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#145 of 226 Do I need Bigger Rims/Wheels with Lift Kit?
Dec 02, 2008 (8:10 am)
I have a 2008 4door jeep wrangler jk unlimited. I take her offroading all the time. I have size 265X75Xr16 mudding tires on it now. I am planning on getting a 4" to 6" lift kit on it in the next month or so. My questions is Will i need to buy new rims/wheels for it to put 33" tires on it. I belive that the 16" rims it came with are to skinny, any help? Also I was told that if i put anything bigger than 33"s on it I will loose alot of horsepower and have more breakage. Is this true?
#146 of 226 Re: Do I need Bigger Rims/Wheels with Lift Kit? [adamsls]
Dec 02, 2008 (8:16 am)
Dec 03, 2008 (9:37 am)
You can wheel with the same tires, but honestly it is going to look really stupid with a 4" to 6" lift and stock tires. Think of a roller skate.
Here's a pic of my TJ with just a 3" lift and 1" BL running stock 30's. Imagine a bigger lift with yours.
The lift really isn't going to help you a whole lot if you are keeping the same size tires. Your low point will still be the axles. Offroad, you'll still get good articulation with a decent 4-6" lift, but again, your tires will still come in to play.
However, if you want to go to 33's you'd be MUCH better off. My wheel is an 8: wheel, but I now have 33x12.5" Mud Terrains on it. A skinny wheel is not necessarily bad for offroad. It provides a good lip for the wider tire. Here's how mine is now.
Now keep in mind, if you air down your tires for offroad, you don't want to air down TOO much or you'll lose the bead. Airing down is good for better traction, AND it will help keep branches, sharp rocks, etc from puncturing a piece of rubber at full inflation. You DO lose some height doing this, but the traction gain is well worth it.
Hope that helps some.
#148 of 226 rear transfer case slip joint elim. kit
Dec 12, 2008 (10:54 am)
Hi, does anyone know where I can purchase a rear transfer case slip joint elimination kit? My conversion has left me with short rear drive shaft, 17" long and a drop from tran case U to rear U of approx. 7-1/2" . I was told one is available. Thanks much, Stish
#150 of 226 Re: rear transfer case slip joint elim. kit [willybump]
Dec 15, 2008 (5:39 am)
Lots of choices:
Pretty much any reputable online 4x4 shop will have em. Go with a decent maker like Advanced Adapters.
You will likely also need to get at LEAST adjustable rear upper control arms to rotate the rear pinion up a bit bit to more appropriately line up the angle with the driveshaft. There are lots of writeups online about SYE (slip yoke eliminator) setups.
#151 of 226 tires and wheels
Jan 10, 2009 (7:27 pm)
I have a 2008 jeep wrangler x I have not done anything to it. I was wondering what size tires and wheels I can put on it with out haveing to lift it?
#152 of 226 Have I measured right?
Feb 04, 2009 (4:28 am)
I have an 06 Sport with, yuck, hubcaps! I wanted to get new rims and tires and wanted a second opinion if they will really fit. I don't go off road but do a lot of highway driving so I'm not going taller.
wheels 15x8 with 3.68 backspacing
Am I OK here?
#153 of 226 Re: Have I measured right? [mgarvie]
Feb 04, 2009 (5:14 am)
3.68" BS seems kinda high for a tire of that dimension if I'm reading it right. I have 33x12.5" and have 4.25" and would prefer to be at 4". In case you didn't know, the higher the BS number, the more 'tucked in' a wheel will be. So a 5.5" BS wheel will be tucked nicely (stock wheel) whereas a 3.75" BS wheel will stick out a bit more.
They should fit just fine, but may stick out a bit more than you want them to. It will be noisier as less tire will be muffled by the fender, and I guarantee you will be kicking up more water/dirt/grime on the highway...
Not advising against it, just advising on what you can possibly expect.
#154 of 226 Re: Have I measured right? [erickpl]
Feb 04, 2009 (12:05 pm)
I've been so concerned about the tires rubbing I didn't think about how far they would stick out. Guess I'll look around for something with a little more backspacing.