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Old 10-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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i need some advice for wheels and tires...

I have a 2014 unlimited saharah coming in for me, manual transmission, 3.6 vvt. I am looking to add some tires and wheels to give it that real jeep look. i live in new orleans so i wanna be able to avoid pot holes and curves. i am interested in some maybe 265/70 R16 tires.

i need the perfect advice for this project... do i need to lift it, add better suspension, what ever i need to prepare before i do this project. if you need more information please ask me away...

thank you fellow wrangler lovers for the advice in adnavce!
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make sure your wheels have 4.5 backspacing or less.

you could also do a plus size 285/75/16. it will fit without a lift.

when upsizing your tires, invest in the AEV Procal Module. If you don't, your jeep will think its still running factory specs so your speedometer will be off. You can calibrate it to work/not work with your tpms sensors (if any)

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Old 10-04-2013, 12:03 AM   #3
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^^ I agree with this, also something else to think about instead of a lift kit is just leveling kit to level out the front with a set of spacers. They are inexpensive and it's a quick install, then you can run bigger tires with little or no rubbing.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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make sure your wheels have 4.5 backspacing or less.

you could also do a plus size 285/75/16. it will fit without a lift.

when upsizing your tires, invest in the AEV Procal Module. If you don't, your jeep will think its still running factory specs so your speedometer will be off. You can calibrate it to work/not work with your tpms sensors (if any)

good luck


Thanks man but the spacers... What size exactly be the best and do you use them only in the front?
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:14 AM   #5
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I went with the Teraflex leveling kit (about $155) and Bassett Racing DOT 15x8 steel wheels with 4" backspacing and 33x12.5x15 Duratracs. 4.5" backspacing is perfect for 16" wheels, but 4" was the minimum I could fit on a 15" wheel on a 2011 JKU. Bassett wheels are made in the USA and - shocking to me - about $70 each. I did have to buy new lugs all the way around, but the entire set cost less than new 18" tires.

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Thanks man but the spacers... What size exactly be the best and do you use them only in the front?
You won't need spacers if u buy 4.5 or less backspaced wheels. They are only needed if you go wider than stock (not taller). They will rub your rear links, and you'll not have full lock when u turn the steering wheel.

If you stick to the stock wheels though, you'll more than likely need spacers if you go wide.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:05 AM   #7
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Dont mean to hijack but I have a question on backspacing. I have a 4" lift with 35x12.50x17 with +16mm offset American Outlaw TNTwheels. My front left tires slightly rubs on my front LCA at full turn. What size of wheel spacers would I need? 1-1/2 or thicker?

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Okay that's very useful too. I do have a budget. I can afford the tires and small things like the spacers and module. I was thinking of using the original 18" rims that'll come on the 14 wrangler unlimited Sarah edition. So what size tire could I start with, still looking for something like you had, mean looking...
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1.5" spacers are the max I would use - the further you move the tires and wheels out, the increased component stress. There are a couple of good spacer brands.
Having said that, my first choice is using wheels and tires to get the effect you want before using spacers.
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1.5" spacers are the max I would use - the further you move the tires and wheels out, the increased component stress. There are a couple of good spacer brands.
Having said that, my first choice is using wheels and tires to get the effect you want before using spacers.


Yeah I see, I found some here at the dealership. Front spacers for $70 and they are 2.5" you recommend just the front?
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Try Morris Off-road and Quadratec for more ideas and IMHO you will want to use them in the front and back.

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