when we got our 2dr JK, we had a set of 35's for it but no lift at that time. So, I cut the fenders and slapped them on! It was okay around town. Offroad, it rubbed on the fenders some. You can "get by" as long as you dont really offroad it and especially if you dont disco the front!

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So I have to wonder if say I cut the fenders for on road use and then removed them to go offroad, how well they would clear being fenderless. I don't plan on doing anything super offroad, mostly fire roads and trails that wouldnt require lockers or super high clearance. This would also just be to get me by till I decide to lift it down the road. Haven't even made the first payment on this jeep yet.

Anyone know how much clearance you might have completely fenderless? Enough to disco the front? Or still highly not recommended?

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You have $1,500 for tires and spacers, but won't spend $140 on an RC 2.5" budget boost (I'd recommend the Terra Flex, since it provides proper sway bar links and the rear shock extension seems like it would be stronger)?
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You have $1,500 for tires and spacers, but won't spend $140 on an RC 2.5" budget boost (I'd recommend the Terra Flex, since it provides proper sway bar links and the rear shock extension seems like it would be stronger)?
I would really like to not to budget boost it. Spacers are not a great way to lift a jeep. I used them on my zj and hated it.

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This is the kit I want to do down the road. Though like I said before I don't want to hear just lift it. I know that. I want too but thats easily another $1k. If I had the money I would still wait just because it is brand new. I want to break it in and still have a warranty on it. I just want to get rid of these base model trailer tires but have a decent tire for once I lift it.

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I would really like to not to budget boost it. Spacers are not a great way to lift a jeep. I used them on my zj and hated it.

This is the kit I want to do down the road. Though like I said before I don't want to hear just lift it. I know that. I want too but thats easily another $1k. If I had the money I would still wait just because it is brand new. I want to break it in and still have a warranty on it. I just want to get rid of these base model trailer tires but have a decent tire for once I lift it.
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I would really like to not to budget boost it. Spacers are not a great way to lift a jeep. I used them on my zj and hated it.
I ran a budget boost on my TJ. Didn't handle much different than my son's TJ with an RC lift (only real difference is that his shocks weren't as stiff as mine). On the other side of the coin, I've seen pics of JK's with damaged fenders from the owner going wheeling with 35's and zero lift.

In the end, it's your jeep, do what you want with it.
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Nemesis flares, new front bumper (or VDP end caps) and 35s. Done!
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