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    1991 YJ 33 or 35in tires?

    I just picked up a 1991 YJ 4cyl 5speed that needs some TLC! I need to cut out and replace part of the driver side frame rail right where the front spring hanger is for the rear leaf spring, and some other minor repairs...
    Anyway I plan on doing a Rocky Road 6.5" Bolt-on SOA. I know that will clear a 33x12.50x15 tire but it will clear a 35x12.50x15 if I do there longer shackle. My question is what do you all recommend me putting under this wrangler a 33 or 35?? Iam worried about axle issues with a bigger 35in tire. I plan on doing very light 4 wheeling with the family with no mud rut's or major rock climbing.
    So do I run a 33 or 35in tire
    What size rim 15x8 or 15x10 with what back spacing?
    Thanks

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    I run a 4" lift with 33X12.50's and a 8" wide rim on a 4" backspace. If I had it to do over again i would ahve gone with 3.75" BS though. I get some rubbing st full lock.

    With the 4 banger and stock gears I'd stick with 33's. Also, with that rear end you don't want to go too big. The D35 tends to be a weak link.

    I'm sure you could fit 35's on that lift though.

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    It'll clear 35's with room to spare. Put in a D44 or Ford 8.8, regear to 4.56 or 4.88 and beat it up!

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    Do realize that if you go SOA you're going to have a slew more to consider than just 33" or 35" tires. You'll have to correct your driveline angles something fierce. So an SYE and DS will be necessary. Also you have to worry about axle wrap with SOA alot more so you'll need at the very least anti-wrap perches and preferably an anti-wrap bar. I don't know if I'd trust perch shims either so you'd need to cut and weld in new perches anyway. This is all presuming you do this to the D35 which would be inadvisable if you're gonna run 35" tires, which if you're going to all the trouble of SOA you shouldn't bother going any smaller anyway so you should do as louis3 said and start lookin' for an 8.8 out of a '01 or newer Explorer. If you went with the Rocky Road angle hoping for cheap and easy realize that SOA is never cheap and easy.

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    Lift it wih 33's and wait for the bank to recoop. 4:88 does help with 33's on the highway, looks like you dont 4 wheel hard to warrent a bigger axle. Just my 2 cents, lol.

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    4:88's will work great w/ 33's will be a bit under powered w/ 35 but not bad. Again replace the D35 before you re-gear.


 

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