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I suppose you could do that. It shouldn't break but bring spares just in case.
I have heard of people running 40's on stock axles that were open in the front too not sure if they wheeled em though they were mostly trailer queens.. Hell some people run 38's with IFS.
 

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It all depends on your driving style, terrain, and "git-er-dun"edness :p
 

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well ive got 38's and i figured id run the stock ones until they broke, that wasnt long, they broke in an in and out parking lot trying to go up a light post, then i got 30 spliners and they havnt broke yet
 

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Yeah. Atleast youll already have the 38s. You know what that means, right?? Youll never have smaller tires thah that. Its just the law of 'wheeler building. Never downgrading tire size.......
 

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you will be fine, i had a friend that had 37's on IFS and he bashed the fuck out of that rig.... never broke an axle..amazing as that may seem.

I wouldnt wheel it hard for long though or you'll be stuck fixing an axle on the trail..
 

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I wheeled with 38.5 TSLs and ARB up front, spool in the rear. However, I also tore up stock birfs and finally upgraded to Longs. I tore inner fronts, and a rear axle as well. I was running 4.88 diffs and dual stock cases. I think I also ate up 6 ring gears in about 14 months. Oh yea, killed (shredded) the front ARB and moved to a lock-right for two trips before I tore it all down.

I finally upgraded to Rockwells and 44's.

My recomendation - get the tires, get some spares, uprade to longs or something and be smart. Don't be like me!
 
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