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Old 02-22-2012, 01:25 AM   #1
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Tires rubbing front sway bar

Traded in my '05 TJ 2 door for a '08 Unlimited 4 door and it came with LT285/70R17 Cooper Discoverer R/T3 tires that the last owner had just added instead of the stock P255/75R17 tires. These tires look great and are brand new but they are about and inch taller and wider than the stock tires.

No problems going down the road but when manuvering in the parking lot, I heard rubbing. I looked at the front sway bar and the insides of the tires and noticed that there is definately a rub happening.

How can I fix this and keep these tires?

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Old 02-22-2012, 04:52 AM   #2
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Wheels with 4.5" or less backspacing. (Preferred method)
Wheel Spacers.
Adjust lock point.
Don't turn steering wheel to lock.

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Old 02-22-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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Like jeepdon said, new wheels would be a great, but pricey, fix. Cheapest fix would be to add a washer or two to your steering stops.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:23 AM   #4
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I like the tires (brand new) and wheels so I would like to keep that as is.

So, what size spacers? 1 1/2"? Smaller? What brand and where should I get them?
Will the tires stick out beyound the fender? If so is that an issue?

If I go the steering stop adjustment route how do I go about doing that? Will it affect normal highway use / parking ability?
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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I like the tires (brand new) and wheels so I would like to keep that as is.

So, what size spacers? 1 1/2"? Smaller? What brand and where should I get them?
Will the tires stick out beyound the fender? If so is that an issue?

If I go the steering stop adjustment route how do I go about doing that? Will it affect normal highway use / parking ability?
Just curious, but are the wheels stock currently?

As for your spacer question, I would recommend Spider Trax 1.5" spacers. The tires might stick out a bit from the fenders, but not much. If you are currently on stock wheels, the spacers would effectively take your backspacing down to 4.75". I have attached a pic of my JK with 285s on 4.5" backspaced wheels. The 4.75" would be 1/4" further under the fenders than mine.

For the steering stop question, just do a Google search for it. I'm sure there are some writeups on it. I'm on my phone right now, else I would find one for you. Basically the steering stood would increase your turning radius by just a bit because the tires won't be able to turn as sharply.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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Stock Jeep wheels so far as I know. Here is a picture of my rig as currently outfitted.

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Old 02-22-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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Stock Jeep wheels so far as I know. Here is a picture of my rig as currently outfitted.

Spacers would definitely be the way I would go, but I like the wider stance look. Like I said earlier, 1.5" spidertrax spacers or washers on the stops either one would work. Entirely up to you. If you go with the spacers, just make sure you install them correctly (making sure you remove the assembly washers from the rotors, use loctite, torque down correctly, re-check torque after a few miles, re-torque at tire rotations, etc).
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Yep^

My 31's (TJ) rubbed at full turn. Added washers to the steering stop fixed that.

But yes. Go with the wheel spacers also.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:40 PM   #9
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Local off road tire shop can get and install the 1.5" spacers for around $150. He has one in the shop and we are going to test it tomorrow to make sure it gives the clearance we need then I think I'll have him go ahead and order a set of spacers. Thanks guys!
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:49 PM   #10
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Spacers installed and it looks great! I'll put up some before and after pics tomorrow. Wow that sucker will turn now!
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I was fixing to ask the same thing. Spacers aren't anything I would cheap out on. You need to make sure the ones you got are hubcentric. And, you will need to check the torque on them after the first 50-100 miles, and with each tire rotation.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:10 PM   #13
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Used (Rough Country) Jeep JK Hub Centric 1.5 spacers made from 6061-T6 Aluminum. Just not blue like Spidertrax. They sell for 59.95 a pair instead of $99 a pair.

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Spent $162.75 with tax for spacers and installation.
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