I have a 2012 JK unlimited sport with 17" rims. Stock tires are 255/75/r17. I just installed 1.75" spidertrax wheel spacers for a little wider stance. I'm happy with the look, but would still like to get a little beefier tire at some point. I have no lift. Can I run 285/70/17's since I have the wheel spacers, or will they still rub. I really don't want a lift and I do no real offroading. I'd be fine with 275's but it seems there are more tire options with the 285's.
I second this. I just upgraded tires to on my 10 JKU Sport to Firestone Destination AT 285/70 on my stock 17 in. wheels and have noticed rubbing at full articulation turns. How do the spacers handle? I have heard they decrease handling and increase bearing wear. I like the look and would prefer not to lift, bit don't want to worry about bearings wearing out with spacers.
I haven't noticed any negative effects with handling in the couple of weeks I've had the spacers on. I read much debate about bearing wear, and was finally convinced to get the spacers, although overwhelming consensus to go with spidertrax. The Destination tire is definitely one I'm interested in for the 285/70's.
No sir. My plan was to do that when I move up to new tires. Interestingly, I saw a nail in my tire this morning and made it down the street to a Discount Tire. I asked if they'd still put tire back on wheel after they plugged it since I have wheel spacers (I've heard they won't). He said no at first, then looked them and said it was fine since they are hub centric. That's one reason I went with spidertrax. I asked him while I was there if he thought I'd have problems with rubbing if I moved up to the 285/70's and he said I'd be great with the spacers.
The wheel spacers like the spidertrax or the ones we sell really should be called wheel adapters. They bolt into place and are hub centric transferring the load much like an original wheel would, in fact we call ours wheel offset adapters. The key is to find ones that are made from quality materials. I have been running them on my JKU now for over 20k miles with 37's and doing hard wheeling and I have had no failures.
Thanks TeraFlex. Yes I think the word 'spacers' scares some of the tire places. I was back at discount tire yesterday ordering my 285/70's and he said the same thing about them being more of an adapter. TexasGrant, the spidertrax are very easy to install, I did it in about 1.5 hours and I'm not the handiest guy in the world. I did have to get a torque wrench, and will test them again at 50k miles. I'll report back on the rubbing question as soon as I get the tires installed. Should be about Wednesday this week.
Picked up your 1.5" spacers (Teraflex) yesterday and installed them. Super easy to do and the stance/look of the Jeep is much improved. When I took the wheels off, I noticed that the rear tires had been rubbing, so it was good that I did that. Real minor stuff, likely only on a large bump while turning, but still good to cure. On the front tires, the spacers still didn't fully cure the rubbing problem on the driver's side on a fully articulated right turn, but since I am not going to lift, I will just live with it.