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post #1 of 21 Old 11-08-2015, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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33s or 35s

I keep going back and forth on what tire size I need for my TJ. I currently have 33x10.5x15 but I need/want something bigger/wider. This is my daily driver but I also wheel the hell out of it whenever possible. What's the way to go??

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My biggest thing that would make the decision is do you have a dana 35 rear or 44 and what gearing/transmission?
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The move to 35s is a big and potentially expensive one (axles, gearing, brakes, steering, etc.). Don't make the assumption that it's as simple as just slapping the tires on.
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My biggest thing that would make the decision is do you have a dana 35 rear or 44 and what gearing/transmission?
I have the factory option Dana 44 in the rear 3.73 ratio I believe.
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I have the factory option Dana 44 in the rear 3.73 ratio I believe.
Strengthwise better than a D35 and most will tell you you'll be fine, but I've bent OEM D44 shafts with 33s.

If you use the search function there will be lots of threads on recommended gearing, but without regearing you'll probably be a bit of a dog onroad with 3.73 and 35s.

Brakes and steering also important with 35s.
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i would be more worried about the d30 on 35"s. If it gets in the rocks. I lost count of trail repairs to D30"s on 35"s. It is about mandatory they carry extra axles. Or at least a stub shaft to get it home.

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i would be more worried about the d30 on 35"s. If it gets in the rocks. I lost count of trail repairs to D30"s on 35"s. It is about mandatory they carry extra axles. Or at least a stub shaft to get it home.
What kind of breakage? Ujoints?
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Being a DD you need to do a lot of thinking and reading before you even consider 35's.
With that,learn to wheel better and 33's will do what you need them to.

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Really, you NEED 35's?? I'll bet money , you haven't been any where a extra 1.5 inches of tire would have made a difference. Not to mention all of the added weight.
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With a daily driver 35's and 3.73 will be a struggle even with a 5 speed. I had 33s and my 3.73s for a while and it's doable, but I lost 5th gear. I just regeared to 4.88s and I feel like I have a brand new vehicle. So if you want 35s you'll have to start off with better brakes. If you wheel any get stronger u joints for the dana 30 and I would recommend getting a HP Dana 30 from an XJ with the 35s. The 44 in the rear should be good if you don't bounce if you get stuck.
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33s. I have 33s now and 5th gear is completely useless on the highway. My rpms are too low to maintain speed in 5th so i just cruise at about 70mph in 4th at around 2800 to 2900 rpms. 35s would be horrible for daily driving on 3.73s.


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Dang I appreciate all of the feedback! I'm still learning! I'll beef it up before I consider 35s..thanks again!
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33s. I have 33s now and 5th gear is completely useless on the highway. My rpms are too low to maintain speed in 5th so i just cruise at about 70mph in 4th at around 2800 to 2900 rpms. 35s would be horrible for daily driving on 3.73s.
I agree, but my 33x10.5 look awkwardly narrow on my rig. I was thinking 33x12.5. Anybody running them??
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Really, you NEED 35's?? I'll bet money , you haven't been any where a extra 1.5 inches of tire would have made a difference. Not to mention all of the added weight.
Hmm I don't know if I like your generalized assumption about my experience. But I'll write it off as you attempting to be helpful.

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post #15 of 21 Old 11-10-2015, 12:21 AM
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To install 35" tires, do you have $5,000 to start this project?

You haven't filled in your profile, therefore all one can do is guess as to what you've done to your suspension?...
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