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Old 03-08-2012, 04:01 AM   #1
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BFG KM2s on the stock rims?

I plan to buy tires as my next mod and need some advice.

I really like the reviews, performance and looks of the BFG T/A KM2 I have read. I plan on sticking with my stock wheels (17x8.5) for now. I have JK with a 3" lift up front and 2" in the rear. I do not want to use spacers. I have 3.73 gears now.

I have narrowed the search down to 2 sizes: (maybe )
285/75r17 (11.3" wide, 33.9" tall, and 62lbs)
255/80r17 (10" wide, 33.3' tall, and 54lbs)

Is anyone running these tires on stock rims?
Anyone have pics of these BFG KM2s on the stock rims?
If so do you encounter any rubbing with them?
Any other advice would be appreciated as well.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:06 AM   #2
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You might get away with the 10"
Why don't you want to use spacers?

You do know a 33" with a 15" wheel is less expensive then a 17-18?

Depending on dia. Sometimes upwards of $100 per tire.

So you might be able to buy tires AND rims for the size you want-with less backspacing.

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Old 03-08-2012, 08:32 AM   #3
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Couple things.

Your stock wheels are 7.5" wide, not 8.5". Not that that makes a difference with either of the tire sizes you are looking into, but just thought I would mention it.

The 255/80 will fit without spacers for sure. They are the same width as the stock tires. Many people have run these without issue. I'm not a fan of the "pizza cutter" look or the awful backspacing on the stock wheels that keeps them tucked so far under the fender, but that's just a personal thing. Gimme a few minutes and I'll post up some pics of them to show what I mean.

The 285/70 may fit without spacers, but if you decide to go with them, I would just be prepared for the possibility of spacers. At the very least, be ready to trim your airdam and possibly add washers to your steering stops.

I know you mentioned you were lifted, but you could probably still find some beneficial info in this thread.
Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!

Finally, as kjeeper said, you could come out cheaper in the long run (especially if you end up needing spacers) going with a 15" or 16" wheel and corresponding tires.
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As promised, here are a few 255/80 pics. Not my rig, but just to give you an idea. I am just not a fan of the tall and skinny look. Would look much better with spacers on, but still a bit to skinny for my liking. But what I like should mean nothing to you. If you like 'em, get 'em.





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Old 03-08-2012, 03:57 PM   #5
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Why don't you want to use spacers? ...
Spacers add some weight. But the main reason is in here in Japan the tire MUST NOT stick out past the fenders. So I have to keep them tucked in. I plan on getting AEV Pintlers at some point, but not now $$.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:07 PM   #6
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4fit, thanks for the pictures!! Unfortunately, I cannot extent the tire past the fenders here in Japan. I can extend the fender some, but did not want to do that yet. I wish some one would post pics of the 285/75R17 on stock rims. I am in Japan and I can't just go by the shop to take a look at them since they do not even carry these sizes. Some of the off road shops can get them but none in stock now and they would cost a small fortune than if I order them from the U.S..
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... Your stock wheels are 7.5" wide, not 8.5"....
In my first post I incorrectly said my rims were 8.5". According to my build sheet they are 8.0".

TTAP P245/75R17 OWL On/Off Road Tires
TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires
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WFFP 17X8.0 Aluminum Wheels
WKBP Matching Spare Wheel
WLZC All Aluminum Wheels
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In my first post I incorrectly said my rims were 8.5". According to my build sheet they are 8.0".

TTAP P245/75R17 OWL On/Off Road Tires
TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires
VKXA Black Hard Top
WFFP 17X8.0 Aluminum Wheels
WKBP Matching Spare Wheel
WLZC All Aluminum Wheels
Hhhmmm.....must be a foreign JK thing. Here, the tires are 255/75/17s and the wheels are 17x7.5. I had absolutely no idea that they were different for the foreign models.

Regarding the request for pics, I'll see if I can find some for you and post them up in a few. Waiting for the wife to get off my laptop. Haha.
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Not many pics out there of 285s without spacers. This is the best I could do on a quick search. I can pretty much guarantee you these will rub without spacers. So be prepared to do some trimming and add some washers to the steering stops.
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Not many pics out there of 285s without .....
Thank you, Sir!
Yep I know I have been looking for them hard. I may just settle for the 255 so no trimming needed. Also the weight at this point is only about 2 lbs more the 285 would be about 10lbs more on each corner. That alone should make up my mind with the gas prices.

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