32″ Tire Clearance

By Jeep Experts


In February 2000, I eliminated my first set of improve tires (30″x9.5″x15″) and put B.F. Goodrich Radial Mud Terrain T/A 32″x11.5″x15″ tires on new Ultra 150 3.5″ again spaced rims (mannequin 150-5865P). That makes for 3 units of tires in simply 10 months, together with the manufacturing unit Goodyear Wranglers that got here with the Jeep. Luckily, I offered the 30″ and the Jeep rims so my again yard is NOT turning right into a tire dump.

I had been ready to achieve a little bit of floor clearance and new tires have been one option to do it. My TJ had been working a Tera 2T elevate whereas I had the 30″ tires mounted on manufacturing unit backspaced 7″ Grizzly rims. This made for loads of clearance and I solely skilled the slightest rubbing (at full wheel flip) on the decrease management arms. It was so slight that I by no means bothered to regulate the steering stops.

Before getting the brand new MTs, I struggled with which measurement to get. I actually needed the 33″x12.5″ tire, however was afraid that my elevate wasn’t go to deal with them. I had simply added a 1″ PA physique elevate on the similar time I did my 1″ Currie motor mount elevate. This was executed so I might do away with the 1″ switch case drop. I used to be getting actual bored with snagging the stomach pan on the rocks.

Another Jeeper I had exchanged e-mail with had 33″ tires mounted on 8″ rims with 4.75″ backspacing. He mentioned they’d stuff OK up into the fender wells with out hitting something, however that they did rub the management arms a bit. After discussing varied tire and wheel mixtures with the salesperson on the native tire store, I made a decision to scrap the 33″ concept and go together with the 32″ tires. The salesman mentioned the 33″ tires do a lot better on 10″ rims (though most Jeepers run them on 8″ to assist shield the rim itself). If I have been to go together with 10″ rims, the again spacing would put about 4″ of tire exterior of my inventory flares (do not forget that Sahara flares are 1″ wider than different Wrangler fashions…or at the least they have been in 1998). With that a lot tire exterior of the fender nicely, my flares could be toast by the top of the primary path.

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So, I went with the 32″x11.5″ MTs on 8″ rims, which is the really helpful setup. I used to be slightly nervous that even these tires would possibly hit the flares since I used to be going with the three.5″ again spaced rim as a substitute of my earlier 4.75″ rim. Again, the salesperson and I talked lengthy and arduous and he assured me I used to be not going to be proud of the lack of turning radius and/or rubbing that the 4.75″ rims would trigger. So, I crossed my fingers and instructed the person to set me up with 5 new tires and rims.

The photos under present simply how every part suits collectively. I swear that the entrance tire shouldn’t be touching the flare, though there may be barely sufficient room to slide a chunk of typing paper between the tire and flare. None the much less, a miss that small is nearly as good as a mile….not touching shouldn’t be touching!

In the above photograph, I discovered a pleasant spot on the path to see how the tires have been going to suit up within the wheel wells. The driver’s entrance is totally compressed in these photographs. The coil spring’s bump cease is hitting the spring’s decrease pedestal. With every part squeezed right here, I assumed I’d take a number of photographs to point out you the way it all seems to be.

A more in-depth shot of the motive force’s entrance tire. By the best way, I used to be working 15 psi within the tires. I believe if I have been working 16 psi, I might need caught the sting of the flare. However, this tire stress appeared to work very nicely. I’ll strive a few kilos much less the following outing simply to see how every part feels, though these final kilos actually drop the bottom clearance and I don’t need to give an excessive amount of of that up.

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Here is similar tire from a distinct viewpoint. I’ve not moved the TJ or the steering wheel. You can see that issues are fairly tight up in there, however none the much less the flare is OK. You can see the Tera Quick Disconnects stowed up on the holding stud and pinned into place.

OK….for you people that actually need to see simply how shut it was, right here is the tight in shot. No photograph retouches right here. I believe you would possibly have the ability to slip a bank card between the lug and the flare, however that may be about it. But, the flare continues to be in fine condition, no rubbing, no downside. By the best way, this was about 2/3 of the best way into the 35 mile path so I had seen a variety of this type of axle articulation earlier to stopping to take these images.


I assumed I’d toss this shot in only for good measure.  “Gosh…that man positive does have an alignment downside!”  It does look slightly unusual to see the entrance and rear tires cocked in reverse instructions.  Hey, who says a TJ doesn’t flex?

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