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Old 05-11-2014, 07:29 PM   #1
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32 tire or 33. Im having more trouble deciding than I should

New JK Sport arrives next week and I'm going to put new rims and tires on. I have been looking at alot of the Tire threads on here and see alot of people get a 33 inch tire. I also read that a 33 on stock suspension will rub at certain points. I want to put tires on that I wont have to put spacers in or have a problem with rubbing so I was thinking of playing it safe and putting 32 inch tires on. Im just not sure if the 32 will look wimpy or not compared to the 33. Any help here would be much appreciated

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Some 33s rub and some don't. It's THAT close. A skinny 33 will work fine w/o rubbing. The BFG KM2 or Cooper Discoverer Maxx in 255/80r17 will fit stock wheels and suspension...or do you have 16s?

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Here's my bone stock JK with 265/75R16 Duratracs (approx. 32"). No lift needed, no rubbing and they get me through some great trails.





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Some 33s rub and some don't. It's THAT close. A skinny 33 will work fine w/o rubbing. The BFG KM2 or Cooper Discoverer Maxx in 255/80r17 will fit stock wheels and suspension...or do you have 16s?
I am pretty well set on the BFG All Terrains, and I havnt decided yet which size of rim. Probably a 16 to make the tires look a little beefier
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I am pretty well set on the BFG All Terrains, and I havnt decided yet which size of rim. Probably a 16 to make the tires look a little beefier
Just get rims with more back spacing and 33s will be dandy!
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Just get rims with more back spacing and 33s will be dandy!
I dont really know much about backspacing. How much do you think is enough?
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Just get rims with more back spacing and 33s will be dandy!
Dont you mean less back spacing?
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Dont you mean less back spacing?
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I dont really know much about backspacing. How much do you think is enough?
Read the first post in this thread:

Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!
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Read the first post in this thread:

Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!
That was a great link. Thank you
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I run 33 duratrac on my stock suspension jku...looks awesome and have no issues
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:59 AM   #12
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Think I'm going to do a 285/75/16 just like that link suggested. Just going to have to make sure I look at backspacing on what ever rim I choose
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My 12' JK with "wimpy" 32x11.5-15 BFG on Black Aluminum 15x8 MB72 wheels.
I did add Mopar 19/60 springs and RS9000XL shocks for a slight lift.




Another pic to show how much tire sticks out past the wheel well.

No tire rubbing yet.
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Those look nice. They look bigger than I thought 32's would look
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My 12' JK with "wimpy" 32x11.5-15 BFG on Black Aluminum 15x8 MB72 wheels.
I did add Mopar 19/60 springs and RS9000XL shocks for a slight lift.




Another pic to show how much tire sticks out past the wheel well.

No tire rubbing yet.
Not to threadjack here but could you tell me the name of those surrounds on your front grill?
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Rubicon X with 2.25" more lift, Pintler wheels, Duratrac 285/70/17 tires:









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I think those inserts are EZ Install Wire Mesh Grill Inserts
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If your going to spend the money on tires why not go with something noticeably better.
33s are a good size. You can run them on stock or with a 2.5" lift and it will still look good.Then the wheels of the Jeep brain start turning well if you are going to add a lift later why not do the lift first and go with 35s. So now we are at 35s and a lift. Beyond that there is no going back.You see how this all starts right ? Might as well save some money and go bigger from the start. If you have any fantasies of bigger tires and lift later just do it now.
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Not to threadjack here but could you tell me the name of those surrounds on your front grill?
Amazon.com: Rugged Ridge 11401.30 Black Polished Aluminum Billet Grille Insert: Automotive



Powder coated aluminum with plastic surround/frame.
Just snap into each grill slot.

Pros: Takes 2 minutes to install.

Cons: Takes 2 minutes to steal/remove.
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Amazon.com: Rugged Ridge 11401.30 Black Polished Aluminum Billet Grille Insert: Automotive



Powder coated aluminum with plastic surround/frame.
Just snap into each grill slot.

Pros: Takes 2 minutes to install.

Cons: Takes 2 minutes to steal/remove.
I have those same ones & while I love them, I've noticed that the paint is chipping on them everytime a rock hits them Guess it's better than chipping the windshield, though!
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If your going to spend the money on tires why not go with something noticeably better.
33s are a good size. You can run them on stock or with a 2.5" lift and it will still look good.Then the wheels of the Jeep brain start turning well if you are going to add a lift later why not do the lift first and go with 35s. So now we are at 35s and a lift. Beyond that there is no going back.You see how this all starts right ? Might as well save some money and go bigger from the start. If you have any fantasies of bigger tires and lift later just do it now.
I honestly dont see myself getting a lift. Its a dd and I just want it to be as capable as it can be with out modifying it too much. Though any Jeep is about as capable as you can get
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Well then if your confident that no lift is in your future by all means look into some 33s that are known to fit .You are a better man than most here. Temptation is hard to resist lol.
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Well then if your confident that no lift is in your future by all means look into some 33s that are known to fit .You are a better man than most here. Temptation is hard to resist lol.
I would say I'm just lazy. Do the least amount of work possible to get what I want. Dont want to deal with any potential problems
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I would say I'm just lazy. Do the least amount of work possible to get what I want. Dont want to deal with any potential problems
You can do a coil spacers lift, it's inexpensive and you retain all the factory characteristics.
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I would say I'm just lazy. Do the least amount of work possible to get what I want. Dont want to deal with any potential problems
Are you SURE you don't want to go bigger? I 'only wanted' 33's on my '07. Till the day I dropped the $$ on them. Then all of the sudden I was kicking myself because I knew I should have held out and gone 35's, which I did on my '13. Really think about this before you decide.
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Here's my bone stock JK with 265/75R16 Duratracs (approx. 32"). No lift needed, no rubbing and they get me through some great trails.





Hey Brodieman, your Jeep farted a cloud in that second pic...
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Are you SURE you don't want to go bigger? I 'only wanted' 33's on my '07. Till the day I dropped the $$ on them. Then all of the sudden I was kicking myself because I knew I should have held out and gone 35's, which I did on my '13. Really think about this before you decide.
lol that what happened to me as well. I got a 2 inch spacer lift with 305/70/16 without thinking it through and now about 3 months later i'm about to go for a bigger lift, regear, lockers and 35s.
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lol that what happened to me as well. I got a 2 inch spacer lift with 305/70/16 without thinking it through and now about 3 months later i'm about to go for a bigger lift, regear, lockers and 35s.
It's an all too common trend (problem) that a lot of us suffer from. We tell ourselves "33's, no lift!" and then we get the 33's and it's not enough. Lol
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Another thing to consider is what gear ratio your axle is. If you get heavy 33"s it might not perform as well as a 32". Either way you should be fine, but if you go up to 35" you might want a very expensive regear. I've got 3.23 gears and will stick with a tall skinny tire like a 235/85 or 255/85 and either will beat the living daylights out of my 225/75 street tires on the trails and in the mud.

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