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What is needed to run 35s on a 98 grand cherokee

Old 11-26-2016, 05:25 AM
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Default What is needed to run 35s on a 98 grand cherokee

I own a 98 Grand Cherokee and am ready to switch to new tires for it. I was recently given a set of new 35s, and also got my hands on a three to four inch body lift, not sure exactly which it is. With only that much lift will I be able to trim the fenders to fit the tires, and if so would it look ridiculous? Also what's the max rim size I could run without hitting the suspension? I'm assuming this will be an absolute no but any input will be appreciated.
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Old 11-26-2016, 04:33 PM
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First off, welcome. Second whatever "body lift" you have is pointless as the Grand Cherokee(ZJ) is a unit frame, which means the body and the structure is all one unit. With trimming a 4.5" lift would clear 35's. if you dont want to trim you'll have to run a 6" lift. In all honesty if you need tires, sell the 35's and buy 31's or 30's they will fit with no lift and or a little trimming.
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Old 11-26-2016, 06:09 PM
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You're gonna spend thousands in order to git 35's to fit without totally hacking your ZJ up. A long arm 6" lift, extended brake hoses, steering upgrades, and most importantly, regearing the axles. Running 3.55 gears with 35's will make your rig a gutless turd, kill your gas mileage, and cause the engine and transmission to run a lot hotter. Your free tires ain't so free.
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Old 11-27-2016, 06:18 PM
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Well said, Busted! I couldn't have said it better!
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:54 PM
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Is your jeep a v8 or a inline 6 ?Because of its a 6 cylinder the dana 35 rear end won't live long with 35s on it.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:17 AM
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I got 33” with 4.56 and it drives like stock throttle response. I would think that 35s would need 4.88.
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:51 PM
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4.88s would give you the same raito as mentioned above. anything over 4:56 on the D35 would give you a very small pinion and increase risk of breakage. 33s seem to be the common ticket.
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Old 03-09-2019, 12:07 AM
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I'm not suggesting it, but I've seen it done with brake lines, ford f150 coils in the back, and stock rear coils in the front with spacers to level it out. Plus about $250 in drivelines. MY buddy bought a zj with this done to it and he said it drove fine. But as mentioned before, he said it was a gutless pile, and his had the 5.2. He wheeled it for a few months and traded it off.
You may come across similar ideas, but remember there is no substitute for doing it right. Doing it any other way will end up causing all kinds of issues and costing you more money, or even a wreck in the long run.
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