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Old 01-11-2011, 12:43 AM   #1
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2008, new tires and wheels question

Just bought an 08 x and really would like to upgrade the tires and or wheels some time soon. I know literally NOTHING about wheel and tire sizes so any suggestions would be helpful. I really like the black wheels, and don't know what would be a good fit without a lift. I don't want to sink too much money so something affordable would be great. I checked the other threads (and i know there are tons of tire size ones) but cant seem to find a suggested combo that I can pinpoint. I guess i want whatever I can fit without a lift. Its my dd and not much offroading will be done. If anyone can give me a good suggested combo with prices that would be helpful


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Look at some wheels online & pick some you like, Quadratec has a good selection.Then decide how big you want to go with the tire (I believe a 33" is as big as will fit without a lift) Then talk to whomever you are buying the wheels from to get the rim size. I think a 15 or 16 inch rim is big enough , then ask for the tires to suit. I am thrilled with my new tires, Goodyear Wrangler Mtr's/ kevlar. They are not the cheapest tires but I think good value for money. You could always talk to Discount tire online on this forum they are a big help. Most importantly- post pic's when you have got them.
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I would stay clear of 15's because there can be problems with some wheels rubbing the calibers. 16's are the cheapest way to go because tires for 16's are normally cheaper then 17's and up. If you try 18 and up they get real expensive. Even though 17' are a little more expensive then 16', many think 17's look better on the larger tires. They make a factory 17 that is 255/70/17 which is a so called 32 but is really a little smaller then that. You can go to a 285/70 which is just smaller then a 33 and a inch more narrow and can be put on without a lift. You can squeeze a true 33X12.5 without any problems if your new wheel has the correct backspace of between 5" to 4.5" but may still rub a little if off roading in full flex.
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Very true ric's, I went for a 17" but have since seen jk's with 15's on them, I don't know how they did it unless they trimmed the calipers, something I wouldn't do
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Before anyone can give you an intelligent recommendation for wheels and tires they need to know what you want to do with the change and with your jeep. Are you planning hardcore offroad use? Is your primary concern appearance for a pavement dwelling wrangler?

The answer to your question without knowing more can only be "it depends".
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I have the same tires as the OP and would like to know, if we keep our stock 16in wheels and just change the tires for bigger ones, does that work? Or do we need to change the wheel and tire together? I, like the OP, will use the jeep as my DD and almost no off road but would like a "bigger" tire that looks less like a car tire
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I would stay clear of 15's because there can be problems with some wheels rubbing the calibers. 16's are the cheapest way to go because tires for 16's are normally cheaper then 17's and up. If you try 18 and up they get real expensive. Even though 17' are a little more expensive then 16', many think 17's look better on the larger tires. They make a factory 17 that is 255/70/17 which is a so called 32 but is really a little smaller then that. You can go to a 285/70 which is just smaller then a 33 and a inch more narrow and can be put on without a lift. You can squeeze a true 33X12.5 without any problems if your new wheel has the correct backspace of between 5" to 4.5" but may still rub a little if off roading in full flex.
The factory size of 255/75/17 is 32.1 inches.
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I have the same tires as the OP and would like to know, if we keep our stock 16in wheels and just change the tires for bigger ones, does that work? Or do we need to change the wheel and tire together? I, like the OP, will use the jeep as my DD and almost no off road but would like a "bigger" tire that looks less like a car tire
Depends what you mean by "work."

I don't recall how big the stock tires are that come on the stock 16" wheels. 31" maybe? If so, then yes, if you find 32" or 33" tires in the same width as your stock tire, you can put them on your Jeep and keep your stock wheels. The mud terrain tires that come on the Rubicon model are 32", though (fyi) they come on 17" wheels so you couldnt' swap a set right onto your Jeep.

If your current tire is indeed a 31", then your speedometer will be wrong after the switch. You can figure out how much here. There are aftermarket devices you can purchase to fix this, or, I suppose, you could always just do the math in your head whenever you look at the speedometer.

If the tires you choose are wider than stock tires, they will probably "rub" when you make hard turns. Assuming they're not way too wide, you can generally correct that with spacers like these.

Of course, you wouldn't need spacers at all if you got new wheels that have the proper amount of "backspacing," which is essentially what the spacers provide. However, you asked about keeping your stock wheels.
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The smallest factory size wheel and tire for the JK is 225/75/16 or 29.3 inches
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The smallest factory size wheel and tire for the JK is 225/75/16 or 29.3 inches
Is that off a rollerskate??
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Is that off a rollerskate??
haha yeah it sure felt like it and it was worse when you got out and your fender flares almost covered the entire tire from view when looking it it head on!
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The factory size of 255/75/17 is 32.1 inches.

Messed that lol. Have 70 on the brain from looking at so many. Thats the reason I said they suppose to be 32's or exactly 32.1 but they are not that size at least the Goodyear SR-A. They are actually about 31.75 if you measure them
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The smallest factory size wheel and tire for the JK is 225/75/16 or 29.3 inches
Yea, I have those, the smallest and cheapest ones...lol. So I was wondering with those stock wheels if they are wide enough to accept bigger tires?
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Yea, I have those, the smallest and cheapest ones...lol. So I was wondering with those stock wheels if they are wide enough to accept bigger tires?
I'm pretty sure you can. As I recall, I've seen folks get a set of "steelies" just to keep their winter tires on, and they look pretty solid with some bigger tires on them.

But don't forget folks are pulling their fancy Rubicon or Sahara wheels off all of the time in exchange for even fancier aftermarket wheels. You're in Seattle right? Why not call this guy? Or this guy (careful, he's delusional)? Check eBay too. If you're so inclined, you could end up getting a whole new set of wheels for a couple hundred bucks.
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I'm pretty sure you can. As I recall, I've seen folks get a set of "steelies" just to keep their winter tires on, and they look pretty solid with some bigger tires on them.

But don't forget folks are pulling their fancy Rubicon or Sahara wheels off all of the time in exchange for even fancier aftermarket wheels. You're in Seattle right? Why not call this guy? Or this guy (careful, he's delusional)? Check eBay too. If you're so inclined, you could end up getting a whole new set of wheels for a couple hundred bucks.
Sweet! Yeah thats true I could get some off a jeep but I wanted to save cash, and if I can use the ones I have now and just spend the money on the tires why not
So those rims off the other jeeps are wider than my stock ones? Does it matter how wide the actual wheel is?
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Messed that lol. Have 70 on the brain from looking at so many. Thats the reason I said they suppose to be 32's or exactly 32.1 but they are not that size at least the Goodyear SR-A. They are actually about 31.75 if you measure them
I hear ya, it starts to run together after looking at to many sets of tires. The SR-A tires are indeed 32.1 inches. Click on "specs" after checking the link -
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Sweet! Yeah thats true I could get some off a jeep but I wanted to save cash, and if I can use the ones I have now and just spend the money on the tires why not
So those rims off the other jeeps are wider than my stock ones? Does it matter how wide the actual wheel is?
I knew I remembered seeing a post with larger tires on those rims. Look here. Those are almost 32".

I never had those wheels, so I don't know much about them. I believe the Rubi or Sahara rims are going to be wider--the tires certainly are at the tread. For example, 225s are about 9" wide, whereas 255s are 10" wide.
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alright so im looking at a set of 4 mickey thompson baja claw tires. 33/12.5/15. I love the look but again i know nothing about tires. The guy whos selling these is sellin em real cheap so I think I might have to jump on it. Im wondering if they'll fit without a lift, and if they do fit will they look stupid without one. Also ive heard there noisy on road and being my dd this might be a dumb decision. You think these would work or should i keep looking for some all terrain tires instead. Id have to buy wheels as well and am looking at 15x8 crager soft 8's. Any input is appreciated
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cragers are great for trail use because there cheap to replace if banged up. 33 will fit on a JK but you may get some rubbing.
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I think the stock steelies with some awesome tires on then look kick ass. I'm not into all that shiny hip hop looking crap, but different strokes and all. Put some mean tires on the steel rims and spend the 1000 or so from the fancy wheels on something else.
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alright so im looking at a set of 4 mickey thompson baja claw tires. 33/12.5/15. I love the look but again i know nothing about tires. The guy whos selling these is sellin em real cheap so I think I might have to jump on it. Im wondering if they'll fit without a lift, and if they do fit will they look stupid without one. Also ive heard there noisy on road and being my dd this might be a dumb decision. You think these would work or should i keep looking for some all terrain tires instead. Id have to buy wheels as well and am looking at 15x8 crager soft 8's. Any input is appreciated
Do you know the backspace/offset of the wheels? Make sure they are no more then 4.5 backspace on that size and the 33's should be alright
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4.0 backspacing on the cragers... also I have the wrangler tires and wheels on now, the came with the jeep, not sure on the size but is it possible just to use those wheels on the 33's?
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Awww, all that big tire talk it's a wonder how the Willy's ever got around!
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Do you know the backspace/offset of the wheels? Make sure they are no more then 4.5 backspace on that size and the 33's should be alright

rics what tires do u have on urs?
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alright so im looking at a set of 4 mickey thompson baja claw tires. 33/12.5/15. I love the look but again i know nothing about tires. The guy whos selling these is sellin em real cheap so I think I might have to jump on it. Im wondering if they'll fit without a lift, and if they do fit will they look stupid without one. Also ive heard there noisy on road and being my dd this might be a dumb decision. You think these would work or should i keep looking for some all terrain tires instead. Id have to buy wheels as well and am looking at 15x8 crager soft 8's. Any input is appreciated
Not all 15's will fit over the JK calipers. Were these wheels off a JK? If not, what's the bolt pattern?

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