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Old 12-25-2015, 08:59 PM
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Hello. I recently bought a 2001 Cherokee Sport. I was wondering if it is possible to fit 33/12.50 tires under my jeep with a 3.5' lift? Also, what size wheel would be better: 15/8 or 15/10? Thanks and all help is appreciated!
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Hello. I recently bought a 2001 Cherokee Sport. I was wondering if it is possible to fit 33/12.50 tires under my jeep with a 3.5' lift? Also, what size wheel would be better: 15/8 or 15/10? Thanks and all help is appreciated!
You will require a lot of trimming to make 33's fit with 3.5 lift, if you didn't want it to rub. I've got 245/75/16, equals about a 30x9, on stock suspension right now and I rub like crazy.

Common wisdom says 12.50 won't fit well on an 8 inch wide wheel, but I've seen it done with no ill effects. Just makes the tire bulge 2 inches past the wheel on both sides. Go with the 10 inch wide for peace of mind and future proofing.
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I'm running 3.5 inches of lift on 32s and even trimmed, I rub. So you will rub on 33s. Unless you trim/use bump stop extenders.
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The real question is are you willing to cut your fenders or are you trying to keep the stock look?
Hell on my first Cherokee i had a 3" lift and 35s but I did have to cut a lot for off-roading and even then I was still smashing my tires into the fenders and body...
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As far as the wheel size I'd prefer the 15x8 it gives it a stout skinny tire approach...
The 15x10 gives more of the bulldog approach...
I had 3.5" and 32s and I rubbed my front bumper every tight turn....

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I'm not a fan of the stock fenders look. So most likely I will be either replacing them or straight cutting them off.
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It's absolutely feasible, I would say actually recommended. It will take a bit more work though. Cut fenders and proper bumpstops are all it will take. I would run the 8" wheel to keep it slightly more narrow and less of a chance of losing a bead.
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Originally Posted by XJlimitedx99 View Post
It's absolutely feasible, I would say actually recommended. It will take a bit more work though. Cut fenders and proper bumpstops are all it will take. I would run the 8" wheel to keep it slightly more narrow and less of a chance of losing a bead.
Thanks for the insight! This will really help.
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