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plenty of guys are running a 33/10.50 on their stock trucks. I know you wheel your truck pretty hard. You might wanna look into some Belltech 6400 shackles for the back, cranking your Tbars up ... or maybe a 1" body lift if your concerned about rubbing.
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I'm hesitant for a few reasons...

1. I might damage my bed more even with traction bars. I don't want to do a shackle as it'll hit my exhaust. An add a leaf will add too much lift to the rear without lifting the front. I don't want to crank my torsion bars much. I have about .5" on each side and that is good enough.

2. It might rub pretty bad in the front when turning. After searching I'm trying to stay away from body lifts.

If I could find somebody with stock suspension with 33x10.5 (255/85/16) that didn't have many troubles I'd jump on it. I'd love to have 33" tires but I don't want to spend $800 and find out thye're too big. If I didn't rub in the front (I'm assuming it would rub?) and an add a leaf didn't make it look dumb (rake) I'd do it. What are your thoughts guys?
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wow that looks nasty on that jeep
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That Jeep looks killer!
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i agree it looks deadly!
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to answer your concerns.

1. I think with the traction bars you should not rub the bed anymore. If I remember correctly the key to not rubbing is staying with stock rims. As for the tbars I wouldn't crank them either. As for lifting the rear just a little to help the sage I am sure you have with the camper shell and other things you carry in your bed I would add the long leaf from a stock ranger spring pack. This will give very little lift but add some weight carrying abilities. or you could do a chevy spring swap and forget about the traction bars and also be able to remove your rear block to help with spring wrap.

2. What have you read on doing a 1" bodylift that you do not like?


I never rubbed in the front with my 285's with stock wheels and worn our tbars, but I did have a 1" bodylift. I really don't think the bodylift helped much in the front as much as it did in the rear.
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I just don't like the gaps that it creates like the rear bumper gap. I also read where some guys had to trim their fan shroud (or soemthign like that). I never really liked body lifts to begin with.

I like my stock rims and will be staying with them so that helps. I like the idea about adding in a long leaf. I do have the shell, a hi-lift, straps, 2 half shovels, general recovery gear, and a fullsize spare in my bed (also the small stock one under the bed). I think that the add a leaf wouldn't be so bad now. When I get some extra cash I'll get the traction bars and probably an add a leaf. What kind of gas mileage did you get with your 285s (33s)?
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get rid of the spare under the bed it will help some.
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I just don't like the gaps that it creates like the rear bumper gap. I also read where some guys had to trim their fan shroud (or soemthign like that). I never really liked body lifts to begin with.
Well your going to have to figure out whats more important, a ungapped bumper and messed up bed or a little gap at the bumper and save your bed. You can do the bumper mod in the front and bring it up. I don't think Shane had to notch his fan shroud when he had his, I'm not totally sure though.
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I just don't like the gaps that it creates like the rear bumper gap. I also read where some guys had to trim their fan shroud (or soemthign like that). I never really liked body lifts to begin with.
This is not a problem any longer. Performance Accessories 3" lift kit has the brackets, etc to get rid of the gap and fan shroud problem.
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I love the look on the Jeep.
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This is not a problem any longer. Performance Accessories 3" lift kit has the brackets, etc to get rid of the gap and fan shroud problem.
He is not talking about the PA body lift, just the 1" body lift
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My front bumper is welded to my frame. I'll ponder for a little while on this tire situation. I still have about 1/4 tread left so I don't have to get tires anytime real soon.
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i ran both 33x10.5r15's and 33x12.5r15 on my explorer. both tires where on 15x8...

the 10's did better in the snow, but that was it. my truck even felt more stable with the wider tires. Im pretty sure a few guys over on rps have 33x10.5r16 on stock edges
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Heres my truck with 33x10.5s I have a 1in tbar crank and traction bars in the rear the rest is stock and I have yet to manage to make them rub.

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I would get traction bars for sure before you try and wheel with them. Cause you will rub the passenger side bed side with what you do. Driving down the road and messing around you will be fine but once you get out on the trail and start really flexing it out off road and not poser flexing it is not going to be pretty.

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A Bfgoodrich A/T is shorter than most 255's.
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I know Gumby, Shane or myself had no problems with the fan hitting the shroud.

As for gas mileage with my tuner and running a 93 torque tune I averaged around 16 to 17. I do a lot of mixed driving and I am not light on the gas peddle.

As for the add a leaf don't run a true add a leaf just add the long leaf from a stock spring pack.
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I would get traction bars for sure before you try and wheel with them. Cause you will rub the passenger side bed side with what you do. Driving down the road and messing around you will be fine but once you get out on the trail and start really flexing it out off road and not poser flexing it is not going to be pretty.

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I have traction bars already, and I have not made them rub yet and that was out on mine trail on my last search and rescue mission, I had the right rear in the air and the left hitting the bump stop and is still did not rub at all. swaybar disconnected as well. I think the narrow wheel helps
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