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Old 06-24-2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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Deciding On Wheel & Tire Combo. HELP!!!!

Hows it going everyone,

This is my first post on this page and I'm in desperate need of help! I have a stock 4 door 2013 wrangler sport. I am putting in a teraflex leveling kit for sure but I'm not sure where i should go from there.

Im stuck on either 33x12.5x15LT Duratracs on a 15x8 MB 72 wheel or…

P285/70R17 Toyo Open Country At2 on a 17x8.5 AEV Pintler wheel.

Just need to know, will both of these options fit with a tera flex leveling kit? Also one problem is that i heard some 15 inch wheels don't fit over the brakes. And the other is that the back spacing on the Pintler wheels are 5.2 inches and i know its best for 4.5 inches and under. If someone could help me out and explain to me which is better, worse, or the same it would be much appreciated.

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Old 06-24-2014, 06:48 PM   #2
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Check my profile for threads started and read up. All the answers your looking for are there.

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Old 06-24-2014, 06:49 PM   #3
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Both will fit with stock suspension, i have 285/70/17s myself with 4.8" backspacing and no problems at all, stock height
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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Either option would fit. It all depends how much you want the tires to stick out past the fenders. The duratracs will stick out about 2". If you flex when wheeling, I'll bet you'll damage your fenders. The AEV's with the 285s will be flush with the fenders. I'd guess you'd be safe wheeling with that set up, but hopefully someone who has this set up will comment to be sure.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:41 PM   #5
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If you ever plan on upgrading your brakes for towing with something like TeraFlex's performance rotor or big brake kit, go with the 17s as anything smaller won't fit over bigger brakes.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:43 AM   #6
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If you ever plan on upgrading your brakes for towing with something like TeraFlex's performance rotor or big brake kit, go with the 17s as anything smaller won't fit over bigger brakes.
x2. In spite of old trend, 15" wheels are a bad idea on JKs . They provide for minimum brake clearance required for cooling, avoid build up of off-road debris and can interfere with the brake calipers.

The Pintler's provide a classic look and you can always easily them if you get tired of the look. If you must have the donut look then go with 16" rims and a larger tire.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:25 AM   #7
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Almost all alloy 15x8 wheels work perfectly with no problems on a jk. I've run sets of 32,33, and 35s on 15x8 wheels on the last three jks I've owned and never experienced any issues. Love em and wheel them too.
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As for backspacing, the general rule of thumb is that 4.5 to 5.2 is the acceptable range to be able to run the common 12.5 width tires.

Most of the 15" wheels have less backspacing like 3.9 which will cause the wheels and tires to stick out farther. I call that "poke". It's not that much, but it is there.

I like the 4.7 backspacing on the Quadratec Moab wheel. It looks a bit factory, but fits sooo much better.

The stock wheel has a backspacing of 6.2".
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:47 AM   #9
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Only thing I would caution you on is make sure you have your build planned out as running 15" wheels will eliminate a lot of the steering and brake upgrades out there.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:09 AM   #10
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Sorry to be off topic but I'd recommend against a leveling kit. They just don't ride well. You end up changing the entire suspension geometry for looks and you'll likely be sorry. Save that cash up to do it right with a complete suspension lift. There's a right way to do things and then there are leveling kits from my experience.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:17 PM   #11
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Ken needs to chime in here. Also, many of your questions can be addressed in the thread titled; "Newbies guide to lifting your JK..."

Hope this helps.
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These are the toyos, but on 17x9 fuel revolvers. I still have stock suspension, but have a RK kit ready to install. I have had them for just over 6 rub and just light tap on front fenders when hitting major bumps. Like TF stated, stick with 17 or higher. You'll want their big brake stopping power some day!
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:59 AM   #13
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I'm running 285/70/17's Duratracs on Pintlers with a 2" lift (Mopar lift kit). My tires sit almost flush with the fenders, sticking out a hair. The Jeep has a great looking stance, without the wheels looking like they are too far out. I have no rubbing or other issues with this setup, which performs excellent on and off road, and get loads of compliments on it.

I can't speak from experience about 15's, but I'm very happy with my setup and wouldn't change a thing about the wheels and tires if I were doing it again. Only issue with the Pintlers is the $$$.

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