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At what tire size should axle be reinforced?

I'm getting ready to purchase the lift and tires for my new JK, but I'm curious, if I go with 35s instead of 33s, would I need to get the gussets and bracing for the axles? I'll be mostly on muddy/watery trails, no real rock crawling around here and I've got a JK sport. Any input would be appreciated.

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I've got a JK Sport with 35" Mickey Thompson ATZs ...no axle issues at all. Then again, on or off-road I drive a bit like granmama.

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A lot depends on how you drive, and what speed your typical four wheeling is at. If you drive real slow and careful you will likely be fine with 35s. If you cover 100+ miles a day in the desert on a typical day of four wheeling, you will likely bend the front axle even with stock tires on your Jeep (seen it happen). If you're hitting the bump stops, reinforce the axle.

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Since you will have to regear, I would sleeve and gusset at that time since you have the small axle.

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Since you will have to regear, I would sleeve and gusset at that time since you have the small axle.
I agree, but it will also depend how you drive it. If you dont wheel it and its a mall crawler then you will have no problems. If you wheel it then just about anything is possible.

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Good call on doing it when I regear. I just have to find an Italian compentent enough to weld it good. Most of the time, I'm out wheeling with the locals, so we move pretty slowly. Thanks for the input guys

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