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Backspacing and lift for narrow track CJ 7

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by pastor scott, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Oct 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM
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    pastor scott

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    So I'm ready to buy my lift tires and wheels

    Here is my questions
    Going with 33X12.50R15 or 33X10.50R15

    What back spacing do I need. This is a narrow track cj 7
    Also what lift. 2.5 or 4. Will be off roading
    What say u experts

    Thanks guys
    Ps Scott
     
  2. Oct 8, 2018 at 5:43 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine Moderator

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    I would think 2.5" should offer good clearance for the tires, while keeping the CG low. Im not all that familiar with the CJ, but I think @OFFGRID is.
     
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  3. Oct 9, 2018 at 8:19 AM
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    Totally confused here

    Have a 78 CJ 7 narrow track. Need to get wheels to fit 33X12.50R15 for off road . I'm torn between 3.75 4.00 or 4.50 .Back spacing. Help

    Ps Scott
     
  4. Oct 9, 2018 at 9:03 AM
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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    I would install old man emu 2.5in springs and get 5 inch shakles for another inch of lift. No drop pitman arm needed. Run 15x8 or i prefer especially for the narrow track 15x10 wheels with no more than 3.75 back space and 33x12.5x15 tires. My buddy runs this same set-up with Metalcloak's Highline fenders and he clears 36x12.50x15s with no rubbing under full flex. You should be good with 33s and stock fenders.
     
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  5. Oct 9, 2018 at 9:15 AM
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    OFFGRID

    OFFGRID Well-Known Member

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    3.75 inches and no more. your tires will be close to rubbing the springs on a narrow track axle if you too much back space. My 37s get all up into my springs with 3.75in backspace and I have widetrack axles with 2 more inches each side of the spring in length..
     
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