Lifted Sport/Sahara with 33's

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Yeah, Wranglers’ sweet spot is tires that are 33-34 inch tall, 10.5-11.5 inches wide. That’s where they are most happy in my experience.

While 35x12.5 tires turn the Jeep into a beast on the trail, the on-road handling starts to become lumbering, the ride deteriorates, and fuel economy goes out the window.
Going from 33" to 35" gains you 1" of clearance under the axles and 1" of clearance under the low points between the axles, and will roll over tall obstacles such as ledges just a little bit easier. It would be difficult to find a trail where you could do the trail with 35s but couldn't do the trail with 33s, but it might make the difference between scraping or not scraping. With the smaller tires you put more attention into picking a good line, on a very technical trail maybe you have to stack a couple of rocks with the smaller tires. I don't know what the difference is on snow or soft sand, I stay off of those so I can't speak to that.
You can put 33" tires on your average Sport or Sahara, even on the stock wheels if you wish, and gain the offroad ability without sacrificing much on road. Most people that do 35s will do new tires and new wheels so that gets more expensive. I see a lot of 35s, maybe even 37s, on the freeways in my big metro area. I doubt if 1% of them have been the places that my Sport on Rubicon takeoff tires has been. If I thought I needed bigger than 33s then I shouldn't have bought a Sport in the first place, buy a Rubicon and put 37s on it.
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Some days I think, man I wish I had 35s. The rest of the time I am happy with the 33s . For daily driving and the fire tower roads I travel and explore they work great and I have no complaints. When the time comes for new tires I may take a look at 295/70.

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Looks good. I like the bronze wheels, that’s my plan for my next set. You will like 295/70 I know I do

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Looks good. I like the bronze wheels, that’s my plan for my next set. You will like 295/70 I know I do

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Looks great! Ive been shopping around. And it appears I'm going to be stuck with my 275s for the foreseeable future as majority of tires are back order. What a crazy time to be alive.
 

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Looks great! Ive been shopping around. And it appears I'm going to be stuck with my 275s for the foreseeable future as majority of tires are back order. What a crazy time to be alive.
Yea was the same back in April when I got mine. Talked to discount tire and they were able to find them straight from the manufacturer rather than warehouse.
 

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Some days I think, man I wish I had 35s. The rest of the time I am happy with the 33s . For daily driving and the fire tower roads I travel and explore they work great and I have no complaints. When the time comes for new tires I may take a look at 295/70.

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Ever consider 285/75r18’s?
 

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No what is the difference between 295/70? Besides availability ? Any noticeable difference?
Not as wide as the 295’s and are 34.8 Unmounted. There are a few members on here running them and they look really clean. I’m considering those or the 295’s as well. But then I also want to just go 275’s some days…ugh!
 

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Not as wide as the 295’s and are 34.8 Unmounted. There are a few members on here running them and they look really clean. I’m considering those or the 295’s as well. But then I also want to just go 275’s some days…ugh!
Haha I know the feeling and trust me sometimes I catch myself eyeing 35x12.5. But I know where that leads and I am not sure I am ready to go down that path. Hahaha
 
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