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Old 09-26-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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Question about tires/wheels/backspacking

OK guys right now I am running the BFG 32's that came stock on my Wrangler Unlimited X with the 17 x 7.5 wheels. To me they look too skinny for my 2" budget boost lift. I want to eventually go to a 33-12.50 tire. What do I need to do as far as wheel size and proper backspacing. I don't do any serious off roading so that is not an issue. Any help or ideas would be extremely helpful. Thanks
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:32 PM   #2

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Hey JeepNDad, something to consider would be if you don't plan on wheeling it too much, a wider wheel may give you a little bit more stable feel on the road. A narrow wheel would allow you to air down a little more on the trail without breaking the bead or causing a flat. If you plan on your jeep being a daily driver then 17x9 with about 4.75" should work good for you.

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Old 09-26-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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Great tire for you would be the BFG KM2 255/80-17 ----- same width, but a true 33".

If you just have to have that wider tire, you'll need about 4.5" backspacing; most of the aftermarket wheels are in that ballpark.
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Old 09-26-2009, 04:56 PM   #4
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My jeep is definitely a daily driver. Not sure if I have to have a 33-12.50 just looking for something wider than what I have now. It just looks too narrow. Please keep the ideas coming and thanks to those who have replied.
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:34 PM   #5
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i totally agree with you on the tires being too skinny i got the x before they had the rubi wheel/tire ungrade, great idea btw, so i had to get some bfg mt tires and the guy at americas tire said a 255/75/16 is the best size to get so i got it. now i look at the tires and it seems like there could be a wider tire on there with no rubing. anyone got an idea what size that would be for the 16s? thanks
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:58 AM   #6
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Anybody else have any info?
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:32 PM   #7
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I had the same issue with the looks of the tires on my 09 Jeep. It came with 255/75r17 on stock and they were just too skinny and not the look that I was looking for. After two weeks with my Jeep I put a 3" suspension lift and 33" at 12.50. It was exactly what I was looking for. I am pretty sure that you won't have a problem running 33's with a 2" either.
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