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Help with lift, wheels, tires and fender flares?

Discussion in 'Wrangler YJ (1986-1995)' started by RancidPDX, Jul 19, 2022.

  1. Jul 19, 2022 at 11:31 AM

    RancidPDX [OP] New Member

    Jul 18, 2022
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    1991 YJ
    I've owned my bone stock 91 Jeep Renegade for 15 yrs and it was time to give it a make over b/c there was barely any metal left and I refused to scrap it (ie. so i'm in the process of doing a complete, frame-off restoration). Currently I've repaired a good scrap yard frame and sent it off to be sand blasted and painted while I am trying to figure out the right combination of suspension lift/body lift//wheels/tires/fender flares that will work best.

    The problem is that I want to put 35" tires under it on 17" rims but there are a bunch of things that I need to figure out and it is important that I get the look right the 1st time...so I have a bunch of questions and it would be super helpful if people could post a pic of their rig with their mods so I can get a sense of what they look like and how it all came together. This jeep when complete will probably be used 85% on-road (city) 10% hwy and 5% off road...so I'm not going for a hardcore, purpose-built off-road machine...I just want a fun, off-road capable Jeep that looks kewl.

    Basically I'd like to know the following:

    1) Is a 4.5" suspension lift (Rough Country) sufficient to clear 35" tires w/o rubbing?...or will I likely need a 2" body lift as well?

    2) Will a slip yolk eliminator be a must or can i get away without it if I am not doing hardcore off-road?

    3) What width of rims did you go with and/or what would you recommend? (Note: I want to avoid more than 2" of tire sticking past the fender flares... and all the associated tickets).

    4) What off-sets/back spacing did you use or would you recommend?

    5) What brand/size of fender flare do you have and/or what would you recommend? FYI: Ultimately I'd like to paint the fender flares to match (metallic khaki - inspired by the Quadratec YJL) to keep a bit of the Renegade feel...so I'd be curious to hear from anyone that has painted their aftermarket fender flares.

    So, if you've got a YJ w/ 35" tires, I love to see a pic & hear your thoughts!

    Cheers,91 Jeep YJ.jpg quadratec-yjl-1.jpg
    JKBob 25 likes this.
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