Originally Posted by matthewsalonis
Would I be able to maneuver unobstructed in a stock height xj if I use 31x10.5 wheels?
Sure, if you never turn or flex the suspension, or you cut the crap out of your fenders. A 10.5" rim is too wide for a stocker.
What year XJ? Daily driver? Stick or auto? Do you plan on wheeling it? Better off spending your money on a quality lift, tires, and wheels that are close to stock offset/backspacing. A 2" lift on a stock wheel and a 30" tire is a good fit. For a 31" tire, on a stock wheel a minimum 3" lift is needed. You will get some tire rub on the lower control arms when making tight turns. When you go above 3" you need to start spending a lot more money on suspension and drive line components.
OME makes excellent 2" and 3" lifts for the XJ.
My recommendations would be 30" tires, 2" lift, full coils and leaf packs, and shocks (not coil spacers or add-a-leafs). Also, at a minimum, a gas tank skid plate. You'll have a nice driver and nice wheeler.
When wheeling it's more about "finesse" versus mashing the go pedal and dumping the clutch to get through or over a problem. Know your XJ's limits, even a stock one with appropriate tires will take you a lot of places.