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Old 23-07-08
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Hi Guys,

I am new here and recently bought a 1996 NJ Pajero.

So far the work done is as follows

* Dual Battery System
* Approx 2inch lift at the back (have not wound tortion bar up at the front yet)
* TJM Winch Bull Bar
* Alpine Stereo - clarion splits
* 12volt sockets front and back including fridge power
* Hella spotlights ( old ones changing over to lightforce xgt next week )

The main problem i have now is working out what wheel / tyre size to get for my pajero.

Can i run 35's like i see on the SWB pajeros or do i need major modifications for that?

What options do i have for wheel sizes as i am looking to buy a set this week.

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Old 23-07-08
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Hi - hope I can help you with this info
With a 2" Spring Lift you will only fit 265 on 16" rims or 32's on 15" Rims
33" or 305 70 16 will fit on, but will rub on the front guards when you turn and touch the rear guards when the suspension is compressed.
Tyre height is the issue. Guys who run 33 and 35" tyres have installed a 2" or higher body lift as well as suspension lift
Even when running 33" tyres the gearing suffers and the speedo is out
It makes low range even taller, reduces power overall - this is due to larger rolling dia
To run 35" tyres the diff gearing would need to be changed and the transfer gears changed to make low range usable. I am not being negative towards these type of changes, they are great - but cost money.
It looks like you have 16 x 8" standard alloys fitted - maybe put 265 on these rims? It depends on your intended application - off road weapon or touring.
I run 265 75 16 on 16 x 8 Steel rims Landcrusier offset. This places the wheels further out towards the guards - making the track wider
If went though this with my NL. Tried 4 different size rims with 33 32 305 and 265 tyres and tested them to see which was the best application.

I'm not an expert - just sharing my personal view. Stand to be corrected by anyone!!!
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Old 23-07-08
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I run 35inch simexs et'2 with a 20mm suspension lift and a 2inch body lift with no sway bars and I clear them fine on my lwb nj pajero. you will notice your gearing is out but personaly it hasnt bothed me to much since I can still crawl around it the hard stuff.

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Old 24-07-08
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for your input.

I do want to take this baby offroad .. but not crazy stuff as i have wife and kids .. at the same time though i dont want to be inhibited by ruts and low ride height.

What would be the recommended solution ...?

Would i be right in saying 2" body lift and 33's with sunraysia rims?
or should i get some simmex of bfg muddies for my stock rims at 31 ( i think its 31 )
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Old 24-07-08
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you will be fine at putting a true 32inch tyre on with no body lift but if you do do a body lift I would get 33" tyres if you are going to use the car every day or if they are only play tyres 34 or 35" tyres.

Simon
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Taller tyres will always be better, no point in having all the tread in the world if you are sitting on your diffs BTW 33's are a good size for the Paj.
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Old 24-07-08
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here is mine with a 2inch body lift and 33s since this i have put some 8 inch sunraises on it with the navara/mitsubishi off set

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Old 24-07-08
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It looks like you have 16 x 8" standard alloys fitted - maybe put 265 on these rims?
For the record, those rims are 15x7", and I think 31x10.5R15 is about the largest "common" tyre size available to suit. I had no trouble running this size of tyre on my NJ.

Later model GLS Pajeros came with 16x7" alloys, which will fit 265/75R16 tyres, nominally 32". Since you have the 3.5 (with a "factory body lift") you should be able to run these without scrubbing, and this would be what I would recommend for touring.

If you want larger again, you should be able to fit 285/75R16 (33") on 16x8" rims. I run Patrol fitment (zero offset) rims, because the minor change in offset helps correct the impact on steering geometry caused by the taller tyres. I also have a 24 tooth speedo gear which has corrected the speedometer nicely.

If you want larger than that, I can't help.
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Old 25-07-08
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Hi Guys,

Well to respond to some of the information you have posted.

This 4x4 is only used to drive to the train station each morning approx 2kms and does not get used for every day driving.

On weekends unless im going specifically to pickup anything large its parked as i have another car.

So ... in saying that if i got 33"s i will need a 2" body lift .. does anyone know how much this costs?
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Old 25-07-08
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oh I just looked at the pic and your paj does have the factory 35mm body lift so you should be fine at just running 33inch or 285/75/16 tyres with out modifing or changeing anything.
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