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Old 12-13-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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33" tires without a lift kit

Hi all, i just purchased a 2013 unlimited sahara and im not looking to lift it. I am putting 295/55/20 nitto trail grapplers and 20" x 9 wheels. Has anyone had this combo and if so, will i rub or do i need a leveling kit? Thanks in advance for all your help.

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Old 12-13-2012, 03:27 PM   #2
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33's fit with no lift, depends on the backspacing of the wheels.

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Old 12-13-2012, 03:34 PM   #3
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fine for highway/street, could have issues off road depending on how/what you wheel.

It is possible to damage fenders if you get a little crazy, and more so if you disconnect the sway.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:47 PM   #4
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This thread should answer all of your questions: Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!

Except of course for the question of whether it's wise to have 20" wheels with 33" tires on a vehicle that's intended to offroad . . . BUT ANYWAY . . . .
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I have almost the same setup and before the Teraflex leveling kit, the front wheels would rub backing it of driveways.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:50 PM   #6
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20's?

.....biting tongue really hard.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:56 PM   #7
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If you haven't purchased the 20s, can you explain why you want to?

If you're going for bling, you're simply going to make yourself a target for ridicule. There doesn't seem to be a functional reason for rims that big.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:22 PM   #8
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There doesn't seem to be a functional reason for rims that big.
actually... they'll have better road manners than the 15's I got, and with 6" of sidewall left over, that seems like a fair compromise between on and off road to me.
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Eh, Different strokes.

My wife had 20's on her FJ for bling. I thought it rode like crap. Very stiff.

Talked her into a compromise last year and put on 18's with trail grapplers. She likes it alot better.

I personally will never go bigger than 17's on my Jeep.

To each their own though. Good luck and bring your wallet equipping dubs...
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i'm sticking with the 255 75 17's.... besides, my planned Eaton provisions recommend/required-for-valid-warranty, stock size meats. i like the lift and >tires aesthetics + functional purposes... but for what i wheel, my rigs ok stock size.. certainly will be upgrading shocks/springs but keeping standard height levels.
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20's...

I don't think I'd hang one of those off the stock tire carrier... That's just copious amounts of weight, just in wheel.

From personal experience, I run 33's with no lift... yet. I have had slight rubbing occur on trails not even worth disconnecting S/B over. But for logging roads, daily driving habits and whatnot, they run fine with no lift.

<---- My avvy 33's with no lift.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:17 PM   #12
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My 20" rims only weigh 2.5lbs more per corner over stock.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:22 PM   #13
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When i had the 33's on my stock rubi (before the lift & 35s) it rubbed all over the place. There was no way I could disco & it was stupid to take it off road at all. It was fine on the street though.
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Got 20"s?

Dafroshiza Just as said "To each his or her own". Yeah, some people will bash this, but your Jeep is for your taste and not ours. I have seen videos on Youtube with several Jeep clubs out in California running 20's. It is very doubtful they go off road except the beaches. They did look cool though.
I joined the forum to get advise. I truly appreciated the many that gave advise on my wheels and am actually going by their advise. That may not always be the case, but I believe I received some good advise from experienced folks. I drive my Jeep as a daily driver and probably will not lift it so I'm gonna stay with my 16's Rubicon wheels. I do like them. Please make sure you put some pics on here when and if you put 20's on your Jeep. Hope they work out well for you. I do have that size on my pickup. They are heavy and like one person stated - you may have to make some adaptation to your spare tire carrier due to the extra weight. Good Luck.
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My 20"s with 33/12.50 mt's
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If 20's are what you want then go for it. It will probably look slick. It is you vehicle and should be exactly what you want. I usually stick with stock stuff myself and have been given a hard time from some guys at work about it (that and keeping it clean all the time).

Do post pics when you have them installed. If Black Betty2012 is any indicator, it will look good.
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Lifted black betty2012? I like it!
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20" rims on a Jeep..... Whatever floats your boat I guess.
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20's ?

This is how I roll:

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Little 17's, but I really want some cool 15's? It would look a little fatter that way.

Since our tires are very close to the same size on Discount Tires site I can say that you will rub from time to time depending on your back space. I got the Mickey Tompson Classic's with a 4.5 bs. I did get some rubbing while on the road, but you probably don't drive like I do over speed bumps and big dips...

Without dico' ing I only had rubbing a couple of times on the Bridgeport trails in Texas.

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When i had the 33's on my stock rubi (before the lift & 35s) it rubbed all over the place. There was no way I could disco & it was stupid to take it off road at all. It was fine on the street though.
my guess is it's probably not going off road... as others have said, to each their own... not my first choice either... but hey...

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Eh, never mind.
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Eh, never mind.
No, What?

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I was just too lazy to qualify my statement that I didnt mind the look of 20s. Not necessarily with 33s, and not for me & what I do with my Jeep but whatev.
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Lifted black betty2012? I like it!
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I was just too lazy to qualify my statement that I didnt mind the look of 20s. Not necessarily with 33s, and not for me & what I do with my Jeep but whatev.
Really? Come on and say what I'm thinking... lol

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Really? Come on and say what I'm thinking... lol

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i think we'd all (or a large majority) agree that it wouldn't be the way we would set up our rigs. i cannot imagine wheeling with 20s...

plus the cost of the tires go up so damn much with the larger wheels...

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Are you pot stirring? Or just trying to get me in trouble?
A little of both I suppose...

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Hi all, thanks for all your replies. I will not be "wheeling" per Se. I will just be doing daily driving. I own my own Window tinting business and wanted to spruce up the jeep to attract some attention. I wanted a nice looking truck that also had a beefy feel that would still drive ok on the road. I heard 33s might rub when making full turns but also heard leveling kits mess up the everyday ride
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Hi all, thanks for all your replies. I will not be "wheeling" per Se. I will just be doing daily driving. I own my own Window tinting business and wanted to spruce up the jeep to attract some attention. I wanted a nice looking truck that also had a beefy feel that would still drive ok on the road. I heard 33s might rub when making full turns but also heard leveling kits mess up the everyday ride
Not sure where you got the leveling kit info from, but after putting the kit on mine, I didn't notice any ride change. I really like the combo I have of leveling kit, 33's and 1.5 wheel spacers. Here's a picture of it in that configuration.

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