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Old 03-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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New rims and tires

Am looking to buy new rims a d tires for my stock 2012 JK I would like to put 33 or 35 with a 17 inch wheel but what would my back space have to be and what rim size would I need 17 x ? Just looking for a lil input

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Am looking to buy new rims a d tires for my stock 2012 JK I would like to put 33 or 35 with a 17 inch wheel but what would my back space have to be and what rim size would I need 17 x ? Just looking for a lil input
You'll want backspacing of 4.5" or less. The smaller the #, the more your tires will stick out from the Jeep.

As for the width of the rim, that's gonna depend on the tire. Most tires will come with a specified range of wheels widths that'll work for them...for example, a 285/70R17 Goodyear DuraTrac (which is a 33) will take a wheel
8-10" wide.

One thing to be aware of: Tires for 17" wheels are going to be much more expensive than tires for, say, 15" rims. In fact, you can sometimes buy the tires AND wheels in the 15" size for around the same $$ as you would just the tires for 17" wheels.

The smaller wheel size will give you less weight and a larger contact patch.

Most 15" alloy wheels will fit over the brake calipers on your JK; most steel 15's will not.

Just some things to consider.

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Old 03-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #3
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Ok very cool thank you would a 35x12.5 fit on a stock 2012 with a 17 rim
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:52 AM   #4
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I am just trying to get some options I am so confused to much to put together I just want something that's going to look good and I feel 33 is a lil to small Not sure just need some more input
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:21 AM   #5
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Ok very cool thank you would a 35x12.5 fit on a stock 2012 with a 17 rim
You're gonna need some kind of lift, and you'll need aftermarket rims with 4.5" bs or less to avoid rubbing with 35's. Especially if you plan on going off-road at all.

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I am just trying to get some options I am so confused to much to put together I just want something that's going to look good and I feel 33 is a lil to small Not sure just need some more input
Several other things to consider with 35's. Depending on your Jeep's gear ratio, they could kill your power. If you've got 3.21 gears, high gear will be virtually worthless on the freeway for passing and going up hills, and even driving into a stiff headwind.

Also, with the added weight of a 35, especially on a 17" rim, you'll need to buy a rear bumper with a tire carrier, or something like the OR-FAB tire carrier. A 35" tire on your stock carrier could eventually tear up the welds in your tailgate.

If you wheel hard, you'll wanna consider getting a sleeve and gusset job on your front axle to keep it from getting bent when you're banging through ruts and such.

In short, putting 35's on a Jeep isn't cheap, and requires a lot more than just throwing on some tires and calling it a day.

I don't know why so many people think the JK (as opposed to the JKU) doesn't look good with 33" tires.

Take a look at some of these:

Show Us Your 33's!

Show me your 33" with 2" lift photos.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #6
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Thank you .. I like the 33 but I have people in my ear I appreciate the input
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:08 AM   #7
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Thank you .. I like the 33 but I have people in my ear I appreciate the input
Haha...I understand.

But unless those people are paying for it, and willing to kick in some $$ and help you with the problems that can (potentially) develop with running 35" tires, I'd do your own thing.

Not saying that 35's are bad...I'm running them. Just be aware of what you're getting into before you make the leap, or your Jeep experience won't be as pleasant as it could be.
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Will 16 x 8 wheels fit on 2012 wrangler
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Will 16 x 8 wheels fit on 2012 wrangler
Absolutely. That's what's on mine. The only reason I didn't go to 15's was that DuraTrac doesn't make a 35" tire for them.

All you need is a wheel with a 5x5 bolt pattern, and as I said above, preferably backspacing of 4.5" or less (to avoid rubbing).
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:57 PM   #10
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Thanx so much this has been a stressful day but your help is much appreciated
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Thanx so much this has been a stressful day but your help is much appreciated
Anytime. Once you get into your Jeep, the stress will melt away like hot wax.

Or something like that.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:07 PM   #12
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Hahahaha I hear ya thanx again now I can't wait to get this done
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So if I got with a Micky Thompson atz 33x12.5/r16 I should have no rubbing problems
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So if I got with a Micky Thompson atz 33x12.5/r16 I should have no rubbing problems
As long as you get appropriately backspaced wheels, you should be fine. Check out this thread for more info.
Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!

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